• Echoes of Eternity

  • The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra, Book 7
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,153 ratings)

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Echoes of Eternity

By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Siege of Terra Book 7

With the walls of the Imperial Palace in ruins and the end in sight, Sanguinius prepares one final stand. The loyalists are desperate, and the Warmaster’s hordes are certain of their coming victory.

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The myriad battles of the Siege of Terra series are pulling into a taut weave of tension, horror, and certain doom. Just when you thought it was bad, it gets worse.

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The walls have fallen. The defenders are broken. The Inner Palace lies in ruins.

The Warmaster’s horde advances through the fire and ash of Terra's dying breaths, forcing the loyalists back to the Delphic Battlement—the very walls of the Sanctum Imperialis. Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters and Herald of Horus, has achieved immortality through annihilation—now he leads the armies of the damned in a wrathful tide, destroying all before them as the warp begins its poisonous corruption of Terra's very soil.

For the Emperor’s beleaguered forces, the end has come. The Khan lies on the edge of death. Rogal Dorn is encircled, fighting his own war at Bhab Bastion. Guilliman will not reach Terra in time. Without his brothers, Sanguinius—the Angel of the Ninth Legion—waits on the final battlements, hoping to rally a desperate band of defenders and refugees for one last stand.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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The siege book we’ve all been waiting for

By far the best Siege of Tera book, it makes all of the lead up worth it, dark, gritty and what feels like the transition from 30k to 40k style of outlook.

Some snippets

“I’m straight up not having a good time fam” - Hawkboy

“I’m going to commit HR violations today” - Horus Heresy

“Dad really half a**ed this tunnel” - Vulkan

“It’s about to be bussin (spoken with malicious intent)” - Angron

“You’ve won, you really are the warhammer 40,000” - Big E

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ADB brings us fully into the Grimdark

Up until this point in the series I always had the sense that there was still hope. Of course there wasn't any, but the characters themselves still often felt it.

That is no longer true.

ADB walks us up to the edge of Grimdark.. the. leaps off the edge. This book's tone is more reminiscent of 40k than any of the other 30k novels to date. I could not be more pleased.

Buckle down, lads. The end of the world is here.. Next time we take this ride it will be the last time. I know Dan Abnett will deliver.

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  • TJ
  • 09-11-22

Actually boring

mostly filler, which is really bad for a penultimate chapter. Previous books penned by ADB had substance. This is just gore.

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A fitting beginning of the End…

It is a sobering tale of life and inevitable death during the siege to end all sieges. A story of soul and hard truth that are only realized when you’re bleeding out your last. The legendary battles are here, and they deliver. But they are just bonus points in a story who’s entirety is heavy as Warlord titan sitting on your chest…

Knowing the coup de grace is on the way with “The end, and the death”. This is a most excellent set-up.

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Phenomenal

Highest praise possible to this story and performance. Prequels are difficult as we know the outcome, and despite this, the author wrote a gripping and compelling narrative that wouldn’t let me put it down.

Characters, pacing, flashbacks, world building were all fantastic. Overall phenomenal start to finish.

I didn’t think this series could get any better after Saturnine, and yet it has.

Cannot recommend enough.

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The penultimate could only be this way

ADB is a good author- his lack in ability to write proper theological arguments and half baked philosophies is definitely a weakness he shows in works like the First Heretic and Hellsreach. But they’re often overshadowed by his uncanny abilities in writing out action scenes and flavorful intrapersonal dialogue.
His execution of the penultimate work to this series is fantastic. This was the tragedy of slaughter and horror the audience has been anticipating since the solar war that we’ve finally been delivered.

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One of the best Siege of Terra installments

This book rivals “The Lost and the Damned” and “Saturnine” as the best of the Siege of Terra installments. It’s probably the most cinematic of the books, and it somehow, incredibly, catches the imagery of the vintage John Blanche-esqe art of the Horus Heresy. Several times, this audiobook took me back to artwork from 2nd edition books depicting scenes from Horus Heresy and the war on Terra. Grand!

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My only complaint, which may be what edges the other two books over this one, is the complete absence of Garro, Loken, the Perpetuals, Dorn, Sigismund, Valdor (ok, he’ll be inside the Sanctum) and many other main characters at this crucial juncture. Even a single short chapter on each to establish their whereabouts and drive their stories onwards would have made a tremendous difference.

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awesome

fantastic story. another awesome edition to HH with some really cool revelationsand character development.

