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The Damnation of Pythos is a great listen. David Annandale did a great job capturing the spirit of the shattered legion after their fall at Istavaan V. Each legion is written well according to their personalities and combat doctrine. The mortals are interesting and add much to the overall context of the story. It's a well told story in the Grim Dark future.
Jonathan Keeble is quickly becoming one of my favorite Narrators for the 40K books, if not on Audible itself. The variety of voices he can, the fact he's used across several books in series order rendering consistent voices to reoccurring characters makes the story so easy to digest through an auditory medium.
I believe this story may be written off by people who enjoy the HH series because it may not feel as "important" as say Horus Rising or Legion. It's still a great story, beautifully narrated. I couldn't be happier.
This is a pretty poor Horus Heresy book, because its entirely a setup for The Pilgrim and some backstory on Pandorax and focuses almost nothing on the main plot at large. What Damnation of Pythos does do well though is offer a very pessimistic and hardlined eldritch horror story. Characters are flat but serve their purpose, the actual planet is the best character in the book as Chaos influences warp this death world into something far worse. The authors angles of description for the creatures and daemons is very well done and vivid. The ending was particularly satisfying in its grimdark setup.
Good book if your looking for a horror novel, if you want more Horus Heresy intrigues you will be found wanting despite some of the bigger connections to the future and Ruinstorm.