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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Saint Celestine is one of the greatest heroes of the Dark Imperium, an immortal warrior who returns time and again, even when struck down by a foe, like the Emperor's avenging angel. But what happens when she dies and comes back? Prepare to find out.

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Andy Clark lays bare one of the greatest mysteries of Warhammer 40,000: the trials Saint Celestine must undergo in order to return from death....

The story
With her mighty wings spread wide and Ardent Blade aflame, Saint Celestine is the living embodiment of the God-Emperor’s wrath. Her halo blazes like a star upon the smog-wreathed, blood-soaked battlefields of the 41st Millennium; its holy light leading the faithful to victory time and time again. As heretics and daemons tear at her flesh, she calls down fires of retribution from on high to smite the wicked and unrighteous. 

If she is to fall in battle, none should mourn as she is Celestine, the Living Saint, and death is her duty. Though it comes at a great cost. For each time she is slain, Saint Celestine finds herself trapped in a terrible realm of suffering and torment. There her faith in the God-Emperor will be put to the test so she may prove herself worthy of life once more. 

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

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A good insight into Saint Celestine

A decent enough story giving insight into the lives and deaths of Saint Celestine, the dogmatic fanaticism some imperial agents hold towards the Emperor and the dangers of rampant zealotry. Excellent narration... Although the accent mix for the characters was a little jarring at times.

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Breathtaking

It isn’t often 40k brings tears. This did. Also Emma Gregory is breathtaking as always

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Found this one difficult to get into

Performance was great, but found the story difficult to get into. Thought a few times about returning it but glad I persevered

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A Human story from thre 40k universe.

A very human story fron the 40k universe, showing the direction the black library are more and more leaning in these days. Featuring Hope, Faith and Duty. This is not a bad thing, making mindless beasts of men and women can be interesting horror once or twice, but confronting the demons within ourselves and making our heroes actually have a journey requires something altogether more human. I'll be eagerly watching out for more from Andy Clark.
Emma Gregory is fantastic, despite one rather interesting enemy soldier screaming, enjoyed every second of it. Her intonation, pronunciation and pacing were superlative. Again, I'll be glad to see her name on any audiobooks im interested in and will snatch them up.

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two disconnected plots

there was a weird disconnect between the two main plots of the story. I thought they would tie together at some point but they never did. performance was solid and overall the story was good

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A good story

I enjoyed this book and it's narration. A nice change from the usual 40k novel. Maybe not to everyone's taste, but worth a listen.

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maybe just me

there's a good story in there, but it the performance didn't hold my attention.
Not bad really, book maybe better

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Not good, not bad. Just mediocre

This book has several fun ideas. It's a shame neither is fully realised.

The crusade part is the better part but we have seen it before, mostly bog standard bolter porn with cookie cutter characters who have one or two character traits and are there to act as a backdrop for Celestine. This is a shame, since a crusade with Celestine as a semi mythical hero leading it and the common soldiers reacting to her could have been interesting if the viewpoint characters had more personality.

The other part is a mystical journey through the warp to reclaim Celestines immortality. This part had a more interesting premise but was unfortunately also worse executed. Having to fight their way through the actual hell to earn her resurrection sounds like a cool and somewhat unique story for a character whose superpower is coming back from the dead but the result feels rushed and the trials are poorly though through and does nothing to help build the main character. All of this results in a rather disappointing presentation, what should have felt like the settings equivalent of Gandalf defeating the Balrog and clawing himself back to middle earth instead feels like a four hour walk through a theme park haunted house.

This brings me to my final point, the length of the story. Since the separate stories are not interconnected they each get about 4 hours of runtime to do their thing. I feel the book would have worked better as either a collection of short stories, each with a thought out purpose, or as two separate full length books.

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Easy read.

A good read with great momentum throughout, but the main battle lacked something. A lack of tension, or weight maybe. Her journey "back" so to speak is by far the most interesting aspect of this book and I am glad to have read it.

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Absolutely superb

I would recommend this audio book to everyone the language and description brings a powerful emotion and true faith in the God Emperor. Very well written and produced. The Emperor protects!

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  • 04-08-19

It was moving.

It was a great work of literature. this was the first time a book brought me to tears, I do not know what it was but I became aware that tears started flowing down my face, after an hour listening to the audio book. Great writing and a stunning performance by Emma Gregory.

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  • 09-08-19

Great insight bad fight scenes.

loved learning what's saints go through. bad fight scenes. anyone looking to learn the lore better definitely should check this out I was happy I did.

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  • Michael B.
  • 28-06-20

Great Story and Narration

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it even brought tears to my eyes at some points. This is the first audio book I've heard Emma narrate and I'm very impressed by it. Each character had their own voice and wasn't monotone like some books I've heard in the past.

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  • SirGlenn
  • 05-05-20

Story goes nowhere and has no depth

This was a struggle to finish. The story has the content of a novella but is lengthened to a full novel without adding any substance. Ended the book knowing as little about the Sisters of Battle as I did when I started. Not recommended.

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  • Poe's Raven
  • 05-06-20

A fascinating and powerful story

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was clear and well-spoken, with an appreciable range of voices to distinguish most characters. The story was a fascinating look into one of the most prominent characters in the setting, with plenty of attention given to other characters to show how the Living Saint impacted them. I would highly recommend giving this one a listen.

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  • 03-01-20

The Internal Experience of the Despairing Believer

The book does well to explain the resurrection experience of the living saint. This is the main lore revelation. The main focus of the narrative is on how the individuals within the Imperium reconcile their horrible reality with their belief in the Emperor. If you enjoy the contemplation of faith and belief then you will be riveted. This would also be a great opportunity for a philosophical conversation among fellow 40k enthusiasts. The book was bland for me as I enjoy 40k mainly for lore and the larger themes. A nuanced struggle with faith and belief isn’t what I try to draw from the universe. This has been why I avoided books regarding the living saints for so long.

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It’s a good book but not for me. That’s why I gave 3 stars.

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  • David Maple
  • 24-10-19

Finally lore about the premiere living saint. But..

It was a treat to finally hear about the living saint and finally get the lore and implied lore through her eyes. The fight/battle scenes were okay a lot could have been better. However the climax of the story was super disappointing considering her past achievements (poor pay off). Worth your time!

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  • jacob
  • 14-07-21

great

Just a really enjoyable story about Celestines plight and the struggles of faith in the warhammer universe.

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  • TJ
  • 16-06-21

Easy listen

On the better side of 40k stories. Well written, but only half captivating. I would love more Celestine though, very cool character.

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  • Jeremy Griffin
  • 15-06-21

The Author has Clearly Read Pilgrim's Progress

First of all, the narrator did a fantastic job. The lore was an absolute treat.

My mind would be blown if I discovered that the author has not read Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress. The imagery, pacing and direction of the side story practically screams it.

The story sets up the beauty of the ending well. All in all a fantastic piece of literature.