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After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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good book some narration is not

All of the stories are good. The narration by Martyn Ellis is terrible. he does not have a voice for 40K. I will never listen to a book again that is narrated by Martyn Ellis. Armstrong and Keeble you have great performances as usual. listeners can probably skip over the stories narrated by Martin Ellis, and not miss much. The stories he reads are either irrelevant or covered in other books.

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Previous story collection better.

I found the majority of the short stories lacking compared to the previous collection earlier in the Horus Heresy series expect for the final 2. Worth a listen if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price.

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Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending.
Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill.
There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this.

Overall, well worth a listen.

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Age of Darkness

What a great book and of course the story line is fantastic. This is a must listen for any 40K fan.

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Sells the scope of a Galactic War

From battles between Primarchs to the fears of backwater farmers, this collection of short stories gives the reader a great sense of just how all consuming the war is.

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Decent enough

not as enthralling as some of the other books, but it's still covered some important stuff and is worth a listen

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it's worth the $3.00

some of the stories bend belief, even for 40K. The narrator's continue their odd pronunciations, Martin Ellis continues being Martin Ellis.

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Martyn Ellis is a hair in the soup of this book

I think this audio book has a lot of great lore elements that are valuable to the overall HH narrative. The narration isn’t amazing but it’s still a forward progression from a lot of earlier 40k audio books. With that said, Martyn Ellis’s narration drove me to insanity. I’m sure it looked like I was eating lemons to the other drivers trapped on the 405 freeway at rush hour as I desperately tried to finish his story. I really believe I would have given the narration a 4 if I wasn’t so jaded by his performance.

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  • 10-31-21

Some real gems in here

I have to say if you just listen to The Iron Within and nothing else, you will be glad you got this book.

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Hermosa obra de arte un must para cualquier fan

Excelente libro un pedazo de obra de arte algunas de las historias son excelentes y con las voces que ponen para interpretar a los personajes mejor aun es un mist en la biblioteca de cualquier fan de 40k horus heresy

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  • Daniel
  • 09-30-19

Questionable narration

There is a few decent stories in this collection but some I simply couldn’t finish. This wasn’t due to the quality of the story but the narration of Martyn Ellis, sadly he ruined Thousand Sons for me and I had to skip the stories that he did in this book.
The standout story for me was Liar’s Due, I’m particularly fond of stories form the point of view of the humans working in the imperium during the heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

Some good some bad most not memorable

Some good some bad most not memorable although any book read by Keeble is a joy to listen to

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  • Tony
  • 11-05-19

Bit of a mixed bag really

Some of the stories where a bit bland to be honest. Mr Keeble's performance was stellar as always but the other chap's performance made me giggle at times. Not what you want when listening to a story about the grim darkness of the 31st millennium.

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  • lewis taylor
  • 12-04-18

Great spread of story’s

Slowly going through the Horus heresy series and this was a cracking book full of stories from lesser known legions and yet to feature yet

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  • Daniel Cloherty
  • 12-11-20

Incomplete and poorly edited. Skips and cuts out

Thought my headphones were the issue but several times the narration cut out mid sentence and moved on

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  • David C.
  • 05-10-18

Not my Favourite

I think there was 2 stories in here that i enjoyed and that was the Rogal Dorn one the last one.

This was simply because these 2 stories didnt havr all the nonesence fighting and instead they had dialog and intrigue....

i know some people will really love the over the top battles but i find they are repetative and annoying.....

super soldiers fighting super soldiers is unbelievable and everyone is superb at everything until they are just bested by someone who is slightly better at being superb at everything......these are all space marines and when get they are all awesome to that end i would find it far more beleiveable if a civil war involving literally thousands of planets and what must be trillions of people beteen them all lasted longer than 3 years or however long it lasted.

The reason i liked the 2 stories i did was because it shows a relatable side to a fictional super soldier of the far future that otherwise would be impossible to relate to. I like to see humanity in characters......weather their human or not....

I think a good idea for heresy book would be of some gaurd unit where some of them wanted to rebel and some wanted to be loyal and they had to fight with their innerselves aswel as their comrades.......

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  • kieran watkins
  • 01-01-22

A mixed bag.

This compilation has some amazing short stories, from the Iron Warriors Heretic vs loyalist, The Lion vs the Night Haunter, Dorn and the Half Heard, lots of small bits of interesting lore. Unfortunately one or two miss the mark, especially the first story.
Definitely worth a listen.... Just wait till its on sale.

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  • Gavin
  • 12-11-21

horus heresy short stories

some really great short stories to accompany the rest of the horus heresy novels. great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

many books in one.

to many books, did not get the usually feeling as from the other books.
Good for the lore but not much else.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-21

no main story progresion

The storys are good no doubt there,
but they are just side storys.
so if main story progresion is what you look for, you csn skip age of darkness

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  • nick
  • 07-08-19

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It was alright, some stories were good, others almost made me want to give up on the series.

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  • Adam Wallace
  • 06-04-19

Spoilt by one narrator but otherwise great.

I just cannot listen to one of the narrators his cadence and breathing style put my teeth on edge. The rest are fabulous and the stories are great. It is just a shame that I found that one so unpleasant to listen to that I could not even finish the novellas he read.