• Pharos

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 34
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (793 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With the noble Emperor Sanguinius ruling from Macragge, Imperium Secundus stands as a lone beacon of hope even as the Warmaster's forces continue to ravage the rest of the galaxy.

Roboute Guilliman, still Master of Ultramar, has convinced his brother that Terra has fallen and that the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha now holds the key to mankind's future. But the Night Lords, those cruel and pitiless sons of Konrad Curze, have been watching from the shadows and make ready to launch their long-planned attack on the Pharos itself....

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

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In Memoria

At the end , i cried
im the epilouge, i was shaken by the dread to come

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An enjoyable story tying up some previous arcs

The story of Sotha and the Pharos. This story introduces characters who will have significance to the future following the Horus Heresy. It also concludes the story of a character I really liked.

The novel features several Night Lord's characters introduced in previous short stories and fleshes out the character of that Legion well. These are not heroes and they make good villains; I did not feel any sympathy for them, they are not misunderstood anti-heroes which is a nice change.

The Dark Angels have a minor appearance in the novel but fulfill a crucial role in the final act. The Blood Angels also have a minor role with the focus being on Sanguinius. The brotherly chats he has with two other Primarchs were fun.

The largest part of the action involved new characters from Ultramar. The Sothan people were terrific and rather sympathetic. The first Chapter Masters of future Ultramarine successor Chapters are introduced and show traits for which their Chapters come to be known.

In the end, somes epics come to a close, some begin, and a few are told completely. Yet, in the very end, the seed for a story that will not begin for 10,000 years is planted, planted in... Hunger.

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One of my Favs in the series

Lengthy and meaningful conversations between characters (Primarchs, SM, humans) are the highlight of this book

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Boring.

There is a lot going on in this book, but events are mostly just described. Character interaction is without surprises and tension, and dialogue is often infantile. In sum, a lot of relevant information but way too boring to be readable.

The performance is a tad too inspired. With every marine sounding gruff, every adult human sounding like a child and every villain sounding like a... muahaha villain, the performance really did not help the story.

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Fantastic

Slow beginning but really ramps up could not stop listening at the end! Word Word word word

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The best of the Horus Heresy since A Thousand Sons

The Drama, the Tension, and the Lore significans!
This is a masterpiece well worth the Horus Heresy

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pretty good, nothing special

The title says it all. This isn't a literary masterpiece, but it was fun to listen to for a few hours.

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amazing

what ana amzing book best one in the series yet. 10/10 will listen to it again

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Great ending, story could be better

Night lords are portrayed like comic book villains, even like power ranger bad guys at times. Look to the original source material (Heart of Darkness) or even Apocalypse Now for a much more compelling antagonist.

Curz should not be simply an insane psychopath, but a rational and sympathetic figure who discovered the true nature of war and it’s methods and abhors the hypocrisy of his commanders. Chaotic influence can lend some exciting narrative possibilities in this universe.

Besides that, the final third of the book was excellent and made up for the silliness of the first portion. Also, Pulox’s crying at the end was very uncharacteristic for any marine. Yes, they’re friends, but come on, marines forge bonds for centuries and get cut down regularly without their companions falling to tears.

Great performance of the narrator.

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Loved it

Good story wonder what followed. So many insights to other books. Highly recommended. Only flaw is where was the Lion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-20

best one for a while

really enjoyed this one compaired to the last 5 or so, then again I have a slight bias towards the night lords so take what I say with a pinch of salt. Normally the ultra marines are one of the worst loyalists to follow only topped by the drop site massacre survivors so I went into the book ready to hate it. What I got was an enjoyable book where the night lords strike hard on one of the 500 worlds of ultramar, who has to slow them down? ultra marines? gull himself? no. Normal human recruits with little to no training fighting tooth and nail doing everything they possibly can against an enemy that is no only overwhelming more powerful then these humble men but when they fall they will subjected to the worst the night lords have to offer. Knowing all that and still fighting to protect their home made for a very enjoyable book, this is one of the few books from the late stages of the heresy that I would actually recommend.

