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Summary

A Uriel Ventris novel.

Uriel Ventris returns! Newly ascended to the ranks of the Primaris Space Marines, Ventris leads the Ultramarines Fourth Company - the famed Swords of Calth - to war against the ancient necrons. Old enemies arise, as Ventris' past and present collide in brutal battle.

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One of Black Library's longest-running series continues - and the hero's been given a new lease of life as a Primaris Space Marine. Discover how Ventris adapts to his new life even as his past comes back to haunt him.

The story

Uriel Ventris, newly ascended to the ranks of the Primaris, leads warriors of the Fourth Company from the Indomitus Crusade of Roboute Guilliman to a world on the frontiers of Ultramar. Once a battleground against the orks, Sycorax is now under furious assault from an enemy of ancient times - the necrons. The Ultramarines have faced these baleful xenos before, but Uriel senses the hand of a foe from his past at work on Sycorax, a tally unfinished and a debt to the Imperium finally come due.

Trapped deep in a devastated city, Uriel leads the Swords of Calth into battle, and must adapt to his new incarnation as one of the Primaris - a challenge that will test his soul as much as it will test him as a warrior.

Written by Graham McNeill. Narrated by Bruce MacKinnon.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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Worth reading

But I can’t recommend the narrator, there was some unpleasant comments made last year about Mark Elstobs narration of avenging son and in particular how he read Roboute, I personally enjoyed that book and have listen to this Nightbringer so had hoped the narrator would improve when reading ultramarines and their Primarch sadly it sounds like a bunch of petulant teenagers who have found a dictionary which really distracted from the story itself

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Fan of Ventris? Read it!

I've been waiting for another Ventris book and I am not disappointed! gripping and you feel for the characters. Well worth it!

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Excellent story, odd narration

Absolutely excellent story. Only downside was the narration. I found the volume to be very quiet at times, often having to rewind, turn it up, and then get deafened when the narrator spoke normally again. Otherwise really enjoyed it.

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Great, but

Great story. love the necrons. but too many characters too keep track off. it's really hard to get emotional invested in about 10 space marines ,5, humans, 2 mechanics and some others still. took me about 6 hours to figure out who was who. also the captain constantly keeps talking about how good of a friend his Sargent is. this should be more of a case of show don't tell. got quite sick of it in the end. besides that. Good action and gripping story

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I don't know what happened here

was not the best story was pretty dull and necrons written as horde like poor quality imperial troops to die en mass barely scratching paint also seems that the writer has C'tan and warp beings mixed up and the fact necrons tech is not so dumb as to miss a titan teleporting into its cities a C'tan cannot be called a pussy and be killed lol they also do not control the necrons life they are slave tools or destruction a dying C'tan is like losing a titan war machine not the leader of an entire planet lol

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A middling story but a powerhouse performance

The story is a pretty generic story of conflict with space marines with little impact beyond the world it is situated on but the narrator's performance is really fantastic

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So so like all the Vetris stories

The story is okay, but what let's it down is the narrator. He did a really good job with the chaos side in the last book, but he always make space marines sound like cheesy action movie heroes

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  • 14-03-21

solidly good book, just not outstanding

4th Company Ultramarines, Captain Uriel Ventris, definately NOT a Mary Sue.

The story reflects author Graham McNeill's eye for detail and sense for the grim darkness of the 41st millennium.

The story was genuine, natural and unforced. EVERYTHING McNeill writes is canon-worthy, a rare trait among authors.

This story dovetails perfectly with the roll-out of the Ventris model, even providing explanation for details on the model.

Why not a 5 star review? Pacing, some of the "why" of the story was a bit vague, too many characters to be properly developed, but those are fairly minor issues.

Overall, a solid fouble for Graham McNeill and a flawless narration.

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  • David Mckinney
  • 10-03-22

Graham McNeil nails it again

Bruce MacKinnon narrating makes you feel you’re there witnessing the story as it unfolds, again can’t say enough about McNeil’s work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-21

Embarrassing

This guy wrote some of the gest Horus Heresy Novels, so how could he be responsible for this. I found it hard to enjoy any if the characters. which is shocking because you've known them for so long if you read previous Ventris books. and the ending "duel" qas one if the worst things I have ever listened to. beyond terrible. Tellion was cool thougg