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Publisher's Summary

While loyalist and traitor forces clash on a thousand battlefields across the galaxy, a very different kind of war is being fought in the shadows - a war of subtlety and subterfuge, unknown to many, but one that surely holds the key to victory for either side.

Rogal Dorn and his Legion prepare to defend the Solar System against the armies of Warmaster Horus, even as Malcador the Sigillite charges his many agents and spies with missions of the utmost secrecy. The future of the Imperium is being shaped by unseen hands....

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

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Small stories within a galaxy at war.

While better than most of the compilation books in the HH series, it still falls short on occasion. We get to see many faces both new and old, but many of the stories feel like snapshots rather than full pictures.

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Sigillite’s Inquisition and Grey Knight origins

Pretty good anthology collection of The proto-Grey Knights and Inquisition origins in the 30k millennium. If you like those characters and units it’s a MUST read. I’m just not a big loyalist fan.

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great narrator

the narrator was great. great feeling and different voices made it more enjoyable. totally recommend.

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silent war

good book but short stories with no clear link to the main story line of the other books l.

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best book of HH short stories

best book of short stories in the series. 5 out of 5. will listen again.

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Shorts but actually good

I usually don’t like the shorts ones. The other reviews are right - this one is worth it!

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Normal grab bag of stories

Grab bag of stories, some are really good and others are less than. the good ones def make it worth the listen.

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So many great stories

So many great stories that are tied to other aspects of the war. The ways Malcador used other means during the war.

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every story was outstanding

the depth of back story and the holes filled in the story between 30k lore and 40k were amazing

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amazing

shows that there is far mor going on in the imperium and just how far ahead malcador is looking.

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  • 11-17-19

well narated but poor

honestly the worst of the heresy books i've either read or listened to, these short stories have no impact on the overall plot of the series and very little value to the setting as a whole. while some were interesting few held any substance, could have gone entirely unwritten, unpublushed, unread and unmissed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-20

More random stories

It seems like half of the heresy series is falsely advertised because when I but a book saying its from the horus heresy series I expect something this has some sort of addition to the over all plot. However I've come across like 10+books where its just random stories from around the heresy, this book is in the late 30s so thats like a third of this series. So a third of these books are a complete waste if time. Everytime I come across a book like this from black libary it makes me think so much less of them because instead of trying to write a good story they jusr pump out lots of crappy random short ones just to sell you more book. All it does is make black libary look like money grabbing cheats, which is funny because that's exactly what games work shop are. Something to think about

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  • 04-29-19

Felt like i just wasred my time

Another anthology! I keep Reading them In the hopes of a good story or at least plot insight. I Got neither. Only Keeble made this bearable.

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  • Milo
  • 04-21-22

Good stories, tremendous narration

Great collection of short stories. As ever some are better than others but this isn’t one of the anthologies to skip and gives some great insights to what Malcador has been up to.

Keeble absolutely nails every story as you would expect.

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  • 01-20-22

One of the better story collections

As for a shorter collection of stories, these ones are quite good. It also feels like you got a selection of most fulfilling ones as well, and with the best narrator for it. It feels like we are closing in for the Battle for Terra, so overall, give it a go if you got time. Fills some gaps or reminds you of what happened in the past without going too wide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-21

Grey Knights - Getting the band together

Was a bit put off at first when I read the first few reviews (never do, just plow through the Heresy) that the stories within were not connected to the overall or main story of the Heresy. While in a sense true, I found them good stories for fleshing out some events we've seen and hopefully will soon. Mr Keeble does a banging job and a lot of what made me like the book as a whole is thanks to him. A good listen!

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  • Sam Marshall
  • 09-20-21

Not the worst anthology

Not the worst not the best but better than others, few good longer short stories wasn’t a chore to get through

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  • Travs
  • 07-22-20

Mini Stories

some great mini stories but prefer it when a whole novel. Puts lots of mini snippets towards the bigger picture

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  • Michael
  • 01-31-20

Good but drawn out

I love Jonathan Keeble as a narrator don’t get me wrong but I do find that some of the anthology novels can get rather confusing.
Still a great listen however but a great listen in competition with some outstanding ones.

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  • Dr T Pearson
  • 07-17-19

Really good at fleshing out some characters

Some of these short stories are fantastic at bringing the listener in and connecting us to the characters. Some really interesting ideas portrayed and the exposition the sigilite gives helps understand him and the emporer whilst sign posting events to come.
Not a must read for the overall listener but definitely a shame to miss out on.

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  • 04-18-21

Great Listen

Fantastic short stories of the silent, secret war going on behind the larger forefront of the main conflict in the 30th Millennium.