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A Warhammer Horror Story 

Follow in the footsteps of Rudgard Howe, an enforcer cadet who, while on their first mission and embroiled in an embittered succession battle back home, uncovers a heinous sanguinary cult....

Listen to it because: in the grim darkness of the far future, horror lies in the most unlikely of places, as a routine investigation becomes something all the more sinister.

The story: on the capital world of Potence, young enforcer cadet Rudgard Howe is caught up in a bitter internecine feud to inherit his father's position of chief enforcer. As the tithe fleets approach, he is sent on his first mission to ensure that the planet's distant agri-facilities fulfil their quotas to the god-emperor. Farmed with serfs and managed by ex-Militarum soldiers, the agri-facilities are places of shocking brutality and hopelessness. But when he is sent to the outlying farmstead of Thorsarbour, Rudgard discovers a community where the crops are left to rot as the inhabitants indulge in the bloody ecstasy of a sanguinary cult. As Rudgard imposes the strict Lex Imperialis upon the farmstead, he begins to uncover a place where sanity is rapidly slipping. Just a single step into his nightmarish mission though, a series of cruel deaths threatens to dismantle everything he has ever known about the Imperium, his faith in the emperor and the strength of his very soul.

Written by Justin D Hill. Narrated by Matthew Hunt.

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

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horror 40k the perfect mix.

This was a relatively short but horrifying and compelling story, the imagery was both fantastic and horrific!
Mr Hill you have hut ut out of the park!

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Horrific not horror

The casual and callous treatment of the workers, indentured and enslaved, the whimsical notions of fratricide, there is no worse horror in WH40K, Howe is no more likeable or heroical in this book than his last appearance, the author has told a simple tale but told it well, the narrator took a bit of getting used to but once I did I enjoyed his style

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Is this a horror ?

Can't really call this story a horror. However found this enjoyable. I would more call this a crime novel/thriller with a spooky twist. The narration was great. I like 40k fiction that is away from the typical battlefield type stories. my god being alive in the imperium is a brilliantly depressing place which the narrator hit the nail on the head with. It's a good short story, ideal if you didn't want a marathon session, the suspense in the audio book was very good. Really enjoyed it!

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Rapidly becoming one of my fave authors

After delivering the absolute disgusting reality of life in the underhive witth terminal overkill i was intrigued to see how Justin's horror held up. He doesn't disappoint. He has a flare for picking up on the details of life in the 40k universe that often go overlooked. Twice now creating real spaces in this fiction that feel lived in rather than just a setting. I cannot wait to see what he does next!

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Nailed it.

JDHill nails it author had more freedom from GW than normal. Good narration. Bad editing.

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middle of the road, but fun horror

enjoyable listen too, as always Matthew Hunt is superb as a narrator.

The story is interesting and a definite change from the previous horror entailments, a good book but nothing special.

I would recommend giving it a listen if you've got a free credit and like the Warhammer Horror books. Overall, I give it 3/5

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  • 20-01-22

one of the best warhammer horror

was one of the better books in the warhammer horror line. I really liked the child's toy servitor bits

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  • Max Aarons
  • 10-06-22

Really not that scary

I feel like it was given away too early what had happened. It packed action and the story, while well written lacked real suspense.

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  • April Polant
  • 04-03-22

Horror on an isolated farm .

This story is about how frightening it is to realize a corn field will swallow you up.
Very Stephen King like

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  • Wanderer
  • 08-02-22

Should be a Warhammer Crime Novel

This felt more like a thriller or mystery style book than a horror story. It's a good book but I think it being under the Horror tagline is not accurate.

Either way. Enjoyable.

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  • Kyle Atkins-Weltman
  • 27-01-22

Quite a good story!

The Bookkeeper's Skull does a great job of taking some very classic horror elements, and bringing them into the 40K setting. These include an isolated town, a creepy cult, and others I will not share to avoid spoilers.

I did find the ending a bit anticlimactic, though. It just felt sort of rushed, and did not have the same suspense that the rest of the book, especially the middle, had.

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  • Joshua Lynch
  • 26-01-22

Fantastic

Great setting for the story. I was a little wary of another book set on an Agri world but the focus highlights different aspects than The Oubliette. Outstanding main character, the point of view served this story well. its quick and the end is a bit anticlimactic for me but the entire story is more than worth it. Doesn't seem like the novel to get a sequel but I look forward to more horror entries by the author.