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Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius

Mephiston: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
Narrated by: Richard Reed
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

A Blood Angels audiobook. 

A religious civil war brings the Blood Angels, commanded by Chief Librarian Mephiston, to a shrine world where they find a mystery that might help Mephiston understand how he survived the Black Rage - and perhaps cure the Blood Angels of their affliction.

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Delve into the curse of the Blood Angels and how Mephiston survived it, while also exploring notions of faith and the influence of the Emperor on the Imperium of the 41st Millennium.

The story:

The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican, and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of ‘the Flaw’ in all Blood Angels.

Written by Darius Hinks. 

Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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narrator issues but overall good

Honestly don't understand why narrators don't check how to pronounce the names prior to recording, its just laziness, specially when its the main character of the book, other than that it was a good book, but the fact that mephiston's name is mis-pronounced every time really got on my nerves, that being said others may not mind.

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Blood Angels

I was unsure of this book at first, but ended up loving it.
I'm looking for my next blood angels read now

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About and ball

Have not managed to get past 4 chapters, far too much shouting and bawling which totally detracts from the storyline, feel that Richard Reed has great story telling qualities but too much amateur dramatics. Sorry Mr Reed.

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mephiston mephiston mephiston

This is the first black lybrary book i didnt know what it was about once i finished it.
The story was so generic i fell out of it in 10 minutes after every time i tryed to lysten to it.
The narator is ok i think the Mephiston problem ppl have here is more the writing than the naration.

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Great insight

Really enjoyed some insight behind Mephiston, and into the workings of librarians. The story was interesting but several plot points were obvious way before thier eventual culmination. Really worth a listen if you like psykers, blood angels or entities of the warp.

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still good but not the best

Narrator was incredible and I love Mephiston, the story was lacking to me compared to the other audiobooks - would still recommend and am looking forward to any more of this character

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  • Rooftop
  • 06-02-20

Muddled and missleading.

I'ma regular black library reader, so take that into account as my perspective.

The Characters:
The characters here lack depth, regularly seem perplexed by their own setting, and are generally un-compelling. The POV character is unlikable. He is boring, unsympathetic, and lacks the impressive quality that is a staple of most space marines. He is comes across petulant and maybe stupid? In short: He's so bad, he doesn't even rank mentioning in the plot summary. Yikes.

Speaking of characters: Mephiston. OH boy.
Boy o, is this book miss-titled. For being the title character, Mephiston is a non-factor. He is written as overly aloof, in an attempt (I think?) to make him seem mysterious. Instead, his lack of speaking or reacting makes him seem shallow and unappealing. He juts in and out of the story, a bland deus ex machina propelling the story forward, because frankly the plot has no momentum of its own.

Plot: The plot is muddled, and poorly paced. The first half of this book is in need of dire editing -- it is largely flavoring. Creating flavor great idea--- spending half the book on it with no story? Bad. Its exposition over exposition with characters saying what things are like, instead of...y'know having things actually happen. The first real story hooks feel like they being in chapter ...12? Really? Jeez.

Writing: Bog standard Black library witting. Hinks got the warhammer writing manual. Violence is well written, with decent sentence structure. Nothing terrible in that vector, though a bit uninspired, I'd complain about the blood imagery becoming samey, but hey. its the blood angels so I can't complain. All in all workman, like writing. Maybe interesting if its your first 40k book, but comes across as mediocre to me at this point.

Performance: Richard Reed is great, like most BL performers. Good range of voices, Nice pacing.

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  • J. Scott
  • 24-02-20

Sub Par

Very misleading, Mephiston is not the main character of his own self titled novel. He is a background character, he and the main POV character are soul linked and still next to nothing about Mephiston is gained. Some cringe worthy back story but very rarely do we get to see his thoughts, intentions, or motivations from this link. In trying to make him Batman he was unlikable and unrelatable.

The Blood Angels are not written well in this novel, the rage is missing, the fangs are missing, not blood lust is gone. I'm not expecting flesh tearer levels, but at least something.

The psychers are very underwhelming, they aren't doing the things that even normal human psychers can do like read other people's auras and do mind probes. There are specifics, but I don't want to spoil anything.

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  • Lewis Luna
  • 06-02-20

Not my favorite on first reading

Didnt enjoy it as much. Will give it another shot...but...will see what happens. i guess

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  • Jermain Martinez
  • 24-03-20

Mephiston is unreal

loved every minute of the story, I can not wait for the next book, purchase it, you won't regret it.

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  • Runswithknife
  • 29-02-20

Disappointment

Its not about Mephiston and its not nearly as dynamic and grabbing as Dante's self titiled book or anything eles Blood Angels. You could just as easily remove Mephiston's name, drop in any other librarian, and would get the same result. Mephiston deserves better.

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  • Mike
  • 28-02-20

Horrible

A story that is psychedelic and more about sorcerers. Less sci-fi and more ridiculous non sensical fantasy. Hard to follow and not a fan of the performance. I’m a huge fan of 40K and AOS, but hated this story more than any other. I thought latest Conquest stories weren’t very good, but this is way e we worse.

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  • mathew
  • 17-02-20

not great

good 40k story but thought the story was a bit thin , seemed to drag a bit in the middle but not bad

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-20

I need the next one.

I love anything with the blood angels in it and this was no different. I need the next book ASAP.

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  • The Only Counterfeit
  • 04-04-20

Black Rage!

This was a fantastic book, definitely should be a movie! I was finding it hard to follow at first but once the scene was set I was hooked.

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  • AquaDutch
  • 25-03-20

Amazing

Amazing book for anyone who wants to learn more about the blood angels! Definitely worth the read~