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Aaron Dembski-Bowden is the foremost better writer of gripping stories from the Black Library. Everytime i listen to a something written by Aaron, i find myself immersed in his story and as a bonus the story is also read by my personal favorite narrator Jonathan Keeble. I cannot recommend this audio book enough 10/10
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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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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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