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Descent of Angels

The Horus Heresy, Book 6
Written by: Mitchel Scanlon
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 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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i loved this

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

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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Myner
  • 2019-08-23

Definitely in my top 3 books so far

Characters and situation were very interesting. I didn't know want to stop listening to it.

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  • Sheralyn J. 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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  • Robert Harron
  • 2019-07-14

good but not directly relevant

Like others have mentioned, this is a great story with a good performance but it does not have anything to really do with the heresy. The development if the characters is very nice and it was interesting to hear the perspective of peoples transitions to astartes.

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  • Peter M.
  • 2019-07-08

Lion El Johnson

loved the book and the insight into the legion that I've never really studied or looked into.

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  • Shinjio
  • 2019-07-04

A welxome change of pace

Loved it, at a different pace then the rest of the titles i enjoyed every bit of it.

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  • András Lantos
  • 2019-06-21

Worst in the series so far

Armstrong might be the best narrator I've heared so far.
This story might have been written for younger audiences; I struggled to find a single memorable moment in the book (and I still do). I hoped to learn the background of the Dark Angels, their reason for being so secretive, but the book simply doesn't give these background informations. The prologue claims that the book will elavorate on thw schism between Luther and the Lion, but I could summarise this conflict in two sentences; and this whole conflict seems childish, ridiculous and very minor compared to other conflicts in the series (Horus, Fulgrim, Magnus), where the conflicting emotions are fleshed out, and the principally good intentions can be understood even if they lead to betrayal. This book is mostly about a 15 year old running around with a sword. The different parts of the story feel very loosely connected, it doesn't feel like a coherent novel. The plot could have been summarized in a much shorter story; I don't really see why this has to be a book on its own (maybe it prepares the scene for the next Dark Angel book, but I still think, that this story could have been written in way fewer words).

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  • Frank
  • 2019-06-20

Great book

Great book if you're a DA fan. I really enjoyed The Lions origin story, as well as Calibans history.