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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

The death of Lord Azariel, head of the Navigator House Brobantis, draws his widow into a dark world of ritual killings and cult murders, while larger plans are at work and entire worlds are threatened.... 

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Delve into the murky politics of the Navigator houses with a novel packed full of murder, conspiracy and warp-borne threats.  

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Lord Azariel, Head of the Navigator House Brobantis, is dead. His widow and murderer, the Lady Chettamandey, stands to inherit his power and influence. Her plans for ascension are curtailed when she’s drawn into a dark world of ritual killings and cult murders. With planets being dragged into the warp seemingly at a whim, the threat to Chettamandey’s legacy is dire, and only she can avert potential disaster.  

Written by Mike Brooks. Narrated by Helen Keeley.

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

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Absolutely great

This book is really good, I have been immersed in the heresy books for the past few months and decided to take a break and listen to something that didn’t involve space marines or Primarchs and I chose well with this book, Lady Chett is just awesome and I want more of her please

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Best 40k Book Since Eisenhorn!

As soon as I saw the cover art and synopsis of this novel I expected great thing's, needless to say I wasn't disappointed! This book is a perfect window into the murky politics and inner workings of the imperium of man. The plot keeps you hooked with very believable and occasionally funny characters with some amazing twists and turns! Overall I would wholeheartedly recommend this novel!!!

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Excellent

Gripping 40k science fiction, explores the navigator houses, a refreshing change from the usual battle based stories.

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Fascinating insight into the navigator houses

Fascinating insight into the navigator houses , a tale of political intrigue , cultists and power. The lead character is well written and the aspect of their disability is done very well as someone with the same disability it was handled really well . Some elements are predictable but other twists you don’t see coming

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Good stuff!

A very well balanced story, also voice acting was spot on. I cant think of anything else to hope for..

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Well written and a great performance

A really fresh and interesting look at a niche aspect of the warhammer 40k cannon.

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Navigators a rogue trader and chaos

Navigators on the ground not in starships (and for a change not complete loons)
Chaos faction but non of the base 4 gods
And as mentioned a fresh rogue trader and all the retinue that goes with
Well written gives more background details on the navigators (did feel a bit downtown abbey at some points)
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Great 👍

The exploration of navigator culture adds depth and texture to the 40 universe. Well written rounded characters beautifully rendered and expressed by the ever clever skill of me keeley..a masterclass in audio performance...bravo 👏..highly recommended..Nik

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Original and absorbing

Forget the endless, dreary Space marine stories, this book encompasses everything great about the 40k universe. Existential cosmic threats, political intrigue, rituals, cults, bureaucracy and the inquisition. It perfectly illustrates the long untapped potential of this incredible IP if you look beyond the obvious heroes of the imperium. Mike Brooks' nimble writing gives the story a satisfying pace with well placed action and story development. Helen Keeley is excellent again and her ability to infuse appropriate emotion and tension into the scenes really brings the story to life. Overall a top tier black library book in all aspects and one I can easily recommend.

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Delightful and Different

An insight into the Navigator houses, with a strong and well written story arc, and characters to remember.

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  • B. Williams
  • 13-03-20

An Engaging Story About the Secretive Navigators

Never before has there been a story so engaging and exciting. Within the pages of this book are the secrets of the rarely spoken of Navigator Houses. Helen Keeley does a magnificent job of bringing Mike Brooks' story to life.

Follow the footsteps of Lady Probantis, Novator of House Probantis, as she is drawn into an intrigue that threatens not only her and those around her, but also the greater Imperium of Man.

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  • Seth O Freudenburg
  • 09-10-19

Awful

Massive disappointment. The premise, exploring navigator houses and their politics has so much promise. However the book is a completely implausible action adventure novel and plays at the most exhausting and cliche Black Library tropes- and I say this as an avowed lover of Black Library work.

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  • 03-07-21

Solid Story

Overall this was a solid story with a brief look into an aspect of the 40k universe that is rarely seen. With that being said this is more of a book about political intrigue than one chock full of action, although there still is some action, that you get from some of the more popular GW books. This book also features very little actual navigation for something that is centered around a navigation house.

Helen Keeley does a good job giving distinct enough voices to the different characters without ever being distracting. She is a quality narrator and I would not hesitate in listening to any other books she reads.

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  • Dog
  • 01-02-21

good performance, slow story

Mediocre story, good performance. I don't need 15 words to sum this up, it's not exceptionally good or bad.

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  • Gino
  • 01-02-20

Pretty good

I listened to a lot of WH40K audio books. This narrator did a very good job. I usually don't enjoy female narrators very much and with 40k there are the usual 2 established names. So im happy to say this was a very well voice acted story.

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  • Zero
  • 22-09-19

Great book... if you ignore awkward SJW stuff

First off it was a great book, good writing, interesting characters and plot, plus a look at a group we rarely see, the navigators. That being said, it looks like the Black Library (or maybe just this author) decided to use the opportunity to pander to every possible group. All competent, leading “good” characters are women, no, wait, women of color! no, even better, women of color who are disabled, no, even better, elderly women of color who are disabled! Lol I didn’t think to much on it, but eventually you have an loving lesbian couple, a loving married gay couple, 3-4 times where the author rather clumsily uses “they, them, their” when referring to characters of indeterminate sex (had me going back asking is the author talking about one person or multiple people, messed up the flow of the story). One person being referred to with made up gender neutral pronouns. One female character complaining about getting talked down to by “big men with guns” or something to that effect (which frankly was entirely reasonable in the situation) down with the patriarchy! Ever seen a school or company that’s 1% black female and they make sure to put that one person on every piece of advertising they have to make it appear they’re way more inclusive than they are? It felt exactly like that, really forced.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-19

Really good book!

This is a really good book. It Explores the toxic politics of the navigator houses and gives an insight in their intriguing while also bringing you along in a high pace murder mystery.

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  • Markus
  • 02-01-22

A masterpiece of suspence

Simply couldn't stop listenin. Characters are well played and extremely well written. Higly recommend this listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-21

Good for world building

If you’re like me and enjoy the exploration of the different peoples of the 40k universe, this is a great insight into the navigators. The story itself isn’t mind blowing but it helps to get clarity into the intrigue that goes on in the Imperium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

One of the best 40k books ever.

I read more than a hundred 40k novels and this one is easily top five l.

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