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  • Travs
  • 12-30-19

WOW

Honestly one of the best (top 4 Horus Heresy Books upto this point). The ending is epic and the relationship between Dantioch and Pollux is one of the best in 30k/40k.

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  • Milo C.
  • 01-07-22

A bit cheesy at times, but otherwise a great read.

Pharos didn't really light my world on fire when I first read it. It wasn't until I read it a second time that I started to really like this book. So I guess I'd say it grows on you. It's a bit of an outlier in the series because it sort of sits alone as an isolated event.
It does however have massive consequences though, without giving away any spoilers.
There are several very likeable characters, however the Night Lords characters in this I feel are written in a slightly cheesy way I feel, which is a shame. I think NL are often among the most engaging legions to read about, but this book sheds them in a very kind of typical villainesque style. It's just a bit over the top.

Otherwise, genuinely a good read. Love the perspective we get from young neophyte scouts still in training, suddenly forced into open combat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-21

Blessed be the light

A masterpiece in this serie. Far too few books have an amount of characters that you can keep track of, but here we have one. This is an incredible story, filled with battle and stealth. The Nightlords truely are depicted here, as i never had heard before...and yet, some oppose. I fully recommend this one.

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  • Mr. Caw Sainter
  • 02-28-21

Excellent story and John Banks is fantastic

After hearing Toby longworth and Gareth Armstrong for so long it's refreshing to hear a new narrator. John Banks' Nostroman accent is on point and it's nice to hear a Sanguinius that doesn't sound like the "welcome to the world of tomorrow!" guy from futurama (as well as a MUCH better representation of a certain primarch). The story is a fantastic entry and I can't help but feel the bromantic love between Polox and Dantioch. My only criticism is that I would have liked to see more of the junior Astartes, and the night lords are as over top grimdark and one dimensional as usual.

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  • jeroen Suys
  • 04-28-22

great book.

the story is not the best but had great moments. But what makes this audio book great is tge performance by John Banks, it is one of the best performances I heard on audible.

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  • Rosa
  • 04-17-22

one of the best

Amazing, love this story arc brilliant from beginning to end. The Pharos is one of the most interesting books to date. Good narration aswell.

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  • Sean Kelly
  • 03-05-22

Well read but a tedious tale

Another poor HH addition. Plot all over the place, poor pacing and far too much bolter porn

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-22

Non essential to the series story

Fairly good concept but adding little to no actual meat in the bones of the Heresies story.

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  • Richard M.
  • 01-03-22

My favourite HH Book

This book has it all, and I think even works as a stand-alone set apart from the rest of the series.

great villains, great space marine characters, and even better (as the HH books often fall short on this) great human characters as well.

I really enjoyed the way to Primark for all the pictured, and the fratricide towards the end is a wonderful pay off!

excellent, HH book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Exciting throughout with amazing narration!

At first I was reluctant to listening to this book because of the new narrator (nothing personal! just got used to the regular ones such as Longworth, Armstrong, Keeble, and Timson..). But I was immediately immersed in it and John Banks is now added to the list of favourites. Looking forward to listening to the next one in the series and glad it is narrated by John Banks.

This book makes us learn how the Nightlords really are from a realistic perspective.

**Minor SPOILER AHEAD**:

The encounter of Sanguinius and Kurz was very well written. Poor guy... the treachery of other legions such as the Night lords makes more sense now.

The pace is is good and the finale gave me chills. The epilogue is also something to look forward too.

Highly recommended 👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

oh my throne

the epilogue made me fall out of my chair an absolutely monumental story from beginning to end

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  • JR
  • 08-15-21

A must read

If you’re smashing through the HH this is one you can’t ignore. As always Guy Haley delivers as one of if not the best 40k writers. It starts a little slow but when it gets going its a great plot with real emotional moments on both loyalist and traitor. It also had some proud moments for Imperial Guard fans. Get it now!

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  • Phillip Kadaoui
  • 07-08-21

Good Story EPIC EPILOGUE

Some great revelations in this story. But for 40K fans the epilogue is something very special.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-21

A must listen!

Finally the next book in the series that is very well written and narrated and just as importantly adds too and adcances the story line.

You won't regret this purchase!