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As the Horus Heresy rages and the death toll rises, one more will be added to the numberless dead: Sibel Niasta, personal astropath to the First Lord of the Imperium, Malcador the Sigillite. As her end approaches, Malcador sits vigil by her bedside, and the pair discuss their friendship and what it means - how the past and present have shaped Malcador and the Imperium, and what the future holds.

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Scalpel Perfection

Short but worth every scarce minute. Definitely prefer this over the other Malcador story and it probably has more to offer even at a third the length.

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Woah

This not only dropped some major lore implications but also humanizes Malcador in alot of ways.

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Intriguing, and revealing...

Malcador's insight on the primarchs is very telling for just why the heresy happened... Interesting.

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must have

must have for any fan. the story is... enlightening. It gives a new context to everything.

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Interesting but short

I found the story to be very interesting as it featured Malcador speaking very candidly about topics that are considered controversial. Unfortunately, because of the length of the book, these topics were not well fleshed out. We really only got a glimpse. This means I can't give it anything higher than 3 stars.

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Forever the loyal

An all too brief look into the mind of the first lord. Well played and performed.

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Wow!

Anyone who has ever read or listened to a 40k novel, showed an inkling of interest in the 40k Universe needs to hear this story.
Great voice acting, Jonathan Keeble's narration is second to none as always.
A must buy!

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They did it on purpose?!

Wow. An essential listen for any fan of 40k lore. I highly recommend--you won't be disappointed.

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Secrets Revealed

A secret revealed that will change our understanding of the Imperium and the Horys Heresy forever.

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Excellent 😊

Love it. If you love 40k lore then this is something you don’t want to miss.

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  • Ian T Boyle
  • 05-02-21

wow just wow

hands down the best performance/story in the HH series. To hear plots confirmed that had long been speculative is amazing

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  • JoeyLy
  • 04-11-21

well spoiler alert!

Great piece of audio drama with some great spoilers and information behind the imperium. its end goals and the such.

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  • Alex
  • 01-14-21

Extremely well done!

Although short in length compared to the main Horus Heresy series. The voice acting is fantastic, the characters are well portrayed and the sound effects add a lot of depth to this story. Anything with Malcador is great but I wish the rest of the heresy series had this kind of feel to it.

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  • David Jordan Cahill
  • 01-11-20

Well worth buying even though it’s less than 30minutes long!

It is very difficult to write a review without spoilers. All I can say is, that whilst this audio drama is quite short and you may be hesitant to spend a credit or £3.50 on it, it is extraordinarily well voice acted, has one of the most dynamic and appropriate sound tracks of any audio book that I have encountered, and the story (even for a person like myself with only a passing interest in the Warhammer 40k universe), is incredibly engaging with a startling revelation.
You won’t regret your purchase.

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  • Paul Ford
  • 09-05-19

Absolutely epic!

This is by far my favourite short story in the heresy. Impossible to stop listening!

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  • James Luter
  • 04-23-19

great insight to the primarks creation

short story. more dialog and more reveals/expansion would of been welcomed, but the story gives great insight to the primarks creation and rebellion.
in fact it has a massive reveal that changes the outlook of the entire imperium and the primarks role in it. I'm actually surprised the reveal has been sort of relegated to a short story tbh.

worth a read for it.

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  • Mr. Kyle Hutcheson
  • 04-22-19

Things to come

Hints at things to come. The voice acting is brilliant as always. I wish the background music was available.

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  • jack
  • 10-02-18

revelation

if you want to find out secrets of the war and the emperor this is a must listen.

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  • Grace
  • 01-01-22

Interesting but Bitesize

A suitably compelling and emotional short story, but regrettably nowhere near enough to be worth a credit. Decent but nothing spectacular or particularly original, just a neat little narrative. Enjoyable but unless you're a diehard fan of the series, you can probably skip it. Well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

Brilliant and vital

Bought this after listening to Luetin commenting on it in YouTube. This really is an essential story to listen to if you want to understand the relationships between Malcador, the Emperor and his Primarchs. So much information and so many great performances crammed into 24 minutes. Highly recommended!

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  • Brent
  • 10-25-21

little gem 30K

A short and interesting insight into one of the mysterious 30K characters. if you were curious about Malcador and The Emperor this is worth a listen.

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  • Aaron James Robert Carroll
  • 05-24-21

Love it wish it was longer

See above great performances , great story and only thing I can knock on it is it’s too short !

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  • Mark
  • 11-24-20

Pointless money grab

it's crazy that audio and Games Workshop release a story which is a 25 minutes while I'm in charge a full credit. a great story but hardly stand alone. Very disappointing.

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  • Joel
  • 09-28-18

This was epic, a must for any Malcador fan

Loved all 30min, a good insight into the thinking of Malcador and how far he will go.

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  • Vaimoa Asa Leausa
  • 07-11-18

Brilliant tease for machinations behind the HH

Brilliant tease for machinations behind the HH, showing Malcador as both utterly powerful and humbly human.