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Book 54: The Buried Dagger

The Horus Heresy
Written by: James Swallow
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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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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Great book

Enjoyed this book in its entirety. Loved learning Mortarion's backstory I enjoyed that more than the war going on. But still the multiple storylines were very good and always kept me wanting to know what would happen next. If you remotely are interested in the Death Guard or Mortarion, then this is a awesome book for you.

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Excellent performance and story

One of my favourite sci fi series is coming to a fanastic end and all the lose ends are beginning to tie up with this well written entry into the Horus heresy saga.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-26

Loved it

Wish it focused a bit more on the carnage the Chimeric plague inflicted on the death guard but other than that it's a fantastic book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-20

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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  • Stacey McGovern
  • 2019-03-15

Great book

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-13

Buy this book; Grandfather Nurgle compels you!

A brilliant balance of noble knights and gross, smelly booger-people getting ready to kick each other's bums.

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  • Malone
  • 2019-04-07

a crescendo of character development!

I never expected to be so intrigued by and engages with Mortarion. There truly are no flat characters in the HH. 3 intertwined story lines shoe interesting parallels throughout. Very worth the read.

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  • Carlos Castaño
  • 2019-04-07

Not a fan of Mortarion's story arch, but OMG

Try not to start running like a crazy person on chapter 14. I mean it. The book goes from good to spectacular in one chapter and half. Totally worth it.

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  • sam breitenbauch
  • 2019-04-06

Good story( sad- heartrending)

wow. I enjoyed this very much. Bern following the death guard since the Eisenstein took flight. And now its nearly at end. This tragedy within tragedies. An excellent performance. And a satsifying story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-22

Amazing! Bring on the siege!

This was wonderful. Swallow and Keeble blew it out of the water on this one.

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  • Acerock
  • 2019-03-25

never thought I'd come to like Morty

I'm getting tires of these "the Battle for Terra is about to begin" novels. I'd really like it if BL just finally got to it because it's getting to the point of being filler.

even still this take is rather insightful. I got to see aspects of Mortarian I never thought I'd see and it was a pleasant surprise. I've always found Mortarian and the Death Guard to be flat and uninteresting and this book added some nice texture and wrinkles.

meanwhile we also get to see Malcador in action with the Knights Errant as they embark upon what is to be their true purpose which is meaningful and powerful. it's well worth it and Keeble again delivers fantastic narration.

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  • Emery J Risdall
  • 2019-03-20

Dumpster fire

I would rather have no fall of the Death Guard story at all than this atrocity. I wish I could burn my copy but unfortunately it's on audible.

If you're a fan of the old Index Astartes DG or the DG section in Book 1 Betrayal, avoid this at all costs. You'll be as pissed as I am. If you want the Garro story, fine, I guess. Jonathan Keeble does a fantastic job as usual.

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