While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace.
The 'Ten Thousand' Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion. But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.
After going in order through book 8 or 9 I jumped forward to The Master of Mankind and didn’t miss a beat! It provides some decent background and lore for the Emperor as well as a fast paced and enthralling main storyline!