• Slaves to Darkness

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 51
  • By: John French
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (940 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a long and gruelling conflict, the traitors at last close upon Terra. But time is dwindling for an attack.

Both Guilliman and the Lion are returning with all haste, and their armies could turn the tide. The hosts of the Warmaster must unite, for only then can they attack the Throneworld itself. While Mortarion is sent on ahead as the fleet’s vanguard, it falls to Lorgar and Perturabo to marshal Fulgrim and Angron, both now elevated to daemonhood and perhaps beyond even the will of the Warmaster to command. But Horus lies wounded, and, as the greatest battle the galaxy has ever know looms, it is up to Maloghurst to hold his fractious Legion together and to wrench Horus himself from the edge of oblivion.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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Interesting if a little boring

kinda felt like I was listening to a documentary. Lots of nice world building but very few exciting moments. I usually don't mind it too much when stories jump around but this one did it entirely too much. I'd get to a part where something cool is happening and then WHAM, more low thrill exposition from someone across the galaxy. It was very jarring and disappointing at times. Overall I liked the book but I didn't love it.

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All over the place

While the performance is amazing, nothing of substance is really contained within. I have been reading through many of the Horus heresy books and this has been completely forgettable.

There were a few moments that captured my attention with Lorgar and Fulgrim but ultimately not needed lore wise for fans of either in the grand scheme of things.

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we get the point, but the book lags a bit.

John French has a number of good Horus heresy books. Fear To Tread is a very good horse heresy book that I enjoyed a great deal. This book is not that good.

Jonathan Keeble reading of the book was excellent, is his work always is. I don't think that there has been an audio production featuring John Keeble that has not been excellent. the range of acted voices which he can provide is impressive.

the challenge that John French faced with this book is to take a lot of characters which are not very likeable and make a story with them that makes a person want to actually follow it.

by the end of the story, the tempo and events certainly roll to an impressive climax, but in the meantime there are serious legs and massive interest displacement when the different threads of the story are picked up and put down.

each story thread in and of itself is pretty compelling and interesting, despite characters that are generally unlikable normally.

my chief criticism is the complete disconnect between different story threads.

It is very difficult to make characters such as Angron or Perturabo interesting or likable, but French succeeds.

French succeeds in making the most unagreeable Primark in do a hero that you pull for throughout the story. for veterans of Warhammer 40K, that is a massive achievement.

the real main success of the book is the Gathering of the traitor Legions on Ullanor.

how did it happen? by what means were these disparate forces brought together and galvanized?

this really is what the book achieves.

I felt that the tempo could have used help.

the ranking of four out of five stars is because of the challenge of the task.

French made all of the disparate threads a single novel and all of the unlovable, irritating villains interesting and compelling characters.

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Loved It

Fantastic from the beginning to end. I had high expectations and they were well met.

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Decent

Pretty decent story, voice acting by Keeble is excellent as always. This definitely strikes me as a more filler book than anything. Yes the plot advances, yes the gang gets back together(mostly) in the end, but maybe this book should have been combined with The Vengeful Spirit. I feel that this would bring 2 middling books into a proper story with robust plot movement throughout.

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Amazing Novel

This book definitely was what it was supposednto be. the culmination of the Horus Heresy and the gravity it brought to the mustering of the traitor legions right before there assualt on Holy Terra. The interactions between all the Primarchs alone was worth it.

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A must buy

If you like the horus heresy and need to urderstand the full plot, buy it.

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Read other HH books before coming to this one but it’s worth the wait

This is one of my absolute favorite Horus heresy novels. The writing and narration come together for a listen that flies by. Also some primarch vs primarch action (“Gg Ez” -Perturabo)

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Pushing towards Terra!

It’s a good read. Shows the traitors as they muster to begin their push into terra.

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Too much jumping

The performance as all ways from Jonathan keeble is spectacular but the story is “eh”, it’s the least favorite heresy book I’ve read thus far all due to that fact that the pacing is so odd, and to be honest the ending is quite unremarkable, I can tell the ending was rushed all due to the fact that there where characters everywhere and he had to tie it together.

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  • Sam Sargent
  • 07-22-21

can i have my credit back please?

another snorfest by John French, i wont be wasting my credits on his novels anymore..

