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Summary

Book 2 in the Watchers of the Throne series

A new day has dawned for the Imperium, but not everyone sees the light. The Custodian Guard and Sisters of Silence must battle not just Chaos, but those who do not share Regent Guilliman's vision....

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See how enemies lurk everywhere in the Imperium - even on Terra itself - and discover how the Adeptus Custodes excel at rooting out the darkness that lurks on the Throneworld and bringing it to light.

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As Guilliman, Regent of Terra, heads off to lead the Indomitus Crusade, he leaves behind a world still in turmoil, beset by cult activity. Stripped of its huge armies for the galactic offensive, recovery is precarious. The Custodians do what they can while keeping the Palace secure, and the Sisters of Silence rebuild their citadel on Luna. When the warship Phalanx returns, it seems that stability will at last be assured. However, as reconquest forces push out further into the slums, they come across signs that another mysterious foe is active. The truth dawns - not every enemy is corrupted by Chaos, for there are many on Terra who do not share Guilliman’s vision of a new order, and the prospect of a Terran civil war looms...

Written by Chris Wraight

Running time 11 hours 52 minutes. Performed by John Banks, Emma Gregory and Penelope Rawlins.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Politics, intrigue and Minotaurs!

This book is a superb second outing for the new power couple in the Warhammer universe, I’m not ignoring the chancellerus at all but the characters I want more of are our favourite custodian and silent sister, the narration is outstanding and completely engrossed me in the tale, I looke forward avidly to the next story in this series

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a good link in the chain of chris wraights work

a very good follow on from the previous story. the voice acting is excellent and jeck is a nice replacement. I like how it shows abit more of Valoris. Some interesting charavters also turn up to be sure. well worth your time

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excellent

unusual storytelling but worked very well
highly recommend sequel
looking forward to the next part

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A fantastic sequel

Another great contribution to the lore of the Dark Imperium. John Banks' masterful narration is complemented superbly by Emma Gregory and Penelope Rawlings.

The plot has twists and turns that are carefully considered and fit into the narrative with an expert's touch. Chris Wraight shows a deep understanding of the monolithic Imperium that has existed in WH40K now for decades and is as nebulous as it is a fascinating glimpse at a mirror of humanity.

Valerian and Aleya make for excellent contrasts in character, with motivations and personalities that stem from far different perspectives but ultimately serve the same purpose.

I'd eagerly await to see a third entry in this series as it strikes a perfectly balance between overall 40K universe development and a compelling study in the characters that occupy it.

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Really enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this and was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and turns in the plot. Also one of the best narrated black library novels out there.

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Amazing

The story is brilliant just like the first. The voice acting was some of the best I’ve heard, just like the first. It gladdens my heart that they had the original voice acting and characters in this audiobook. It gives the story a great amount of continuity. I love this book just like the first.

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A sequel that delivers

A great audio tale, consisted with its first part and utterly worthy of its place. A well handled balance of perspectives from the imperiums spectrum of warriors.

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Wow!

Stunning book! Excellent performances! The story really kept me listening intently!
Highly recommended for the twists and turns it does but also the intriguing lore it presents.

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what an intriguing story

so not what I was expecting and so much better for it.
Great story of behind the scenes of Terra.

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loved the politics and insights

One of the best 40k describing the politics on Terra. Really enjoyed the book !

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  • Peter Kudenov
  • 14-04-20

Enjoyed the political aspects

This was a particularly satisfying listen, just like its predecessor, for the insight into political aspects that were a little more nuanced than most. The three character rotation throughout the series has been enjoyable because all of the characters are believable within their capacities to act (or not). This book particularly had a satisfying denouement and the final sentence was wonderful.

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  • Justin Moat
  • 15-07-20

fairly flat story but still entertaining.

pretty good book, slow to get going but was worth the listen, if you're a fan of the characters you should enjoy this book.

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  • NikEliJoe
  • 27-03-20

Meh

it was ok I've heard better than this book there are many horus Heresy books that are way better

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  • 31-10-21

deep

a challenging story, picking up from book 1 which is a must to follow this story. but then this novel breaks from the norm of BL and then enters a series of twists and weaves.

over all great, can't wait to see where the story goes

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  • Kandere
  • 13-02-21

Excellent. Slightly choppy narrative ark.

I really enjoyed it. My only gripe is that there are a few narrative lines that don’t really get explained or where they do, it’s with a couple of lines saying ‘so we never really found out why...’. This may be cause the author wants to bring them back in again for the next in the series of course. However I nonetheless enjoyed the book.

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  • Dick Forney
  • 04-02-21

Nicely Done Political Story Set in the 40k Univers

I'm not going to say anything that hasn't been said before in the reviews. Just get this book and the one that preceded it. You will enjoy them thoroughly. The narrators' on both versions are fantastic if you choose to listen to the Audible version. Either way, you can't lose. Great 40K stories!

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  • Deadies
  • 14-07-20

Wraight is baller as hell

A fantastic blend of characters, factions, and events. Wraight's great, and I hope to see more of valerian and Aleya.

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 19-05-20

Great Book!

Great story telling, and well planned out. Everything has a meaning in this one, and the character interactions are good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-20

all is not well on terra

after Papa smurf goes to start the Indomitus crusade a power struggle breaks out on Terra between the old guard and papa smurfs reformed government. lots of interesting characters show up.

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  • 04-07-22

awesome. can't recommend enough

love love loved it. highly recommend the two books from this series. they're very well acted with a great story.