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Aaron Dembski-Bowden takes an event mentioned in a Warhammer 40,000 rulebook - the Fall of Vilamus - and weaves his Night Lords characters into it, crafting a tense and dramatic tale of honour (or the complete lack thereof) amongst traitors...you'd think they'd know better that to trust one another.

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Driven on by their hatred of the False Emperor, the Night Lords stalk the shadows of the galaxy, eternally seeking revenge for the death of their primarch. Their dark quest leads them to a fractious alliance with the Red Corsairs, united only by a common enemy. Together with this piratical band of renegades, they bring their ways of destruction to the fortress-monastery of the Marines Errant.

Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Narrated by Andrew Wincott.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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This series is hands down the best 40k story

Adb knocked me out once again. I'm so attached to every character xincsnt esot for the next audiobook!

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Story jumps about without warning.

Whilst his is a must listen book in the Night Lords series by Aaron, the Audible version smoothly takes you from one scene in the book to another without any warning that they are not actually talking about the same people or places anymore. This makes half the book a confusing mess.

I enjoyed the other half of the book, but the dream sequence and other parts, no.... hence the 3 stars

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Night Lords are back

This series finally does justice to a very under appreciated legion! The Night Lords are one of if not my favorite legions, so to have ADB himself write such a captivating character like Talos is refreshing for the legion.

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awesome

very good book. great story, well written and performed.
all characters and distinct personalities and even got to like some. awesome book.

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A.D-B at his best

I came across the first book in a library and couldn't put it down. I finished this audio book within a week. I'm very much looking forward to listening to the final book.

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Another breathtaking novel by Dembski-Bowden.

The story of first claw and the ship Covenant of Blood continues in this grimdark novel.
It does not disappoint.
The first book "Soul Hunter" is my favourite novel from the 4OK genre and this is a close second. The pace is fantastic and the author has managed to inject serious personality into space marines, something which a lot of writers fall short with. I love these books and I can't wait to listen to the third in this set.
On that note, the narrators dark measured tones and the voices and accents he has given to each character makes this audiobook even more visceral and entertaining.
Seriously dark. Seriously entertaining.
As near to perfection as it's possible to get.
Definitely not for sensitive dispositions.

We have come for you.

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hooked on the night lords

This is the second book in the series and it's brilliant.
I have never really been a fan of chaos legions, but these are so good.
the story and narrative bring the characters to life.
can't wait for the next one

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I'll eat your eyes!

A chilling, action packed story by ADB with lots of black humour. Great performance by the narrator too.

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Brilliant

Part two is easily as good as the first in the trilogy, seeing the politics between the different factions and seeing how a fallen chapter continues to survive is fascinating. ADB manages to write a protagonist that can be down right cruel and evil but you still route for Which is an achievement.

Narrator was also very well done with characters being distinct enough from each other and the action being brought to life quite well.

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Simply sensational

Anyone who knows Black Library will know how good ABD is. So there’s no need to say how amazing of a writer he is.

Let’s go straight to the delivery of the narrator, I recognise his voice from previous black library books and he simply sensational.

Would highly recommend

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  • 12-11-19

One of the best 40k novels continued

A continuation of one of the best Warhammer 40,000 novels. It takes off shortly after the end of Soul Hunter, and introduces a handful of new characters. Andrew Wincott's narration is easy to listen to and understand, though sometimes it can be hard to tell the characters apart by their voices, though there is usually "written" confirmation to which character says what, so it is still somewhat easy to follow. Highly recommended for any Chaos or Night Lords fan that has read or listened to Soul Hunter.

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  • 16-01-20

8th legion

really brings a good story to the traitor legions and depth to them. The choices and what they go through to survive.

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  • 18-05-20

Pretty good by 40K standards, but weak 2nd act.

This book has its moments, and really hit home at points, but overall it’s not as good as the first book.

Dembski-Bowden’s fight scenes are a confusing mess, and his strengths lie in deepening a story about beefy space men.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-19

Send in The Eighth!

ADB does it again! His ability to create immersive characters and breathe life into the universe they live in is second to none.

This novel builds on it's predecessor insight's on The Night Lord's, the reason why they rebelled, and the fate they pursue in the 41st millennium.

The plot is gripping, and consistent with the scarcity that the traitor warbands suffer in the eye. It's filled with intense melees, calculating void battles, and haunting neverborn hunts.

The dialogue, too is soundly on point. What I enjoy the most about this and other novels by ADB are the philosophical perspectives he introduces through his narratives, and how they fit perfectly with the protagonists that espouse them.

This is definitely one to check out if your remotely interested in 40k universe!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-22

Favorite 40K book so far!

I definitely need to go back and listen again but I'll be enjoying it all, just need to get all the context right in my head. but I loved this book and seeing the gritty side of first claw where they are just having fun and the dark ambition of Talos and the methods he uses to strike back against the Empirium. This was an amazing end of a trilogy and I hope to be able to read more of the night lords in the future. I loved the VA and will be sure to look into other books they've narrated. It's been a blast getting into Warhammer and being able to discuss it with so many people; cant wait to learn and experience more! =]

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  • Stephen Orf
  • 19-04-22

Soulhunter is back!!!!

This was an excellent sequel to Soulhunter. The stakes are higher the body count is higher and the overall feelings described within each detail is much higher. 10/10 Must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-22

Another great story about Chaos Marines

Characters like Talos continue to be amazing and the introduction of the Red Corsairs is a welcome one.

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  • Dylan
  • 02-01-22

This book fixes most of my issues with Soul Hunter

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When I listened to Soul Hunter my main problem was that some of the action scenes were paced really poorly, or were just boring in general. While other action scenes were phenomenal. In Blood Reaver not only were there more dialog scenes, but the action scenes seemed to be better overall. My only real issue is that Octavia was more whiney then in the first book. Issues that weren't that big in Soul Hunter were now apparently huge issues for Octavia. But I think the fact that this is my only big issue with this book speaks volumes about this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-21

Intergalactic heist of a giant ship + demons

Likes: Octavia became more like able and fleshed out than in soul Hunter, septimus is still the best character, talos is interesting, variel brings a dark sense of humor, uzas has more “human” moments, the final sequence between the night lords and the corsairs, pt 1 and 3 are incredible and my personal favorite the bleeding eyed character lukoriphus
Dislikes: 2nd part is really slow. No malcharion, less deltrion, oddly less of the exalted.
Recommended: to those who liked the first book but thought Octavia was underdeveloped. Wants expanded lore on the boys midnight clad.
Reason: despite the gripes I had with book it was all minor and builds to a crazy crescendo with suicide maneuvers, killing demons, espionage, brutality, and betrayal. The narrator is incredible. That being said you can not skip soul Hunter in order to read this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-21

Always a treat

I know all 5 stars seems exaggerated but I absolutely love the Night Lord Trilogy, with this book being as great as the first. I can start the third and the only thing I have to say is that the Night Lords really are one of the best Factions in the Warhammer Universe.