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Age of Darkness

The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Missing core sections of the book.

It was a great experience, but I had to look up the book and read the misspelled sections for myself when I noticed that something didn't make sense.

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  • Krelnath
  • 2019-12-18

Previous story collection better.

I found the majority of the short stories lacking compared to the previous collection earlier in the Horus Heresy series expect for the final 2. Worth a listen if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 2018-12-28

Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending.
Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill.
There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this.

Overall, well worth a listen.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 2020-07-20

multiple stories

the book is broken into multiple smaller books which keeps the listening easy though it feels you jump around a lot.

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  • Mitchell
  • 2020-04-19

it's worth the $3.00

some of the stories bend belief, even for 40K. The narrator's continue their odd pronunciations, Martin Ellis continues being Martin Ellis.

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  • Hector Torres
  • 2020-01-29

could not finish it

for some reason I could not get into the short stories. found them boring and too inconsequential to the major plot.

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  • Gill Jr.
  • 2019-11-14

Short Stories, short love

Mashed into this novel are some relatively listenable short stories. Personally, around 3 or 4 of the stories were my absolute favorite while the others were not bad, yet, they weren't what I was captivated by compared to the few I did enjoy. All the authors wrote excellent stories, but with my biased toward certain space marine legions I found myself more or less drawn to a select few authors and tales.
The narrators, however, are exactly what you already know and love. Out of the 3 'eavy hitters though, I always thoroughly enjoy Martyn Ellis's renditions of the stories he reads, he's got a very distinct voice and tends to portray his story's characters in a distinct way without sounding too far fetched in their nuances.

overall: good filler for the bigger heavier fluff

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  • Peter M.
  • 2019-10-16

Very good.

The Iron within is probably the best short story in the whole book. others are good but it's the best.

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  • Taylor
  • 2019-09-19

Compiled Short Stories

Overall everything was great, I'm just not looking for short stories for my commute and I didn't realize it until after I started the book.

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  • Mateo
  • 2019-07-06

my favorite anthology so far

give it a shot, and skip around if needed m some of the twist and turns are so amazing!

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  • Devin
  • 2019-03-31

Solid Collection

Anwsers a few questions, but doesn't move the story forward. would recommend, but coukd be skipped if you're trying to power through the series