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Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion

Warhammer 40,000
Series: Watchers of the Throne, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

The Custodian Guard have stood watch over the Emperor's Palace on Terra since the foundation of the Imperium. Charged with protecting the Master of Mankind from all threats, within and without, their fearsome resolve is renowned throughout the galaxy, and their golden armour is the last thing that a would-be assassin or saboteur will ever see.

Alongside the Null-maidens of the Sisters of Silence, who are anathema to psykers and sorcerers alike, there is no threat to the Golden Throne that they alone cannot vanquish...until now.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Enthralling

I was hooked from start to end with everything being told. The inclusion of multiple points of view with different voice actors adding an even further depth to each characters views was a very nice touch.

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Solid and Mature

WotT is definitely one of the more peculiar WH40k books. First, it has three different story arches that unusually are voiced by three different voice actors. All of them are very talented and especially the male voices are perfect for the role. The best is John Banks who delivers a great performance. His ability to do other voices in particular is unbelievable.

The stories are vastly different, varying from action packed horror to plotting of politics that feels almost mundane in comparison in a good way that builds up the story. Only negative I can state is the slightly boring first third, which made me first return the book but upon buying it later and when the story picks up, the book gets extremely solid. Writing of Chris Wraight is as solid as one might expect from him, brilliant author who I dearly hope writes more Vaults of Terra books, especially those that feature Cawl.

WotT is definitely a one of the most mature 40k books. It is not too action packed and focuses on building a holistic picture of a major event from various perspectives. If one gets over the bit slow beginning, the build-up gets better and better. This is a solid book.

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The emperors finest

a truly worthy buy the descriptions and telling of the story puts you in the setting perfectly. I found my self sitting transfixed unaware of how much time had passed.

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Decent story, refreshing stylistically

Loved it, only comment is the end felt like came too soon and didn't feel like much of a build up.

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Outstanding

The 3 narrators fully realise the potential of the story which is superlative, I find it difficult to invest in the heresy narratives but the Dark Imperium has me in its clutches

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Must listen!

Custodes and sisters of silence are awesome! This is a great story, worth checking out! gives a real insight into the talons of the emperor!

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Deserving a movie!!!!!!

Although i started listening this knowing most of the story the details and scenery, the performance of the readers and the 3 way character view made me cry....this is something truly deserving a movie, an excellent example of true 40k lore and the grim dark future.

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Great listen

Really enjoyable listen well worth getting. Enjoyed each encounter with each chapter becoming more exciting than the last.

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unexpectedly, a great story

Really enjoyed it. thought the story tellers were fantastic, especially the main reader as his was told in reflection while the other two were in the present.
Covers Palace intrigue and the Return of Guilliman, though the Primarch only has a very small part.
I'd recommend it as an Audio Book.

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Utterly brilliant

Fantastic performances all round. Well worth it! Believe me you will not regret this one.

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  • Triken
  • 09-07-18

read this before dark imperium if you can!!

great book, takes place chronilogically before dark imperium, I read them out of order but it doesn't matter too much.

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  • Agent Filthy
  • 06-10-17

Amazing work!

If I could I would have stood up and given Chris Wraight and the narrators a standing ovation. Absolutely brilliant in all fronts. I'm starting it ver immediately and I'm sure I'll pick up tons of things I missed.

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  • Mark C.
  • 18-10-17

Great to see Black Library on audible!

I liked the story more than I expected (didn’t know what to expect though). Chris Wraight is one of my favorite BL authors- & I think his writing helped carry the book. The characters have depth to them, but the action sequences are well written & not confusing.

I know a fair amount of the story that led up to this setting- so I can’t recommend just blindly diving in.

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  • Michael
  • 02-10-17

Enjoyable from start to finish

Loved this story, it has a good cross between narrative and bolter open. I would suggest this to anyone wanting to know more of how Custodes and Null Maidens think.

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  • Daniel D. Johnson-King
  • 31-01-19

stay away from the black library app

I purchased this audiobook along with another and an audio drama on the black library app... Due to unfortunate complications with the BL app, I had to make the purchases again; I'll gladly do so seeing as though I loved each one of my purchases that much!
I have listened to each one more than 10 times separately and may end up adding the "carrion throne" to my collection. 😏 I must be kidding myself I am definitely going to add it to my collection.
I have purchased this book four times now; only one was a gift!!

My collection is as follows:
"The master of mankind"
"The emperor's legion"
pretty soon hereafter the review "the carrion throne"
"The interrogation of Salvador Lermentov"

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  • Robert
  • 12-10-18

Great Story to Immerse yourself in.

Loved it, 40k is a beloved franchise to me and this was phenomenal. The characters are felt and the story is worked through in elegance.

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  • s zank
  • 19-08-18

fun listen.

took a few chapter to get rolling, but it really runs well as Soon as it does.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-20

Excellent narration, as always

Armstrong, Gregory and Banks give their best as I've grown to expect, breathing life and fury into the world of Warhammer 40k.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 27-03-20

I find myself amazed and pleased

So. no spoilers. However. this is a unique book. in that it shares ( good) similarities to a audio drama. Each of the three primary characters. is given chapters in which there perspectives are shown through a unique voice actor to there story and character. so three narrator's tell an amazing and engaging story. And I want more. much more like this.

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  • Karas
  • 20-03-20

fun book

great book vivid descriptions, excellent character development. wonderful narrative. superbly voice acted.

would recommend to anyone interested in the 40k universe