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Fear to Tread

The Horus Heresy, Book 21
Written by: James Swallow
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins

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Since the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Sanguinius - angelic primarch of the IXth Legion - was ever among the closest and most loyal of Horus' brothers. But the Blood Angels have long kept their true nature hidden from the rest of the Imperium, and when the Warmaster hints that the key to their salvation may lie in the ruins of a conquered world, the sons of Sanguinius race to claim it.

Now, as the revelation of their betrayal dawns and the traitors' hand is revealed, the Blood Angels must face all the warp-spawned armies of Chaos, as well their own personal daemons, upon the blasted plains of Signus Prime....

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

Not the best

Definitely one of the least interesting of the Horus Heresy titles I've read. The narrator's silly voices are a bit too much, especially the voice he gives Sanguinius. The story is fine, but flatly good vs evil. Blood angels stumble around beleaguered by demons invoked by Horus. Horus only appears as a psychic ghost twirling his mustache and channeling Palpatine from Star Wars. This is the only book I've read about Sanguinius and it makes him seem incredibly inept and impotent.

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  • Peter M.
  • 19-02-20

Great!

Another fantastic book by black library, and a fantastic portrayal of sanguinius and his legion.

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  • Max Hogshead
  • 16-12-19

Essential HH Reading

This book is THE blood angels book of the series, and is a deep dive into the 9th legion and Sanguineous. Swallow captures vivid imagery and a deep sense of unease that makes you want to keep listening. Be warned, you WILL find yourself unable to stop listening as the characters captivate you. One of my favorite books in the series and delivered with a wonderful performance by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 15-12-19

Up there with the best of the Horus Heresy

This one is thrilling. It's the first time we really get a deep look at the Blood Angels and really doesn't disappoint.
Fear to Tread starts off teasing you about what is coming, and the ending is a wild ride.

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  • Jershon Baldomero
  • 01-11-19

Good Introduction to the Blood Angels

A Blood Angels 40k novel introduced me to the Warhammer 40k universe many years ago, so this was nice introduction story for them in the HH storyline. I feel like it could have gone a little deeper into their culture and customs, but there’s only so much you can find within a single book. All in all it’s a good intro to the legion, it’s primarch, and what makes them tick. Some parts of the story were a little hard to understand for me but I felt invested in the story overall. I’d recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-19

Bloody!

A return to another classic book. The story dealing with the Blood angels was great and needed.

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  • Skegg
  • 18-06-19

Mehhhhh

Lot of words little story. Does give a little back ground. other than that not much there.

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  • tony
  • 18-05-19

one of the better HH books in the last few

killer story. first major info on the blood angles in the heresy story. quite great.

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  • Benjamin Tooley
  • 29-03-19

Angels of Blood!

Wonderful insight into the Legion and its Primarch. Ripe old Warp Story as well. Enjoy!

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  • Walker Moore
  • 14-03-19

Another masterful work by James Swallow

I have always enjoyed James Swallow's writing, and this book is no different. It masterfully tells the tale of Sanguinius and the fate of his legion over a wonderful 15 hours. Narration took me a minute to get used to at first and felt the voices of characters seemed a bit shallow, but it grew on me and didn't stop me from enjoying the tale.

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  • D. Payne
  • 07-06-18

Great story let down by the narrator.

If like me you're a big fan of the Blood Angels then this is a great book, giving insight into Sanguinius and the origins of the flaw they are well known for. Strong characters, and plenty of action.
However the audio format let's it down somewhat as, although the narrator is generally good at narrating, his decisions regarding the voices of the characters make it feel less grimdark and more like a children's book at times, and is occasionally inconsistent.
That said, I still enjoyed the book a great deal and would recommend it.

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  • S. Triandafillidis
  • 17-01-19

My favourite legion but disappointing

I read the paperback version of this some time ago. At the time I felt that my passion for the Blood Angels Legion probably carried me through the book more than the story itself. I wanted to revisit the book and decided on downloading the audio version.

However, not only did I find that a second read didn’t improve things, but the book was even more disappointing due to the bizarre voice choices on some of the lead characters, notably Sanguinius. Put simply, none of the voices conveyed the blend that these guys have between being artists, who are compassionate for humans, contrasted with being phenomemal warriors whose martial expertise is respected and feared by the other legions.

To elaborate further on the story telling: this is possibly the first Horus Heresy book that’s supposed to define what the Blood Angels are really like. Sadly I found the depiction of who they are and how they fight to be generally underwhelming. The descriptions of the early battles, which are supposed to portray the shock and awe of the army, are flat and perfunctionary and language used fails to generate enough sense of a legion that is beautiful and artful in how it wages war and how it operates when not fighting, it’s compassion for the humans it’s supposed to protect nor for Its deep and terrible secret that threatens to destroy the entire legion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-18

Epic story worth reading

A great book of the series. True plot along the main line finally featuring the angel.

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  • Peter Glenn Bridges
  • 04-12-19

Overflowery repetition of emo-heroism

In any book, you only need to establish a description once. In this, it's constantly being reinforced about how noble, impressive, extraordinary etc everything is that it becomes pedestrian, and I found myself just wanting to know what happens, not what variety of wardrobe anyone is wearing, how scared the humans are or how dramatic the Blood Angels are being.

The best part was the end, and not because the ordeal was over, but the drama actually suited those involved and I hadn't heard a hundred times before how dramatic they were. When I say end, I mean the epilogue.

The story had potential, but rather than it be a horrifying ordeal and the Blood Angels fighting for survival, it just seemed very much just holding the moral line. It lacked horror, as it was all about their hand on forehead drama of being flawed.

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  • Matthew Queree
  • 22-10-19

Great Story, what happened to the voices?!

If you're a fan of the Horus Heresy books or the wider 40,000K universe, this is a great story that has a mix of action, lore and storytelling.

If you're a Blood Angels fan, this book is audible gold, however, there are some very questionable choices when it comes to assigning "voices" to certain key characters, most notably Sanguinius, who sounds like a pre-pubescent choir boy and other characters who speak similarly to Tiny Tim from a Christmas Carol. If this is your image of super-human demi-god warriors battling it out across the universe, then perhaps this is the perfect book for you.

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  • JC Denton
  • 20-07-19

Epic!

Every chapter was relevant. Beautifully written. Didn't feel that there was any filler anywhere. One of the few HH books that feels epic right from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-19

Brutally Immense

Fear to Tread is violently awesome, giving you ruthless action right from the get go, from slaughtering orks to becoming uncontrollable berserkers, the Blood Angels go from bad to worse and find themselves trapped in their dark secret, if you're wanting a gore fest then this book is perfect, the details given are honestly incredible and it makes it easy to imagine everything that is happening, a truly wonderful book in the Horus Heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Very enjoyable

Had a bit of everything, pretty gripping in places. I have a new found interest in the blood angles now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-19

Brilliant

A well written and excellently read book proving to be just as good as the rest of the extensive series this far, very well done.

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  • Squeekish
  • 27-02-19

slow start but good finish

it took a while to start this book and a while to get through the first few hours but ending was great and inspiring and left me wanting more