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The First Wall

The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra Book 3
De : Gav Thorpe
Lu par : Jonathan Keeble
Durée : 12 h et 44 min

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Siege of Terra Book 3.

The outer defences have fallen, and the walls of the Imperial Palace await the Traitors. Perturabo is determined to tear down the mighty edifices his brother and bitter rival Rogal Dorn has built - but first he must take the Lion's Gate Spaceport, so that his heaviest weapons can land.

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It's time for Rogal Dorn's defences get their real test - the attention of Perturabo and the Iron Warriors. The irresistible force meets the immovable object - and carnage ensues.

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The war for the fate of mankind blazes on. Though the outer defences have fallen, the walls of the Palace itself remain inviolate as Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian of Terra himself, uses every known stratagem and ploy to keep Horus' vast armies at bay. In Perturabo, the Traitor siegebreaker, Dorn faces an adversary worthy of his skill. A terrible, grinding attrition ensues. The crucial battle for the Lion's Gate spaceport is at the heart of this conflict. With it in their possession, the Traitors can land their most devastating weapons on Terran soil. Dorn knows it must not fall. But with enemies attacking from within as well as without and the stirrings of the neverborn drawn to the slaughter, can the Imperial defenders possibly prevail? 

Written by Gav Thorpe

Running time 12 hours 49 minutes. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Paul
  • 04/03/2020

Half good, half boring.

I've never felt compelled to right a review for a HH audiobook as Ive enjoyed every book Ive listened to thus far. When this book is focused on Primarchs and Astartes.. its amazing. When from the perspective of a 17 yr old conscript, its really boring. Unfortunately, that takes up about half of the book. Id say skip unless youre a diehard fan.

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  • 26/04/2020

The plot armor is strong with this one...

This novel is too much of too much and it’s attempts to tie in a variety of storylines ultimately saps all of them of vitality.

****Spoilers Ahead***
Three major critiques: story structure, plot armor, and dramatic focus.

This novel has three major storylines and perhaps two or three novels crammed into one It shows. Lion’s Gate, Adaba, and Lectitio Divinitatus: each of these could easily make a novella, if not a novel, their own right and by putting them together the author has had to water down three really enticing and engaging storylines into vaguely coherent mediocrity. We go from Rann to Kharn to Adaba to Forrix to Kharn (what has Rann been doing this whole time? What is the bigger picture?) to Ammon to Forrix to Adaba to Rann to Forrix to Abaddon (It’s been 4 days since we saw Kharn, what is Kharn doing? I can’t really focus on the story because I’m waiting for Kharn to jump out like it’s “The Shining.”) to Ammon to Rann to Forrix to Kroger (where’s Adaba??).... This is all complicated by the a-synchronous structure of events which makes it harder to understand how events in one strand of the novel relates to those in another.

Adding to this chaos is the fact that there are too many of our hero characters out there and nothing is really going to happen to them. Anybody keeping score knows that Rann, all three members of the Trident, Abaddon, Sigismund, Kharn, and others are going to survive the siege. This means that whenever they show up, all drama gets sucked out of the room. We only lose one hero character in this novel and they honestly deserved a better exit than that they got. The author clearly tried to make it meaningful for character development, but the brevity and suddenness of it makes that feel ham fisted and half hearted.

Finally, the author misses the dramatic center of the novel, though this is perhaps more a critique of what GW seems to be doing than what the author composed. There was a tension in the Hours Heresy novels between moving the story forward and fleshing our the universe. That said, the scope of the series and the breadth of details involved meant that even works which barely moved the plot forward and focused mainly on fleshing things out could still be excellent in their own right. However, GW appears to want each novel in this series to grind the story on relentlessly and thus comes at the expense of the ambiance. This novel centers on the brawl at the spaceport. It’s a grind and we get that grind in abundance, even if it’s not always clear how all the pieces fit together. Because we have so much plot armor running around on the backs of our heroes, there isn’t any suspense here and there are so many heroes to follow that we make little forward progress. Instead, the most exciting pieces are those following Ammon “Holmes” Taurmachian and the Adaba Free-corps. Despite a hideous cliffhanger for Adaba, these are both well done but got scant attention compared to the spaceport. This is unfortunate because these are actually the dramatic heart of the novel. The characters involved actually develop! Yes, Abaddon is becoming the Abaddon we know from “The Talon of Horus” but it’s ham fisted in this book. His development in “The Solar War” was deft, clear, and compelling. Yet, immortals change on a longer timeframe than this novel, or in some ways even this siege, can allow. Instead, it’s the mortal, human experience that shows growth - and not necessarily for the better. We get to see the men and women Adaba Free-corps struggle with this new imperium, though they ultimately make nonsensical decisions that are given no explanation. We see the first buds of the new, stagnant police state that the imperium is becoming and we see it through the eyes and choices of individuals. This is also the core of the Ammon/Keeler story and the birth of the imperial church. As said, each of these deserve and could have used a novel in its own right but instead we get them muddled in with the rest.

Overall, I don’t fault the author. Thorpe has demonstrated multiple times that he can create better stories than this one and that he knows how to write all angles of this conflict. His portrayal of the imperial navy in the War of the Beast series is still some of my favorite writing on “normal humans” in the 40k universe. Instead, I blame GW for taking multiple, excellent story lines and forcing the author to shove them all into one novel. After the precision, focus, and depth we got in “The Lost and the Damned,” I was hopeful that the series would not sacrifice coherence and quality when moving the plot forward in this novel. Instead, we got another go at “The Solar War” as too many characters crowd the stage on story lines that make sense on their own but, together, are badly choreographed. Let’s see what comes next.

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  • Lastname Firstname
  • 09/03/2020

a waste of time for the most part light spoiler

so let me start by saying i loved the second book and liked the first this book was honestly somewhat awful. a 3rd of the book was spent talking about an imperial guard company that was on their way to the palace. They never really had any good moments aside from the very last moment. They were really obvious filler that stretched the story along. the story had plenty of great heroes but none of them really did anything. except for an imperial fist who told a joke with no punch line it was awful. I dont recommend this book if you are a fan of good imperial guard writing like from legion and guants ghosts. it is not here and the space marine writing isnt that action packed this is almost like the mersaide oilton crap where its a lot of filler for 1 good moment.

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  • 15/03/2020

Luck luster

hate to say anything bad about it, but this definitely was not one of my favorites. Story jumped around too much and they added in too much filler. I found myself skipping certain parts. There were some accents Keeble should not do. Overall book was ok and not what I expected.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/05/2020

skip this one

love most horus harrasy books this one is just boring. alot of story lines that just suck and are not intresting. worst book in series in my opinion.

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  • Thaipugg
  • 10/03/2020

Great book!

This was a great book, and a good continue from the first two of the Siege of Terra!

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  • Arjun Prakash
  • 10/03/2020

Best So Far

Enjoyed this one so much. All the side stories of the normal people that make up Terra makes the world so rich. Some times when it is just all Uber space marines it's gets a little dry. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01/09/2020

My least liked warhammer book yet

Half the book is a side story that does not matter, literally ends up being filller.

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  • 10/08/2020

"The first wall, one of many"

Jonathan Keeble delivers yet another amazing performance qnd brings all characters to life with passion. I loved this book.

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  • Ron Bryla
  • 08/08/2020

fantastic

loved it, very in depth look at the primarchs.
loving the siege in general for sure!

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  • P.I.
  • 24/05/2020

Good Book in the Series

Definitely a must read to follow the events - but feels a bit disconnected within itself at times. Too many jumps from character to character and chapter to chapter