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  • The Dark City

  • Vaults of Terra: Warhammer 40,000, Book 3
  • By: Chris Wraight
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Summary

Vaults of Terra Book 3.

Separated from Inquisitor Cowl, Interrogator Spinoza hoists her crozius and sets to protecting what’s left of their organisation while continuing her quest for truth. But can she survive the dire straights she finds herself in, as she guards humanity from enemies within and without?

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Luce Spinoza comes into her own, with the weight of her lord’s fate sitting heavy on her shoulders, while pushing forward with their mission. With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose a path for herself.

The story:

The Throneworld is in turmoil, wracked by the opening of the Great Rift and the failure of the Astronomican. Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl, his mind and body ravaged by what he has seen in the Hollow Mountain, is missing, taking with him the clues to the conspiracy that has come to obsess him. Luce Spinoza, his interrogator, must choose whether to seek him out or defend her diminished realm from the many forces that still seek to destroy it. As enemies circle, Interrogator Spinoza enters a race against time to find the evidence she needs. But with the fate of humanity itself hanging in the balance, she must decide what lengths she is willing to go to in order to uncover the truth.

Written by Chris Wraight. Narrated by John Banks. Running time 10 hours, 30 minutes (approx).

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

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left me wanting more!

Which I guess is what Chris Wraight always does when he writes a book, this could be the end but I hope not, it does make me wonder if Fabius Bile would ever try and do what the Archon wanted to do in this book… I mean Abaddon does have the talons of Horus and his blood is on them ……. 😱

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another great addition to the series

Great piece of work. follows on from the previous books in an awesome way well worth the time

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Feels rushed.

I really like Chris Wraights work, but this one felt like he just wanted to be done with the series.

A good story but you can tell the author just wanted to be finished with these characters.

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As good as the first 2 books

I read a lot of reviews saying this book wasn't quite as good as the first 2. I have to say that I don't agree. It was a bit different, however it was still excellent and deserving of 5*. I just hope there are more to come in the series. I find the Inquisition books much more interesting than the mind numbing Space Marines, much more depth to the stories. If you like this series don't hesitate to read Eisenhorn and Ravenor. Finally, it must be said that John Banks is a legend! Amazing narration skills.

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Vaults of Terra

Yet another quality book from Chris Wraight. Follows on from the first 2 books seamlessly.

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Interesting developments.

Bless that little servo skull Gorgias, for he is so misunderstood. I just wonder where it's going next?

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Worst third book EVER!

you have 5 hours of useless story (no plot or character advancement) and a laughable ending...

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great

a great ending to the trilogy
I really enjoyed Spinoza's growth throughout the series

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Fantastic series

Chris Wraight has crafted a magnificent series in The Vaults of Terra. The conclusion of which, in this book was spectacular, something that had me enraptured. John Banks and his voice acting, wow! Unlike some audio books where the narrator puts little effort in distinguishing different parts, John somehow manages to make male and female characters easily distinct and convey so much emotion. Bravo.

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excellent end to a series

Really enjoyed this series, started necessarily slow but built up to a really fun and appropriately grimdark conclusion. Chris Wraight is becoming one of my favourite warhammer author's. Finally, great voice acting performance from John Banks!

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  • TJ
  • 06-08-22

Takes a bit

Two thirds of this book sounds like an AI wrote it. I could complain about it, a lot, but I'm tired. Things don't get interesting until the final 4 hours, but wooo does it get better.
The retinue was always the worst part of the series, and that's the bulk of the book here. The plot is probably the worst of the three books. The shining star has always been the setting, which doesn't get it's due until the end, but it's fun.

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  • The Foxes
  • 12-08-22

Good story / bad ending

It takes forever to actually get to the point, and then when it gets to the point it just suddenly stops. So it's a classic Warhammer book.

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  • Zomgdudewithnub
  • 28-07-22

Another Great Vaults of Terra Story...

The story was kind of weird for me since I spaced out near the end of The Hollow Mountain. I don't know if its just me, but the start of this story plays out like the Confused Mr. Krabs meme, and the world finally stops spinning when all the main characters finally figure out what is going on. My timeline is all messed up since the events in the series aren't in order. I figured the title was eluding to something underground in the hive citys on Terra, but I was wrong. I enjoyed the plot on Luna and the segway back to the Custodians. Hopefully there will be another book to finish out this series of events.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-22

Not Bad

It was a good listening if you like this genre. Especially if you are in the car and stuck in the traffic, recommend!

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  • helloHarrow
  • 03-09-22

Well written but unsatisfying ending

It’s fairly clear that the author wanted a plausible off ramp from having to continue writing these characters, which is mightily unfortunate, as I feel they’re really coming into their own. While the phrase “insult to injury” is too dramatic, it is none the less appropriately evocative of my feelings towards the epilogue - the message of which was “none of this or the last two books actually mattered.”

The audio performance was good, as always - if somewhat lacking in anything to make it great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-22

fantastic

a great chapter in the story of Crowl and Spinoza, tying together a number of disparate threads in a way both thrilling and satisfying.

also, a special bit of praise for including eldar in a way that really helps lessen the usual paucity of representation in truly good 40k fiction. here as antagonists they manage to feel powerful and alien, without being worfs or Mary sues.

A can't miss book from one of BL's best.

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  • C&K
  • 24-08-22

Chris Wraight is becoming the best 40k writer

I wish the ending were different, but it certainly fits the themes of the universe. Well worth a read and a fine conclusion to the trilogy.

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  • Gedeon Zlobar
  • 23-08-22

Fails to engage

Uncharacteristically weak for Chris Wraight - his other W40K work is of higher quality. The series should have ended with its previous entry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-22

A fitting conclusion

I would recommend re-reading the previous book before going through this one. All in all very good. John Banks gives his usual great performance. The story concludes the way it should with fitting resolution.

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  • catman
  • 17-08-22

A book so big it makes the Inquisition seem small

The story of our two favorite Inquisitors was heartbreaking, the fate of the golden throne sealed, and every act of heroics fantastically written with each chapter keeping you guessing.