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The Regent’s Shadow

Watchers of the Throne: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
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Summary

Book 2 in the Watchers of the Throne series

A new day has dawned for the Imperium, but not everyone sees the light. The Custodian Guard and Sisters of Silence must battle not just Chaos, but those who do not share Regent Guilliman's vision....

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See how enemies lurk everywhere in the Imperium - even on Terra itself - and discover how the Adeptus Custodes excel at rooting out the darkness that lurks on the Throneworld and bringing it to light.

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As Guilliman, Regent of Terra, heads off to lead the Indomitus Crusade, he leaves behind a world still in turmoil, beset by cult activity. Stripped of its huge armies for the galactic offensive, recovery is precarious. The Custodians do what they can while keeping the Palace secure, and the Sisters of Silence rebuild their citadel on Luna. When the warship Phalanx returns, it seems that stability will at last be assured. However, as reconquest forces push out further into the slums, they come across signs that another mysterious foe is active. The truth dawns - not every enemy is corrupted by Chaos, for there are many on Terra who do not share Guilliman’s vision of a new order, and the prospect of a Terran civil war looms...

Written by Chris Wraight

Running time 11 hours 52 minutes. Performed by John Banks, Emma Gregory and Penelope Rawlins.

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a good link in the chain of chris wraights work

a very good follow on from the previous story. the voice acting is excellent and jeck is a nice replacement. I like how it shows abit more of Valoris. Some interesting charavters also turn up to be sure. well worth your time

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Really enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this and was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and turns in the plot. Also one of the best narrated black library novels out there.

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Really good

Really good could not wait to finish it, hope it not to long before we carry on the story.

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Politics, intrigue and Minotaurs!

This book is a superb second outing for the new power couple in the Warhammer universe, I’m not ignoring the chancellerus at all but the characters I want more of are our favourite custodian and silent sister, the narration is outstanding and completely engrossed me in the tale, I looke forward avidly to the next story in this series

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Amazing

The story is brilliant just like the first. The voice acting was some of the best I’ve heard, just like the first. It gladdens my heart that they had the original voice acting and characters in this audiobook. It gives the story a great amount of continuity. I love this book just like the first.

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Excellent listen!

A very different style of 40k novel. good story.
interesting pov characters.
fantastic narration.

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A sequel that delivers

A great audio tale, consisted with its first part and utterly worthy of its place. A well handled balance of perspectives from the imperiums spectrum of warriors.

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Recommended - but a step below the first novel

The Regent's Shadow is a good sequel to the peculiar and worthy first novel Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion. If you enjoyed the first, you will probably like this. If you really liked the first novel, then you may really enjoy this too. The point being, it does not diverge much from the original but is overall a step below. The book is too long and lags occasionally or is a bit difficult to follow at parts. Also, the characters could have had a bit more variety like the first; now the two Sister's do not offer enough variety.

The voice acting cannot be overly complained about but Rawlins does sound a bit cringy at times when doing male voices. Female voice, let alone young at that, does not lend itself so well to act out an old, raspy guys voice and this disrupts the otherwise good flow a bit. Sometimes, this can be a bit cringy but overall the voice acting is still good.

Overall, its a step below the first but still solid stuff. More dynamic book with more character variety would have elevated this even further.

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Amazing loved it big recommend

Top work. Love the multi voice acting. Amazing story lots off twist and turns. Well Done games workshop.

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Great

Very enjoyable, just a great story. Love Custodian based action as well as Anathema Psykana content. The story was quite captivating.

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  • 27-03-20

Meh

it was ok I've heard better than this book there are many horus Heresy books that are way better

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  • 29-03-20

Excellent

Great political drama, if you liked the first book you'll like this one even more.

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  • 28-03-20

Good book, but where's the Inquisition?

Interesting to see the political dynamic that develops as soon as Guilliman leaves Terra behind to go on his crusade, especially the leaders basically saying, "Hey, we know how bad things can get when Primarchs are running around calling the shots, let's not let that happen again."

One problem I have with this book (and most others that are post Guilliman resurrection) is that the Inquisition seems to have completely disappeared. You'd think they'd show up at some point.

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  • catman
  • 27-03-20

A mystery amongst gods

I was never fully aware of what the next events would be. Never truly aware of what enemy would be lying around the corner. Fascinating

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  • Joe Snider
  • 21-03-20

great follow up to the first novel.

Followed up to the first book by introducing some new faces, and changing the way we see the old faces. really gets in to to Terran politics.

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  • terrance mobley
  • 21-03-20

Another solid story

I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying this series by Chris Wraight and couldn't wait for this book to come out, and I was not disappointed. Love how the lore of 40k is evolving and moving forward and fleshing out the lore.

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  • Triken
  • 19-03-20

great continuation!

it is nice to have a series like this that shows Terra in conflict after the great rift, highly recommend all the books by Chris wright!

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  • BillCosby4U
  • 17-03-20

Fantastic BL Book

Fills in the gap between Gathering Storm and Dark Imperium. More Insight into 40k Custodes and SoS.

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  • BrianK
  • 14-03-20

Wonderful & Superbly voice acted

Offering insight into some of the most underdeveloped and interesting aspects of the Imperium (Custodes, SoS, and High Lords), The Regent’s Shadow is worth listening to for the voice work alone. All of it is done well, but Penelope Rawlings is worthy the price of purchase alone.

The story generally follows one Custodes, one Sister of silence and one pseudo-member of the High Lords. Having read the first Watchers of the Throne is helpful for context, but not completely necessary. The story jumps between the three characters seemingly disparate storylines, until events bring them together.

This is a refreshing change for a 40k novel, focusing largely on suspense and intrigue, and far less on combat and visceral descriptions of death, though those are both present. I am excited for future installments of the series, and hope Chris Wraight continues his excellent work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-20

Great addition to the 40k setting

excellent book with typically excellent performances. As always with Wraight, the world and characters are beautifully drawn, pulling you into a story while also enriching the setting as a whole. well worth a listen to any 40k fans.