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Summary

As ork ships lay waste to world after world, heading inexorably towards Terra, Imperial citizens despair. The High Lords become desperate to prove that victory is possible, no matter the cost.

A massive navy fleet is assembled - their mission to make a definitive strike against the orks at Port Sanctus, an area of enemy-held space. But when the Imperial armada arrives, they find themselves outclassed and outmanoeuvred. Can human courage and faith possibly prevail against such terrible odds?

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Great book

Great book intrigue and espionage and battle you can imaginw yourself in the warhammer world

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Amazing

loved it
head phones on and painting in the Studio what can be better

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Good but short

A continuation of the beast arises series, this book and the one that follows feel like two half's of the same book. Story lines get left hanging unsatisfactorily with one major event each book to justify its publication. On the whole the series is quite enjoyable if a little short. The narration is good and easy listening, occasionally jarring when multiple characters voices are in play or when they are acting outside of their usual tone of voice.

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Great listen and a great story

I hope the rest of the series is as good as that as I couldn't stop listening

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Amazing cliff hanger!

Extremely well written, descriptive to a point that I had a film playing in my head, amazing!

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Opinion after 3 books

Overall, the story is solid with some great politicking chapters that really flesh out the background but it is let down by the combat scenes and length of each book.

As mentioned above the story is solid enough and still being built upon by book 3. I am interested enough in the plot to want to continue the story.

The politicking chapters are great and really flesh out the imperium and how changes that happened at this time led the imperium to what it was in the 41st millennium.

Sadly, I think these book have the same issue that nearly all black library and 40k books have, the battles are awful (from the point of view of wanting something with detail). The battles are quite often bland, sterile and vague. Land battles are especially vague affairs that can last days in the world time.

I don't know if the writer/writers have military experience but from the way the scenes are portrayed I would guess not. Little things such as having to tell 'elite' soldiers to load a magazine of ammunition or not telling 'elite' soldiers why they have to eat or something bad could happen.

Another issue is the length of each book, although they are of a fantastic quality they are very short for what they cost. At between 5-7 hours each they should really be have them doubled up to make them worth the cost.

Should you get them....

If you are a 40k fan with a desire to explore an imperium in a new era of history and enjoy black library's style of battle narration then this series may be for you.

If you like 40k but don't care too much for the battles or era then I would probably skip unless you can get the books on a 2 for 1 sale.

If you aren't a 40k fan I would probably skip as for me a lot of the enjoyment of the books was seeing how things have changed in the background. You can get better and longer books out there in another sci fi setting.

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  • 07-01-19

Boring

More political intrigue then space marine. The story seems to drag on and on. My curious nature wants me to get to the end but I don't know if I can do it. Particularly because there are so many and they are so short. Why use a credit on a 7 hour book when I can use that same credit on a 30 hour book.
Audible should have bundled these In sets of 3 or 4 books at the very least.

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  • Casey V. Roberts
  • 14-11-17

Kick off point for the series.

As the third book in the series I feel this is where things finally get good. Books one and two are really more setting the stage and this book starts to pay off. Unfortunately this isn't a place where the reader can jump in at as books 1 & 2 are required reading.

The narrator is fine, if a little too fast (but a slight tweak to playback speed fixed it) and really sells the ships officers.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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  • Jason Micheal Hughes
  • 07-12-20

Getting good

I've been marathoning through this series started on Friday 12/4/2020 and I'm engrossed. It's great to have a sprawling narrative that draws you in. Armstrong is my favorite narrator so that's a plus. Get this series.

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  • T. C. Fair
  • 03-04-18

Slowly improving

Slow in the beginning, with a few moments of excitement, with interesting characters but overall boring enough to make me seriously reconsider buying more of this series. That is the best explanation for the first three books. It’s more for the fans of political intrigues. I was so bored with the first two books, I had to make myself finish the third novel. I even considered asking for a refund.
Towards the end of this third novel, it’s finally getting better, with the arrogant High Lords of Terra getting a much needed reality check.
Excellent performance from the narrator and the characters are three dimensional and believable but the story is extremely slowed down by the political storyline but this book is an improvement over the first two.

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  • Ross Brandon Glickman
  • 21-06-21

Advances the story, but grindingly slow.

This book might be 25% story. The interplay between the naval characters could’ve been 10 pages and it would’ve been too much. Absolutely no reason for this book to have THAT MUCH filler. I didn’t know it was possible to make void war boring. The only things worth hearing in this are the portions about the inquisition and the astartes.
It normally takes me a day to listen to these books, but this took me a week, I kept getting too bored to pay attention. Hate to be so negative but damn was that a tough listen. Gareth kills it as usual, performance off the charts.

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  • Nerfalus
  • 07-05-21

Great book

This one was great, I loved the navel combat and wished for more. Great overall.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 20-12-20

Less Yakka, Moar Dakka

We’re on book three of this series and we’ve yet to leave the boring slog of Imperium politics.

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  • Monique Waltman
  • 08-10-20

great book, navy focused

The focus of this one is a grand naval battle! I was in the navy, I believe inter officer drama is captured very well.