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The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of Mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium.

Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs, and when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemon. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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RISE OF THE RENEGADE WARMASTER

#Audible1 This is the second book in the Horus Heresy saga and is the story of the Warmaster's ascent to treasons leadership of the rebellion against his father, the Emperor of Mankind. Picking up from where Dan Abnett left off, Graham McNeill does a good job of continuing the story, adding to it his own particular flavor of wording and storytelling. His ability to portray the now corrupted side of the legion is excellent however I found the jump between the once fanatically loyal marines in book 1 to the openly hostile and treasonous forces tainted by chaos to be somewhat jarring in the suddenness. This may simply be my own personal feelings for the change in author between the two books but do not let it dissuade you from listening. Toby Longworth is one of my favorite narrators for the Horus Heresy Series and does an excellent job giving each pertinent moment the dramatic flair it deserves.

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nice

reader does an amazing job. good follow up tothe first book as well. will continue reading.

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Excellent!

Even though I knew the story would take this turn. I held out genuine hope that all could be made well. The twists and turns were powerful. A great follow up to a previous and equally great book in this long running series!

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Excellent introduction to the series

If you’re planning on reading any books in the series the first five books are essential reading. Luckily they are all quite good, though this introduction does stand above the others. Really gives a good sense of the difference between the humans and Astartes. Does a great job developing Loken as a character and builds suspense for what is to come. If you have any interest in the deeper 40k mythology you could do worse than starting here.

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pretty good

the VA did a decent job at making every character unique. the story really helps understand the horus heresy and gets you a feel of how it all came to be.

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Good story and ideas

The story is a little farfetched sometimes but it is good fun to listen to it. The story is carried alot by some good lore and neat characters.

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Simply Amazing A True Excitement

A story that makes you crave for more .
You keep listening, Wanting to hear more

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Great Book!

The ending wasn't as good as the first book but still a great listen looking forward to the third!

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So great!

Great story, awesome action and descriptions of the characters and units we love. Sets up a bunch of major events during the Horus Heresy.

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cool

Horus dream sequence was long and boring. Why no one made of a movie of this? It is star wars on crack.

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  • Adam J Hoffman
  • 2019-06-07

Audio Issues

Audio levels for the reader need to be adjusted. Multiple instances when narrator will drop to a whisper and his words will be inaudible for lengthy periods of time.

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  • Aaron b.
  • 2019-10-19

epic gamer moment

now this is a certified hood classic. pop ya homies up and strap in, this will blow your mind.

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  • Kinomed_Knyght
  • 2018-04-24

Great Series Decent Book

This book moves a little slow in the beginning but man does it pick up. I am reading this series for a second time AMAZING even still knowing what happens. The detail these authors put into their work is just top notch.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-05-23

Fans of Warhammer won't be disappointed

Toby Longworth does an excellent job of taking you into the action as the Warmaster Horus begins his ascent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-17

I was there, the day Horus became a cuck.

++ Solid Performance, Toby does no character shame.

However:
-Characters from the previous book have been butchered beyond recognition.
-Every woman in the book is written like the author never met a woman except for his mother. Every one reduced to sterotypes, and most drooling over the Astartes and the Primarchs like dogs in heat. The author also spends why to much time describing what the girls wear, and how much skin they are showing etc.

'Why is that a problem, Astartes are supposed to be beautiful and magnificent?' I'll tell you why, it's a problem because they did NOT act like that when they met said male characters in the first book!

You think I exaggerate? I wish, and I wished this was the only bad things.

-Horus, a primach, is also reduced from a sharp master of charisma och leadership, to a prideful tempramental teenager who's way to obsessed with his honour and whether or not he's appreciated by people(and history) enough. He falls for school yard-level manipulation and despite ensuring everyone that He is the one making the decisions, still gets manipulated like a trough and trough cuck.
Why is this a problem? Because he was a brilliant character in the first book! Now he's like a totally different primarch.

If this book didn't cover such an important part of the story, I'd recommend you too skip it. But if you want to know how Hours fell, this is what you need to read. Or just save your money and red the page on Lexicanum.

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  • Nerf Herder
  • 2021-07-14

Disappointing follow-up to Horus Rising

You pretty much have to read this because Horus Heresy, right? But that’s just the thing: False Gods pales by comparison to Horus Rising but, being the middle of the Heresy… it doesn’t matter.

What makes this book good: rich, detailed characters, dialog, and interactions; well-described landscapes with enough detail to imagine but not so much to bore the reader; and interpersonal dynamics which are mostly credible.

What sucks: way too rushed at the end. That Horus would turn on his father is understandable considering his near-death experience. What defies belief is how anyone one else, including the AdMech, would go from mass genocide of entire planets and cultures “for the Emperor!” to “Kill the Emperor and all (including Astartes) who follow him!” without batting an eye.

An expert delivery may have made it somewhat plausible, but Graham McNeill is clearly not there. At least in this book. All that said, you still have to read it. Because Horus Heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-29

good stuff

I'm getting the audio issues people are talking about, aximand is overpowering for some reason, but other than that its fantastic

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  • Psuedo Giest
  • 2019-06-14

intrigue adventure and war

great continuation on the story from the first book. great variety of characters in the expansive Warhammer universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-14

My opinion so far

amazing story, perfectly renditioned. overall a very enjoyable story to listen to when you want to relax.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-23

Superb performace!!!

I read "Horus Rising" and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately, life has been busy and I haven't had much time to read. I purchased "False Gods" on Audible, so I could continue with the series. Toby Longworth has given an amazing performance. His narration is one of the best I have ever listened to. I was glad to see that Longworth is the narrator throughout the series. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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