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Summary

An Astra Militarum novel. 

The storm has broken, and the forces of Chaos batter against Cadia's defences. Lord Castellan Creed leads the defence of the fortress world, but for how much longer can they hold out. Cadia stands...but will it stand forever?  

Listen to It Because:

Justin D Hill follows up his Ursarkar Creed short stories in Legends of the Dark Millennium: Astra Militarum with the tale of the hero's finest - and darkest - hour.  

The story:

Under almost constant besiegement by the hosts pouring from the Eye of Terror, Cadia acts as a bulwark against tyranny and death. Its fortresses and armies have held back the hordes of Chaos for centuries, but that grim defiance is about to reach its end. 

As Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade batters Cadia's defences, and armies of the Imperium flock to reinforce this crucial world, a terrible ritual long in the making comes to fruition and the delicate balance of this brutal war shifts.

From the darkness, a hero rises to lead the beleaguered defenders, Lord Castellan Ursarkar Creed, but even with the armoured might of the Astra Militarum and the strength of the Adeptus Astartes, will it be enough to avert disaster and prevent the fall of Cadia? While Creed lives, there is hope. While there is breath in the body of a single defender, Cadia stands...but for how much longer?   

Written by Justin D Hill. Running time 7hrs 39mins. Narrated by David Seddon.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Best warhammer so far 😀

I have read the Gaunt’s Ghosts books and a few about space marines who to be honest I don’t actually like, I prefer more human stories and this book was for me outstanding, I await the next one about Cadia

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One of the best

This was a realy dramatic book , i did not want to stop listening some times when i nedred to do so. Filled with action and suspence, i think that it was a great portrail of the fall of cadia. Loved it and do strongly recomend it

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they have to have series of these!

Gripping from start to finnish. good story and interesting characters. I love to see cadia fall from Abbadon"s perspective.
good narrator too.

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Great

Excellent story, well worth listening to. Lots of detail that 40k buffs will really enjoy.

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listened twice now and still love it.

loved it really shows what's it's like in the lore for "regular" people which is awesome

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The feel of being there!

Really liked it, learned me what happened to the world Cadia..
Like being there besides the actors we follow in the story..

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amazing, definitely recommend

amazing story that stays strong to 40k lore, excellently read with a wide variety of believable accents to allow a great immersive experience.

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CADIA STANDS!!

Superb audio book from start to finish. Cant wait to listen to more about the guard.

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Evocative

I loved this book. It was good in how I felt anger and happiness at various parts. It gives a good look at the final days of Cadia. Ps. Cadia … HAS FALLEN!! PRAISE CHAOS! HAIL THE DARK GODS!

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fantastic listen

Great voice acting. The story was thrilling and in-depth. Great perspective from a Cadian point of view.

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  • RFM
  • 27-02-20

The Many (Short) Lives of the Cadian Shock Troops

Presented as a series of vignettes, this tells the story of the Fall of Cadia from the perspective of a range of characters - new and old, high and low. If you are asking "what's the Fall of Cadia?", well, this might not be for you...

Consider this a narrative, ground level view of the narrative changes Games Workshop made to the 40k universe in 2017, with the last supplements to 7th edition and the beginning of 8th edition. If you are interested in the story of the 40k universe, this sort of bridges that gap.

But if you just like stories of chainswords and hordes of cultists and the smell of prometheum in the morning, this book is just dozens of individual and connected combat vignettes, from the perspective of Cadians, Mordians, Drookians, Chaos Marines, a very angry Space Wolf scout, and more. A diverting and excellently narrated book, perfect for when you are gluing and painting. If you aren't high on liquid cement and periodically yelling "Cadia Stands", you probably won't enjoy this...

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  • Matthew
  • 16-12-20

Dissapointing

A disjointed mess that fails to keep track of it's characters. It attempts to follow the dog soldiers of Cadia during it's fall but fails to really make you care about any of them save, maybe, Gruber (Kruber?). Forgets the names of ships or even what weapons characters have in hand every other paragraph.

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  • Kim Domo
  • 06-01-20

The best book ever

This book was so good that it inspired me to buy a army of Astra Militarum Cadin shock troops Cadia stands!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-21

I did not enjoy this book!

I am a huge 40k fan and LOVE the guard. I play cadians and love books like Gaunt's Ghosts but this book was not for me.
I was looking forward to reading about the epic fall of Cadia. Instead I got forgettable charkters thrown into a myriad of "battles" that felt more like skirmishes and then often never seen again. Here and there a named Charkter would turn up for a page to be checked off the list. It was both boring and frustraiting, like i missed the fight and just saw the aftermath.
Allso Cadians are some of the best guard ever but felt rather avrage here. Its frustrating because there are the ingredients of a great storry here but in the end i didnt get invested when there was no main story just overwealming destruction that you often don't even get to see. skip this one.

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This book made me so mad I had to go back and edit this post to add a few lines. this book is not only grabage, it's wrong. Pask turns up in his baneblade. Pask wasn't on Cadia when it fell and he drives a Leemam Russ.
It takes work to make me so mad that I come back to write more. nope skip this

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  • Edward Cote
  • 06-07-20

Way to busy. lots of details but not much story.

It's like the author tried to squeeze a big story in a little book. don't waste your time on this one.

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  • Brandon D. Hudson
  • 21-12-19

An epic telling Cadia's final stand

Loved it and the people who struggled for their home and their families and people

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  • Agoose
  • 13-12-19

Worth it

I enjoyed it but it leaves a lot of loose ends. The story jumps around a lot, like after you get to kind of know a character it either doesn't get back to them or you learn very little more of them/what happened to them. I get that it's supposed to be chaotic, but that doesn't make the most compelling story. I wish it had given more time to really exploring a few characters. Without giving too much away here, because it was worth it.

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  • Targon Rammaric
  • 22-05-22

Great telling of the fall of Cadia

If you love Imperial Guard, daring final stands, and to be kept guessing in midst of a deadly and chaotic battle for survival this is a great listen.

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  • Joshua Bergeson
  • 30-03-22

Terribly paced, forgettable story and characters.

I honestly don’t understand why this book is so highly celebrated. Let me put this simply. Halfway through the book I found myself wondering “when the hell is this going to be over?”

The story constantly jumps between characters, many of which are only shown once, and never again become important or relevant. This causes the pacing to feel extremely jarring and hard to follow. Several times a new character was introduced and I thought they’d be a new focus for one reason or another. Then I finished the book and realized they never went back. It feels like they literally just forgot to wrap up several plot lines.

Then there’s the actual content. The writer spends unnecessary amounts of time detailing elements that serve no narrative purpose, then brushes over massively important sections with almost no detail whatsoever. There are points where nearly two minutes are spent describing an enslaved Pilots disgusting modifications, then the climactic battle of the book is brushed over in less than thirty seconds. Additionally, all Cadians are either written as brainless soldiers who get almost aroused at the mere mention of General Creeds name, glorified psychopaths, or grossly incompetent.

Lastly, this narrator is talented, but he delivers the entire book in this deadpan tone that made it very difficult for me to pay attention. It feels like every sentence is delivered with the same exact enthusiasm whether he’s describing an apple or the genocide of an entire planet. Except when he’s trying to do the voices of chaos space marines or Astartes, who all talk like they replaced their vocal chords with an angry mutated frog fighting a raccoon.

It’s very rare that I find a book that I feel actually wasted my time. This was one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-22

Just ok. More like a history book

This was ok. The story jumps all over and you don’t get much character investment. Many times it feels like your about to come to an exciting part it just stops and moves to the next thing.