• Vengeful Spirit

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 29
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,346 ratings)

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By: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
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Once the brightest star in the Imperium and always first among his primarch brothers, Horus has dragged the Space Marine Legions into the bloodiest conflict that the galaxy has ever seen. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descend upon the Knight world of Molech - home to the ruling House Devine, and a principle stronghold of the Imperial Army.

The forces loyal to the Emperor stand ready to defy the Warmaster, but just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a well defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny?

©2014 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Like Father like Son

Great look into the journey of Horus going from manipulated rebel to full on Chaos Primarch.

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Not perfect, but good enough

I usually don´t write reviews, but I have to share my thoughts on this one.
First - overall story is nice, I liked it. But I have really rooted for the "good guys" and was sad to see so many desperate moments ruining their day and I really wished the "bad guys" just die, how can they survive so much. Even when I know, that Horus will survive, I wished so much many times that he just dies... partly because it felt almost like "cheating" the way how they overcame obstacles... strange magic here, huge ton of luck there, coincidence over there, it happened so many times, that I just felt like "aaaagh, die already!". Especially when Imperator titen fell, that felt quite cheap the way it happened and why... but well, I guess that is the point of "Choass" and their ways...
And second - the narator did really good job, but I just wish they have used the same narrator as for the first three Horus Heresy books, specifialy because of Garviel Locan character - he so much deserved the rough, tough voice he had in the first three book and he deserved it so much more with what he had to face in this book, it was very strange to hear him speak in "school-boy" like soft voice, the comparison of that voice difference was quite breaking the immertion for me many times.
But overall, I have enjoyed the book :)

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Repeative battles, does not advance timeline

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This book is a repeat of all the prior books no new content aside from Horus got God like powers. They don't explain anything about what he did to get it.

He just went to the planet went through the portal and got like God like powers literally the most important part of this book is a few minutes. The rest is just the same tired battles and surprise surprise something terrible happens to the Good guys which makes Horus defeat overwhelming odds again.

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great!

Loved hearing Loken come back from the first couple of books and seeing how his character has been changed by what happened.

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Love the story but the narrator lacked enthusiasm during fights and didn’t quite capture emotions in characters.

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A pretty good book, but I might be biased😉

A damn good addition to the heresy series, full of feelz.
Only thing that is bothering me is how Garviel Loken is alive, i remember that we dont see a dead body back in the 3rd book, but maybe i missed something or they dont really explane how they found him?

On a side note, as a Dane having the stories of H.C. Andersen be shown in 40k, and explisedly written in danish filled me with a national pride that i rarely feel,
Fuck yeah the things that denmark is most famous for is Vikings, one if the best poets/story writer in history AKA H. C. Andersen, a important Philosopher AKA Søren Kierkegaard, and we have one of the most socially equal countries in the world, FUCK YEAH WE RULE!
XD erhm its a good book😋

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Great introduction to the next part of the heresy

Constant action, references to pivotal points in the heresy, not boring for a minute

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Gareth Armstrong makes this one

The story feels a little bloated in places, but despite that I really enjoyed hearing Gareth Armstrong's voices. It was very easy to tell who was speaking even before the speaker is identified by the narrative. Worth the listen!

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Graham Mcniell delivers another meandering bleh

once again Graham mcniell meanders his way through a story with some high notes but average to bad everywhere else. too many plot lines that feel flat. too many characters that are exactly like the others, and most importantly utterly fails to capture anything unique or cool about Horus. you basically get the just of the book in first chapters. horus goes to moloch, and gets chaos powers in same way as the emp. literally nothing else that occurs in the story adds anything to the above one sentence. worst Mcniel book in Heresy so far.

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Good book, a few disagreements on performance.

First, the story. The story itself does not push forward the plot exactly, but the book is about character development for the overall universe. This book is meant to advance Horus, Loken, Aximand, and Abbadon as characters. It is meant to do some lore and world-building and set up the confrontation between Horus and Russ.

To that end it does fine. It leaves us with a lot of questions unless you have some pretty deep knowledge of the lore beforehand. This book requires external reading that is outside the main Horus Heresy Novels. That's ok...but it makes for a difficult read if you don't have it.

Performance...perhaps it is unfair of me but Loken was introduced by voice actor Toby Longworth in the original three novels. Garreth chose to make a very aggressive departure from the sound, cadence, and inflection of the original representation. That's fine, if it's a reboot or something, but it's not. You don't have to do an impersonation of Toby's portrayal, but honestly Loken sounded like Nemiel from Fallen Angels and I couldn't get over it. Tarik likewise, the entire character was different.

