• The Buried Dagger

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 54
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,291 ratings)

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The Horus Heresy Book 54

For long years, the Horus Heresy has ground on. Now, the Death Guard have been sent to begin the final battle. But Mortarion and his sons must face their gravest challenge first - for Nurgle has claimed them as his own, and he will not be denied....

After 54 books, the best-selling series is finally drawing to a close with a long-awaited story - the fall of the Death Guard into Nurgle's embrace as they make their way to start the Siege of Terra.

The skies darken over Terra as the final battle for the Throne looms ever closer.... As the Traitor primarchs muster to the Warmaster’s banner, it is Mortarion who is sent ahead as the vanguard of the Traitor forces. But as he and his warriors make way, they become lost in the warp and stricken by a terrible plague. Once thought of as unbreakable, the legendary Death Guard are brought to their knees. To save his Legion, Mortarion must strike a most terrible bargain that will damn his sons for eternity. Meanwhile, in the cloisters of Holy Terra, a plot is afoot to create sedition and carnage in advance of the Horus’ armies. Taking matters into his own hands, Malcador the Sigillite seeks to put a stop to any insurrection but discovers a plot that he will need all of his cunning and battle-craft to overcome.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Conflicted in a good way.

I honestly am conflicted. the first 3 books of the entire serious are and always will be amazing. But I almost want to say this one was better then all others thus far.

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Damn good

I need to write atleast 15 eyes, so I thought it was really good. The end

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Great listen

A great read for anyone even remotely interested in Chaos. Mortarion is really fleshed out in a satisfying way and I really want to hear more stories involving him after finishing this. There's a side plot primarily involving Malcador that drags at points, but it ends in a very nice way. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to any Warhammer 40k fans.

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Great book

It was everything that I hoped it would. be, and more. Great book. Loved it!

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John Keeble deserves a raise

This man had to find a way to voice the eldritch pestilence of Nurgle. This diseased voice was off-putting, gross, and hard to listen to for long periods of time and therefore accomplished everything it had to. Keeble deserves a raise and a bag of lozenges.

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performance

the scene where the demon throws up actually a voice acting work of art. I literally can't think of how that could have been done!

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Another Must Read

Outstanding. Another critical book laying the foundation of understanding the 14th. Do not pass up this book.

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A mess.

There is a good story in here, but it is wrapped up in so much endless tedium that I cannot be bothered to keep looking for it. I gave the book a final chance after a few days’ rest, but had to give up. Utter boredom. Enjoyed Swallow’s ‘Flight of the Eisenstein’, but all the material I have read by him since has been dull and uninspired.

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10/10 five stars two thumbs up

as someone who was not big on chaos I did not expext this book and the amazing performance of the narrator to blow me away like it did. The characters in their stories are very well written and the narrator does an amazing job bringing every one of them to life.

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Fascinating Insight Into Motorian

Didn't expect it to be so good. The ending is definitely worth the read.

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  • IT
  • 06-08-19

Great!

Surprisingly sympathetic take on a traditionally unsympathetic faction. Great Nurgle voices too by the narrator!

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 05-27-19

Death Guard...ish

I did really enjoy this book. Read the book and got the audiobook. My only gripe is that its seems like two short stories just mashed together to save space and novels. The two stories had no connection at all. I got this book thinking it was the fall of the Death Guard but when the Death Guard are the "Intervals" it makes me think this was never ment to be the fall off Death Guard and more of the rise of the Grey Knights. There could have done so much more with the Death Guard but focused more on Garro and Knights Errents. In the end I just think this was miss labled and bodged together book to end the Horus Herecy book line.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-19

A must have

Exciting, captivating and brilliantly voiced. Great story telling and great insight into how the death guard and grey knights began their joinery.

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  • 451
  • 05-28-19

My my, what an ending

The end of the Heresy series is somewhat slow, cautious at first, dealing with Mortarion's history as much as his current role in preparing for the Siege of Terra. Its a long read but worthwhile, and after years of waiting we're finally given the coda to Flight of the Eisenstein. Don't go in expecting a series of battles and clever set-ups: this book is a fitting reward for those who've invested the years reading one of the greatest sci-fi series ever written. Slow burn, but worth savouring.

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  • Wicked Wolfie
  • 05-26-19

Poor quality recording

The first few chapters spend like they were recorded in the kitchen. there's an annoying tinny echo. The story and performance, however, are awesome.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 03-13-19

simply amazing

The story , the narration , the pace everything is perfectly aligned for the final book of the hours heresy, the story revolves around Mortarion and Typhus along side a great side plot of malcador and his knights errant, we learn about the reapers past and why he hates the emperor and the complex relationship between him Typhus before the emperor came to barbarus and how the whole legion falls to chaos, worth the token and any serious GW fan or reader of HH needs this book

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  • Sean
  • 06-07-19

Great

A great story, goes a long way to explain the origins of the Death Guards dark fate.

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  • Robert-Mark Gear
  • 05-15-19

awesome

very good start to the Solar war , fully recommend, brings a great insight into the DG

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-18-19

Mr Keeble plus Heavy Entertainment is needed

Excellently and expertly narrated by Mr Keeble. SFX, would make this novel superlative. Thank you.

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  • Wbc85
  • 04-17-19

One of the best

Really enjoyed this one , highly recommend. The book was well paced and very entertaining. Narrator was exellent again.

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  • Timothy Stephens
  • 02-24-21

I'm biased...

Look I loved it. Finally a decent amount of more surrounding Mortarion and the founding of the Death Guard. The machinations of Malcador and the continued tale of Mortarion's wayward son Garro were also a great juxtaposition on a tragedy on so many fronts. If you like 40k and the lore behind it you will like this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-22

The Plague takes hold

The relentless march of the Death Guard approaches Terra, and the reason why becomes apparent. Why Mortarion makes this choice and everything leading up to it. The Imperium is surely doomed. Though all hope to fight the abominable forces of Nurgle and the Gods of Chaos is not lost. Malcadors Knights Errant stand ready for now and all time. Garro, Loken, Rubio and the their brothers in Grey. Brilliantly narrated by Keeble, this is another unmissable book in the saga of the Heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-21

Some interesting revelations

Some interesting revelations about the founding of the grey knights and Mortarians first encounter with his father the (god) emperor of mankind

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  • Thomas Polites
  • 02-05-21

Mortarion Origin Story & Friends

Amazing performance and fantastic insight into Mortarion. A must listen for any Death Guard fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-20

Completely Enraptured

one of the most memorable Horus heresy books, amazingly compelling narration. loved it.

all throughout the voice performance gave life to characters, and the story itself answered many questions I'd asked about mortarion, the death guard and Malcador the Sigillite. This book is a must read for any fans of Warhammer and the heresy.

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  • Simon O
  • 04-18-20

Loved it

Fantastic book that told the story of corruption and also new growths (and pustules) , also a plot line that’s concurrently running of Garro and the knights

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  • calum
  • 08-22-19

James swallow..da man

James swallow, delivers again! Make sure you are up to date on all your lore and books because this book takes you for a ride you don’t want to get off at!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-19

very good

very good however a little annoying every time something interesting starts happening with the death guard it stopped and jumps to another story but still a very good story

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  • Joel
  • 04-17-19

Awsome

Loved it. If you want to know where all the knights errant are and what they are up to this is for you.

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  • Joshua
  • 04-04-19

Swallow returns at his best

Seamlessly sliding between two of the best story lines in the Horus Heresy, Swallow and Keeble unite to provide a disgustingly resilient chapter in the final stages of this epic genre!