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Summary

Audiobook two of the Dark Imperium trilogy. 

As the Plague Wars rage on, the Emperor's will manifests in Ultramar through miracles that confound the primarch Roboute Guilliman, even as he must rely on them when he faces his traitorous brother, Mortarion.

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The battle between faith and science lies at the heart of Warhammer 40,000. Guy Haley explores it here as never before, through the eyes of Roboute Guilliman - the ultimate believer in rationality and the Imperial Truth.

The story

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues.

Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as a base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch, Roboute Guilliman, proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines.

But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy, and his place within it.

Primarchs and ideologies clash in this thrilling second part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks. 

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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A cracking instalment in the series.

The humour and pathos in the descriptions of the vilest creatures of Nurgle was a genuine delight to read. Another great tale by Hayley.

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A must read!

Amazing written and performed. A good middle point in the Dark Imperium saga. A must read for anyone who cares about the current Warhammer timeline.

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drives the narrative forward

Glad to see the Universe finally go places! it's no Dan Abnett but solid story

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gratis book

cant wait for the next book lovning it and john Banks read it perfect.

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Its Ok

The story and setting is good.
Far too much pointless monologuing and conversations.
The Plague deamons dialogue was like it was written by a 5 year old.
Did far too much skipping and still kept up with the story

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  • 28-02-22

It's a thumbs up from me.

The middle part of a trilogy can be a bit tricky. But Haley manages in the middle of his trilogy to tell the ongoing stories of Nurgle's invasion of Ultramar and the tensions caused within the Imperium by the return of the Guilliman: while also providing enough immediate stakes for the book to be a tale that works on it's own. The opening chapters do suffer a little from voluminous exposition, but the pace picks up after that, and I like Haley's style of writing, which paints the vivid pictures the setting calls for.

I was indifferent to Bank's narration the first time I encountered it, but I have to admit he's grown on me. The variety and intensity of his rendition of the voices of different characters is quite impressive, and provides a strong compliment to his “observer” tone which matches the pace of the action.

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where is the story?

things happen but there is no story; it just bridges books 1 and 3. .

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great look into the change of Guilliman

i absoloutly loved this story Guillimans anger against mortarion and the imperial cult is sublime

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Amazing listen!!

Again another stellar performance by John Banks and Guy Haley. I really hope there are many more new novels to come from this amazing combination of writer and narrator!

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Amazing!

Brilliant book, expertly narrated and scoped for 40k veterans and newcomers alike! really enjoyed this audiobook!

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  • 23-06-21

Good story but actual story is short

I have listened to the first two books in the series and both have good overall stories. The writing style for me is something I do not care for though. The actual story is buried in long descriptions of objects or locations which add some to the story, but could be shortened. This would allow for more of the actual story or even character development. Again, this is just my preference and others may enjoy the rich descriptions. The presentation/reading has been great for both books.

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  • Chameleos
  • 05-06-21

Dissapointing.

do you like books that feel like nothing happens, no one is in any real danger, and nothing of real significance actually happens? this is your book.

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  • Nada Smith
  • 23-10-21

disconjointed

first off the narration is top notch. the story is all over the place and makes no sense. every time the story gets going the chapter ends and it jumps to something completely different. The description of the setting while nice burries any plot to be had. far too many characters to keep track and most are non essential to the plot. No central protagonist or antagonist; supposed to be about guillemam versus his brother mortarian but there's very little of that. I really don't care for the chaos perspective, there no point to it as far as I can tell.also don't care for the para religious talk. this is a book about the ultra Marines who are not religious. could not finish it.

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  • 08-07-21

Should have been free

Do not buy if you own the prior version not worth the upgrade GW and Black Library dropped the ball here

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  • Eric
  • 29-06-21

a nice expansion of the lore.

really enjoyed it. the voice acting was incredible and the writing really helped that as well. lost a lot of respect for mortarion in this one too. what a coward.

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  • 08-05-22

really enjoyed it!

The first half was very similar to the last book, in fact so similar I was beginning to think that I would not continue the series, but the last few chapters were so insightful about the heresy and inner workings of Roboute's mind that I will def be continuing to the next one!

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  • 12-04-22

"Rejoice for I have glorious news.

God walks among us"


listen to this book now! I had the option of buying this book and reading it however the voice acting is exquisite! listen to it please

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  • 20-03-22

Little boring

This book has a lot of potential to explore the nature of religion in the 40K universe. It tried to but the first half is really slow. I hope the third book picks up a little bit more

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08-03-22

Guy Hayley is an accomplished writer!

Awesome series. Guy Haley writes my favorite warhammer books and uses the finest evocative descriptors. a great addition to the Black Library.

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  • ERIK BRAUN
  • 24-02-22

the narrator makes this book better than it is

I enjoyed the secondary and tertiary characters more than most of the main characters. The main character himself: The Primarch is only interesting at the denouement of the story when he's more 3 dimensional and actually generates some real interest in his story. Being honest space Marines aren't really my jam. I don't tend to enjoy their lore but the 40K universe is set around them and so to understand what is happening the space marine lore is a necessary evil. the narrator here gives them more life than the book itself ever could and saves the novel from itself. If you want space Marines being space Marines this book will be great. if you want characters who make you feel and make you want to understand more about them, well... I recommend that you probably go look somewhere else.