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  • Bequin: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,654 ratings)

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Pariah

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
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Summary

Book one in the Bequin series.

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It's an intriguing and evocative story that shows characters you know and love through new (yet strangely familiar) eyes, forging a stunning mystery that will leave you astonished.

The story:

In the city of Queen Mab, nothing is quite as it seems. Pariah, spy and Inquisitorial agent Alizebeth Bequin is all of these things and yet none of them. An enigma, even to herself, she is caught between Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, former allies now enemies who are playing a shadow game against a mysterious and deadly foe. Coveted by the archenemy, pursued by the Inquisition, Bequin becomes embroiled in a dark plot of which she knows not her role or purpose. Helped by a disparate group of allies, she must unravel the secrets of her life and past if she is to survive a coming battle in which the line between friends and foes is fatally blurred.

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This is book nr 8. Reading order:

Eisenhorn 1-3
Ravenor 1-3
Eisenhorn 4
Then this one

edit* I read this book before knowing that it is part of a larger series, so have that in mind for the review below. Would probably have enjoyed it more if I read it after the others.

*no spoilers

A good beginning and end...but the middle is a lot of faffing about.

In the beginning there are fairly heavy handed seeds about a twist that you from that point expect...but it takes ages to come to fruition.

The information towards the end is interesting, but it's a lot of running around before you get there. It was a slog.
To get the most out of the information at the end you probably should have a decent 40k lore knowledge base.
I will probably read the next, but I am not in a rush.

I might also add that this book is very much a first step in a series.

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Outstanding

Helen Keeley is up there with Keeble and Longworth. UNREAL. Really really enjoyed the performance.

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Pariah is quite good, the author obviously put in an enormous amount of effort. He built an entirely new world with its own names, social system, gods and history which is where I struggle. It is difficult to keep the many many characters straight and much of it is ambiguous at best. It’s difficult to follow. As well it would be nice for Beta to be her own rescuer for once, she is tough and capable but still needs to be saved over and over. The narrator is perfect, it was a difficult read with all this strange names and foreign concepts and she did it beautifully.

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Even better than Eisenhorn?!

Make sure to have read Eisenhorn recently to get all the twists! Highly recommended 5*

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An excellent follow-up to Eisenhorn and Ravenor

A very well crafted tale. The narrator struggles with male voices but excels as Bequin.

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superb!!!

fantastic return to the Eisenhorn & Ravenor series.
very different from the regular 40k fare but has oodles of (fully realised) characters, masses of details about the 'reality' of life in the imperium away from the battlefield.

Dan Abnett is a brilliant writer of sci-fi fiction and has a wonderful sandbox area of the universe to build and play in.

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all twists and plot doesn't need special FX

all twists and plot doesn't need special FX I loved the Isenhorn Ravaneor tales ...this is brilliant.
important to know what I did not like
caphous clain novels ..I wish I did
the Horus heresy after the flight if the Eisenstein. (all goes down hill).
the third book of siege of terra before saturnine wall (total filler trash)
I loved the night lords series

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Simply put its outstanding

Over the short term I have been reading BL books I have heard much said of Eisenstein and Ravenor and having tried and failed to engage with those books I was reluctant to start pariah, I am so glad I did, the story is excellent the narration outstanding and as soon I finished I started straight into pentinent

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Outstanding, loved it.

What a great book/performance, Believe it or not this is my first Black Library audible book that's narrated by a Woman, Helen Keely does a magnificent job doing this and shes worlds apart from the bad narration by Martyn Ellis in The Thousand Sons, a book so bad i had to return it.

I immediately thought this sounded like the Eisenhorn novels in its narration, And was confused at first but I haven't read the Ravenor series.

When I heard the last sentence i spat my coffee over my work laptop.

Just purchased book 2, but reading the Ravenor Series first.

Abnett, you sly dog, keep it up fella .

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Absolute class.

What a fantastic listen. I don't recall ever being slapped round the face by revelation after revelation quite so much before.

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