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The Buried Dagger

The Horus Heresy, Book 54
Written by: James Swallow
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 54
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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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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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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  • Dale Nelson
  • 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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  • Amazon-O
  • 2020-01-19

More Mortarion

Extremely well written and performed. Offered rare insight into Mortarion, esp. his motivations for turning from Emperor. Highly recommend!

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-01-10

Answers questions

This book is perfect for someone collecting a deathgaurd army. Some good chunky bits of lore concerning the origins of Mortarian, Typhus and even concerning Malcador and Garro. Sets up for the siege of Terra very well.

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  • Benjamin Garwood
  • 2019-12-02

The story of the reaper

Great oration and backstory for the death legion and their leader. Again the oration really brings the universe and characters to life. Another great book in a phenomenal series. Highly recommend it.

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  • Rexwyn709
  • 2019-10-11

A must read for 40k deathguard fans

simply fantastic, well written, thrilling one of the best 40k books . A must read, especially for death guard fans , also a good read for origins of grey knights and more on malicador the sigilite

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  • Nate
  • 2019-10-11

Great insight into the Death Guard

I really enjoyed this I didn't know much about mortarion and why he had turn traitor to easily until now. my hate for typhus continues and even more so now. great read !

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  • justamom
  • 2019-10-05

Great addition to Horus Heresy

it was awesome seeing how the death gaurd fell to the grasp ot chaos on their trip to Terra

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-05

grandfather nurgle wants you

great book I enjoyed how it was like dantes book where it kept going back to the past and talking about mortarions origin.

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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