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Summary

The Night Lords - traitors and killers who use fear as a weapon - face threats from within and without as they struggle to rebuild their Legion and continue to fight the Long War.  

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It's an assured and confident second novel from Aaron Dembski-Bowden that kicks off one of the most acclaimed and beloved series in Black Library history - and it's a chance to see the Long War from the Night Lords' perspective!  

The story:

The Night Lords were once among the most potent forces of the Imperium, Space Marines who used fear itself as their weapon. Now, cast adrift from the Emperor's light and hunted as heretics after their monstrous betrayal, the Night Lords clad themselves in symbols of death and fight the Long War, bringing pain and terror to all who worship the corpse-god of Terra. 

A summons from Warmaster Abaddon sends these rebels on a dangerous journey that leads inexorably to a conflict with the Emperor's chosen warriors, the Blood Angels.  

Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Running time 13 hours and 5 minutes. Narrated by Andrew Wincott.

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

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Ave Dominus Nox

ADB (the author) has breathed life into The Nightlords! A Legion often overlooked. He has made their world interesting and full of intrigue as you peer through the red eye lenses of the 8th, usually the protagonist.

The Audible narrator has done a fantastic job and has really done this book Justice!

I cannot wait for the next Two books in the series!

buy it, enjoy it & Ave Dominus Nox

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Ave Dominus Nox! Brilliant book, well read.

Brilliant book, well read, makes you see it from the other point of view. Can't wait for Blood Reaver and Void Stalker.

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Loved it

Aaron Dembski-Bowden has become one of my favourite authors in recent years. To many writers spend too much time describing a rock a character walks past because they lack the ability to make a story flow. Aaron has no such problem. All of the books of his I have read or listened too had just the right amount of detail and the right amount of action and character building in them to make his books stand out from the crowd.

Soul Hunter is no exception, i consider this book to be one of his best works, out of all the ones I have heard so far. A stunning page turner for those who are reading it.

And unlike certain other popular GW Authors, his book titles tend to be accurate too and dont involve filing clerks visiting prospero.

Definitely worth a buy.

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Excellent all around

Good compelling story that shows a really good insiders look into the nightlords.

Voice acting was dark and somber with excellent voices for both mortal and astarte characters.

Would definitely recommend if you’re like me. Interested in warhammer 40k books but don’t have much precious knowledge of the lore.

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BRILLIANT

After reading the whole omnibus I got this audiobook simply as I enjoy the Night Lords lore, it did not disappoint the voice acting re told the story in a completely new way for me absolutely brilliant I really cant recommend this enough, hopefully they are doing the other 2 books aswell, if so I cant wait.

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Classic night lords

this book gives a alternative view on chaos space marines and actually makes you like abd feel for them, making them feel like people and not just some big bad.

this made me start collecting chaos and paint them night lord colours when traditionally I'm a xeno player.

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One of the best warhammer books I’ve heard!

This is by far the best book I’ve heard and Aaron dembski has really put done him self with this one.

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A bit time jumpy, but a good story

This review contains mild spoilers.

The blurb for this book does two VERY distinct things. It gets you excited for the mouth-watering prospect of a fierce battle between the Night Lords and the Blood Angels ... and it totally hides the fact that that aspect of the story is tiny, very late on and that most of what you'll be reading before you get there is background stuff and numerous time jumps.

None of which is bad, as it all gives a very solid view of who the Night Lords are, how they came to be the legion they are today and all that they have lost. This was published four years after the Horus Heresy series got underway, so I imagine the thought of going back to see how things were in the good old days, way back when they still had their Primarch, was something the author and fans alike got excited to experience. I enjoyed it, I just wish I had some kind of warning that it was going to be that kind of slow-build kind of thing. I think I'd have perhaps enjoyed it more if I weren't constantly thinking I'd zoned out and somehow missed parts of the story the blurb had led me to believe was happening.

Soul Hunter doesn't solely feature storytelling from a Space Marine viewpoint. As Bowden has done in other books (Spears of the Emperor for example), he has a human servant viewpoint so us mere mortals can experience the world the Space Marines live in from the eyes of a person who doesn't fit in that world, rather than from one of the demi-gods themselves just swanning around feeling all big and strong. These parts give a nice layer of info as to how humans, not always wanting to live under the yolk of Chaos, come to be in the service of the traitor legions and their quality of life.

What I liked most about this book was how different to most of the traitor legions the Night Lords seem to be. They are very much a legion that neither loves the Emperor or the Ruinous Powers, but they disagree with one more than the other. They are very deep, which is something you can't say for a good many of the legions.

All in all, the blurb was a tad sneaky, but the story itself was well worth the read. I feel it has set up what could be one of the more enjoyable series that the Black Library has put out to date.

I felt the narration was good for the most part, but there were moments, painfully plain moments mid-sentence, where the narrator's voice just made it sound like something ominous and dark was happening. Good for the most part but a tad melodramatic for zero reason every now and then.

PS. The rate at which they're picked off, I'm honestly shocked there's any left alive after the Horus Heresy!

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So so

Didn't really grab me. The plot just sort of falls away into battle and action. What is the book about?

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Refreshing! A must listen

Finally something that gives an accurate representation of Chaos. No incompetent Chaos marines here that act like canon fodder for loyalist space marines. That aside it's a great story. Dark, violent and visually stimulating. Everything you want from a 40K book.

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  • Grae Sheely
  • 22-11-19

Damn it

Now I have to build an VIII Legion army, too. I'm already balls deep in half converted Word Bearers from listening to The First Heretic. ADB is trying to kill my wallet.

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  • Oscar
  • 20-09-19

Beware this audiobook contains heresy

It was an insightful audiobook as I have never really read or listened to any of the traitor legion novels. I enjoyed that it has a lot of backstory and provides information about how the night lords came to be what they are in the 42nd millennium. The narrator also did a great job and overall I’d recommend it to someone like myself that doesn’t know much of the traitor legions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

A great listen

I read the original book several years ago and it was absolutely wonderful. The concepts of the characters very experience of woe, corruption, honor, and comradery kept me with the book all the way through. This performance is wonderful for my tastes. It's very much in the throat for the majority of the time which brings a nice sense of expressed dread from the tonation which fits with the general chapter theme.

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  • Christopher Bruner
  • 14-10-19

Soul hunter!

These books by ADB are the night lords. Buy these novels and become delighted by an original story with fascinating and complex characters. No Netflix trash plots here!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-19

Ave Dominus Nox

Excellent insight to post and pre heresy Night Lords. Overall good story and performance. Well worth it.

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  • Ron
  • 27-09-19

Not Just A Great 40k Novel

This isn't just the best 40k series I've read. This is the best book series I've ever read. That's right "read". This will be the first audio book I've purchased of a real life book I already own. That's how good it is.

Hands down the best sympathetic depiction of villains I've ever read. This is the first of three, and I really hope they bring the other two out as well. I can't say enough good about it. Get it if you have any interest at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-19

Gripping tale of war and betrayals in 40k

Worth a listen to, with decent performances and a good story. Makes me want a night lord army.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

awesome

Delving into a story about one of the traitor legions is awesome. Cannot wait to listen to more.

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  • joshua mosebach
  • 22-09-19

my favorite 40k book yet

great story for those that enjoy the nightlords. excited for the next 2 books in this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-19

Ave Dominus Nox

Hail the Lord of Night . . . . . . . . . !

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