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Descent of Angels

The Horus Heresy, Book 6
Written by: Mitchel Scanlon
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The planet of Caliban exists much as it has for thousands of years - the knightly orders protect the common people, fighting back the beasts that lurk in the depths of the seemingly endless forests.

Young Zahariel and Nemiel aspire to join the greatest of the orders, led by the example of mighty Lion El'Jonson and his vision of a peaceful and unified world. But the coming of the Imperium brings new concerns and a new destiny for the Lion as part of the Great Crusade, and the sons of Caliban must decide if they will follow him to glory among the stars.

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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it's okay but not Warhammer

the overall story is good, but its not 30k this is a fantasy story. A good story but doesn't add anything to the HH series. In my opinion you could skip this book and just move on in the series without really missing anything.

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a dark angel note setter rings hollow

as a Dark angels fan, it's always cool to take a trip back to Caliban.

Unfortunately this old romp through the pre-heresy dark Angels Homeworld leaves something to be desired.

my first complaint comes from the lackluster narration, which does little to engage or excite the listener.

the story is rife with foreshadowing and engaging lore tidbits which were awesome to behold. the prose of the novel is vivid and beautiful, setting a wonderful backdrop for the action.

unfortunately the action is usually underwhelming, unremarkable to a fault.
the real shortcoming of this book is the dialogue, which is downright disappointing.

the dialogue is repetetive and uninspired, usually in brief needlessly combative exchanges used to exposit information. these witless conversations are little more than a bare bones vehicle that drive the plot forward, and offer little in entertainment value.

ultimately a non-essential entry in the HH saga, this book can be enjoyed by dark Angels fans but is wholly forgettable.

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decent

The narrator did an excellent job.
I've listened to all the previous Horus heresy books and this one seemed lacking.
the beginning is good but then... nothing happens.
maybe it's a part 1 of 2? if that's the case they should have ended it that way.

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The epic continuation of an amazing series

Narration was superb, as well as an amazing story. An awesome chapter of the Horus Heresy.

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A great entry point

I loved it, I consider it a great entry point into the universe of Warhammer 30k/40k. As it introduces you to the wider universe and themes much more slowly as it is introduced to the character we follow.

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i loved this

As a new dark angel player, I love the lore.I will be looking, For more stories.

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absolutely stunning

absolutely captivating. couldn't stop listening

recommended listen to anyone who is a fan of the horus herasy. probably my favorite so far.

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Made me a fan of a once hated faction

Was never a fan of the dark angel but was recommended this book by a friend and I have to say it may be one of my new favorites.

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  • Michael S. Labrow
  • 2018-01-01

Great if you like Dark Angels

What did you love best about Descent of Angels?

I loved getting additional lore and backstory about the Dark Angels.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was about the coming of the Emperor and the creation of the First Legion. It has almost no tie in to the actual Horus Heresy. So as a tale about HOW the Dark Angels end up the Dark Angels of the 41st Millennium it's not bad. As a story of the Hersey it fails utterly.

Have you listened to any of Gareth Armstrong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Gareth Armstrong on several other Black Library books, and he does a very good job telling this story. You always have a feel for who is talking due to the inflection of the character's 'voice' and he is very clear and brings a lot to the tale.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. The story felt kind of disjointed and at times it was hard to tell the passage of time. Some events were told as if they took mere hours or days but took weeks. Other events happened concurrently or behind other events in the book. The story itself could be tighter and better told.

Any additional comments?

I am glad I have listened to it. I'm not necessarily thrilled with the story itself. But then I'm not the biggest fan of the Dark Angels, so there is that.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-03-17

Waste of a credit

Worst in the series up until this point - it feels half finished. The characters’ dialogue is so whiny it’s hardly bearable - and it’s made worse by the narrator’s performance. The story is meandering and feels mostly irrelevant by the end. Actually considering quitting the series due to this one but I think I’ll try the next one hoping that this dud is an outlier.

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  • Mykaela Mckinney
  • 2018-09-27

Fantastic seemingly unrelated story.

Great book that im assuming was only written to inroduce the primarch of the first legion the dark angels and give a full backstory. otherwise this book is mostly unrelated to everything that has happened in the rest of the series so far. that being said it was a great book maybe my favorite in the series yet and a needed break from the main storyline, i cant wait to see how they tie this together once the lion enters the war with horus. The one glaring flaw in this book is the abrubt ending, epilogue really wasnt enough either. Narrator was amazing!

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  • Arick Olson
  • 2019-08-04

Merely okay

The main characters are one dimensional. Story felt rushed and left out good development. It felt more like a really long fan fiction rather than a black library book.

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  • Jaclyn Rae Adams
  • 2019-09-20

couldn't finish.

not for me, maybe if more things actually happened, I was not taken in hearing about a boy who would become a space marine.

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  • Elvis Dominguez
  • 2018-11-19

Great & Awful

Great story, however Gareth’s delivery when voicing Zahariel & Nemial is terrible.

He kept the same pitch and tone of them from their child & teen years into their adult Astartes years, very cringeworthy & immersion breaking thibking of a full grown Astartes that sounds like my 9 year old nephew, and thats just my take on these 2 characters mind you.

Still, Mitchel Scanlon wrote a really good novel & it is worth reading/listening to.

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  • Nyotengu
  • 2020-08-02

don't listen to the haters irs pretty darn alright

it was pretty darn good I tell you what 😏 🤔 😅 🤣 😂 😳

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  • Louis M. Gruber
  • 2020-07-01

mediocre at best

The first half was interesting as a stand alone story. but the 2nd half just felt lazy and rushed.

The narrater was okay, he had some funny voices, but what botheres me was there were numerous times you could tell when he started a fresh recording. this was signalled by a significant and unexpected change in pitch and sometimes ambient background noise. it was quite distracting.

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  • Tito Concepcion
  • 2020-06-13

everything was fine until

The narrator made the Emporer sound like a dandy. wherever that happened seemed to destroy any thought I had before. That whimsical voice he puts on ugh. But overall still not the worst story.

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-05-25

The Great until the last Chapter

I blazed through this entire audio book, and was riveted until the last two hours. I was really hoping that it would tie in more with the larger Horus Heresy story arc, but it was more like a bridge between 40k and classic Warhammer. Great listen all the same.