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Garro: Vow of Faith
Author James Swallow
Publisher Black Library
Series Horus Heresy
Released December 2015
Editions 2015 hardcover:
ISBN 9781784961275

Garro: Vow of Faith is a novella by James Swallow in the Horus Heresy series. It was published in December 2015 as a limited edition hardback novella and an ebook.

The story describes Nathaniel Garro's moment of doubt regarding Malcador the Sigillite and the Knight-Errant, which leads him in search of Saint Euphrati Keeler. At the same time, Horus sent assassins to kill Keeler and spread disruption across Terra in preparation for a the final conflict.

Cover Description

Long has been the road of Nathaniel Garro. After escaping the treachery of Isstvan III aboard the Eisenstein, he was gifted with new purpose as the Agentia Primus of the Knights Errant – and yet, Garro has become listless as the full extent of Malcador the Sigillite's plans for the future are revealed, questioning his place in the galaxy once more. Even as the armies of the Warmaster draw near, Garro strikes out into the wastes of holy Terra. The object of his search? None other than the Living Saint, Euphrati Keeler.


Kell was transported to Terra on a mission to assassinate Euphrati Keeler by order of Horus, and he was joined by the Alpha Legion operative known as Haln.[1a] While there, he tracked Keller to a remote location called Salvaguardia and slaughtered the pilgrims and followers of the Lectitio Divinitatus with his warp based gun as Haln used a knife to torture any survivors for information.[1b] Leaving, Haln took Kell to his secret safe house on the Walking City, a large mobile platform, as he sought more information. Eventually, an informant provided him with information that Keeler was on the Hesperides orbital plate and that Nathaniel Garro of the Knights Errant was also tracking her.[1d]

Haln and Kell make their way to the orbital plate, running across a survivor of a skirmish with Garro. Using trickery, Kell befriends the survivor only to get the information they needed and killed him and his men.[3e] The two then create a plan to slip into Keeler's flock of worshippers by freeing some that were captured then having Haln blend in with them. Finding the group, Haln infiltrated as a pilgrim while Kell took a sniper's position. Haln broke from the plan and attempted to stab Keeler, but he only managed to stab Zeun Thuruq before being cut in half by Garro throwing his great sword Libertas. Kell fired on the other pilgrims in the area, slaughtering many before Garro joined him in battle. Garro managed to cut his warp-cursed gun hand and then destroy the demon as it writhed on the ground. Before killing Kell, Garro asked why he turned, and Kell explained that Horus allowed him to see, and that they were all traitors, betrayers and betrayed.[1f]

Notable Characters

Those who serve the Imperium

Those who would see the Imperium fall

The people of Terra


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