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A Blood Angels novel.

Baal has been saved from the tyranids, yet the Blood Angels' greatest challenge awaits them. Reinforced by the new Primaris Space Marines, Commander Dante has been made warden of Imperium Nihilus. But to save the shattered Imperium, he and his brothers must first defeat the darkness within themselves.

Listen to it because: after the Devastation of Baal comes the next great test for the Blood Angels - rebuilding their broken empire, even as their broken souls threaten to overwhelm them.

The story: the galaxy is in flames. Chaos is in the ascendant across the stars. The Great Rift has split the holdings of the Imperium in twain, isolating entire sectors from the light of Holy Terra.

But all hope is not lost. The Primarch Roboute Guilliman has returned from deathless sleep and appointed Commander Dante, lord of the Blood Angels, as Regent and Warden of the newly dubbed Imperium Nihilus.

In the Baal system, the shattered holding of the Chapter is being rebuilt, and Dante plans the greatest campaign of his long life, to retake half an empire. And yet at this moment of rebirth there are dangers close to home that could overwhelm all those who carry the blood of Sanguinius in their veins, stopping Dante's noble endeavour before it has even begun.

The Flaw in Sanguinius’ sons is growing. As the twin curses of the Red Thirst and the Black Rage threaten everything, the hardest ordeal will fall upon Mephiston, twice-born Lord of Death and Chief Librarian of the Blood Angels. Among the mighty lords of Baal, perhaps only he can save them all, by mastering the darkness in the blood....

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by Richard Reed.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Great but not on the same level as DoB or Dante

very enjoyable because I love BA and I like to know what there up to in the lore! some good writing and some good narration, but not as gripping as DoB and feels like it has less depth than Dante.

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Fantastic listen highly recommend!!!

absolutely loved listening to this the insight into Mephistons primaris rebirth was great and the detail in each character has me fully in love with the Blood Angel chapter

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epic contusion to the blood angels saga

this review can be summed up in five simple words:
just read the book now!!!!

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Dante....nuff said

Dante is now my favourite character in 40k,great main story and some great background stories from Dante really adds a level of humanity to the character that is usually absent in space Marines. Delivers a great monologue on the subject of Duty and command. Well worth a listen 👌

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amazing

that book is amazing as a blood angles fan I recommend it highly to everyone!

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Great story, loved it!

the first few chapters contain a lot of different characters and scènes, which makes it a bit slow to get into.

after a while these various storylines are neatly woven together in a story that gives you more insight in why Dante en Mephisto act the way they do.

great Read!

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Fairly good. Should have been longer

Hard to keep up with Dante and the Dvestation of Bal, but still interesting. Hayley really brings something to the Blood Angels, in the way Chris Wraith put the Scars on the map in Horus Heresy.

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Surprisingly good

And I don’t mean that as a slight to Guy Haley because I have read many of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them I refer to the narrator who I find it difficult to engage with however in this case he did an outstanding reading of the book 😀 stick to Blood Angels Mr Reed it is your forte

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4/10

Took 11 months to come out from when the (SE Hard Back) was released … and l hope Richard Reed never puts another American Voice in a 40k book again. Black Libarys way of making us wait upto a year after the SE comes out is stupid

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Fantastic audiobook!

A great story, essential reading for any Warhammer 40000 fan and Blood Angels fans in particular. The trio of stories - Dante, Mephiston and Danaken - all keep you engaged, but it was actually the ordinary human, Danaken, whose story was most poignant and had me wanting to know more.

Well voice acted, definitely recommended. A Warhammer 40K story with a little less action and a little more drama.

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  • Kaden Robinson
  • 19-02-21

Solid Entry into the happenings of Nihilus

Overall pretty good look at the situation on the other side of the great rift. Dante and Mephiston are always interesting characters to follow. Didn't care much for the resolution to the Admiral's PTSD subplot but the rest of the book gives a prime look at the first Blood Angel to cross from Astartes to Primaris and sets the scene for what's happening across Imperium Nihilus and how Dante and friends are handling things.

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  • Taylor Sloat
  • 27-12-20

I'm at Chapter 2

The minute I heard an American accent instead of an unoriginal redone british/heroic accent I came here. this is the best voice acting ever. not cause america but because original voices for characters. see?
ding ding diggly doo

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 26-12-20

Great listen.

Loved this book. Guy Haley keeps developing the blood angel perfectly. The Narrator has a wide range of voices, but he shines when he does narrations. If you are a BA fan, this is a must. Dante's speeches are inspiring.

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  • snozek
  • 20-12-20

love the 9th, but. . .

Guy Haley is one of my top 3 writers for Black Library, which is why it pains me to write this middling evaluation, especially since Dante and Mephiston are two of my favorite characters from one of my favorite legions.

First, the performance was excellent. I only picked out 1 or 2 missteps the whole book, that is rare! The voices were evocative. Aside from the Flag Lieutenant which was inconsistent, great!

Secondly, and most disturbingly, this book embraces complete moral relativism at 2 major fulcrum points 4/5ths of the way through the story. This was both anticlimactic and cheapened the 2 major characters painfully.

It was like wine with a weak, thready finish. It was entirely unsatisfying. It cut the purpose from both characters.

In order to combat something bad, you need something, not nothing. I kept waiting for the admiral to follow up with the rational next step, but Guy Haley skipped reason here. . . which sucks. . . and is NOT HIS USUAL AT ALL.

Third, the story pacing through 80% of the book is great. . . then it's not. The end is clumsy, with poor proportion. I don't know why.

Fourth, as a fan of the 9th, why was Astorath written so thinly?

This is probably the worst writing that Guy Haley has put out that I can remember, which confuses me.

I was lukewarm on the book, yet it was written by one of my favorite authors in the stable and on some of my favorite characters.

This was really disappointing.

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  • job palacios
  • 12-12-20

great story

fun and exciting .A good in depth look at the blood angels lore .

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  • Nick patrick
  • 23-02-21

Best reading I’ve ever heard!

Great story with an amazing reader! Great introduction into blood angles lore! I would recommend for any fan of 40K

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  • TC
  • 26-01-21

Decent entry

Heavy on the world building, but without a cohesive primary threat, this titles meanders a bit. Not a bad read at all for any fan of the Blood Angels.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-21

A Light into Imperium Nihilus

A fine look into the Imperium Nihilus and Dante's past, the book has several good points but a few slower points as well. A good listen to anyone with interest into the Imperium Nihilus or the Blood Angel.

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  • Steven
  • 17-01-21

kinda slow

good book but kinda slow not nearly as much action as you would expect from a 40k novel and it kind of dragged sometimes. still enjoyed it.

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  • Christopher Bruner
  • 04-01-21

tremendous couldn't stop listening

I loved this title great story good characters it was fun and action packed. I would enjoy more no more warp obsession!