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A Warhammer Horror novel

Three travellers are drawn to the Reverie, the wound in the world of the Angels Resplendent. Knight, poet, scholar, each will face their shadows amidst a deeper darkness.... 

Listen to it because: Peter Fehervari's novels always have a rich vein of dark terror - now he's been unleashed in a Warhammer Horror novel that will take the sinister side of the 41st Millennium and turn it into nightmare fuel for you. 

The story: exalting war and art in harmony, the warrior-artisans of the Angels Resplendent have forged a radiant haven amidst a blighted galaxy. But an ancient sin stains their honour - a wound in their world that will never heal. Ignorant souls would call it a forest, but those who watch over it know better.

Nothing natural grows in the Reverie’s snow-swept glades or wanders amongst the unnatural things that do, save for the intruders who trespass on its pain. Some seek revelation or redemption, others dream of winning a place amongst the Resplendent, but all come because they must.

Three travellers are drawn into the conspiracy that wards the wound - a knight haunted by his lost humanity, an aging poet who refuses to go gently into the night and a scholar who yearns to redeem mankind. All must face their shadows in the Reverie, but only one shall gaze upon its heart, where a deeper darkness beats.

Written by Peter Fehervari. Narrated by John Banks.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Umm, what???

I liked Requiem Infernal, Peter Fehevari's last contribution to the 'Warhammer horror' series, so I was looking forward to this. I read 'Requiem' on Kindle (it's not available on audiobook) and it wasn't the easiest read I've ever experienced. Unlike some Black Library authors, Fehevari seems to favour character and plot over regular doses of space marine hyper-violence. Refreshing as this is, the plot of 'The Reverie', like his previous book is very much 'conceptual horror' - it's the overall tone and style which produces the horror atmosphere, rather than any specific incidents. The reader/listener needs to pay close attention to who is who and what is happening in order to engage with the story. That is easier said than done when both plots jump around different character's points-of-view and scenes are not necessarily presented in a linear order. With Requiem, this kind of worked as the plot has a hallucinatory, 'descent-into-madness' feel to it. Also, as a print novel, you can go back and check the parts you didn't understand first time round.

The problem with The Reverie - at least as an audiobook - is that it is literally impossible most of the time to work out what on Terra is going on. I honestly can't give you much insight here, because much of the time, I literally didn't have a clue which character was narrating, whether it was a linear scene or a flasback, real or a dream (there's a bit of that going on). Once I'd lost the thread, the scenes flashed by and I got more and more lost.

In the same way that I wanted to like Fehevari's writing, I have enjoyed John Banks' narration of other W40k audiobooks and was glad to see him back for this. However, his flat monotone throughout doesn't add any feelings of dread or horror to proceedings, it just makes it harder to follow what is going on. Neither is there sufficient differentiation between the various character's speech to help the listener make sense of it all. I rather wished for a narrator like Toby Longworth or Jonathan Keeble who might give distinctive voices to each of the characters.

So plotwise, The Angels Resplendent are quite an arty bunch of space marines who seem more interested in aesthetic values than blowing up the Emperor's enemies. Then there's a thing called 'the Reverie' (don't ask, I've no idea), and some obviously witchy, chaos stuff. Um...and that's it. It made no more sense to me than that, and I listened to the whole thing. It was a pity as I felt throughout like I was missing out on something rather clever and good, but who knows? Maybe I'll revisit it someday - on Kindle.

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Warhammer Horror??

I think the WH universe in its entirety is a life or unlife of horror so how does an author tell a tale sold as horror? Not with this story sadly, a mediocre tale of artisan astartes more concerned with materiel possessions and dare I say it emotions than being an Angel of the Emperor, it’s a hide and seek story with very little to save it other than John Banks superlative narration

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Engaging, illusive and intriguing

It's like reading a dream. Definitely one of the most interesting and evocative 40k books I've read. The atmosphere of the book is spellbinding. Highly recommended.

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Deserves a 2nd listen

Lovecraft in the 40k universe ✨ a perfect symbiosis very well written 👏 hooked from the start

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confusing and enchanting

confusing and enchanting
I really enjoyed the vagueness and cryptic nature of some passages. Those texts brim with potential
probably worth a second listen

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  • 23-03-21

Another solid entry by Peter Fehervari

I will start out by saying that Fehervari books aren’t for everyone they are a bit different from most 40K books. They have less action and a more in-depth look into the character and the metaphysics of the universe. All Peter's works are connected in what he calls the “Dark Coil”. The Reverie is an in-depth look on to the Angles Resplendent Chapter an interesting and unique Blood Angles successor, more interested in art and individuality than war. The characters are dealing with the titular Reverie a rift in reality that threatens the entire chapter. The horror in this book is not as overt as other horror stories this is more subtle and existential. If you like Peter Fehervari's other books you will like this one. I am glad to see him finally getting an audiobook of his works it makes them easy to understand.

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  • 13-03-21

Resplendent

What lies behind the veneer of enlightenment and artistic sophistication of Malpertuis? Three travellers make their way to the homeworld of the Angels Resplendent, all with their own motives and desirers. But no matter what one's intentions are all get tangled up in the Darkness that Coils around these seemingly enlightened sons of Sanguinius.

I don't quite understand why some reviewers don't see the horror in this novel. It's unsettling, dark and knows how to create an atmosphere of hopelessness amid splendour. Not all horror is explicit, some is more subtle and multilayered. And Peter Fehervari is the best you'll find in this regard.

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  • WELSBERN
  • 05-04-21

Wow, A Multi Dimensional Mind F@@k

This story has so many levels and will keep any agile mind totally occupied with figuring out its twists and turn. A great Horror addition.

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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 11-11-20

It has it's moments.

Nothing gripping here. Fun to see a sub chapter of the Blood Angels, and the Reverie itself is interesting, but the events around it not so much. It just lacked anything to really pull you in. Very few true horror moments.

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  • MonkeyShaman
  • 16-11-21

The things that go bump between the stars.

This is the most 9th legion thing you'll ever read.
We need more yesterday Mr.Fehervari.

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  • Joshua Lynch
  • 13-10-21

Brilliant

Not horror in the traditional sense. Gets into metaphysics and concepts of mind over matter. Beautifully rendered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-21

slow start but... wow!

the narrator did s damn good job. loved the story. true Warhammer 40k. end log.

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  • Robert Martinez
  • 08-03-21

what was this even about?

for a "scary " book, it sure was boring. boring and uselessly tedious to listen to. the same way that HP Lovecraft is tedious and wordy. the narrator was awesome though.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 18-12-20

Great book not much horror

Yes I do recommend this book especially if you like warhammer 40k. Not sure how this book qualifies as horror or terror. It’s a fun read overall and helps expand the universe of warhammer

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  • Adam A. Israel
  • 10-01-22

...Wow.

I'm not an old hand with the Warhammer horror series having only consumed a couple when I came across this one...but this one? This one is my favorite one thus far. It focuses on an unique Chapter of Astartes that frankly, I wish I could see again in other fiction of the setting. Space Marines that revel in the artistic side of humanity, in culture and creativity--it's incredibly refreshing. As can be expected however, this leaves them open to other influences, dark ones that will be all too familiar for those that love this grim dark universe. I won't say much more other than simply say it is a very, very slow burn and the crescendo to this story is ultimately more action pack than horror--but the fear within it, the eerie and demented elements are well paced, well cooked so that when you come across them they feel rewarding and overall uniquely psychological in nature. This is very much a slow, corrupting tale and befits the subject at hand. I really did love it and I think it'll be considered a classic.