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  • Avenging Son

  • Dawn of Fire: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (574 ratings)

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Avenging Son

By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
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Summary

As the Indomitus Crusade spreads out across the galaxy, one battlefleet must face a dread Slaughter Host of Chaos. Their success or failure may define the very future of the crusade - and the Imperium.

Listen to it because: the brand-new Warhammer 40,000 saga begins here. Experience the Indomitus Crusade and a battle that will be a tipping point for the future in an all-action tale by Guy Haley.

The story: a great darkness has befallen the galaxy, and the armies of Chaos are rampant. To survive, humanity must retaliate and take back what they have lost. By the will of the reborn primarch, Roboute Guilliman, is the Indomitus Crusade launched - a military undertaking that eclipses all others in known history. From the Throneworld of Terra does the Avenging Son hurl his fleets, their mission the very salvation of mankind.

As vessels in their thousands burn through the cold void, the attention of Fleetmistress VanLeskus turns to the Machorta Sound - a region under attack by a dreaded Slaughter Host of the Dark Gods. The success of the Indomitus Crusade will be determined by this conflict, and the desperate mission of Battlegroup Saint Aster, led by Space Marine Lieutenant Messinius. Even then it is but a prelude to the forthcoming bloodshed.

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The beginning of something great (hopefully)

This feels like a beginning, lots of characters set up for a sprawling epic to come. But I'm a fan of Guy Hayley's Dark Imperium books so this was very enjoyable. Keen to see where it goes next.

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Great opening line

Which you would hope for as the opening line to Horus Rising was also quality and since series this is meant to be the new Heresy saga .... I listened to the Mark Elstob narrated version first and aside from a misjudgement with Roboute I thought he did an excellent job so I was surprised when the book disappeared from my library and I had to contact Audible to get a credit to download the new version which I thought was poor service by BL as to this version I am a huge fan of John Banks will listen to him read the menu at my favourite restaurant 😉 in summary gripes aside it’s a good book with great narration

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A Barely Memorable Slog

This genuinely feels like a slog to get through. Too much time is spent on logistics or world-building, & one entire narrative thread fizzles out into nothing - all for the sake of setting up a future conflict - which takes up far too much time in the overall narrative to be worth the 'payoff'. There are few memorable moments, some interesting characters, but overall the cast is dull, with only a few stand-out individuals whose names you will quickly forget.

As an initial outing for a new series, this does not bode well for future instalments. This needed to be the foundation for the series to build on, but it feels unfocused & weak, the narrative is not compelling enough to be memorable. Overall, it feels like a false start.

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Good way to get into the new Lore

After the retcons of the Dark imperium books I found myself wallowing in confusion at where and what is going on with the current lore, I can say, this book rectified that completely, great introduction to what’s going on and where the lore is going. It covers several branches of the imperium and introduces enough new characters that most should be able to find a foothold with.

I enjoyed comparing the Primaris to Jason Bourne, when they are fighting and their instincts and conditioning take over and they themselves are surprised at what they can do and what they know!.

I would choose this book as a starting point over dark imperium.

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Enjoyable

A bit slow in places, feels like it's building to something big in the next few books

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No bad at all

My second WH audio and I was pretty gripped… however to find out it’s one of 9 books is a bit of GOT commitment but I’ll keep with it. You for sure need some background to enjoy this properly so some time @ YouTube academy watching videos and swatting up on lore will help a ton

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Superb !!!!

One of the very best Warhammer books I have read (and I have read many). Loved the story arcs coming together.

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Brilliant! Couldn't recommend enough

great audio book, great to bring you up-to-date with 40k. Look forward to starting the second one

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Building block

Got this on a whim and was intrigued, the different threads give a good view of the crusade and it’s beginnings from all walks, interested to see how it progresses

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something for everyone!!!!! brilliantly performerd

great novel, common sense in the imperium finally. the mightiest primarch power of all..... OCD and a good memory!

