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The Solar War

Siege of Terra: The Horus Heresy, Book 1
Written by: John French
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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The Siege of Terra Book 1

After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System. 

Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path - but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?  

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The final act of the long-running, best-selling series starts here, with a brutal and uncompromising look at the first stage of the Siege of Terra, the war to conquer the solar system. Armies will fall, heroes will rise and legends will be written....

The Story

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. 

But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there. 

To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins. 

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Epic

The siege of the solar system starts with a bang! After reading the entire Horus Heresy series, this opening book of the Siege of Terra brings so much together on the final collision in such a good fashion. The stage is set well and leaves you anticipating the darkening of the skies of Terra. Freakin awesome.

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Battle perfect - nothing else

The descriptive writing is superb and a little intrusive in some of the battles. However, the story is just that. Battles. I love a good war / battle but I also like a plot and good character development. I lost interest in chapter 7. Jonathan Keeble - find some good books to narrate. You are very good.

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Non stop awesome.

This was probably one of the top 3 books of the Horus Heresy. So good. I’m happy they got Keeble to narrate it. It left me wanting more for sure.

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Fantastic first exposure to audiobooks

I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this audiobook. John French did well with writing this story, seems he understands what GW is going for. Jonathon Keeble did a great job bringing the story to life and I'm impressed.

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First psifi book and can't put it down!

Reminds me of the old starwars movies before they made the new ones where everyone is human and it doesn't feel like deep space anymore. I'm more of a fantasy reader instead of a psifi, but this book has me as captivated as when I read my first fantasy book, Homeland by R A Salvatore. I wish to thank Mr. French's description. With all the light pollution a bland night sky can make one feel closterphobic. But Mr french helped bring back the stars i grew up with. A sparkling dome of twinkling from horizon to horizon. Now it's aglow with a boring sea of artificial lights. And soon too many satalights will be our visible constalations. Ty Mr french for helping me visualize the old skies before all that. I look at younger people and feel sad for what they have to look up at. Amazing descriptions wow

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Un feu roulant !!!

magnifique livre du début à la fin. parfait début pour finir set série magistrale

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  • 2019-07-05

Too Much of Too Much

This is a deep, thorough, and breathtaking book and Keeble does his usual superb job. That says, the narration contains many more mistakes than I usually expect from Keeble and the whole book feels rushed. It has three serious narrative problems and one significant flavor problem. ***minor spoilers*** First, it feels like two books in one. There are two very clear halves to the narrative and it would have been more effective to cut it in half and give each equal weight. Since there are already going to be 8 books in the series, one more would not have killed it. As this book stands, the second half, which is really the money half, feels very rushed. It’s power is hamstrung because it happens too fast. Second, this book is the set-up for the siege of Terra, and we all know how that ends. The problem with this is the second half of Solar War is so rushed and the whole book is so one-sided that I can’t believe that this will even be a close fight. Instead of a close fight that leads to a final, desperate gambit, this looks like an absolute runaway. I want to see how the siege grinds on, but there’s a significant part of me that will have a very hard time believing that the sort of armada described can actually be stopped. That leads to the third issue: there is no sense of scale. The Heresy has struggled with this throughout and most (most) of the time it hasn’t been too problematic. Horus sends four fleets, each of which seems to be thousands of ships strong. This is a scale the Imperium cannot match, even with Guilleman coming - earlier books don’t give the sense his fleet is *that* large. After all these years of war, with the set up this has, I find it hard to suspend my disbelief that there are just that many ships intact and astartes alive. Perhaps the one exception to this in the opposite direct is the number of Imperial Fists librarians. In a legion of c. 100,000 at the time of Nicea, how are there only 3 librarians? The only post-Heresy chapter I can think of that has a lower absolute number is the Black Templars because they will not suffer any librarians in their ranks. French needs to look at his numbers again. Finally, the flavor problem. We know some things and people will survive. The Phalanx makes it through, as do Abbadon, Sigismund, etc. That said, there are still a lot of bodies left to hit the floor. For all the significant Imperial characters we had to say goodby to in this book (Jubal Khan in particular deserved a better death), Horus’s side lost no significant characters. This has been a running issue for me since early in the series. Imperial named characters die at a much higher rate than their opposite numbers. This tendency leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth and makes a lot of the set piece fights that are meant to ramp up the tension instead predictable and boring.

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  • Calvin Lippert
  • 2019-06-03

meh

too back and forth. it breaks interest when it starts too tell a story then stops to tell another story for a hundred pages.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-14

Insane, Epic, Telling and Allegorical

James Casbolt of the SSP introduced me to the series back in 2010. Truly the Siege of Terra brings to life the fact that high level free masons have composed this series to disclose some of the lesser known facts in history. The interstellar and very violent angel star wars are shown vividly in this highly imaginative series. So glad to be reading the climax.

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  • Hector Marquez
  • 2019-06-30

Setting the Stage

This book sets the stage for a truly epic battle. With traitor forces entering the solar system, you see how bad the imperium really was for the invasion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-04

Book jumps around

The action is good but the overall story jumps back and forth and does not flow very well

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  • 2019-12-30

Agree w other 3-4 star reviews

The Solar War had so much potential to be EPIC. After 50-something displays of pomp, power, and brutality by such God-like beings — especially in books 1-4 — one would assume Horus and his merry band of warped monster’s grande entrance into the sol system would be an exceptionally maleficent event. But it isn’t. I’m not throwing the towel in just yet, but I am doing so with the hope book two is better. Brilliant narration, as usual.

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  • matthew
  • 2019-05-21

a good start to the end it could have been better.

it jumps around a bit and is hard to follow sometimes. the characters you want to see you dont get to see.

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  • Stefanie Smith
  • 2020-10-24

Brutal

Such a great beginning to the end of the Horus Heresy. I love how this book brings the circle of Lokken’s story to fruition.

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  • Joey De La Torre
  • 2020-10-20

WOW! Warhammer 40K is nuts!

So this was the first Warhammer 40K novel I’ve read, and I’ll admit, the cover caught my eye. But honestly, how have I not read these before?! (Especially after owning a number of them) Ridiculous amounts of action with a sense of scope and scale that can rival any epic space opera. And what legitimately might be the most extensive work of in-depth lore ever conceived, bar-none. The downside is that the 40K universe is so vast and offers little to no ease of entry, often scaring away would-be fans and hindering its chances of appealing to a wider audience. It definitely caters more to its longtime fans. But The Solar War has caught my interest and encouraged me to at least dive into The Horus Heresy. Now I have to go all the way back to the beginning of this 50+ book series and experience it in its full glory.

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  • The Foxes
  • 2020-09-07

Finally, the end

It’s been a long time coming, but finally They arrive at Terra and the actual is written about.