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The Unburdened

(The Horus Heresy #Novella)

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As the surface of Calth is consumed by fire, the caverns beneath the planet are host to vicious battles. Kurtha Sedd of the Word Bearers must set aside his doubts and embrace the darkness if they are to prevail.

Long considering themselves persecuted by the rest of the Imperium, the apostles of the XVIIth Legion have courted sedition, betrayal and even open heresy for decad
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Published November 7th 2015 by Black Library
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DarkChaplain
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Alright, people. You know the drill by now. This is a David Annandale story, so expect a large spiritual component.

Indeed, The Unburdened is all about Kurtha Sedd (first seen in Nick Kyme's audio drama Censure before being introduced as the antagonist in the Betrayal at Calth box set) and his spiritual journey towards becoming "unburdened".
It is also the flipside of Rob Sanders's The Honoured , which I would urge you to read ahead of this short novel.

The re
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Gianfranco Mancini
Twin novel to Rob Sanders' "The Honoured", this counterpart shows the same story from the Word Bearers point of view, but while the previous book was almost non stop action "bolter porn" and armours description, here we have a better character development and a great starting flashback in Monarchia, where the immortal hate between Ultramarines and Word Bearers legions was born.
"The Unburdened" is a great tale of moral conflict and betray, a literal descent into darkness and David Annandale knows
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Andrew Ziegler
Certainly better than the Honoured.
Dylan Murphy
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horus-heresy
Oh man does David Annandale deliver again! The mirror story to Rob Sanders "The Honoured", this novel follows Kurtha Sedd, and his wonderfully terrifying Word Bearers. The story starts on Monarchia(?), with an alternate views on the humbling of the Word Bearers. The view from Kurtha Sedd was extremely interesting, and really started the whole feel of the book. While there was definitely action, the focus was very much so on Sedd and his walk into darkness and the glory of Chaos. It was extremely ...more
Michael Dodd
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the set of Black Library books released to coincide with the new Betrayal at Calth game, The Unburdened is the companion piece to Rob Sanders’ The Honoured and sees David Annandale delving into the darkness once more to tell the Word Bearers’ side of the story. Set primarily on Calth at the very beginning of the Underworld War, it actually takes things back much further to begin with, to Monarchia and the humbling of the Word Bearers by The Emperor and his XIIIth Legion. We meet Ku ...more
Jean-Luc
Following the XVII Legion's censure at Monarchia, Kurtha Sedd was sad. He massacred an entire church full of loyal Imperial citizens, citizens he had sworn to protect. He wasn't sure why he did it, so he was sad. Lorgar, primarch of the XVII Legion, said Lorgar's daddy doesn't love them anymore, and that made Kurtha Sedd even sadder! And then there's the possibility that the XIII Legion might not all die on Calth, oh no. In fact, the Ultramarines may have turned the tables on the Word Bearers, a ...more
Lawrence
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 40k
I desperately wanted to like this one but I think I came into it with the wrong expectations. I was hoping to get a sequel of sorts to the good but plot armour heavy 'the honoured' but instead I got a very introspective look at the antagonist with little to no continuation of the story. We get to learn more about his motivation and his character but it's possible to have too much introspection, especially if the character doesn't REALLY develop. I honestly could not tell what was going on in som ...more
Veronica Anrathi
Unpopular opinion here. I liked The Honoured more than The Unburdened. Even though Word Bearers is one of my favorite legions, unlike the Ultramarines, one of the most entertaining for sure, I struggled to enjoy this story from Kurtha Sedd's perspective. I feel like even though we've learned a little more of his background, he was unable to become relatable in the slightest. There was some reasoning behind his actions, but we haven't seen enough of it. This book was unable to humanize him. This ...more
Daniel
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of the novellas involving these add on stories to Betrayal at Calth, wherein the Traitor Legions attack the homeworlds of the Ultramarines. As The Honored covered this subterranean war between the remnant forces of the Ultramarines and the insidious Word Bearers Chapter, from the side of the Ultramarines, This books covers the Word Bearers side.
This tells the running battle as written in the previous novella, but the Word Bearers side of this conflict shows the slide into beco
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Skuli Saeland
Kraftmikil saga í Warhammer vísindasögu-fantasíuheiminum sem þróast hefur upp úr spilakerfi og er orðinn æði viðamikill. Áhugaverð spil þótt ég eigi sennilega aldrei eftir að spila nokkuð af þeim. Hvað um það. Þessi vísindasögu-fantasíuheimur hefur fengið að þróast sögulega og gerist í fjarlægri framtíð. Ég greip í þessa sögu sem gerist í bókaflokkinum "Horus heresy" þar sem helsti herforingi og arftaki einræðisherra jarðar gerir uppreisn og herflokkar jarðar snúast hver gegn öðrum.
Trúarbrögð o
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Michael T Bradley
At least better than Know No Fear, for sure. This follows one Word Bearer (Kurtha Sedd) from basically the beginning of The First Heretic through a bit beyond the end of KNF. Sadly, the first few chapters are the best of the bunch, and the character arc is PRETTY similar to the arc of the main character in TFH, but overall, still, decently enjoyable seeing a bit from the Word Bearers' side during the Calth incident.

Also, having a main character named "Kurtha Sedd" probably seems OK on paper, bu
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Hakan
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Starting slowly with the usual bolter porn, this book turned quickly to a pretty nice horror story, showing how a Word Bearer Chaplain continues his path into the arms of Chaos Undivided. Especially Chapters 13 and onwards are a very beautiful read if you are into chaos yarns.
Simon
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, maybe if you read this first before its sister volume, it might have been better. But as it is, its the exact same events as 'The Honoured' but told from a fractionally different point of view.

Does this constitute a valid standalone novel? I think not.
Kavinay
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good grief. Everything that ends up on Calth and becomes uninteresting. Story starts fine and the Word Bearers are genuinely interesting. But once you get to Calth, urk.
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The emperor is watching, whether he cares for what he sees no one can tell.
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