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Prospero Burns

The Horus Heresy, Book 15
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 15
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 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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  • Justin Brenner
  • 2019-11-07

Skips over the burning of Prospero

It's a good story and a good view into the history of the Space Wolves. But for a book titled Prospero Burns, you expect a good account of the Space Wolves attack on Prospero. That is missing here. The attack on Prospero is reduced to literally just a few lines.

If you're looking for the attack on Prospero, the book you want is A Thousand Sons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-16

Not What I Expected But Good in its Own Way

First off, Prospero Burns is NOT a bad book. I found the story very engaging and it tells a lot about the culture of Fenris and the Space Wolves. This book is packed with suspense.

But all that being said, I don't think it belongs in the cover it's in. This seems like more of a prelude to the Burning of Prospero, rather than a book about it. If you want to read about the Space Wolves, this book is an essential read. If you want to learn about them in action, it's a very good book, the Battle scenes are very well written and narrated. But the actual Burning of Prospero takes up very little of the book so if that's what you're after you may be let down.

But as I said before, this is a very nice story and if you're looking for a compelling listen this book will not let you down.

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  • Benjamin Anderson
  • 2020-03-16

1000 Sons Was better

If you are a big fan of space wolves you might like this perspective a little bit better however I felt that the first 2/3 of this book were incredibly slow and when it finally got to the action it felt short-lived. Narration was great

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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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  • 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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  • Waldis J. Peña
  • 2020-07-31

truly fantastic

A hauntingly beautiful character study on the wolves of Fenris! recommended for any warhammer fan!

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  • Brant Just
  • 2020-07-12

tough follow to thousand sons

anti-climactic start after Thousand Sons really hampers the first half. otherwise great read but its difficult to focus if you're expecting to pick up where you left off in Thousand Sons.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 2020-07-10

the clash

a great read that brings you along as a third person to the events we have seen already played out. giving inside perspective on the events from new eyes and twisting the events in new ways that will leave you craving more.

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  • Lordkiro711
  • 2020-07-09

Prospero Burns

Don’t let the title fool you if you want a full recount of the destruction of Prospero go read Thousand Sons this is a different story entirely but the name fits perfectly it’s worth the read.

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  • David
  • 2020-06-20

Hard to understand

Gareth Armstrong voice acted well but a very difficult book to follow when the author uses quasi Scandinavian direct translations to English. I love this series but this book is my least favorite.