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The Emperor's vision of mankind ascendant lies in tatters. The Great Crusade is naught but a fading memory.

The dream of Unity is no more. But with Horus' rebellion spreading to every corner of the Imperium and war engulfing new worlds and systems almost daily, there are some who now ask: were the signs there to be seen all along?

In these dark times, only one thing is certain - the galaxy will never know peace again, not in this lifetime or a thousand others....

Full list of authors includes James Swallow, Nick Kyme, Chris Wraight, Rob Sanders and Andy Smillie.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Another Anthology

At first I loved these anthologies. One anthology for nine normal books is a great ratio, and a fun way to mix it up. But starting in the mid 20s of the Horus Heresy it turned into one anthology for three books. And a ton of it feels like filler by bottom tier sci-fi authors.

One note specific to this largely lackluster collection. Chirurgeon, by Nick Kyme, is the worst of the bunch. Not because of the writing, but because Ian Brooker as Fabius Bile is the worst fucking thing I have ever heard. He does it as a stereotypical mad scientist voice, but one that is so over the top a Saturday morning cartoon would have cut it for being excessive. I've listened to dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of Horus Heresy anthologies and this was the first one I had to skip.

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All the horror of 40k delivered with a warhammer

Unlike star wars or a Dc/Marvel comic, warhammer seems to be able to tell a grand coherent story spread across thousands of pages and dozens of authors. Unlike Star Wars, many of the characters are just downright unlikable. This series of anthologies spends a long time with the traitor legions. Even if they are complex and flawed and relatively well written characters, I find them unrelatable and unliked. For this series, the authors are great at their tasks, the narrators are the finest in their art and if you truly want the grim dark, you found the right book. If you are new to 30k, or you want characters you can sympathize with, please start somewhere else. That said, the final story featuring Alivia almost makes the entire book worthwhile.