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A Thousand Sons (Audio Set) (The Horus Heresy) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Graham McNeill
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2 April 2012 The Horus Heresy
The Great Crusade is at its height, and the Thousand Sons are its most dedicated warriors. Though utterly loyal, the Legion of Magnus the Red is viewed with suspicion for its arcane methods. Feared by the Imperium he has sworn to serve, Magnus is called to the planet of Nikaea to answer charges of sorcery. When the ill-fated primarch foresees the treachery of Warmaster Horus and warns the Emperor with forbidden powers, the Master of Mankind dispatches Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, to attack Prospero. But Magnus has seen far more than the betrayal of Horus and his revelations will seal the fate of his Legion forever.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: The Black Library; Unabridged edition (2 April 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1849702217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702218
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham McNeill: Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in Surveying to join Games Workshop, where he worked for six years as a games developer. In addition to many novels, including False Gods, Fulgrim and Mechanicum for the prestigious Horus Heresy series, Graham has written a host of sf and fantasy short stories. He lives in Nottingham, UK. Visit his website at

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Graham McNeill is the author of seven Horus Heresy novels, most recently Vengeful Spirit and Angel Exterminatus, along with the New York Times bestseller A Thousand Sons. He has written a host of other novels for Black Library, including Warhammer 40,000 series based on the Ultramarines, the Iron Warriors and the Adeptus Mechanicus. His work in the Warhammer World includes The Legend of Sigmar for the Time of Legends, the second book of which, Empire, won the David Gemmell Legend Award. Originally hailing from Scotland, Graham now lives and works in Nottingham. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Removes a weak spot in the heresy... 20 Sep 2010
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For me the story of Magnus the Red and the Thousand Sons was one of the weakest links in the whole Heresy story. The previous lore just didn't really make that much sense and left more questions than answers. But Graham has now resolved all of these issues in this outstanding book.

All of the characters really connect and you're left sympathising with Magnus for his folly whilst at the same time now understanding the actions of the Emperor and why he turns against Magnus in such dramatic fashion. He also really manages to capture the horror of the various participants as their knowledge of what Chaos and the warp actually is grows through the book until the stunning conclusion. The last few hundred pages sees so much detail being put on previously sketchy but critical events in the Heresy that I was left desperate to turn pages and see what was next!

I really hope that Dan provides further insights into the Emperors activities on Terra in his follow up Prospero Burns.

One of the best books in the series so far (and that's one hell of an achievement!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horus Hersy back on the gold standard ! 29 Mar 2010
By Sapper
As other readers have said, the HH series was beginning to lose its way slightly, but with A Thousand Sons its back on track big time ! Can't wait for the fall of Magnus the Red from the perspective of the Emperor and Leman Russ with Dan Abnett's Prospero Burns. One of the other reviewers has a slight reservation because the Thousand Sons' embracing of Chaos is not fully explained. I beg to differ. In this book we don't so much see the Thousand Sons embracing Chaos as having Chaos thrust upon them through the niaive and ultimately tragic meddlings of their own primarch. Graham McNeill gives us a deliciously proactive Chaos; the Lord of Change truly spinning intricate webs of deceipt to ensnare Magnus the Red into unwitting betrayal of all he holds dear. Not since Legion have we had a such a fully developed, plausible and pleasing chronicle of a Legion's descent into Chaos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hundreds and thousands 9 Mar 2010
By Me
The Horus Heresy series continues and my bookshelf is being taken over by a row of Black Library publications. I'm having to learn how to be selective but I bought this book without hesitation, primarily because it concerned a legion that interested me, secondly because it was written by McNeil and, like Fulgrim, was far meatier than some of the other offerings we've had recently.

Aside from shelf space for me, the other issue with the continuing series is that every author has to avoid telling the similar stories in a different way. The legions have unique characters, but this is not enough to give a book a different flavour. For the most part the authors have been quite successful and this entry is no exception.

The unique selling point with this novel is the perspective it takes on a tale that should be familiar. The enmity between the aggressive Viking-like Space Wolves of the Imperium and the Chaotic sorcerers of the Thousand Sons is well known. McNeil's main character in this book is one of the latter and describes his role in the events leading up to the fall of Prospero. Like some of the other books in the series, this novel describes the tragedy of a legion and its primarch doing the wrong things for the right reasons.

Ahriman and Lemuel come across well throughout and while Magnus necessarily takes a background role to start with, his character and personal misfortune become more apparent as the story proceeds. The others, however, are thinly portrayed and I felt this flattened the human angle of the story a little.
I was also a bit confused by the name and numbers; McNeil tackles it but somehow manages to avoid telling us conclusively why the chapter is and *always was* called the Thousand Sons.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're not bad, they're just misunderstood 30 Mar 2010
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A sign of a good story is when the author gets you to identify and symapthise with the characters. Considering this tale is about a legion busily sliding into heresy by pursuing dark knowledge and defying The Emperor's commands, Graham McNeil makes it easy to believe how one small step leads to another, and a whole legion strays from the path of right while utterly convinced of their own loyalty. It's the Space Wolves, sent to Prospero to enforce The Emperor's punishment, that appear as the forces of anarchy and barbarism that the Sons are so determined not to become.
Despite dealing with the subjects of sorcery and the Warp the book is still firmly rooted in the philosophy of the 31st millenium. The Sons view their powers as an extension of science, and the way they term their bound warp-spirits as 'tutelaries' neatly shows how these are sorcerors who don't believe in superstition or magic. Other Heresy books have sounded rather too '40K' in the way characters go on about witchcraft and demons. Like Dan Abnett's Legion (The Horus Heresy), it also becomes apparent that there are reasons other than blind loyalty to Horus why a whole legion might turn its face from the Emperor's light. Terra's history before the Great Crusade gets some coverage, enough for me to think that a Unification Wars series would be a viable prospect once this one has run its course.
An excellent book, the fact that Dan Abnett has written its partner from the other viewpoint gives me something clear to look forward to in the series.
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Published 7 days ago by loz
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
As with horus rising you get a real connection with the characters, not to give much away but i actually had myself wishing things would turn out different,(spoiler) you actually... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. N. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Finaly!
I have been wanting to read this story for the past 19 years, and I liked it a lot. The story of Magnus the Red is so so epic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Magnus Borg
5.0 out of 5 stars thousand sons
excellent book the best Mr McNeil has written to date gives the reader the complete inside story on the Thousand sons and there primarch
Published 3 months ago by bob sebotka
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Graham McNeill is one of my favourite authors, and this is easily one of his best books. Read alongside Dan Abnett's "Prospero Burns", the storyline is tense, emotional and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Dann
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the series
Realy enjoyed this book, it's not the best but it is definitely hat the hours heresy is back on track and worth continuing to read.
Published 10 months ago by Anthony Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Sons (the Horus Heresy
I bought this for my son who is 21 and he is more than happy with it , great gift.
Published 10 months ago by tj
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel face
Excellent never had an audio book before and My som is truly enjoying listening to it he assures me it was an excellent Christmas present and he reads these books anyway would... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Angel face
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what i love for the heresy is back
This is what i want. I want to know how certain primarchs fell to the taint of chaos. I want to believe it and feel it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robin G. Symons
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Graham McNeill, but not as we know him
It seems a bit unfair to start a 5 star review by bashing the author, but bear with me.

I tend to avoid Graham McNeill's books as I feel he appeals to the younger... Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. Bramley
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