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Had me in the first half not gonna lie

Starts super depressing but boy does it end on a good note. Sanguinius is epic

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EPIC!!!

Amazing, Epic, Magnificent, Tragic, Heroic cant wait for the next one!!! The entire series has been fantastic!!

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  • Thqmas
  • 09-04-22

Oh my holy emperor

This is the best book in the series.
Thats all you need to read. Nothing else.
Yep seriously
Why are you still reading this, get the book




Stop pushing your luck

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  • james
  • 09-07-22

Brilliant

What’s not to enjoy, a view into the 9th legions prominent figures, packed full of anticipated events and setting up well for the remainder of the series.

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  • James
  • 09-23-22

Politicisation of Warhammer 30k

The story is pretty good but also infested with the sort of anti male tropes, multicultural, anti-white dogmas that have become so common throughout the seige of terra series, in contrast to the wider Heresy series.

This has clearly been done to demoralise its 100% male audience and make sure none of them get any ideas about identifying to much with the characters or embodying the aristocratic virtues of pride, will, excellence etc.

There are far to many examples of obviously male story arcs, for example, jammed into female characters to say polticisation wasn't deliberately infused into this work from the get-go.

It's nothing but a rag-tag band of civilians and quirky scientists, looking something like a futurama episode, in what should be one of the toughest astartes battles ever. Credibility out the window.

Was this done bc the authors are neck beards and have no understanding of female / male polarities, for example? Possibly.

Was it done bc the execs in games workshop leaned on the authors to make it adhere to the dominant ideology currently in the west? Almost certainly.

Either way, the authors have corrupted their own work by sucking up to these absurd ideologies. As a result, there books will not stand the test of time. They're certainly not great, like other older books have been.

So well done, you've taken a potentially great series, corrupted it full of clap-trap, of the same vein that has sunk so many recent creations; all so that the dominant ideology, which hates you anyway, won't come down on you so much.

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  • Paully
  • 09-20-22

Please stop ripping the fans off

Numerous dubious reviews here (which is evidence of the issue that face all corporate IPs). BL and WH are now a franchise so......$$$.... quantity......not quality. There is at best 2 hours of actually real story here. The rest is 'Emperor's New Clothes' to pardon the pun. Lots of meaningless, verbal hyperbole about war, humanity and post-apocalyptic wastelands... that lead to absolutely nothing. In the first FOUR hours of this book.... a wounded Titan limps onward..... a wounded world-eater limps onward... that is the SUM total of plot progression for FOUR hours?? The reviews on here are either superficial fanboys (squealing like air-head cheerleaders over a latest boyband song) or hmmmm procured in their origin. seriously BL... buck your game up.. the content across the board has been shocking in the last 18months

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  • paul
  • 09-06-22

Amazing Author, Amazing Narrator!!!!

I don't want to give anything away but Aaron Dembski-Bowden take a bow sir! Once again Johnathan Keeble brings the Heresy to life with his amazing narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-22

More of a hurdle than a Wall

My least favourite of the SoT books so far. The usually excellent ADB's writing varies widely in tone with some really heavy-handed attempts at comedy amidst a series of irrelevant vignettes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-22

All Filler, only a little bit of Killer!

Disappointed with this story, too many side characters that add nothing but filler, to the epic battle. Worst of the siege of terra books, and one I won’t be listening to again.
Johnathan Keeble is INCREDIBLE as always, best narrator in history!

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  • Alexander Butler
  • 09-10-22

Needlessly miserable

As a long-time fan of the hobby, I was excited for this excellent author writing the next Seige novel. ADB is known as a master of his craft, one of the best authors Black Library have. But this book was (for me) utterly boring and gruelling to get through. The grimdark of 30k/40k is normally balanced by something. Determination. Grandeur. Scale. Heroism. Poignancy. None of that exists in this book. It is just page after page of misery. For no discernible reason. I am so glad I've finished it and can move on with the series.

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  • Peder Holdgaard Pedersen
  • 09-05-22

Great listen and great installment

Having read about the Horus Heresy for the first time more than 25 years ago, and having experienced the Siege of Terra take shape as scattered bits of texts across magazines, rulebooks and novels - it was a blast to finally listen to this telling of one of the most iconic moments of the Siege - even all of 40k. The story of Sanguinius at the Gates of Eternity has been one of the legends at the heart of what makes the 40k universe so great.

