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  • Mephiston: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Darius Hinks
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (470 ratings)

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Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius

By: Darius Hinks
Narrated by: Richard Reed
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Summary

A Blood Angels audiobook. 

A religious civil war brings the Blood Angels, commanded by Chief Librarian Mephiston, to a shrine world where they find a mystery that might help Mephiston understand how he survived the Black Rage - and perhaps cure the Blood Angels of their affliction.

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Delve into the curse of the Blood Angels and how Mephiston survived it, while also exploring notions of faith and the influence of the Emperor on the Imperium of the 41st Millennium.

The story:

The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican, and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of ‘the Flaw’ in all Blood Angels.

Written by Darius Hinks. 

Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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You will like this book if you don't like books

Flick through the reviews for 'Mephiston Blood of Sanguinus' on Audible and Amazon and ignore the one line, 5 stars 'great book i recomend it' reviews and anything of the 'you will love it if you like blood angels' variety (an aside, but seriously, who likes or dislikes a book based solely on it's subject matter? It's like someone saying you will enjoy Moby Dick 'if you like whales'). Anyway, flick through the reviews with proper sentences and punctuation and you'll find the following, entirely reasonable criticisms of this Blood Angels romp repeated over and over again:

1) The characters are all dull with no interesting facets to their personalities or internal conflict, etc.

2) Mephiston himself is largely absent (Another digression, but why does Black LIbrary always do this? They constantly title books after subjects who then barely appear in them, and then in the dust-jacket blurb they fail to mention anything about the characters or the plot that actually do feature in the story. I suspect the 'heroic' characters from the tabletop game offer very few creative avenues for authors who know they can't kill them off or have anything really life changing happen to them).

3) Plot - is mostly absent. Just like Mephiston.

4) Full of blatant lore contradictions. Not the gentle retconning that always goes on the W40k universe, but big, annoying mistakes and deviations from basic facts of the lore that make it hard to stay with the story because you constantly want to scream 'but the Blood Angels don't worship the Emperor!!!!'

5) If you don't know who Mephiston is there's really no point to listening. There's no attempt made to explain who he is, it's just assumed we already know. Or care.

6) Writing. Lurches betweens extremes: Fails to explain anything about Mephiston or his purpose and background, then we get journeyman prose, full of expositionary dialogue and words that creative writing teachers constantly strike out of homework in red pen, saying 'No! Show, don't tell'. The usual, absurd hyperbole to describe space marine battles is present too (In one short scene alone, Mephiston 'was like raptor, silent and deadly', 'grasped his sword...as though he were a figure carved into a sarcophagus.' and 'He was like a terrible deity fallen from the heavens to mete out the Emperor's wrath'. Really - all three at once? And what do any of those images actually mean?)

7) Narrator Richard Reed does his best, bless him.

8) Ending - It seems a lot of people got to the end none the wiser about what had actually happened. I was one of them.

The best W40k novels use the 'grimdark' universe to pose some interesting conundrums which in turn are a source of conflict, tragedy and heroism. Think of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn deciding whether to use chaos to defeat it, the Grey Knights having to destroy a planet in order to save it, Garviel Loken coming to terms with the betrayal of Horus. 'Mephiston' has none of this. It's just a non-book, devoid of ideas. So, 100% recomended "if u dont like books about ideas."

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It gets so good as it progresses

The first part of the story starts a little confusing if not dull....but then it escalates and escalates to the point of becoming just glorious. Very satisfying as my first audiobook.

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still good but not the best

Narrator was incredible and I love Mephiston, the story was lacking to me compared to the other audiobooks - would still recommend and am looking forward to any more of this character

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Fantastic! Didn't want to stop listening!

I'm 1/4 through HH and decided to give this a try. It's the best 40k I've listened to so far. Story is great and easy to follow the different characters and scenes. The narrator is the best I've heard too - actually sounds like he is enjoying telling the story unlike others I've heard. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the series 👍

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Lord of Death indeed

Darius Hinks has really changed my mind about the Blood Angels as I was never really a fan of the sons of sanguinius but this and the other Mephiston books have made me a fan and I have to say narrating these tales suits Richard Reed perfectly

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another awesome installment of the blood angels

another fantastic episode in the history of blood Angel's lore. reading beautifully and catching the characters, it tears you along at a fast paced war of imagination. cant wait for the next.

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A Great Blood Angels Novel

Another Great Read from Black Library about a mysterious character that's rarely written about and a chapter who barely gets noticed

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Some good action

Overall an excellent enjoyable book. It’s not told from the perspective of Mephiston though and so we learn little about him here.

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Takes too long to get going…

… second half is better, but first half is a dull boring slog. GW seems more interested in publishing lore text books than gripping immersive stories, sadly.

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Just okay

The story follows Mephiston, the Lord of Death and chief librarian of the Blood Angels, as he travels to the shrine world of Divinatus Prime to investigate a religious civil war. Along the way, he must face off against a powerful daemon and learn more about the nature of the Black Rage, a curse that afflicts his Chapter.

The audiobook is well-narrated by Toby Longworth, who does a great job of bringing Mephiston and the other characters to life. The story itself is okay, but it progresses somewhat disjointedly. There are some good fight scenes and moments of intrigue, but overall the audiobook feels a bit lacklustre.

One of the strengths of the audiobook is the amount of information it provides about the librarians of the 40K universe. If you're a fan of the Blood Angels or the wider 40K universe, you'll probably find this audiobook to be informative and enjoyable. However, if you're looking for a gripping, action-packed story, you may be disappointed.

Overall, I would recommend "Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius" to fans of the Blood Angels or the 40K universe who are looking for an audiobook that provides some background information about the librarians. However, if you're looking for a more exciting and engaging story, you may want to look elsewhere.

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