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Prospero Burns

The Horus Heresy, Book 15
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Emperor is enraged. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a terrible mistake that endangers the very safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero.

This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Russ and his Space Wolves are not easily deterred. With wrath in his heart, Russ is determined to bring Magnus to justice and bring about the fall of Prospero.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2010 Games Workshop Limited

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Important part of the HH epic, but awful title

The title couldn't be further from what most of the story is about, the destruction of Prospero is an important part of the book, but don't expect this book to be a huge epic from this battle from the Space Wolfs perspective. The title and the cover don't match the actual content. Don't get me wrong, the story is good and very original, but it takes a really long time for you to understand why the author is telling the story the way he is. If you endure the starting 60% of the book, you enjoy the "twist" at its climax. An interesting idea for a HH book, but it could have been way better implemented.
(MINOR SPOILER FORWARD)
Even though I really liked the climax, the end feels unsatisfying. As a small slice of a huge epic, it isn't well-explained the repercussions of the important events that happen in this book and how they affected the characters from the HH going forward.

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Wet, leopard growl/snarl

I very much enjoy this story, and Dan Abnett’s work, in general.
I didn’t notice this when I first read the book, but upon listening to it, I was struck by the repeated use of the description mentioned above, whenever a member of the Rout started vocalizing.
Not to be a fusspot, because it really is a great read if the Horus Heresy is of interest to you, but it got to a point where I just wanted to cry every time I heard it. I didn’t count, but ad nauseam, fits the bill.
Sorry Mr. Abnett! EISENHORN RULES!

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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 2018-04-04

Great space wolves book. Terrible title.

The 12.5 he book or whatever spends about 1 hr on Prospero. it's a great book but terrible title

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  • arik
  • 2018-09-28

Not about the burning of prospero

it was well performed but it was Not about a character or story I cared about. It's about a random human who joins the Rout as a skjald. he is not an interesting character and we don't spend more than an hour on prospero. When we do get to prospero the story focuses not on the tragedy of Magnus or on Russ' feelings but on the main character's back story. total waste of a good setting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-21

Dan Delivers

you can't help but appreciate the stories of Dan Abnett. the other writers are great too but his works so far are the cant put it down till its done kind that I will always love

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-01

good book, dry at first but still a good book<br />

a little dry for the first bit but it picks up around chapter ten or so.

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  • Buggtussel
  • 2019-05-21

There are no Wolves

Pretty good telling of the ways the Choas Gods played the long game. You can pull anything off with the vast amount of effort and time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-08

The tale of the Vlka Fenryka

A story of Kasper Ansbach Hawser service to the Space Wolves to remember their stories and to recall the tales.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-03

Big shoes to fill

Slow start that seems to be heading in a completely independant direction, but leads to a predetermined conclusion.

As a fan of the space wolves I hoped for more regarding the siege of prospero itself and less regarding the point of view from the skald. Great tie in to current characters really brought the story as a whole home despite the battle itself being rather vague. Allusion to the secrets of Fenris and the Spacewolves was kinda bittersweet as well.

Well worth the read!

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  • Scott Sprague
  • 2019-03-13

The best book in the Horus Heresy series.

This is the best book in the Horus Heresy series. I can not recommend it highly enough. It may be helpful to read A Thousand Sons first for background. Even if you are not a fan of the Wolves, it is well worth a try.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-10

A forgettable story

Not much happens in this book. The main character isn't interesting and there isn't a discernable antagonist identified until very late in the story. When finally revealed, the antagonist is very disappointing, and because it is so poorly developed, it leads to an ultimately uninspired climax. Readers will learn some notable facts about the Space Wolves legion, however that should be expected already, and could have been explored further. For example, the many fantastical creatures on Fenris and the hunts to kill them could have been discussed more than one or two stories.

The narrator does a decent job but for a legion with such feral tendencies, I expected to hear more animalistic snarls and accents from the Space Wolf characters.

Overall, this book's greatest failing is that it does nothing to advance the plot of the grand Horus Heresy other than give a glimpse of the Space Wolf perspective.

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  • Nate
  • 2019-02-06

Wolves unleashed

loved it. first time knowing mich of anything with the battle brothers from fenris. really enjoyed it