It's not just preference. Loken is "straight up and down" and Tarik is all quips and jokes. That's why the book references the humors of the mournival. Garreth changed the personality of those characters. I found myself impersonating their original voices over the top of him because it was too distracting. I mean...Loken sounded like a woman crying at one point...

Garreth, You did the voice and personality for the Lion and Luther...they were amazing. Not one character had those deep notes. No one had that barely contained violence. I know you can do better. Bror Tyrfingr was pretty good, you nailed that pretty well.

It doesn't matter how good the book is or not. If you're reading through the series you are required to read this book and there are no other performance options. If you are not reading through hebseries do not buy this as it is no where close to a stand alone novel.

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  • Luke whitehurst
  • 06-23-21

Poor narration

Honestly I wish Black Library would stop getting Gareth Armstrong to narrate their books, he's the worst part of every audio book he narrates and it's honestly disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-20

This book is rated far too highly for shorts

Another one of the MANY books that are falsely advertised as the horus heresy. This is just another book of shorts that is labelled as the heresy series so they can justify trying to sell you an extra 15+ books that dont actually matter

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  • T Ralls
  • 04-01-21

Progress

Moves the main story arc along nicely rather than just another pointof view or side story. well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-21

boring

could not finish this book. I found every minute a struggle to get past for me

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  • Philip W.
  • 10-16-19

disappointing

One of my favourite authors and his previous work is gold, but I feel hes let this one down and concentrates more on theatrics and over the top dramatic gimmicks to explain situation rather than getting teeth into the story.

I also didnt enjoy the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-21

Not bad, but nothing amazing.

I never got into this one, until the end. I felt there were too many names, events and complicated situations to make sense of. Not a bad one, but you really need to relisten som parts to puzzle it together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-20

Not bad but not great

While advancing the Hours Heresy story, this book feels like it was rushed, or it was meant as a trilogy like the first three books. There are so many characters and character arcs that I had a hard time caring for any one of them. And by the time the story returned to an arc I was previously interested in, I had already lost interest in that arc (like for example Horus's journey to the endgame). Also I feel that too much attention was given to the description of warfare and battles, so much so that by the time any battles finish I had a hard time remembering what was the battle fought for. This also means less time for character dialogue and development. One last gripe I have with this book is that it's climax was a bit disappointing in the way it was constructed, despite its major significance to the Heresy. It felt as if it was glanced over and then the story moved on.
All in all it's a good Heresy story but with a mediocre execution.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-22

Great book in the series! Definitely recommend it

Saw some bad reviews for this book. Mainly for the narration and overall development of the storyline. I disagree with those reviews after finishing the audiobook. The narration wasn't bad at all. I'd like a better voice for Abaddon that makes his character much more sinister. But that's about it. As for the storyline I thought it was brilliant. Necessary read in the Horus heresy series. I'd definitely recommend anyone to give it a go and ignore the negative reviews before you listen to it yourself.

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  • JM
  • 03-13-22

Brilliant

I have read books 1 to 4 and 19. I managed to under stand the story with some checking of facts via Google. This did not stop me loving this story! 5 Stars

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 01-26-22

Just fine

Perfectly palatable however nothing special despite the relative significance of the events to the overall story

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  • Aaron Cox
  • 03-06-21

Predictable, Pedestrian, Poor

Follows a predictable path with characters thrown in to get your interest but nothing more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

Interesting and Enjoyable

This book delves into Horus' journey to Godhood in order to be able to face his father. Definitely worth listening too.

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  • Todd
  • 06-28-18

An awesome story and a return of fan favourites

The XVI legion is back and in prime focus for this story that centres on Horus and his Sons attacking Molech; a Knight World that guards a secret so powerful that the Emperor erased the memory of it from his Primarchs. It is this gap in his memory that motivates Horus to descend upon Molech. He believes that the Emperor gained his godly powers from the planet and plans to reap the same power for himself. At the same time, Malcador dispatches an elite squad of Knights-Errant to infiltrate the Vengeful Spirit in a potentially suicidal attempt to subvert Horus' march towards Terra.

Anyone who loved the first three books in the Heresy series because of the focus on Horus and his legion will love this book. Old characters return: Abaddon, Aximand, Loken, Qruze. And more, including a Death Guard warrior thought to be dead. There is plenty of dialogue between Horus and Mortarion, who has joined Horus' attack on the planet. But the best part is that we see the inner workings of the Sons of Horus now that a number of years have passed since the Heresy began. They have changed, but still retain similar personalities to what we remember, although they're far more uncaged. The interaction between Horus and his Mournival is also a welcome return.