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Summary

A Warhammer Age of Sigmar audiobook.

War makes for strange alliances - and so it is for the free city of the Colonnade, which must turn to the Mother of Nightmares and her dynasty of monsters to defend themselves against the hordes of Chaos....

Listen to it because: get an insight into one of the newest threats to the Mortal Realms - the monstrous vampire queen Lauka Vai and her dynasty of terrifying, bloodthirsty killers.

The story: the Colonnade, a free city held aloft by gargantuan pillars and crowned with a spire of diamonds, is the jewel of Ghur, obsessed with purity in a realm of bestial savagery. But now, it faces annihilation at the hands of an unstoppable beastherd. In a desperate gamble, Councillor Atella Reigehren requests the aid of a being anathema to the Colonnade. She seeks Lauka Vai, the Mother of Nightmares, and her dynasty of monsters, the Avengorii. The crucible of war has thrown these factions together, but can they put their differences aside to face this common foe, or will the clash of purity and monstrosity be their undoing?

Written by David Annandale. Narrated by Christopher Kent. Running time 9 hours 34 minutes.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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hard to stop listening to it.

exceptional book to listen to, very interesting to get both sides of the coin, the characters are well written and the story flows well. long have I been awaiting a vampire book that lives up to the vampire wars trilogy of the old world and if this is the start of more from this breed of vampire, I'm in this was 10 out of 10 from start to end.

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A must listen for Soulblight Gravelord Fans

Honestly for me this book was 10/10.
An insightful look into the interactions between Order and Death.
Does an excellent job of grounding the avengori so you can really understand their point of view.

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A fantastic, macabre intrigue

Christopher's narration really raised an already marvellous plot that plays with the good/evil perception!

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Absolutely superb

A compete and fantastic book from start to finish that will inspire new armies.

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What a book

An incredible read from start to finish. The build of tension and horror throughout the book was marvellous! The descriptions, the depth in the characters and the setting was excellent! If you love Age of Sigmar, Soulblight Gravelords, or just vampires in general, get this book. You won’t be disappointed

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  • Tara
  • 28-03-22

Great stuff

Warhammer can be pretty hit and miss, especially in fantasy. This is most definitely one of the hits!
If you are like me and the memory of being burned by sub par writing has made you hesitant, then I’m happy to say you can pick this one up with confidence.

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  • Dick Forney
  • 03-04-22

Who Really are the Monsters?

Really good story, if not a bit depressing. Without any spoilers it was an interesting turn on the politics of the "Age of Sigmar" between two very, I'll say conflicted, factions when there are forced to ally to deal with a third. The dynamic was fascinating. The only down side (if you want to call it that) is that no character comes out as redeemable....If you listen to the audiobook, Christopher Kent does a marvelous job as narrator. Very Warhammer! Enjoy!

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  • rebecca high
  • 11-06-22

One of the best AoS books so far

A great introduction to Lauka Vai

I definitely want more of her, it almost felt to short.

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  • Matthew
  • 06-06-22

BEST AOS NOVEL!!!

Whenever a none Human army gets a book in Warhammer the novel usually STILL follows and aggrandizes the annoying humans for 90% of the story, but this actually follows the Soulblight and does a great job!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-22

Awesome.

These bestial vampires are hard-core to say the least. A good time, if a bit dark for some.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-22

I want more Annandale!

loved it. Good characters, good plots, good motivations and a good interweaving of them all. May be my favorite Annandale.

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  • Michael James
  • 15-04-22

Great storytelling, but bleak for bleakness's sake

Annandale is good when it comes to making AOS seem creepy/depressing. He is a great writer/artist, and this is paced well and certainly grim. If you want to read a well written/voiced book where the good guys are that bad that the villians somehow seem more relatable and have that 90's edge-lord feel: then this is the book for you. The premise/motivation behind the "good guys" is lacking depth, to say the least. No thought about the presence of gods of order who are undeniably real/present in setting is mentioned or applied (Stormcast are indifferent and powerful but incompetent jerks). The humans who dare to stand up to the vampires are shown as cowardly, duplicitous, with no thought to their duty to their fellow citizens or gods...virtually everyone is selfish and only in it for themselves.
As for the vampires, its a pretty hard sell to make them seem plausible characters. Their odd motivations makes them excellent villains but poor antiheroes, in my opinion, which is what the author seems to be going for. I think id have to live in a really dark place in the world to accept the notion presented: that the world is often cruel/people can act monstrous, so I'm going to be the worst kind of monster there is...so I'm at least honest about it. I'm supposed to feel bad that the humans are betraying/hating those who prey on them but admire those who casually slaughter everyone to be real? Worse yet for lore focused fans-very little of this seems enshrined in the setting (90's antihero tropes feel very much alive in this book). Also nearly no mention of Nagash, and the overall enslavement the entire death faction has to him at the base level.

If you read "The End of Enlightenment" and were frustrated by the pacing/feel that nothing happens and the super predictable fantasy elements, well I think this book is the opposite and I admire Annandale's efforts for it. However "Enlightenment" felt 100% lore accurate, could have been lifted straight from a battletome...where as this book just seems to ditch much of the emphasis on the key parts of the lore in order to have a dark and gloomy story.

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  • Amazon-O
  • 13-04-22

Monstrously Terrific!

Superbly written and narrated. Takes a little bit to get going, but so very much worth a listen! Question to ask: what makes a monster?

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  • Brenden
  • 03-04-22

Monstrous

The world building really gave me hope for future AoS stories and rings of old fanasty. Can't wait for more.

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  • Trevor Colaneri
  • 02-04-22

great focus on the dynasty of monsters

great story, great world building, really enjoyed a focus on something other than the traditional "good guy" perspective on everything.