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Jain Zar - The Storm of Silence: Warhammer 40,000

Phoenix Lord, Book 2
Narrated by: Emma Gregory
Series: Phoenix Lords, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

The eldar are an ancient race whose mode of war blends spirituality with a unique mastery of technology. In times of need, their entire race will rouse to war, led by terrifying, almost mythological figures - the phoenix lords, immortal beings that embody the warrior nature of the eldar.

A swift and deadly fighter, Jain Zar can harness the rage of her scream to slaughter any who dare oppose her. When a burgeoning ork empire starts to pose a threat to the eldar peoples, Jain Zar travels to the craftworld Ulthwé to warn them of the danger. However, she finds her plans to divert disaster are opposed by one of the craftworld's own seers, Eldrad.

With so many futures possible, which path should the eldar walk to avert destruction of their craftworlds and put an end to the greenskin menace?

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fantastic! gives an amazing insight into the eldar

loved every moment. a great mixingof the past and present and the development of the aspect shrines

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  • Zakon
  • 01-11-19

The best Warhammer fiction I've encountered

Warhammer fiction is rarely something I could recommend to someone who's not already a fan of the franchise. This one I could, though it would still require that the reader has an interest in it as well as the Eldar in general.

This is an adventure story more than the typical war story of the Warhammer novels. It details Jain Zar's travels to try to reach Craftworld Ulthwe and prevent a coming disaster. She crosses paths with every aspect of Eldar lore, not just the Craftworlds but also the Dark Eldar and the Corsairs and even a bit of the Harlequins. It spends a great amount of time reflecting on the eldar condition; their not-quite-human manner of thinking and their relationship with Slaanesh.

It also covers a secondary story dealt with in flashbacks, talking about Jain Zar and Asurmen's (the Phoenix Lord of the Dire Avengers) travels together when she was young as they try to pick up the pieces of their freshly shattered civilization, unsure if any other eldar besides them even still exist. It tells both stories simultaneously, devoting one chapter to Jain Zar's modern travels to Ulthwe and the next to her ancient travels with Asurmen.

Because of that, this is just about the best introduction to the race I could think of. Everything cool about the Eldar as a race is contained in this book and explored to some degree.

It's also a great deal more character driven than I would have expected. Far from just an excuse to see battle scenes, the personalities of all of the major Warhammer continuity characters, along with a few side characters invented for this story, are explored here.

However it is quite grim and dour, with not a single moment of humor or levity. Even the orks, normally the comic relief of the Warhammer setting, are viewed as being the murderous and unthinking engines of destruction they really are beneath the accents and quirky mannerisms. The theme of the eldar is that they are a dying race and every victory comes at great cost to themselves, and every loss is felt even harder, and those themes are both here in full. There is also a substantial amount of gore, and the horror of the dark eldar is on full display here.

Also, since this is an audiobook version, I should mention that Emma Gregory's performance here is incredible. She voiced every character distinctly, and gave the scenes the appropriate mood and tone. Her voice will always be the voice of Jain Zar to me from now on.

All-in-all, a decent space opera story for people looking for an introduction to the eldar race, and for eldar fans who are seeking more fiction about their favorite space elves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-19

good

I found it difficult to keep up between the chapters. but im intriguid by the story

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  • Corey Venezia
  • 16-02-19

Excellent story that tells origins and events!

This offered a lot of insight into the back story of Jain Zar and other Phoenix Lords. My wife even enjoyed some of the story she overheard and she doesn't even play 40k. I highly recommend this book! Only thing that would have made this better would be having male and female voice actors with sound effects and music to accompany the story.

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  • Kacey
  • 07-11-18

The book was great.

I now have more knowledge on how a few of the Pheonix Lord's came about. The story was well laid out and performed very well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

Lovely

In a virtual sea of Space Marine books, it feels good to be able to say that the few things that are about other factions are actually really good, this is definitely an example of that.

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  • Tazirai
  • 07-06-18

Jain Zar the Banshee

Great listen with a lot of nuance. I love Morai Hegarty and the concept of the Howling Banshee. This book is a great insight into their natire and their founder. I wish it was longer. But it's story did the job.

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  • Sean
  • 12-03-18

Great Eldar book!

If you like the Eldar, then this is a great series. it gives you an awesome look into the background and story of how the Phoenix Lords came into being. Soooooooo good.