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The Master of Mankind

The Horus Heresy, Book 41
Lu par : Jonathan Keeble
Série : The Horus Heresy, Volume 41
Durée : 12 h et 34 min
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While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace.

The 'Ten Thousand' Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion. But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.

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Best thing ever.

He did everything perfectly. From the Emperor's voice to Diocletian and the child.
Simply amazing.

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  • James Neal
  • 24/12/2018

Nice while it lasted, but won't re-listen.

Master of Mankind is to my mind, peak Aaron Demski-Bowden, with regards to strengths as an author and style of writing. There's a LOT of good in this book and a lot that's just fascinating, but be sure that you don't take anything that The Emperor says at face value, otherwise you might find yourself confused. Without wishing to spoil, suffice it to say that The Emperor's interactions are specifically crafted in such a way as to maximize His charismatic appeal to the person or party with whom He is speaking. As a rule of thumb, His statements throughout the Horus Heresy series should rarely be taken as a representation of His own opinions, but rather as a tool for Him to exercise His will; So far in the series, the only exceptions are in His interactions with Malcador, Constantin Valdor, and a very select few of His sons. If you are still a bit new to the lore, be sure to keep this in mind throughout the story, or you may well find yourself lost.

It should also be said that while ADB's strengths as a writer are evident, so too are his biases. It's difficult to pinpoint or provide any examples without giving spoilers, but for those who don't know, the author is well known for being something of a cheerleader for the Chaos faction, and his own personal daddy issues are a poorly kept secret within the 40K community. I mention this not as a jab at the author, but to provide context; If you find yourself scratching your head at moments in the story that just seem a bit off, knowing the above might be helpful. At least it was for me. I can only speak for myself here, so take this for what you will, but I can honestly say that my story experience would have been negatively impacted had I not been aware of some of the author's personal leanings beforehand, and I hope that this context might similarly help the experience of others, particularly those invested in the Horus Heresy series.

Overall, I'd ultimately really only recommend Master of Mankind to those invested in the Horus Heresy series or 40K as a whole. It's certainly no Horus Rising or Wolfsbane, but there's enough to keep your interest if you're waiting for other new releases in the series. For those who are still learning about the franchise, it's far from inaccessible, but bear in mind the points of context above. If you're freshly new to the lore however, steer clear, Master of Mankind requires a mild-to-moderate amount of background knowledge; If you're interested in the franchise and want to learn more, you'd probably find Horus Rising, Flight Of The Eisenstein, Legion, or The First Heretic more approachable.

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 28/02/2019

Makes the Emperor Sympathetic

I liked how the Emperor is portrayed here. He’s a man who has an aura of authority. But still a man. And even though people see him as all powerful he still has limits. Not his own, but those imposed by how psychic power and everyone else work.

It’s great insight into his personal feelings with the Primarchs and how everything is pushing him to one goal. And how getting to that goal requires relying on unreliable tools such as the Primarchs and mankind itself.

The narrator is great and provides a good mouthpiece to all the characters.

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  • James S
  • 21/01/2019

Ave Imperator

Your reading a 40k review, it's doubtless what brought you here. Love him or hate him the Emperor is one of the driving forces of the War Hammer universe. This book puts in better perspective his life, reasons, and why the 40k is how it is. Great story, brilliantly presented, and worth it even if you don't care for the factions involved, there is something for all. including a lurking horror that may bring a new player to this universe's horizon.

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  • Jason Heady
  • 27/09/2019

How many Custodes does it take to close a door?

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It contains some of the rare glimpses into the direct actions of The Emperor as well as insight into his life across human history. You also get to see more instances of The Big E being an epic-level bastard and showing that despite being incredibly intelligent and possessing remarkable psychic abilities, he is still oblivious to much of what goes on in the minds of those around him.

Aside from The Emperor exhibiting some remarkable callous and narcissistic behavior, and at times inconsistent behavior, the novel introduces several Custodes and Silent Sisterhood characters. The novel catches up on what has been happening since Magnus' Folly. Spoiler: it is both a lot and not much at once.

The novel also brings some Mechanicum characters back onto the stage. One of my personal favorite things was the inclusion of a particular Techno-Archaeologist from way back in the 40k fluff.

As usual, Aaron Dembski-Bowden crafts an enjoyable and entertaining tale. it is not as depressing as his Night Lords stories but there absolutely some grimdark moments. Jonathan Keeble does an admirable job narrating the novel.

One last note, the audio in this reading was one of the most consistent that I have noticed from Black Library. There were a couple of scenes where I turned the volume up a notch but that was all. I often feel I am adjusting the volume too often in BL audio productions so this was a very welcome change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/03/2019

A masterpiece

Aaron Demski-Bowden, Keeble and the War in the Webway... Perfect. I binged this book, left me utterly devastated and joyfull at the same time.

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  • B. Davidson
  • 06/10/2019

Best book in the series.

This is by far the best and most important book in the series. Lots of insight into all the major players. Insight into the Emporer’s thought process. Amazing listen and read.

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  • Andrew G.
  • 03/10/2019

Best Warhammer 40k book

I loved it. ADB is my favorite Black library writer and I especially enjoyed this one.

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  • JasperJSA
  • 28/09/2019

The Best

Bar none, this is the best book of the series to this point!!! This is a must read for any 40K dans out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13/09/2019

A Must Read

How wonderful ADB envisions the fate of the world that had such humble beginnings, as a game played with plastic toys.

Masterfully written and perfectly narrated, this book feels like a pinnacle of what the Horus Heresy series has to offer to their ever-loyal fans.

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  • Estevan Zamora
  • 30/08/2019

work of art

love the books and Warhammer overall, long story with amazing character development that is so rich and consuming you'll be wanting more

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  • Benjamin
  • 05/07/2018

Fantastic book

Beneath the usual dramatic battles and events in warhammer books the emperor himself speaks to explain his thoughts and reasoning.
These parts are both fascinating and breath taking. Definitely one of the more interesting books of the Horus Heresy Saga!

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  • Sven Oswald
  • 13/12/2019

THE Master of Mankind

ADB did it again. What a work of art. Gripping throughout. The ending was sad, melodramatic and well crafted ans in my eyes perfect.

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  • Abaddon
  • 04/08/2018

Astounding

A must read for every 40k fan out there.
Jonathan keeble is an amazing narator as ever.
Recommended.

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  • Christian
  • 12/03/2018

Ma(i) n Emperor

Ist das erste Stück, in dem der Imperator nicht nur im Traum erschienen ist, oder?