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Rites of Passage

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

The death of Lord Azariel, head of the Navigator House Brobantis, draws his widow into a dark world of ritual killings and cult murders, while larger plans are at work and entire worlds are threatened.... 

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Delve into the murky politics of the Navigator houses with a novel packed full of murder, conspiracy and warp-borne threats.  

The story:

Lord Azariel, Head of the Navigator House Brobantis, is dead. His widow and murderer, the Lady Chettamandey, stands to inherit his power and influence. Her plans for ascension are curtailed when she’s drawn into a dark world of ritual killings and cult murders. With planets being dragged into the warp seemingly at a whim, the threat to Chettamandey’s legacy is dire, and only she can avert potential disaster.  

Written by Mike Brooks. Narrated by Helen Keeley.

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

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Best 40k Book Since Eisenhorn!

As soon as I saw the cover art and synopsis of this novel I expected great thing's, needless to say I wasn't disappointed! This book is a perfect window into the murky politics and inner workings of the imperium of man. The plot keeps you hooked with very believable and occasionally funny characters with some amazing twists and turns! Overall I would wholeheartedly recommend this novel!!!

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Well written and a great performance

A really fresh and interesting look at a niche aspect of the warhammer 40k cannon.

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A great new direction.

Without giving away any spoilers, a great story that also explores more of the universe.

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A Must Listen

Stunningly written. A great in depth look at the smaller parts of the Imperium. Brilliant

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Genuine Surprise

I listened to this off the back of some very positive reviews and I wasn’t disappointed, there are a lot of enjoyable but largely forgettable warhammer audio dramas so it was a genuine pleasure to have one exceed my expectations. I would rate this second only to Dan Abnett’s work. Thoroughly recommend.

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navigators are surprisingly amazing

everyone I've tried to describe this book to, I've said its Downton abbey but 40k...a description that doesnt do it justice by a long shot. A good story and something very different to the usual stuff in the 41st millennium

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Top 5 40k Books

Absolutely brilliant writing! Story kept me hooked and encapsulates everything I love about the 40k universe.

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  • Seth O Freudenburg
  • 09-10-19

Awful

Massive disappointment. The premise, exploring navigator houses and their politics has so much promise. However the book is a completely implausible action adventure novel and plays at the most exhausting and cliche Black Library tropes- and I say this as an avowed lover of Black Library work.

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  • David
  • 22-09-19

Great book... if you ignore awkward SJW stuff

First off it was a great book, good writing, interesting characters and plot, plus a look at a group we rarely see, the navigators. That being said, it looks like the Black Library (or maybe just this author) decided to use the opportunity to pander to every possible group. All competent, leading “good” characters are women, no, wait, women of color! no, even better, women of color who are disabled, no, even better, elderly women of color who are disabled! Lol I didn’t think to much on it, but eventually you have an loving lesbian couple, a loving married gay couple, 3-4 times where the author rather clumsily uses “they, them, their” when referring to characters of indeterminate sex (had me going back asking is the author talking about one person or multiple people, messed up the flow of the story). One person being referred to with made up gender neutral pronouns. One female character complaining about getting talked down to by “big men with guns” or something to that effect (which frankly was entirely reasonable in the situation) down with the patriarchy! Ever seen a school or company that’s 1% black female and they make sure to put that one person on every piece of advertising they have to make it appear they’re way more inclusive than they are? It felt exactly like that, really forced.

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  • Gino
  • 01-02-20

Pretty good

I listened to a lot of WH40K audio books. This narrator did a very good job. I usually don't enjoy female narrators very much and with 40k there are the usual 2 established names. So im happy to say this was a very well voice acted story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-19

Really good book!

This is a really good book. It Explores the toxic politics of the navigator houses and gives an insight in their intriguing while also bringing you along in a high pace murder mystery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

One of the best 40k books ever.

I read more than a hundred 40k novels and this one is easily top five l.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 10-09-19

Far left propaganda

I read warhammer to get away from real life and unwind. Not to have the author to treat the books like their personal mission field, like some evangelical nut. I liked the general story but god was the far left crap heavy in this book.

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  • Alejandro Rodriguez
  • 26-09-19

One of the best stories in the Dark Millenium!

Outstanding character development and a very well crafted story makes this one of the gems in the 40k library.

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  • Steve Droddy
  • 12-10-19

Navigator Houses

An interesting look into a new corner of the 40k universe. I hope some of the characters return.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-10-19

A genuinely so see full suprise and new too read.

So. I actually genuinely enjoyed this one. just a shy of a week it took me to finiish. And the story and it's ending especially make me eager for more. As Well I love the ( mistly) well executed representation of non generic imperial citizens. And Finnally now have an enhanced love of the navigators and there own inner culture.

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  • Zack Miller
  • 05-10-19

Great Abnett-esque insight into the world of 40k

It’s not as good as Annette stuff but it’s damn enjoyable. It offers a great look at the details of the universe

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