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The Talon of Horus: Warhammer 40,000

Black Legion, Book 1
Written by: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster's followers, nothing has been heard for many years. Until now....

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Sons of Horus no more.

Great book! Gives a good insight into the forming of the Black Legion. This is a must read if you are a 40k fan.

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This story is about the bad guys... right?

Aaron Dembski-Bowden absolutely knocks it out of the park with this one! The story and characters draw you and find a way to be relatable and real in a world that is usually anything but. Well written and paced, I found myself caring about near every character in some way or another.

Ending was so satisfying and i cannot wait for more of this series.

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Amazing story

great plot and an excellent way to introduce one of the most amazing characters in the 40K universe, Abaddon the Despoiler.

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  • ATX
  • 2017-11-29

Superb story, superb performance

So very happy to see Black Library Books on Audible. I have read a number of the books but this was my first listen. Very satisfied.

Many regard Aaron Dembski-Bowden (ADB) as among if not the best author currently writing in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. He is especially good at writing chaos - the villains. He is able to find the right balance between keeping them evil, yet still giving them relatable purpose. His characters generally have much more depth than you will see in other Black Library books. Talon of Horus excels at this - we have an interesting stable of characters and, even more unusual for a Black Library book, there is character development. ADB accomplishes this by having the book effectively set in three different time periods: the main character (a chaos sorcerer) is recounting a tale to the Inquisition in the 40,000 "present," the bulk of the story is about the early formation of the Black Legion after the Horus Heresy, yet he also peppers the narrative with the main character's memories of his homeworld (Tizca) at the start of the Heresy. The story itself rises well above the normal "bolter porn" of Black Library novels and is made compelling by leaving plenty of mystery surrounding the whereabouts and actions of Abaddon. Even the World Eater character is interesting and these fellows are usually utterly two-dimensional in these stories. With this story he basically takes what I always felt was the most boring of the chaos space marine legions and makes them among the most interesting.

As audiobook the performance is superb - probably the best I have heard for the fantasy/sci-fi genre. The narrator really understands the characters and manages to give them each distinctive voices. So often I find the narration on these types of novels actually hurts the story. Not so here - I am very happy I listened to this as opposed to reading it.

In short, a must have for any fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Even if you are not, its a good listen. I'd recommend doing a bit of background reading on the universe, the Horus Heresy, the original space marine legions, and the key characters that exist outside of this book - namely Horus and Abaddon. With that groundwork you should be able to follow along easy enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-30

Best Audio Book I've Ever Heard

Wow. Just wow. Jonathan if you're reading this, brilliant job mate. You did more than read this fantastic work of fiction, you read between the lines to deliver an incredible experience. I'm pretty new to audio books, most i've heard of them are dull retellings with little inflection. You've earned a lifelong fan.

Though the storyteller is phenomenal, yes, the book itself is fantastic too. Slowly, GW is filling in the gaps left in the fluff. It feels like Lord of the Rings, an epic quest to reach a goal with a rag tag group of heroes (villains) and you get a front seat to the action. Amazing storytelling coupled with just darn good writing. I mean, you really feel like you're a part of the quest to find the flagship "Vengeful Spirit" and it's evil captain. The characters are all likable (Telemacon and Gaia in particular being my favorites) and their motives all make sense. There's breaks in the fighting, sure, but each chapter is as interesting as the last, weather words are exchanged or bolter fire.

5/5 Stars. This pairing of storyteller and author is perfect and I'm just about to start their next book.

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  • Andrew Arbaiza
  • 2018-10-23

Love that ADB.

I really enjoyed this story and rendition. This was my first audio book and will definitely be the reason I maintain this audible subscription. I love ADB and this is no exception. Really brings some humanity and description to chaos.

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  • Anch, AK
  • 2019-02-09

Don't listen if you don't like collecting Chaos SM

Amazing. Abaddon is misrepresented in all other fluff and literature after listening to this book. He is collected, charismatic, and a badass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-26

great narrator

more voices then any other I've heard so far. gonna be hard to here another

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-04

Fantastic

ADB, maintaining his crown as my favorite 40K author on Terra. This story really made me feel the hand of the ship on my shoulder. By the Fire!

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  • Sam
  • 2018-03-28

Absolute masterpiece

First and foremost I just want to say that Jonathan Keeble is an absolute artist when he does these voices. Never before have I heard a voice actor nail the demons in this book, because it absolutely can’t be easy. Nonetheless, keeble puts serious effort into these voices. Anyway, this book is absolutely awesome, it takes the imperium you know and love and puts it into a moral gray area. This book really makes you think about who are the good guys!!! Anyway, this book does a great job of exploring the chaos marines as more than just mindless worshippers of the chaos gods. It would be helpful for you to understand at least some of the lore before you sink your teeth into this one. Fabulous book, probably my favorite! Already listened through the sequel and absolutely can’t wait for the final book of the trilogy!

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  • Antonio Ríos Ramírez
  • 2018-03-16

Good book with some flaws

My only gripe with the book is that the protagonist is always described as winning his battles the same way: by psychically unmaking his enemies. Otherwise it's a worthwhile read, but be prepared to get bored during most battle scenes

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  • Benny R. Guzman
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  • 2018-03-06

Finally, 3 dimensional bad guys.

ADB is in my opinion, the best writer at Black Library right now and this book is no surprise. After listening to this book, it’s very difficult to look at the bad guys as just plain old bad guys. It’s books like this one and his night Lords series that make the bad guys seem so good. Why can’t ADB write for the Blood Angels?!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

Phenomenal.

Johnathan did an amazing job narrating and the voice of Iskandor for absolutely perfectly. my very first audiobook and I couldn't have been more impressed with the quality of the narration alongside the ever amazing writing of ADB. MUST read if not listen to!