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  • The Buried Dagger

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 54
  • Written by: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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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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  • 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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  • Travis
  • 2022-01-14

John Keeble deserves a raise

This man had to find a way to voice the eldritch pestilence of Nurgle. This diseased voice was off-putting, gross, and hard to listen to for long periods of time and therefore accomplished everything it had to. Keeble deserves a raise and a bag of lozenges.

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  • nicholas
  • 2022-01-04

performance

the scene where the demon throws up actually a voice acting work of art. I literally can't think of how that could have been done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-11-04

Another Must Read

Outstanding. Another critical book laying the foundation of understanding the 14th. Do not pass up this book.

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  • 2021-09-12

A mess.

There is a good story in here, but it is wrapped up in so much endless tedium that I cannot be bothered to keep looking for it. I gave the book a final chance after a few days’ rest, but had to give up. Utter boredom. Enjoyed Swallow’s ‘Flight of the Eisenstein’, but all the material I have read by him since has been dull and uninspired.

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  • jesse falloni
  • 2021-08-27

10/10 five stars two thumbs up

as someone who was not big on chaos I did not expext this book and the amazing performance of the narrator to blow me away like it did. The characters in their stories are very well written and the narrator does an amazing job bringing every one of them to life.

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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
  • 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