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  • Scars

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 28
  • Written by: Chris Wraight
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Of all the Legiones Astartes, the White Scars of Jaghatai Khan remain the most enigmatic and elusive. Born of a civilisation that prizes honour, speed and fearsome loyalty, their allegiance has yet remained unclear even as the galaxy is torn apart by Horus' treachery, and both sides have apparently counted them among their potential allies in the war to come.

But when the Alpha Legion launch an unexplained and simultaneous attack against the White Scars and Space Wolves, the Khan must decide once and for all whether he will stand with the Emperor or the Warmaster...or neither.

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

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For the Khagan

This story was the catalyst that brought the obscure White Scars legion to becoming one of the most compelling legions of the Warhammer 40K universe.

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Fantastic

I knew nothing of the scars going into this. Found it very enlightening and they quickly had become one of my favourite legions.

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Good if you like White Scars

The book was good if you like the scars. There is a healthy dose of Space Wolves here as well as a touch of Death Guard. I'd say personally I was not super into this book, but I am trying to review as unbiased as possible as I think my lack of interest is only because I am not a fan of the White Scars legion. I got this book to try and Kindle some interest in a legion I knew less about, but ultimately, at least for me, this didn't really make me want to know more about them, and instead made me want more from the Space Wolves, Death Guard, Thousand Sons, and even the Salamanders.

This book does tie in very well with the books Thousand Sons before it, and with Crimson King after it.

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LORE FOR DAYS

Great character building from the start, gets down to the human level of Space Marines and the decisions they make as individual. Great intro to the White Scars legion that makes you wish you were a speed craving war hawk like the rest of em.

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A Must Read For Fans.

A very refreshing take on the typical Astartes, that was well written and performed.
Adds a new dynamic and perspective to the ongoing events of the setting.

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A good story for any white scars fans

A good place to start for any white scars fans. An interesting background on the legion and ties back to the fight of Prospero. While the Wolves and Alpha legion appear, they don't get enough detail as to why they are in this story at all.

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pretty good

I liked the story, really enjoyed the narrator, but didn't love the accents used for the White Scars

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  • Shawn
  • 2020-04-14

One of the Best

As a Thosand Sons player this book shows the sode of Magnus I wish I could explain to my peers. Magnus's story is a tragic tale of doing good the wrong way. Being outcast by his father. Great book, now Im a fan of the white scars too.

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  • Ross Brandon Glickman
  • 2020-09-28

I wanted to like it

Amazing performance as always, but it was just another “what’s the primarch of the white scars doing during the beginning of the heresy” book. There could’ve been 4 beers all with quick, short stories about the background instead of 25 titles around it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-14

The Khan

Didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. Never been interested in this Legion, only until after looking at reviews and all the Khan hype on YouTube did I decide to pick this up. I was not disappointed.

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  • XCSkier
  • 2022-06-24

Book is racist

I love Games Workshop. The White Scars are my favorite space marine chapter. Warhammer is my absolute jam. But this book is predicated on two colonial era concepts: the inscrutable oriental, and the noble savage. The book portrays the White Scars in a positive light, but ultimately within the concept of racist historical archetypes that are frankly grating in this day and age. I can assure you that this book was written reviewed and produced by white men without a diverse perspective.

I’ll give you one example. The chief librarian of the White Scars is centuries old, and he’s the master of the psychic arts, sword play, poetry, reading his comrades, but he talks with a stereotypical “Asian” accent because he can’t “master the Gothic tongue” notwithstanding literally hundreds of years of practice. It’s fine to have an accent. But it’s not fine to have the only Asian characters be unable to do punctuation and articles just because they’re “inscrutable.”

The book isn’t fundamentally flawed. Games Workshop should revise this book and re publish it. Racism aside, it’s a kickass deep dive into the zeitgeist of the coolest chapter of outer space super warrior gods in the 30th millennium.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-07

strong entry by Wraight

only docking one star for story as the Space Wolves, prominent at the beginning, disappear halfway through and felt a bit shoehorned into the book for no real reason. Otherwise this is a great HH novel and excellent depiction of the Khan and his legion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-14

Speeeeeeeeedyyyybooooy

Jaghatai getting fleshed outs always a win, plus having a pretty happy ending game for a warhammer novel is a little refreshing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-24

Amazing story for the 5th Legion

This story has plenty of great moments and background for the White Scars. Jaghatai Khan is amazing and a straight up beast while also being civil in his own way which makes him just flat out amazing.

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  • Nate
  • 2019-03-14

FOR THE KHAN !

Really enjoyed this book, About time we got some white scars in the lore. Really enjoyed getting a peak at their lifestyles and their tactics. Book kept me in the entire story.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-02-08

Worth it!

Skillful writing, fantastic narration. The author does a great job conveying just how tense and confusing it was at this point in the Heresy. The White Scars Legion has heard whispers of treachery and the time has come to decide who’s side they’re on.

Tensions run high as they uncover frightening truths about the state of the Great Crusade.

This book is a winner, I would recommend this to any Heresy fan.

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  • Christian Brown
  • 2022-08-08

If I hadn't found the Space Wolves long ago...

I'd be a White Scars player now. A great story well told and well performed.