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Summary

Book two in the Bequin series

Alizebeth Bequin's world has been turned upside-down. Now she must choose who she will follow as Inquisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor battle to discover the secrets at the heart of Queen Mab.

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The latest chapter in Dan Abnett's Inquisition saga is here, and it's packed with shocking twists and stunning revelations that will change the way you look at the Warhammer 40,000 universe forever.

The story

In the mysterious city of Queen Mab, the forces of light and darkness are locked in a murderous struggle for truth. The dedicated agents of the Holy Inquisition battle with their shadowy counterparts, the infamous Cognitae, to discover the encrypted identity of the enigmatic, all-powerful King in Yellow. Caught at the heart of this struggle is the pariah Alizebeth Bequin. Will she stand with the Inquisition or with the Cognitae that raised her? And if she chooses the Inquisition, will it be the wise but ruthless Ravenor or his rival, the denounced heretic Eisenhorn? Bequin must withstand an onslaught of angels, daemons, and even the monstrous warriors of the Traitor Legions, to unpick the greatest riddle of her life. 

The beloved characters of Eisenhorn and Ravenor return, as implaccable adversaries in a novel of esoteric mystery, macabre intrigue, and vivid action, where the revelation of true identity could mean death...or might shake the Imperium to its very foundations.

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The king in Yellow!

Or is it Gold!! I listened to pariah and this back to back and my only disappointment is having to wait for Pandaemonium to be released, outstanding book and superb narration

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Best 40k book in yonks

It's got a good story, good characters, some good Grimdank. Dan spent less time describing the tightness of body gloves than he did in Eisenhorn and Ravenor which was nice. Thanks Dan!

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A Masterpiece

I stepped into the Bequin series with slight trepidation, not having heard Helen's (the narrator’s) work before and was almost instantly captivated by her performance. Never before have I looked at my audiable browser willing that clock to turn back and there be more story to come.

Penitent, is a seminal work for D.A.. He perfectly courts the 40K tropes, while simultaneously building upon his previous works breathing life into this world. He balances his work between the strength of bolter and blade, before he masterfully allows the true horror of the universe to creep in.

The author stamps his mark on this world, as the setting subtly becomes Victorian London. Accompanying this shift come some charming parallels, be it (spoilers) a caricature of Aleister Crowely, or a Ravengaurd fighting in a “murderous” way. You feel like the author is there, giving you the subtle wink as each of these quirks appear.

My only wish, is that we don’t have to wait so long for the next instalment. However, if it’s this good, it is most definitely worth the wait.

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wow!!!

did not see that coming. dan abnett at his finest. cant wait for the third book

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Another great story by Dan abnett

Loved it just hope the next book is out soon thoroughly enjoyed this lots of twists and turns

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amazing story

loved it, Dan at his very best. More twists and turns than spaghetti. The ending had me shocked. can't wait for the next one.

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Speechless

This is a must read, the twist, the turns, the writing, it's a master piece of writing.

I recommend it

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amazing

Another amazing book from Abnett. The story has so many layers it's so rich. Well read as well.

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awesome

amazing as always mr abnett
had goosebumps at the end, what a storyteller. can't wait for the next one

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amazing!!

absolutely amazing yet again by Abnett, this story pushes the lore forward and has some draw dropping revelations, highly recommend and cant wait for book 3 !!!

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  • 03-03-21

Shocker

Suspense , history ,future. what a great way to expand Warhammer and it's Lore. Have over 150 Warhammer books in my library. has to be in my top 5

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  • Sean Patrick Tracey
  • 08-03-21

No spoiler heresy

I've played Warhammer for close to 25 years. I've read most of the books, played all the editions, and love most of it. Eisenhorn and the surrounding stories are the best written Black Library has to offer, and holy $&#e what a cliffhanger Dan!

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  • Jonathan Cloke
  • 07-03-21

Oh my god

The revelation at the end of this book broke my mind and now I have to wait for the third book.

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  • Trond
  • 18-04-21

WHAT

THE HELL, did not expect that
Ending, great read cant wait for more
Should have had 2 narrators

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  • Peter Örhalmi
  • 05-05-21

Great story

Loved it! Great story and great performance. Exiting and I'm looking forward to the next volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

the plot thickens

This is a herald of big things to come in the Warhammer 40k universe. Enough said, enjoy the listening.

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  • Homebody
  • 02-05-21

Blown Away!

Loved it. Start to finish. Best 40K I’ve ever read (Listened to). Helen Keeley’s narration kicks soooooo much A$$. Dan Abnett has outdone himself. Now, the long wait.

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  • Emu
  • 26-04-21

Oh. My. Emperor!

It's been a long time since i have been this far out on the edge of my chair for a 40k novel.

I really hope this is a glimpse of things to come for the future of the entire franchise.

The only downside is the narrator unfortunately makes many of the male voices seem monotone and similar to my ears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-21

Abnett does it again!

Perhaps not in the level of The Magos, but damn near. This is a must If you even slightly enjoyed any of the Eisenhorn series!

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  • Benjamin Garwood
  • 23-04-21

Best yet

Dan Abnett is a great storyteller and author. I believe this is yet another great series of books that capture the human side of the imperium. The characters are of course gifted but still human and with rich history and interaction. Great read and really brought to life again by the power of excellent voice acting.