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Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel.

Scholar. Sorceress. Killer. Priest. Four people divided by their secrets and lies, bound together by horror, must unite their strengths to unpick a diabolical mystery to which they have but one incomprehensible clue - a single word: Mhurghast.

Listen to it because: glimpse what life looks like in Shyish, the Realm of Death, as an ancient family struggles with their place in the Mortal Realms. As it turns out, sometimes you must save yourselves.

The story: the Hollow. A lonely Shyishan town, obscured amongst wild moorland, inhabited by folk of vigilant routine. What remains of the once illustrious Gothghul family endures season upon season of monastic isolation in their castle on the hill. Aaric Gothghul, made callous by loss, shuts himself in his study and broods over arcane texts, while his strange and formidable daughter wanders the forests alone.

But when the town is threatened by a spate of sinister manifestations, the quiet formality of their days end. Worse still, the upheaval disturbs a terrible family secret - a chilling memory that Aaric has kept buried for 25 years. Now, father and daughter must set aside their differences and search for answers to an ancient curse that is somehow linked to their past. Aided by a straight-talking sharpshooter and a shrewd man of faith, they seek to fathom the forces that assail the Hollow.

Written by Anna Stephens. Narrated by Helen Keeley. Runtime nine hours and 42 minutes.

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

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Saved by the ending

I will be honest and state that for the majority of this book I was left unmoved, given the setting the potential for a horror story should have been near boundless, instead we had the oft used trope of the monster and the family connected to it, right up until the last few minutes and then the reveal at the end got me interested, I just hope BL don’t waste what they have brought back

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The quality that Warhammer deserves

Blood, gore, darkness, and horror. All with a hint of adult themes. Listening to this was like experiencing Age of Sigmar written as beautifully as Warhammer Fantasy was. This is the first Age of Sigmar novel I have experienced that delivers on expanding the setting, compelling writing, and excellent characters. It truly has it all, and I can’t wait for the inevitable sequel to hear more about “the four”. Here’s hoping Games Workshop also make rules and models for the four main characters.

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Good story but marred by 2 factors

overall enjoyable but marred by slightly exaggerated narration and an annoying decision in the ending.

Spoilers below

This brings back a character that really should have stayed dead in warhammer fantasy. Rather than having a fresh new character we get the re-addition of a character that you can already tell will have some new levels of strength/ability for no reason at all.

honestly this makes it come off as a bit cheap.

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A great Gothic horror set in the mortal realms.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Whilst the plot veered away from what I initially expected to be a good old fashioned monster hunting story, it did so in a way that didn't disappoint, with the ending being a genuine suprise to me and leaving me excited for the next one.

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Fan of Old Hammer?

Then this for you. I you loved older Black Library like Beast in Velvet and Silver Nails then I 100% recommend.
I really enjoyed the story, fun and knowing a lot about Age of Sigmar didn't give it away. Performance was good too.

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Awful narrator, Helen Keeley

Almost every sentence is over-exaggerated and with intense emotion/fear. It leaves no contrast in the action and makes it almost impossible to concentrate and follow the story. Even simple descriptions of the scenery are delivered with intense emotion. ridiculous.

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Voice acting was kinda lame

The narrator sounded like she was crying the whole time. Got kind of hard to listen to.

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  • 02-06-22

enjoyable, but performance wasn't the best

Really enjoyed the story. I understand this is a horror novel, but the narrator was a little overly dramatic especially in the beginning. overall I liked the book and look forward to the next part of the series

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  • Benjamin Harris
  • 24-03-22

Pretty good set up for a series

The story is basically the set up for a much larger plot.
I will say I like the story. However it starts with the characters dealing with some unknown monster plaguing their town. Then the monster is forgotten about in order to have a plot about family secrets and a ghost, then it has all three of these things slam together for the finale.

The narrator is very good and I felt she gave each character a fitting voice. My only complaint is the voice she uses for fight scenes is the same one for emotionaly dramatic ones, which felt weird to me.

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  • Dick Forney
  • 15-02-22

Great Start to a Promising Series

Really enjoyed this. The novel has a well-done gothic feel. The author does a great job with the atmosphere of dread and the angst the characters experience. The "Hound of Portent and Mhurghast" have all the trappings of the best monsters and makes for a nice catalyst for the story. If you are listening to the narration, Helen Keeley does an excellent job at giving the characters a real feel of desperation. This is, apparently, the first in a series of 4(?) novels and I'm very much looking forward to the next in the series. if I have any criticism, it would be that the end is more of a set up for future volumes in the series-- but again, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The ending does have a nice surprise for long term Warhammer fans...4 out of 5.