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Summary

An Astra Militarum novel. 

The storm has broken, and the forces of Chaos batter against Cadia's defences. Lord Castellan Creed leads the defence of the fortress world, but for how much longer can they hold out. Cadia stands...but will it stand forever?  

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Justin D Hill follows up his Ursarkar Creed short stories in Legends of the Dark Millennium: Astra Militarum with the tale of the hero's finest - and darkest - hour.  

The story:

Under almost constant besiegement by the hosts pouring from the Eye of Terror, Cadia acts as a bulwark against tyranny and death. Its fortresses and armies have held back the hordes of Chaos for centuries, but that grim defiance is about to reach its end. 

As Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade batters Cadia's defences, and armies of the Imperium flock to reinforce this crucial world, a terrible ritual long in the making comes to fruition and the delicate balance of this brutal war shifts.

From the darkness, a hero rises to lead the beleaguered defenders, Lord Castellan Ursarkar Creed, but even with the armoured might of the Astra Militarum and the strength of the Adeptus Astartes, will it be enough to avert disaster and prevent the fall of Cadia? While Creed lives, there is hope. While there is breath in the body of a single defender, Cadia stands...but for how much longer?   

Written by Justin D Hill. Running time 7hrs 39mins. Narrated by David Seddon.

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

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Best warhammer so far 😀

I have read the Gaunt’s Ghosts books and a few about space marines who to be honest I don’t actually like, I prefer more human stories and this book was for me outstanding, I await the next one about Cadia

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they have to have series of these!

Gripping from start to finnish. good story and interesting characters. I love to see cadia fall from Abbadon"s perspective.
good narrator too.

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One of the best

This was a realy dramatic book , i did not want to stop listening some times when i nedred to do so. Filled with action and suspence, i think that it was a great portrail of the fall of cadia. Loved it and do strongly recomend it

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Fantastic

Great book. Well performed. Story jumps around a lot so listening in sections made me want to go back and recap but not a major issue.

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The feel of being there!

Really liked it, learned me what happened to the world Cadia..
Like being there besides the actors we follow in the story..

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amazing, definitely recommend

amazing story that stays strong to 40k lore, excellently read with a wide variety of believable accents to allow a great immersive experience.

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Much better 40k novels out there

Struggled to finished, narrator honestly carried it mostly. I had such faith in this book I got the sequel ready to listen to it straight away... That's a lesson learned. In brief; felt rushed, could have made around 3 books from the elements/ scenarios alluded in the book. Felt like I was reading a glorified Codex then a real novel, no real sense of excitement or urgency, which is incredible considering its literally the battle for Cadia.

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epic

great story that shows the truly huge scale of warfare in the dying days of the 41st Millenium. enough human touches to keep you fully engaged and enough carnage to make you gasp.

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CADIA STANDS!!

Superb audio book from start to finish. Cant wait to listen to more about the guard.

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A Thoroughly Mediocre Slog

Goddammit! Have I ever listened to a more boring warhammer book. Events are just glossed over in a hurry, everything in the story aligns so very conveniently just so that you can get back home to dinner without a worry in the world. There is no suspense, no character progression arcs to speak of.. I could not have been more indifferent to any of the events in the story.

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  • Kim Domo
  • 06-01-20

The best book ever

This book was so good that it inspired me to buy a army of Astra Militarum Cadin shock troops Cadia stands!!!!

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  • RFM
  • 27-02-20

The Many (Short) Lives of the Cadian Shock Troops

Presented as a series of vignettes, this tells the story of the Fall of Cadia from the perspective of a range of characters - new and old, high and low. If you are asking "what's the Fall of Cadia?", well, this might not be for you...

Consider this a narrative, ground level view of the narrative changes Games Workshop made to the 40k universe in 2017, with the last supplements to 7th edition and the beginning of 8th edition. If you are interested in the story of the 40k universe, this sort of bridges that gap.

But if you just like stories of chainswords and hordes of cultists and the smell of prometheum in the morning, this book is just dozens of individual and connected combat vignettes, from the perspective of Cadians, Mordians, Drookians, Chaos Marines, a very angry Space Wolf scout, and more. A diverting and excellently narrated book, perfect for when you are gluing and painting. If you aren't high on liquid cement and periodically yelling "Cadia Stands", you probably won't enjoy this...

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  • Brandon D. Hudson
  • 21-12-19

An epic telling Cadia's final stand

Loved it and the people who struggled for their home and their families and people

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  • Edward Cote
  • 06-07-20

Way to busy. lots of details but not much story.

It's like the author tried to squeeze a big story in a little book. don't waste your time on this one.

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  • Agoose
  • 13-12-19

Worth it

I enjoyed it but it leaves a lot of loose ends. The story jumps around a lot, like after you get to kind of know a character it either doesn't get back to them or you learn very little more of them/what happened to them. I get that it's supposed to be chaotic, but that doesn't make the most compelling story. I wish it had given more time to really exploring a few characters. Without giving too much away here, because it was worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-21

MEH

pretty bland for such an event as the fall of cadia. props to the narrator for doing his best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-21

oh wow

The beginning was a bit slow at times, but then begins to pick up and travel to a sweetly bitter end. The story tended to jump rapidly from MANY different characters and I will admit I had to put the book down and take a breather. Once I was back in and aware of the storytelling format I was hooked!

They held for ten thousand years, and will hold for ten thousand more! Cadia stands! ✊

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  • Tyler Huffman
  • 25-03-21

Good but could be better

At the start, it jumps around between scenes and characters so quickly without any sort of pause from the reader to indicate this, making it a little difficult to follow whose perspective you're in at first. The reader also maintains the same plodding pace regardless of whether it's a talking scene or an action scene, making action scenes more tedious than exciting. There's also so much of the full narrative of the Fall of Cadia that doesn't make it into the story that circumstances go from dire to hopeful to catastrophic without any real reason as to why.

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  • Priest53
  • 04-03-21

The planet broke before the Guard did!

An excellent story. It expertly transitions you from view point to view point of a drawn out war. Even those not familiar with the Warhammer 40k Universe could follow the story even if some of the signicance would be lost to them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-21

A masterpiece

The best Imperial guard story yet. Great timing and flow great character development.

Cadia Stands!