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The Horus Heresy Book 54

For long years, the Horus Heresy has ground on. Now, the Death Guard have been sent to begin the final battle. But Mortarion and his sons must face their gravest challenge first - for Nurgle has claimed them as his own, and he will not be denied....

After 54 books, the best-selling series is finally drawing to a close with a long-awaited story - the fall of the Death Guard into Nurgle's embrace as they make their way to start the Siege of Terra.

The skies darken over Terra as the final battle for the Throne looms ever closer.... As the Traitor primarchs muster to the Warmaster’s banner, it is Mortarion who is sent ahead as the vanguard of the Traitor forces. But as he and his warriors make way, they become lost in the warp and stricken by a terrible plague. Once thought of as unbreakable, the legendary Death Guard are brought to their knees. To save his Legion, Mortarion must strike a most terrible bargain that will damn his sons for eternity. Meanwhile, in the cloisters of Holy Terra, a plot is afoot to create sedition and carnage in advance of the Horus’ armies. Taking matters into his own hands, Malcador the Sigillite seeks to put a stop to any insurrection but discovers a plot that he will need all of his cunning and battle-craft to overcome.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Great listen!

Finally a deep look into the origins of the Death Gaurd and Mortarion!! The follow up with the grey knights was a good offset, the 2 story lines went together well!! GW still sucks, but the books... oh the books!!

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Why there's a Malcador line?

I really liked the part about Death Guard, but I can't understand why in the book which suppose to be about Death Guard and has Mortarion and Thypus on the cover half of the book about Malcador and his mentally challenged friends and that part is total garbage and not interesting.You can basically just skip the number parts if you interested in Death Guard

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Perfect

Amazing conclusion to the horus heresy. Finally get to see the last of the traitor primarchs fall into their role. Grey Knights finally get a chance to shine again too.

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Great book

Enjoyed this book in its entirety. Loved learning Mortarion's backstory I enjoyed that more than the war going on. But still the multiple storylines were very good and always kept me wanting to know what would happen next. If you remotely are interested in the Death Guard or Mortarion, then this is a awesome book for you.

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Excellent performance and story

One of my favourite sci fi series is coming to a fanastic end and all the lose ends are beginning to tie up with this well written entry into the Horus heresy saga.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-20

Conflicted in a good way.

I honestly am conflicted. the first 3 books of the entire serious are and always will be amazing. But I almost want to say this one was better then all others thus far.

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  • Kristian
  • 2020-11-05

Damn good

I need to write atleast 15 eyes, so I thought it was really good. The end

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  • All of Us
  • 2020-10-04

Great listen

A great read for anyone even remotely interested in Chaos. Mortarion is really fleshed out in a satisfying way and I really want to hear more stories involving him after finishing this. There's a side plot primarily involving Malcador that drags at points, but it ends in a very nice way. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to any Warhammer 40k fans.

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  • snozek
  • 2019-05-07

way better than expected!

I am familiar with the author and his other books I'm also familiar with a Warhammer 40K universe.

this does not mean that all of their offerings are good. some of their books are mid-range or even not very good.

the books within the sub-series, The Horus Heresy, are generally of a higher quality.

this book is not only within the Horus heresy but also is one of the books close to its culmination.

although the cover character and his faction are not my favorites, the book unveils so much really useful information about the Horus Heresy that it is nearly invaluable.

the reader is excellent. Jonathan Keeble has repeatedly made himself one of the top possible black Library readers for their audiobooks.

although the author John French is usually known for his work with the 9th Legion, his work in this book was very good.

although this book very obviously deals with the Death Guard, the book less obviously deals with Malcador and his knights, this takes up nearly half of the novel.

I expected very little from this book, but derived a very great deal from it. I am very happy with the read.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 2019-04-06

Good story( sad- heartrending)

wow. I enjoyed this very much. Bern following the death guard since the Eisenstein took flight. And now its nearly at end. This tragedy within tragedies. An excellent performance. And a satsifying story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-03-26

Loved it

Wish it focused a bit more on the carnage the Chimeric plague inflicted on the death guard but other than that it's a fantastic book!

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  • Stacey McGovern
  • 2019-03-15

Great book

It was everything that I hoped it would. be, and more. Great book. Loved it!

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  • James Wagner
  • 2021-07-07

Fascinating Insight Into Motorian

Didn't expect it to be so good. The ending is definitely worth the read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-01

Death Guard explained!

Great story and details about how Mortarian and the Death Guard were started. Great lead up to solar war too!

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  • Devin
  • 2021-05-20

Not enough

the performance was great, the writing was great, but it felt like two storys strapped together to fill out a book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-20

Interesting development of tge death guard

An interesting view into the origin of the death guard past and hesery time, with more lore about mortarion and typhon