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Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel.

Ashielle Matkosen, new Lord Governor of Ceocan, discovers a horrific secret in a vault beneath her father’s palace - a blasphemous living weapon. Forming an ancient pact with it may avenge her father’s death - but at the cost of her soul.

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Deals with daemons aren't exactly rare in the 41st millennium - but the nature of this one, and the terrors it inflicts, will shock and surprise you.

The story:

With the death of Ruprekt Matkosen, his daughter, Ashielle, is now the Lord Governor of Ceocan. Her father’s murderers still lurk in the shadows, threatening not only her rule but every mortal soul under her protection. Even her own people cannot be trusted - any one of them may be part of the poisonous plot to destroy her bloodline. 

Deep beneath the palace, locked away from all human contact, Ashielle finds a weapon unlike any other: a monster, more adept at hunting in the darkness than any assassin. Allying with such a horror is surely blasphemy, but with doom skulking around every corner, Ashielle is forced to revive an ancient pact with the beast. Yet she soon discovers that her family’s mortal enemies are not the only evil that hungers to consume her. 

Written by J C Stearns. Narrated by Katy Maw.

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

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An interesting story bogged down by tedious detail

There are moments in this audiobook that are gripping and creepy, where the tale feels like it's genuinely progressing and you're excited to find out what's going to happen. Then the story will suddenly switch to a wikipedia-esque description of the GDP of some far flung outpost of the Imperium, while the narrator, unable to cope with such tedious prose, starts to sound like a text to speech robot on suicide watch.

Crucially, the book has been poorly edited. It's not a long book anyway, but should clearly have been chopped in half. Instead, one gets the impression the editor has asked for padding to be inserted to bulk it out.

On top of that the voice over has been poorly directed. Yes, the prose is terrible in places, but the VO artist should never have been allowed to leave the booth after recording some of these lines. She's a good narrator, but all too often she slips into sounding like an automaton.

I'm astounded it has such a good overall rating on Audible, it's comfortably the worst GW audiobook I've heard.

Avoid.

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Good

Not a heart pounding horror but still good. More political intrigue than anything. Temptation to do ill and justification in doing so.

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Xenos not horror

I realise that the entire WH40k universe is a horror but to describe this book as a horror tale when it is in fact a tale of xenos and the heretics that make pact with, well narrated but overlong in my option

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superb and exciting with a dash of horror

loved it, an brilliant insight in to how chaos can infect a world and the lengths some will go to maintain power. over all my favourite horror book so far.
Definitely worth a credit!

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Brilliant

This is a great audiobook with great narrator, plot and characters. I highly recommend this!

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Excellent deviation from the 40K norm

A strong narration and a story that is intriguingly different to the normal military or monster violence of most 40K books.

This is a look at what life can be like for the powerful in the Imperium when the Inquisition and Space Marines are absent.

The characters are interesting, the setting developed, and it fits into the 40K universe while having its own identity - the best praise I can give it is that if the 40K references were swapped out the book would still feel stand on its own. It also doesn't have to rely on pages of violence to carry it.

The horror is the weakest point, though I did listen to most of this while doing the summer gardening... I recommend the 40k anthology The Wicked and the Damned.

Good book and well worth the listen.

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Grim Politics in the 41st Millenium

An excellent piece of 'domestic 40k' focussed on the politics of a simple backwater world with a dark past. A clever story of intrigue and violence with a suitably grim ending.

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enjoyable!

A fun addition to the Warhammer Horror collection. Nicely performed, good villains, a few satisfying plot twists.

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  • 24-02-20

A good political thriller but not a horror novel

Warhammer Horror has had hits and misses and this is a miss from a horror stand point. This is more a political thriller with some dark elder.

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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 14-02-20

Slow for a good chunk of time.

I really enjoyed House of Night and Chain, so I tried this one, but unfortunately it didn't hold up. This is the first offering from Warhammer Horror that I didn't fully enjoy.

It bogged down in details that didn't matter and didn't add to the story. If you want a lot of political intrigue in a sci fi setting, then you will really like this book. I found myself losing interest in parts, which is unfortunate since I love the 40k setting.

After thinking about it for a bit, I'm not sure I'd call this a horror story. Pretty much all the elements in this book have been in other novels; there's plenty of ghastly places in 40k and HH. Also, the character didn't seem to go through too much soul searching when they did what they did. There was no anguish in their action more like, "oh well", and very little remorse.

The narrator was very good, so no issue there, just a dull story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-22

Good but..

I enjoyed it all til the end when things started happening fast, it felt rushed.

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  • Dick Forney
  • 29-08-21

Nice "Monster in the Dark" Story.

If I have any criticism, it's that the story is a little short. Great characters and characterization. The narrator does a fantastic job and really gives each character their own "feel" Highly recommended for Black Library Horror Story.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 01-07-21

how is this horror

I consider this book to be above average. I'm just not sure how this qualifies as a horror novel. overall it's a decent enough story. it does help expand the 40K universe and shows how people can fall to corruption.

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  • t.r y.
  • 22-03-21

Hmmmmm I was wondering.

I have read many reviews on this story for months. I have delayed buying it because of the sorry reviews. I have read it too politically driven, not scary, and just boring from some reviews.
My question is what were they complaining about. The narrator is amazing! She covers make and monster voices perfectly. They fear is interesting because it is almost like a horror movie in that you may guess what is next and you may get it wrong . The creator is wickedly interesting. I’m not saying that you’re going to be amazed as I am/ was but I definitely recommend this story because it is a power struggle and sometimes your enemies are very closer than you know. Remember that the Warhammer universe is a depressing and morbid situation. The fun of it is that’s why we love these stories! Buy it and enjoy!

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  • Joshua
  • 14-09-20

Politics not Horror

A boring political plot with a monster living in the basement. I was happy when it was over. It's not a bad story, but it's not very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-20

Came for the horror, stayed for the intrigue.

Requires more in-depth 40k awareness, but blends the grimdark and horror rather nicely. A surprisingly good first entry into Warhammer horror from part of the 40k universe that I didn't expect to see focused on so soon.

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  • jontelw98
  • 24-02-20

A great narrator and a great first half

The book was pretty good overall but it was not even slightly scary and some things felt rushed like the character development in the second half and the ending

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  • Wesley B.
  • 16-02-20

Great political drama

Much more of a political drama than I was expecting. A fantastic book regardless.