Aaron Dembski-Bowden weaves a great story from these iconic events. The novel brings to life not just the major characters, but numerous iconic lesser characters. Turning the decades of lore into a good story is not an easy feat - I truly respect the ability of an author who turn these not just merely into an amazing narrative, not just maintaining and respecting the lore as it was - but building upon it and improving it. A somewhat silly game lore brought to life as a great novel. That is no small feat. Kudos to Dembski-Bowden for this work. It is a great story, and it is a great Warhammer 40000 story.

Jonathan Keeble is incredible as always - lending nuance and depth to the characters and not once disappointing me as the voice of a legendary cast.

This could have been an interlude before the grand finale. This could have been a disappointment after the incredible novels that preceded it in the Siege of Terra series. It could have been predictable retelling of an established story. Instead it achieves success as a novel, an installment and at building anticipation for the conclusion. It sets a high bar for Abbnett when it comes to the final two volumes, but that is what a (de facto) penultimate installment should do.

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  • Linsfella
  • 09-05-22

just padding

waited so long for this. its so disappointing !! its just padding to draw the heresy out for more books than it needs to be. Vignette after vignette of characters that haven't even been mentioned before now . No cohesion and no relevance. So bitterly disappointed by this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

Spectacular

Awesome in its depiction of the horror and carnage of the closing stages in the siege of Terra. Sets a new standard for 40k fiction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

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  • Kevin
  • 09-17-22

Saving the best for (almost) last!

Wow. What a story. Such insight into Sanguinius, Magnus, Vulcan and Angron. Such an image of desperate, pyrrhic war. Such a great cast of minor characters, most of whom (of course) won’t make it to the next chapter…but they all have such depth. Such a perfect uncovering of the insidious, destructive sunny day friendship Chaos offers it’s followers.

I’ve seen complaints about this novel being an imperial fanboi festival of self congratulations, traversing the poor sensitive world eaters as nothing but comic book bad guys - the world eaters would be lucky to have that much depth. This book shows them and their primarch for exactly what they are, and how foolish they were.

On the other hand, I did not start this book a blood angels or Sanguinius “fan” as such, but wow. As both Lorgar and Rogal said, each in their own way, Sanguinius truly was the best of them.

I’ve not enjoyed a HH book this much for a long time, and it could be a contender for the best of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-22

Blown away

Best in the series, ADB gives you an insight into the war from the everyday soldier and the destruction it has wrought. But also shows the epic duel that has been set up over the last 6 novels. The perfect penultimate book leading into The End and the Death

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  • William Waddingham
  • 09-07-22

Simply awesome

I have to say, I’ve enjoyed the siege of terra series, but this one is a step change in how the siege is told. A must listen and thrilling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-22

Brilliant!

ADB has done it again! I have struggled for 6 months to find an audio book I could listen to for more than an hour without losing interest. This book broke the drought!
The very first few lines grabbed me, and it continued to hold my attention all the way through. This is now my favourite siege of terra book, and one of my all time favourite 40k books. For context, I gave up on the previous book in the series (Warhawk) about half way through it. This new entry has reinvigorated my interest in the series.
To summerise, ADB's writing is masterful and Jonathan Keeble delivers another tremendous performance! Highly recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-22

Underwhelming

Dembski-Bowden has written some of my favourite material in the past, but this leaves a lot to be desired. The characters aren't interesting (outside of Arkhan Land and Xephon who were established in Master of Mankind), which is unusual for him, and it felt more like a schizophrenic compilation of brotherly angst and formulaic confrontations between the primarchs in place of his usually brilliant and deep character construction. Fairly disappointed, but definitely haven't written him off as an author.

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  • John S.
  • 11-08-22

Amazing

This has to be one of the best Horus Heresy novels. Well written, action packed, and with complex and likeable characters. The performance by the narrator is incredible too.

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  • Dave
  • 10-30-22

Great story read by an unhinged man

While short on plot the book is bursting with well written, complex characters showing and justifying every players position in the Horus Heresy. Even the minor characters are given arcs and are all beautifully distinct from one another.
The narrator, bless him, feels the need to give all the demonic characters unhinged cookie monster voices which unfortunately is at odds with the authors tone…. On the other hand all the other characters are given distinct voices which is no small feat considering how many named characters get screentime here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-22

omg amazing must read!

must read! it answered so many outstanding questions about the horus heresy!! vlka fenryka!!