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Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

Follow the exploits of Oltyx, who, having finally been granted the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty, now faces far greater threats, from within and without. He soon learns that the lessons of kingship are not quite what he had hoped.

Listen to it because: experience the tumultuous reality of ruling a necron royal court and battling the the Imperium from the perspective of an necron lord whose mind is split into discrete partitions.

The story: after centuries of exile, the necron lord Oltyx has at last been granted the thing he has always craved: the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty. Kingship, however, is not quite what he had hoped for - Oltyx's reign currently exists aboard the dying battleship Akrops, as it lumbers away from the ruins of his crownworld. Behind it is a hostile armada of unfathomable size, launched by the barbaric alien war-cult known as the Imperium of Man. And within the Akrops' sepulchral hold, an even greater threat festers - the creeping horror of the flayer curse. Faced with such overwhelming odds, Oltyx leads a desperate voyage into a darkness so profound that salvation and doom look much the same. If he and his dynasty are to make it through that long night, Oltyx will have to become a very different sort of king. 

Written by Nate Crowley. Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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Great take on a old concept

I really enjoy this series and this installment is as interesting as the first

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great sequel but struggles in the second half

This is a must have if you liked the previous book. Oltyx' struggle to be a good king is very compelling. As I said it struggles a bit in the second half. Nothing too bad but I did find myself less engaged as before.

It does mostly make up for it with a great ending that pays off a lot of little things set up previously. Lastly it leaves you excited for the final book.

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Nate Crowley on form once again

Definitely need to read Ruin first! What a book, Nate as ever is truly on form and really brings to life the necron way. Have recommended to friends that had no context on the BL lore but whom have thoroughly enjoyed this writers depth of scene and characters. As always 5 star read from Mr Crowley.

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A damn good listen

This is good enough to make me want to go out and part with my hard earned cash to collect a Necron army.

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Loving the Necrons

Well written book and also very well narrated with a nice pace. Looking forward to the next part of the story.

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More good Necron fiction

I'd read that Twice Dead King was originally one novel, but had to be split as it got too big, so this feels like the second part of the firsts story, however there is a definition between the two. No spoilers, but it was pleasing and structured very well with every character fleshed out and, weirdly, humanised. I loved both books.

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Amazing

amazing read right to the last sentence. Nate Crowley truly shows the underbelly of necron dynasties like no one else.

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Surprisingly good!

Not just a good Warhammer novel- a good *novel*. Not quite as revelatory and brilliant as its predecessor but an entertaining yarn nonetheless. Hopefully the author and narrator get another chance to team up!

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Brilliant

A great follow to Ruin, i recommend listening to both back to back to get the best impact from the story.

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Worthy sequel

But I felt it dragged too much in the second half of the book. Great narration was the only thing that made not skip to the end, shame as I really enjoyed Ruin and was hoping for the same with Reign

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  • 16-01-22

A++ Emotional Damage

This was an excellent sequel that introduced new depth and characters. No journey worth remembering is easy, and this one really had my emotions doing the most. I legit cried at one point. Narration and story are amazing and I can't wait for the third!!!

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  • Andrei Rozhkov
  • 01-02-22

Summon the Monoliths!

Is it possible for someone to make a story from the point of view of evil, tyrannical death-robots compelling and heart-wrenching? Can someone make you sympathise with even worse, skin-wearing, viscera-smearing, shrieking death-robots? Apparently, yes. This and the previous book are one of the best 40k novels I had a pleasure to read. And (almost) no Spehs Mareens!

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  • Terry
  • 18-01-22

If "Ruin" was Hamlet "Rain" Is the story of Moses

It's a great Exodus story. Where they're trying to find a new homeland. Where they face many losses along the way.

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  • Mitchell
  • 17-01-22

Robots CAN feel love

I never thought a story about soulless machines would make me feel emotions but that's exactly what this book did, I love how much personality is written in each character as well as the unique perspective.

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  • Phillip Manning
  • 16-01-22

Crowley makes the Necrons fascinating.

The lore of the Necrons has been evolving after years of being nameless, faceless Horrors. Nate Crowley has done a fantastic job showing us things through their oculars and has made them a fully fleshed out (sorry) people.

By drawing on real-world classics, Crowley gives us the hero's journey of Odysseus and the founding story of Aeneas in the form of an undead robot, all while mixing in some genuine fun and humor.

The narration by Richard Reed is also superb, finding characterization in a race defined by their monotony.

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  • jacob
  • 01-05-22

Phenomenal

An absolutely fantastic story. Nate Crowley knocks it out of the park yet again. The narrative performance by Richard Reed is also phenomenal. Reed never fails to perfectly capture the voice of the Necrons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-22

Fantastic

I absolutely loved this book and this series! It gives a whole new perspective to an otherwise "evil" race of xenos and it is amazing.

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  • 03-05-22

An interesting tale

Not the continuation I expected, nor the one i wanted, a sequel to a tale that in the first book made me sympathize with a being I didnt expect to ever care for. My hopes with the sequel were initially dashed, and lest you be a fan of tragedies or a forgiving person, I was at the end brought back into. I’d call this whole tale, bittersweet.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-04-22

First One was Much Better

There are so many last minute saves and unexplained contradictions in this story. A Crusade Fleet that only carries 1 company of Space Marines when it should have at least 100 Space Marines in elite Terminator Armor being killed at will A Crusade Fleet somehow entering another dimension without the means to do so... The Protagonists, the Necrons, are so horrible its hard to root for them in their own books. The Crusade Fleet wipes out a whole Necron system with their advanced technolog and fleets but can't finish off a few stragglers The Crusade fleet of hundreds of ships only has 3 capital ships that each get taken out with disgusting ease. Space Marines in the Death Company that turn out to be useless against anything but a common Necron soldier Necrons somehow ressurect even though they are in a dimension where supposedly they can't do so. Somehow, whenever the Necrons are on the verge of defeat, some reserve force comes out of nowhere to take out the human force. I could go on about the things that kept this book from being as good as the first....but, suffice it to say it was a big disappointment

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  • Alex
  • 07-04-22

Enjoyable in its complexity

This series thus far has provided an enjoyable departure from the usual flavour of GW genre fiction. These are more heavily plot centric than most offerings from the Black Library, exploring the mental health of creatures consigned to an eternity of bland existence.

A good effort.