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  • mr m a french
  • 08-11-18

Not sure about this one.

it progressed the story well enough but it wasn't one if those that I couldn't put away until it was finished. there are some bits that we're very good but overall I was left feeling "meh".

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  • Tetsugaku-San
  • 03-23-22

Another bloated overwrought heresy book

I'm a massive heresy fan, really, but this series is twice as long as it needs to be and has made the entire thing into a 6/10 rather than a 9/10.

This book is too long and nothing happens. Just like almost every full length book for the last 30 entries.

John French can do a good book, listen to the siege of terra books - which are without exception - amazing

This is a long boring dirge and nothing happens at all. Don't bother. I returned it.

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  • Chris Hutchcroft
  • 06-08-20

Decent

Too many interminable evil daemon voice monologues, rasping, frothing and slightly cartoonish evil abounds. Poor narrator needed a lozenge. As with many novels set primarily amongst Chaos you reach a certain point of saturation with superlative adjectives about dripping, feasting darkness and yet more indescribable terror. A good setup for how the Warmaster finally gets the traitor primarchs to play ball.

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  • Craig D
  • 03-03-19

Not the best

Pretty dull to be honest, but I suppose it is as advertised, just a book about the traitor primarchs gathering before the final push. But wow some of the voices the narrator put on almost made me switch off! Yes I appreciate his gusto trying to bring to life the voices of Chaos marines and daemons, but most of them just sounded like if you asked a kid to make a silly voice!

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  • Christopher Wright
  • 05-04-22

ONE OF THE BEST HH BOOKS SO FAR!!!!!!!

Yeeeeeehaw!!! On to Terra!!! The legions are gathered, the order has been given and now it is officially time to roll on out!!!!!!

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  • Philippa L.
  • 03-15-22

Good. Very good.

Great entry. Jonathon Keeble is the man for the job. Very glad hes getting all the good books towards the end of the Horus heresey

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-22

Good book, though leaves some things wanted

There are sadly a lot of the Heresy books that could be considered cannon fodder, which lack a good story, a gripping story or just an interesting one. This was a good one and I felt it fly by. It did however made me question a few things; I've missed Fulgrim, what the heck happened to him? The sudden appearance of Magnus in the end, exciting but also seemed a lot like something crossed off a list, also didn't seem like him. What actually happened to Perturabo since the Angel Exterminatus? All these things I feel a bit cheated on, they would've been great tales to flesh out what happened to these primarchs in-between books - instead of trodding through all this Vulcan stuff we've been getting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-22

loved it

loved this book, loved the narration, loved the demonic voices. loved the decent to chaos.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-21

Loved it!

I can't understand why people aren't crazy about this one. I thought the story and performance were brilliant.Also it's very important to the whole HH storyline so it's a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-22

The traitors at their most powerful.

I enjoyed the performances more than I thought. It has some really badass scenes of primarch vs primarch in it. It does jump around a lot with moments happening somewhere else then coming back and then switching back again, just a little confusing and hard to keep track.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Traitors Devide, Traitors Unite

Definitely a must listen audiobook. The traitor Primarchs and their legions, conspiring, fighting, in-fighting. Their advance on terror stalled and in threat with The Warmaster succumbing to his wound from Russ. A good twist with deception within the ranks. Keeble working his magic as always. Definitely recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

I want to like it

As per one of my previous reviews, French is quiet clearly a talented author. But, it’s just so hard to embrace his writing style. It’s always like he’s telling a story, without actually telling ‘the’ story. His writing is like the equivalent of Bolter Porn, there’s so much descriptive exposition that the story gets lost. Keeble is of course, as always... the man.

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  • Paolo c.
  • 09-23-20

Fantastic !!!! Yes

From start to finish was hooked .
Great novel of Horus Hersey series .
Looking word to the next

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  • calum
  • 06-08-19

Brilliant

One of the very best. Always enjoy the imagination when these authors speak of the warp and it’s deity’s! Worth a listen or read!

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  • Harrison
  • 09-20-18

A sense of movement, finally!

This was a pretty good listen, the book is split into three stories which follow three sets of characters. Some cool new lore for Chaos fans, good characters, id probably have given it a 5 but the story arcs felt a little dragged out in places.

Sets the scene for the invasion of Terra, finally. Enjoyed this book.