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  • The End and the Death: Volume 1

  • The Horus Heresy: Seige of Terra, Book 8
  • Written by: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Siege of Terra Book 8

The arch-traitor Horus Lupercal's forces have bombarded Terra and the Imperial Palace lies in ruins. With the Emperor's dream in tatters, he seeks only to rob Chaos of its ultimate victory...

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It's the beginning of the ultimate conclusion to the Horus Heresy, and hope still remains for the Loyalists! The Emperor plans a gambit that could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – but at what cost?

The story

There is no way out.

The walls have fallen, the gates are breached, and the defenders are slain. It is the end and the death. After seven brutal years of civil war, the Warmaster stands on the verge of victory. Horus Lupercal, once beloved son, has come to murder his father. The Emperor, a shining beacon of hope to many, an unscrupulous tyrant to others, must die. The lives of uncountable numbers have been extinguished and even primarchs, once thought immortal, have been laid low. The Emperor's dream lies in tatters, but there remains a sliver of hope.

Now, at the final hour of the final day, the Emperor rises. With him come his Angel, his Praetorian, and his Captain, all determined to enact terrible vengeance. Yet the hope is slim, for the Warmaster sees all and knows all, and the ultimate victory of Chaos is at hand.

There is no way out.

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So many cliff hangers!

Dan Abnett is a phenomenal GW writer. He has brought life, and fleshed out the nearly mythical story of the long fabled Siege Of Terra and Horus Heresy, which I'm sure most of us never truly expected to see fully written and completely told.
He's left volume 1 on so many cliff hangers that we can only hope volume 2 isn't years away yet. R.R Martin could learn a thing or two.

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Part 2 can't come soon enough

How many times in one's life does one get to read the ending to a series you love.. and that series is longer than a handful of books.

Thank God for this series, and thank God for this writer.

One hell of an engaging and fulfilling ride, and more to come.

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I've never held my breath this long

First off, one big applause to Johnathan Keeble for his astounding performance. I can't imagine a better voice for the siege of terra series. This book has been a much anticipated final, and yet upon finishing the book I could not help but feel I was wanting for more answers then it offered up. it took some time and reflection to value the care taken by Dan Abnet to prolong a conclusion as significant as this, and the visual depiction of sheer Chaos unfolding at scales beyond comprehension brings a value outside of the story with a lasting effect. worth the wait, the multiple reads, and the dedication to the 40k universe.

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intimate brilliance

Very intimate take on the war. we finally get some clarity on the nature of sanguinius and the emperor's relationship

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Dan and Jonathan deliver yet again!

Dan Abnett and Jonathan Keeble once again ,through historic penmanship and talented voice, bring the Imperium of the 30th millenium to life in vivid, visceral detail!
this book had me yearning for the next sentence, and i never wanted it to end.
The Siege of Terra is coming to a close, and what an exciting and terrible close it is shaping up to be!!

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what an amazing book. Abnett, you c###tease

incredible that ending is amazing even if it's frustrating having to wait for the end.

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Dan's at it again and Jon Keeble s a G

it's almost over boys. were almost done. Dan's twists and turns continue. Jon's narration continues to be a highlight of this series.

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Samus approved

Excellent story from start to finish. Dan Abnett knows how to write a thrilling beginning of the end.

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A masterwork in every regard

The deep breath before the final storm, the traitors are here, and there is no escape, only death. Every character you want to make an appearance does, the loose ends are gathered, and the final step is primed. The narration of this story must be mentioned as it is a masterwork befitting the story told. It was a gripping performance with emotion that may bring you to tears.

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Slow start to an amazing story

don't worry if the first few chapters seem a little like a collection of random short stories, soon enough the real action of the story kicks in and it is everything you could hope for.

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  • Gedeon Zlobar
  • 2023-03-07

This. Is. Filler.

Another bloated entry in the Siege of Terra series, featuring ADHD storytelling, glacial pacing and a meandering plot.

I look forward to more of the same in Part 2. Perhaps we could get a closer look at the Warmaster’s morning routine and finally answer the question of whether he preferred his eggs scrambled or sunny side up. Scintillating.

Jonathan Keeble is fantastic, as always.

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  • Zero
  • 2023-03-11

Truly half a story

It’s an ok story, honestly one of Dan Abnett’s weaker efforts. There are plenty of random and seemingly meaningless asides with Keeler, random Space Marines, and others that go nowhere and don’t appear to have any impact whatsoever on the overall story. The Ol Person story is especially annoying because they are so completely and totally inept and without plan, they’re just stumbling from place to place hoping they can talk their way in to an audience with the Emperor without giving any reason for it. The story with Pho and the biological weapon against space marines / Primarchs seems like another pointless side story. Nothing is resolved here, and much of it has the feeling of filler.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-03-11

Real Deamon Roll Call

In part 2 Chapter 2 The Deamon roll call is wild. I expected Horus to not know them but his knowledge of them is wild. Didn't even know half of them myself lol

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  • Jason M Uphoff
  • 2023-03-10

500 pgs of meh

The Siege of Terra has been disappointing. This is pretty disappointing.
Anybody else like, "Hurry up and die already, so we can get this over with..."?

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  • AML
  • 2023-03-07

No spoiler warning necessary because nothing happe

What waste of my credit for the month. Part one being in the title I didn't expect the big Horus vs Emperor fight. So much time was spent on small out of the way story lines I honestly couldn't care about. It felt like filler and build up. we're 5 dozen entries into this and im tired of it. Keeble delivers his usually stellar performance. Over all it felt like there was word count every characters inner monolog.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-03-07

the story goes nowhere fast. and jumps around. alo

the performance make listing to story fun. but the story itself was just a mess of we don't know where to put this so let's dump it here. I would say some cool points. but for the most part filler.

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  • Moriah Grimard
  • 2023-03-14

Reads like a contractual obligation than a book

This book is written as though the author is writing with a list of ideas from other authors rather than another chapter in the series. There is a completed story in the book but it has been tampered with people's requirements and completely destroys what narrative there is. This book has too many stories from different authors battling for control over the main story. The narrator is a great performer and I applaud his effort.

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  • Rahmal Conda
  • 2023-03-14

Feels like a great story with a bunch of pages missing…

Excellent writing! Nail-biting moments! And the best narrator on Audible! And yet it feels like nothing actually happened. I recommend waiting for the next book, then buying (and reading) them together.

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  • Deanna
  • 2023-03-03

Not impressed so far.

I have eagerly awaited each book in this series. Being a 40k fan for many decades, I am well versed in the story and lore, yet still wanted to hear each book with excitement. So far I feel like this is a ploy to sell more books by breaking it up into two pieces. After just the first few hours I have heard the same boring one person monologues about the same thing about 5-6 times. And now expect this to continue for another 10 hours of audio tales. Throughly disappointed so far. Will I finish it, yes. Will I get the next, yes. But only because I still want to hear the tale, not for it’s quality or content.

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  • Sterlng Hayes
  • 2023-03-03

Don't think I can finish this pile of hot garbage

half way into this book and I keep waiting for the book the start. This far into a series is NOT the time to completely change your writing style. This book is trash. Nothing happens.

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