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Publisher's Summary

For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster's rebellion and the war that inevitably followed.

Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion's unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children - the Khan's Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Flawless

I’ve read or listened to almost the entire Heresy series, and this is one of the best. Lots of unexpected backstory, an exceptional plot, brilliant narration. Flawlessly executed and highly entertaining.

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White Scars Death Guard and the Emperor's Children

Great plot with many twists and turns, great characters who change over the book, and honorable sacrifices!

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damn g99d

love it. jaghatai Khan is a fucking badass and I highly reccomend listening to this book and scars.

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  • Acerock
  • 2018-04-05

Great Story, Distracting Narrator

I loved Scars. Path to Heaven follows up very well. The tale is a great addition to the overall arc of the HH series and I love how distinct the 5th Legion is compared to their peers.

My only real criticism is the use of accents by the narrator. The accents for the Chogoran Scars is something of a stereotypical Asian accent which is silly and annoying and makes each of the characters sound the same so their individual voices and characters get muted. the narrator also pronounces Yesugei laughably incorrectly. In an audiobook you need distinct voices for each character so you can organize who is who and who is speaking and the narrator's reliance on a silly accent makes each of the Scars sound the same, except for the one Terran born Scar, which is dissapointing.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 2019-07-31

A very good book, but narrator didn't make it easy

The story was gripping, and was a great continuation of the White Scars story, but the book has a lot of shifting perspectives and while John Banks generally is a good narrator, he gave zero sign when the perspectives changed, not so much as an extra breath between lines, which made some part hard to follow

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  • Cyndi
  • 2022-06-14

The Art of Laughing Lightning

Chris Wraight has made me a full convert to the White Scars. This book is also a great example of scale creep done right. The battles are bigger, the plot is more complex, the story threads more numerous and spread apart, and the characters introduced in the previous book "Scars" are placed into the pressure cooker to see what deeper characterization comes of it. This is standard operating procedure, but not everyone can stick the landing. Wraight does so skillfully with a tidy bow unifying everything at the end without grasping for a 40k deus ex machina like "it was a C'tan Shard the whole time!". There are also few examples of sucessfully fleshing-out the character of a primarch. Jaghatai is handled expertly.

Bonus Points: The story was so good I only fell asleep one time due to John Bank's narration. Seriously, though. The man has no sense of dramatic gravitas. A dramatic climax, decrescendo, an expository description of setting - it's all read in the same voice, cadence, volume, etc.

Please give more books to some of these new narrators like Joe Jameson. I love the Forge of Mars series, and a large part of that is his performance. John Banks suuuuuucks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-01

Path of heaven paved in corpses

If you liked scars than you’ll love this. If not you still might like path of heaven. It’s more action heavy. There’s lots of emperors children, and death guard. Lots of Jaghatai, Yesuegei, and Revuel who joined them on prospero. Ilya is a great human character who gets more of a focus. It has so much action this has so far been one of the most action packed books of the heresy so far maybe only rivaled by know no fear and betrayer.

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  • Fred Williams
  • 2022-05-24

excellent

only reason it got a 4 star was because of how good the performance in scars was compared to this

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  • Lee Archer
  • 2022-04-11

One of the best

Good space battles, the white scars books are some of the best. Hope to see them in the coming books, cause the void battles in this we're just as good previous books.

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  • Infernoboy 2063
  • 2021-12-17

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  • Chris
  • 2021-12-01

Still very good, despite contraversy

I definitely agree that JB's White Scar performance was not as good as I'd hoped. I definitely prefer him to voice nightlords and the like. But it wasn't enough to get me to stop listening. He's still a great narrator and the story is very important!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-24

Amazing

A must read in the series, deeper look into the white scars. Also very well read by John Banks. He really portrays the feelings of the characters well.

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  • Bret Noel
  • 2021-08-24

fantastic

This book answers many questions. If you are a fan of the white scars you need to hear it.