Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar: Primarchs: The Horus Heresy, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Long before the coming of the Imperium, the realm of Ultramar was ruled by Roboute Guilliman, the last Battle King of Macragge. Even after learning of his true heritage as a primarch son of the Emperor of Mankind, he strove to expand his domain as efficiently and benevolently as possible, with the XIII Legion Ultramarines as his alone to command.
Now, facing a rival empire on the ork-held world of Thoas, Guilliman must choose his weapons carefully - otherwise his dream of a brighter future could be lost forever.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 57 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 29, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #42,905 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#676 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#961 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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A very good look for how 13th wage war. This is not bolterpr0n as some reviewers claim.
I strongly recommend it.
The action synchronized with the drama of the Astartes and their Primarch was rich in lore and insight that I've come to ne familiar with in the 40k universe.
Loved the inner workings of Lord Guilliman and the 'Art of War'-'Codex Astartes' transcripts. 9.5/10
For a first book in the series, I'm impressed and tbh, rather excited for what's to come!
The “Horus Heresy” line of prequel fiction that chronicles the intergalactic civil war that set the stage for the world of 40K has allowed us readers to spend some time with the Primarchs and given us some great glances into what make these characters tick. Black Library though recently kicked off another line of fiction that should give readers an even greater insight into the fathers of the Space Marine Legions. I’m happy to report that their “Horus Heresy Primarchs” line is off to a promising start with “Roboute Gulliman: Lord of Ultramar” by David Annandale, which focuses on the titular father of the Space Marine legion known as the Ultramarines.
What makes “Lord of Ultramar” so much fun and so interesting is it’s essentially a character study of the titular character. Gulliman is a character of contrasts. He’s a warrior fighting for the day when humanity no longer needs to go to war. He’s a a person constantly trying to balance reason and action. The idea of endless, thoughtless war haunts and terrifies him and he seeks to inspire his sons to be something better.
Annandale let’s us see Gulliman wrestle with these fears too. We get to go inside hisdavid_annandale head, hear his private talks and hopes with most trusted advisors, and we even get to see some of his writings on war. My favorite among these sequences involves a bit of Warhammer 40K lore that shows Gulliman tormented by some earlier dealings with the Legion of one of his brother Primarchs, Lorgar and his Word Bearers.
So Annandale provides some great humanizing moments for Gulliman, but he also lets his protagonist be the demigod like bad-ass we know him to be. In the novel the Lord of Ultramar and his sons descend on an Ork infested world. So we get to see Gulliman lead the Ultramarines into battle and some of those scenes are so much fun and so METAL! One of the things I love about 40K is over the top action scenes and Annandale provides quite a few of those and they’re all immensely entertaining.
Gulliman is such a great character that as a reader you want to spend almost all your time with him and he can’t help but eclipse some of the other characters in the book. Still there were quite a few supporting characters I found especially interesting like Gage, Gulliman’s second in command, and Hierax, a member of a special type of Space Marine unit that Gulliman is trying to reform called The Destroyers.
We journey with these characters and their Primarch as they try to break the grip the Orks have on an ancient world once home to a human culture while trying to preserve the artifacts and heritage of the disappeared culture. It leads to some fun, large scale battles that take place on mountain sides and brutal underground fighting. The climax of the novel where Gulliman and the Ultramarines discover what really happened to the humans that called the planet home also made for a fun and chilling reveal.
So with “Roboute Gulliman: Lord of Ultramar” David Annandale follows through on the promise of the “Primarchs” series and gets it off to a great start with a fun and fascinating look at the titular father of the Ultramarines. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and more of Annandale’s entries in the Ork invasion storyline “The Beast Arises,” which I have yet to complete.
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Let's start with the plot. It is set somewhere after the events of Monarchia, but prior to the Calth atrocity. Guilliman has been in command of the Ultramarines for some time now and decides he dislikes one of his companies tactics; or was it Chapter? You see, part of the problem with this is Annadale frequently confuses the two, referring to both at different times within the same context. The plot itself teases the promise of mystery but when the big reveal comes it is the dampest of squibs. Oh and he then decides he's wrong about the aforementioned company/chapter.
Then there are the mistakes, mistakes such as a dozen Thunderhawks, which haven't been introduced at this stage of the Crusade, airlifting an entire Chapter. A Space Marine Chapter was on the order of ten thousand warriors, a Thunderhawk carries thirty. You do the math. The story itself brings nothing to the Heresy as a whole, nor does it provide any more insight into either Guilliman nor the Ultramarines of this period that you won't already have garnered from previous novels involving them. Finally there is the length of the book, and at a mere nine Chapters, is not worth the full price Black Library are charging. Is it worth reading? If you can pick it up in a half price sale then yes, otherwise stay clear, even if you are an ardant Ultramarines fan.