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Vaults of Terra: The Hollow Mountain

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Vaults of Terra, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Summary

Vaults of Terra Book 2  

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his acolyte Spinoza face new dangers as the Great Rift opens and a new, bloody age dawns. Can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

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Discover what happens when Chaos comes to the Throneworld itself for the first time in 10 millennia and agents of the Inquisition must deal with conspiracy even as monstrous daemons are clawing at the door....

The story... 

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl has discovered a terrible plot, its roots firmly planted in the very highest levels of Terra. Pursuing it is fraught with risk, but Crowl’s sense of duty compels him to persevere. 

He and his acolyte Spinoza run down their leads in secret, knowing that their every move invites danger, but even as they begin to reveal the truth, a greater peril is unfolding in the skies - the Great Rift is becoming manifest. During the madness that threatens to tear Terra asunder, Crowl’s Inquisitorial base of operations comes under attack and is badly ravaged. As his world begins to unravel and a new, bloody age dawns, can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

Written by Chris Wraight. Total running time 9 hours and 47 minutes. Narrated by John Banks.

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Good sequel to a great first book

Thoroughly enjoyable story and great performance. A good sequel although slightly preferred book one in the series. John Banks is - as always - an excellent narrator, and Chris Wraight has fast become one of my favourite Black Library authors. Would highly recommend.

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great insight to life on Terra in 40K universe

Great story looking at events kn Terra immediately before the 'cicatrix maledictum' and fall of Cadia - basically the biggest change in the 40K universe since the Horus Heresy. Not essential to understanding the lore but an interesting tale and cast of characters.

Usual outstanding voice performance from Black Library.

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A very annoying Inquisitor

Like the first title in the series, the world building is superb, and getting to see the

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Superb book

I read the 2 vaults books one after the other and absolutely loved them, the narration was outstanding and the story itself fantastic, it left me wanting much more of this tale

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Great sequel to the amazing first novel

Vaults of Terra is an absolutely brilliant series of two books (hopefully there will be more!). Brilliant because it is truly amazingly written and narrated. The Hollow Mountain is a worthy sequel to one of the very best 40k books and a must read for those who enjoyed the first. I felt it was a step below the first story-wise because the momentum did not feel as good and structured but the grandiosity of the ending served to save a lot. It is also a somewhat more ambitious 40k book, laying out some pretty wild implications for the hardcore fans of the lore that perhaps the 40k universe needs some more. Again, John Banks is spot on and ranks among the very finest 40k readers. The narration is so powerful I almost jumped from my chair at one particular spot and it is thoroughly solid through the book. With Vaults of Terra, Chris Wraight raised himself as a figure of authority amongst 40k novelists.

Summary: Great stuff, if you enjoyed the first, no excuse to miss this one. Note to lore nerds: Listen with utmost care.

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Good continuation of what could be an epic

Easy listen and a great continuation of the story so far, you definitely need to listen to book one to understand the characters and motivations. It's not as strong as Isenhorn but it's got some great story telling of its own almost in a contained universe on terra. Looking forward to listening to book three for sure.

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Average follow-up that's unsure of what it is

The story is very slight, even apart from the events of the previous two (excellent) novels. A lot of hours are spent detailing a fairly dull investigation to the point that it felt almost like reading Battlefield Earth at points. When things finally occur there's enough for a short story rather than a feature-length novel. No memorable action, no character growth or substantial conclusion to the story arc. Worth buying for £2.99, save your credit for Dark Imperium or Kurze if you need a good listen.

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Pinnacle of W40k and naratio

It furthers story of the entire W40k universe significantly in an amazingly written and perfectly narated story.

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Excellent sequel

This book is a very direct sequel to the previous book The Carrion Throne. The book is quite fast paced and well read. It was interesting to hear plot elements come across in the performance before they were specifically mentioned. I spent a very enjoyable day and evening listening to this book and I would recommend it to get a flavour of Warhammer 40,000 from a different point of view than Space Marines. The only slight niggle I had was that the final location is very significant in 40k lore and it felt glossed over but by that point the action has ramped up to the point where you just want to get to the next bit. It's not super grimdark as 40k books can often be but there are a few instances that were unfortunate but not anything that wouldn't get in a PG movie. Great book and I look forward to the next part. (by the way The Emperor's Legion, whilst being by the same author is not part of this trilogy but is a good standalone book about the Adeptus Custodes)

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Good listen

It was a good listen, the story was interesting. It was quite hard to follow on the commute though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

Awesome Book!

All the Vaults of Terra books are good. They all give you a deeper look into the 40k universe. Very good book I highly recommended it.

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  • Eric Brooks
  • 08-09-19

Interesting But Specific Lore, Great Narration

It was a little hard to follow and I often found myself rewinding a number of times just to follow where or what I missed. Really interesting insight into Terran lore but overall murky story.

I like the narrator and I noticed he's the only narrator for Games Workshop that doesn't occasionally drop his voice so low I can't understand him.

My favorite characters weren't actually in the main cast, mostly because they weren't exactly cohesive.

An overall good story for the lore and depictions of secrets and little-told depictions of things on Terra. Though you might have to rewind a few times just to understand what the last 3 minutes of explanation we're about

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  • Justin M
  • 03-04-20

Neeed more Crowl

Need more Crowl and Ciaphus Cain while we're at it. Ciaphus Cain first but these where pretty great as well.

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  • Piotr Szymaszek
  • 19-02-20

A stepping stone in a bigger story

In my opinion this books is just a stepping stone, because there is no big reveal as in the previous one and the story got moved only partially, ending on a promise of another book. While Terra is being assaulted by 13th Crusade forces, the main character conducts his own investigation which does indeed shed light on some cool things, but feels disjointed from the events going on in the broader Imperium.

I cannot say that I did not enjoy it, because it is well written, but my feelings are a bit mixed.

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  • TJ
  • 19-11-19

Hollow Indeed

Hollow Mountain feels like scrapped bits from the first book were stretched out and stuffed with filler to make a sequel. The filler is the best part, as the story hardly exists. Chris Wraight has done far better. John Banks shines as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-19

Excellent as always

Gripping story with excellent twists - even though the overarching plot is covered in the previous book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-19

amazing

another masterful work from Wraight. an essential novel for the modern 40k setting and a fun read.

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  • gc
  • 01-09-19

The Astronomican

Great characters but we also learn mmuch more about the Astronomican than we have previously.

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  • Triken
  • 08-08-19

next in crowl's series

really enjoyed the entire thing, a little short but still worth the read! if you enjoyed the other books in the series you will like this one as well