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Audiobook three of the Cadian series

The second book of the Minka Lesk story arc follows on from the story started in Cadian Honour.

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The Cadian 101st, led by Minka Lesk, is taking the fight to the traitors on Malouri. Will their faith and pride keep them fighting or will the meat-grinder siege break them down?

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Cadia, 10,000 years a stalwart bastion against Chaos, is broken. Its collapse at the hands of Abaddon and the Thirteenth Black Crusade has fractured the Imperium of Man, and in its wake spreads the seeds of heresy, lies and insurrection. It falls to Cadia’s survivors to fight on, bloodied but unyielding, in the name of the Emperor.

On the world of Malouri, traitorous forces have retreated to the impregnable island fortress of Crannog Mons. After years of stalemate warfare, the task of breaking the siege is given to Minka Lesk and the Cadian 101st, who find themselves fighting a meat-grinder mission that threatens to devour them. In the midst of slaughter, sacrifice and brutal attrition, a question must be answered: what does it mean to be Cadian in a galaxy without Cadia?

Written by Justin D Hill. Audiobook narrated by Colleen Prandergast. 

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

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  • Ed
  • 11-08-21

Excellent and compelling listen

A really good narrative, well executed with the sort of in depth military details that let you lose yourself in the story. It is the third book in the series, but stands on its own well enough - in fact, it's a great introduction to the Imperial Guard's way of warfare. Not just the callousness, incompetence, inhumanity - but also the bravery, audacity and courage. I would have liked to see more redeeming features in the Allied Imperial Guard units, which are portrayed as bumbling incompetents or feral savages, and they feel like "straw men" sometimes and lack a bit of depth. But they're not the main antagonists of the story, and it doesn't detract from the gripping pace of the narrative. The parallels with D-Day were nicely done. At first it felt like they'd be too heavy handed (when the plan was outlined), but in execution the details take you out of history and into the 41st Millennium. An excellent book, particularly noteworthy for its ability to stand alone and be enjoyed without any background knowledge of the Warhammer universe.

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great

enjoyed this far more than I expected. some truly epic battle descriptions and scale. got my imagination going mad

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felt like filler

Was ok, but character development was spread a bit to thin, needed to concentrate on a few details arcs and then have the foreshadowing.

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What happened?

This series was enjoyable up until now, this story played out so differently, it all felt extremely cliche, I can't exactly put my finger on it..

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A great book and a perfect end of a great series.

I have enjoyed the book and following both the old and new characters. this was a great end to the end of the series.

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Wrong perspective

Usually they kill off all the unlikeable characters, this time they win instead. Would recommend the Ghosts series or the Last Chancers instead.

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  • Charles E Valdyke
  • 20-07-21

Better than book 2

Enjoyable listen. Book 1 is probably still the best in the series, but this is an improvement on the second act. Only quibble I have is the repeated "Cadians are the best of the best of the best" bits. It was never necessary, but certainly not by book 3.

Author does good job creating a narrative reason for Cadians to keep existing in the tabletop game going forward.

And lastly Colleen Pendergast does a fantastic job. Her character voices are well done and unique for each person, and her male voices are not distractingly female.

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  • Brad
  • 15-07-21

Cadia Stands

This is an excellent audio book experience. The character development in this book is outstanding. The action is intense. Well worth your credit!

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  • ronpaulo
  • 03-08-21

An absolute blast to listen to!!!

I had my doubts about this book. Although I was a fan of the previous novel, “Cadian Honour”, I felt that Minka Lesk was no more than a side character in the overall story, but this book…. Oh boy. We finally get a proper story focusing mainly on Minka and it was a nonstop action thriller through and through. I can’t wait for the next one no🧢