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  • James Lloyd Plowman
  • 20-12-20

Better than the original version

For those of you who didn’t buy it the first time around, Black Library put out another version of this months ago narrated by a different reader. Though Mark Elstob is a fine narrator when he’s in his element, the man simply couldn’t do Space Marines, and his rendition of Roboute Guilliman, who is described as having a ‘beautiful’ voice, falls flat on its face. My guess is that the backlash from the first version was so bad that BL conceded and brought in John Banks for an emergency re-reading, and are probably going to have him reading the rest of the series too. I won’t say that this new version is completely worth having to buy a second time, but it is a marked improvement over the original, somehow even managing to cut the reading time down a couple hours. Definitely worth reconsideration.

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  • Thaipugg
  • 19-12-20

Now it's fixed, it's amazing!

I listened to the first variation of the book and wrote a terrible review, based on the voice acting, it completely ruined in. I believe I quoted "has the potential to be amazing, but the voice acting killed it". Guilliman legit had the worst impression of any character I've ever heard. I imagined him wearing a top hat and monocle. Terrible.

Flash forward to this iteration! The Black Library remade this audio book after all the complaints. The legendary John Banks voiced it this time, and it's absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it, it's a home run this time around!

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  • The Foxes
  • 25-01-22

Best introduction to Era Indomitus

After reading the Dark Imperium and Watcher of the Throne, among others. I found that this book stands as the best introduction of Guilliman's return, the great rift, the Primarus marines, and the beginning of the Indomitus Crusade. it does a good job of setting the stage. if you're looking for a good introduction to the most current events in W40k events, this is a good place to start.

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  • Jonathan Allen
  • 27-09-21

Great start to the Indomitus Crusade

If you're looking for a place on where to get started with the current lore of Warhammer 40000 this book is the place to begin. For newcomers, this book is going to have everything from where primaris space marines came from, the inner workings of the imperium ands logistical nightmares and religious zealotry, introduction to the inquisition and finally how the world interacts with the Primarchs.

The narration by John Banks is superb and I found myself not wanting to stop listening.

If you're looking for a place to get started in the Warhammer 40000 universe but the Horus Heresy seems too daunting, this is where you should start.

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  • Zach Mercer
  • 21-07-21

30 minutes left, couldn't bring myself to finish

This is the first time a book by Guy Haley has made me bored. He's one of my favorite authors, yet this was a slog to the point that I gave up when the finish line was in sight. Do yourself a favor and read the Plague War trilogy instead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-21

The Era Indomitus begins with a bang

After the less than stellar story of Gathering Storm I feared that Avenging Som would be a let down. Fortunately I was very wrong. In this story we follow multiple characters who’s stories mostly connect by tales end with one notable exception. Guy Haley once again impressed me with spectacular writing, world building and a fantastic understanding of the grim dark future. My only complaint would be the story at times seemed a tad to hopeful for Warhammer. It still has some great grim dark moments and the situation is as dire as ever but also with the introduction of the Primaris marines, The Primarch himself making grand plans and the crusades beginning it felt closer to the great crusade in tone than 40k. That said it still makes sense considering the context and really does nothing to take away from the book. The characters are well written, the story scale is perfect and John Banks performance is masterclass. Overall I recommend this to any 40k fan who is looking to understand the developments to the story that have taken place in the last few years.

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  • Taylor Sloat
  • 27-02-21

There's an alien on the loose!

I don't know why, but Chilche as a character was just...strange? I don't get it, but oh well. Grimderp

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  • Matthew
  • 31-01-21

Some good Universe Building, Good enough Story

Mostly worth it for the 40k universe-building. Guilliman, Primaris, Admiral Van Leskus & some well detailed bits & pieces.

The story is nothing special. Not bad, just standard 40k fair. A lil back-ended, not much action at the start, in the middle. Could have done without 90% of the Scribum's story but otherwise an entertaining listen.

As the intro to 9th edition's time/storyline, going back to the start of the Indomitus Crusade, it sets the table well.

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  • David Anderson
  • 10-01-23

Decent main plot but tedious

Decent main plot with pointless and tiresome sub plots and characters. Always long winded. Book could have been half as long and lost nothing of value.

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  • Skyler
  • 02-01-23

New lore delivered in a rough package.

Tons of new lore for the 40k universe, but the delivery left something to be desired. the story could have been stretched out much further and the characters given more room to breathe. Guy Haley could have written a wonderful novel if he were given the opportunity to stretch his legs.