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Audiobook three of the Cadian series

The second book of the Minka Lesk story arc follows on from the story started in Cadian Honour.

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The Cadian 101st, led by Minka Lesk, is taking the fight to the traitors on Malouri. Will their faith and pride keep them fighting or will the meat-grinder siege break them down?

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Cadia, 10,000 years a stalwart bastion against Chaos, is broken. Its collapse at the hands of Abaddon and the Thirteenth Black Crusade has fractured the Imperium of Man, and in its wake spreads the seeds of heresy, lies and insurrection. It falls to Cadia’s survivors to fight on, bloodied but unyielding, in the name of the Emperor.

On the world of Malouri, traitorous forces have retreated to the impregnable island fortress of Crannog Mons. After years of stalemate warfare, the task of breaking the siege is given to Minka Lesk and the Cadian 101st, who find themselves fighting a meat-grinder mission that threatens to devour them. In the midst of slaughter, sacrifice and brutal attrition, a question must be answered: what does it mean to be Cadian in a galaxy without Cadia?

Written by Justin D Hill. Audiobook narrated by Colleen Prandergast. 

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

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  • Ed
  • 11-08-21

Excellent and compelling listen

A really good narrative, well executed with the sort of in depth military details that let you lose yourself in the story. It is the third book in the series, but stands on its own well enough - in fact, it's a great introduction to the Imperial Guard's way of warfare. Not just the callousness, incompetence, inhumanity - but also the bravery, audacity and courage. I would have liked to see more redeeming features in the Allied Imperial Guard units, which are portrayed as bumbling incompetents or feral savages, and they feel like "straw men" sometimes and lack a bit of depth. But they're not the main antagonists of the story, and it doesn't detract from the gripping pace of the narrative. The parallels with D-Day were nicely done. At first it felt like they'd be too heavy handed (when the plan was outlined), but in execution the details take you out of history and into the 41st Millennium. An excellent book, particularly noteworthy for its ability to stand alone and be enjoyed without any background knowledge of the Warhammer universe.

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great

enjoyed this far more than I expected. some truly epic battle descriptions and scale. got my imagination going mad

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felt like filler

Was ok, but character development was spread a bit to thin, needed to concentrate on a few details arcs and then have the foreshadowing.

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You can’t keep a good Cadian down…

This is a visceral, vivid account of the battle for Traitor Rock. A lot of old favourites are involved again, but the real draw of this story is, of course, Minka Lesk.

As always, Justin D Hill paints a picture of life in battle which you can see unfolding before your very eyes. He doesn’t just include the gore - he shows us tactics, feuds between leaders, and the mental cost of survival and injury. Absolutely engrossing.

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We need more Minka Lesk and the Cadians!

I am really loving these Imperial Guard novels, more so than the Space Marine ones. I've been going through the audio books of Gaunt's Ghost (1-6) , Ciaphas Cain (1-5) and now the Cadian Series. Justin did a great job with the writing, Cadian still lives.Colleen Prandergast did a smashing job with the narration and voice acting. I do hope GW do commissions more Cadian novels, I'd love to see Minka and co visit the Phalanx where a load of Cadians are now calling home.

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Surprisingly good

Although I don’t why I should be, I really enjoyed this, hopefully there will be more of the Cadian 101st but with BL who knows

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What happened?

This series was enjoyable up until now, this story played out so differently, it all felt extremely cliche, I can't exactly put my finger on it..

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Brilliant!

This series just gets better and better, cannot wait for the next one! for anyone looking to start a new series in the 40k universe then look no further.

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A great book and a perfect end of a great series.

I have enjoyed the book and following both the old and new characters. this was a great end to the end of the series.

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Wrong perspective

Usually they kill off all the unlikeable characters, this time they win instead. Would recommend the Ghosts series or the Last Chancers instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-21

Enjoyed it.

hello all.
I don't write reviews, I have no tounge for it. I do have to say well done on the book, loved the author and narrator. Cadiens are so cool. Thank you both. R.

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  • Brad
  • 15-07-21

Cadia Stands

This is an excellent audio book experience. The character development in this book is outstanding. The action is intense. Well worth your credit!

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  • Charles E Valdyke
  • 20-07-21

Better than book 2

Enjoyable listen. Book 1 is probably still the best in the series, but this is an improvement on the second act. Only quibble I have is the repeated "Cadians are the best of the best of the best" bits. It was never necessary, but certainly not by book 3.

Author does good job creating a narrative reason for Cadians to keep existing in the tabletop game going forward.

And lastly Colleen Pendergast does a fantastic job. Her character voices are well done and unique for each person, and her male voices are not distractingly female.

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  • Maxwell J Oss
  • 05-05-22

no redeeming story

diversity and inclusion comes before story the universe and the writing what little there is. save your money or burn it either would be better than this far left propaganda.

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  • Jacob Weaver
  • 22-02-22

Love this storyline

Our girl really comes into her own and our favorite general kicks heretic ass. what's not to like?

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  • Nick
  • 03-12-21

Some good some not so good

Minka Lesk is finally an interesting character in the third book of a series which she is ostensibly the lead.
There’s a lot going on in this story, a lot of which is unfortunately not really story but instead just characters talking about planning military strategy even though there really isn’t one (Gen. Bendikt’s great scheme is to just throw everything all at once at the traitors basically). A lot of characters show up from the previous book although they don’t really contribute anything to moving the plot forward or have character arcs.
You could pretty much take out anything that isn’t Minka’s story and you’d probably have a better, more tightly written novel.
The main villain appears once at the beginning g of the story and then again at the very end where he is basically like “oh the book is over? Guess I’ll die then!”
Aside from the Astra Militarum and the Mechanicus, you won’t see any of the other Warhammer factions. Even the traitor guard are traitors for purely political reasons (and have a sympathetic position on the outset at that). Oh and there are some sisters of battle who immediately die, but we’re just told about it.
Jeez, maybe I didn’t like this book. I actually did enjoy Minka Leak’s story this time around and wished it had focused solely on her and her squad. There are some really awesome moments in the story, like when all the soldier’s start singing The Flowers of Cadia. That might very well bring a tear to your eye.
So the good parts are really good but they’re broken up by boring parts and grand set pieces that slow the plot.
Colleen Prandergast is a great narrator and I was pleased to hear her reprise her role here.
All in all, not the best, definitely flawed, but still good.

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  • Kimani
  • 01-12-21

good read

optional right. but a good read it was if you like IG. Optional right......the story is really good.

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  • Elisa Brown
  • 17-11-21

it's good

I really liked it. better than the last book in the series by Hill.

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  • Daniel J. Givens
  • 13-11-21

Cadia stands. We get it already.

I have a very large Cadian army. I love their lore. I was sad when Cadia fell to the Black Legion. I’ve been known to exclaim “Cadia stands!” during games.

This book made me hate the phrase.

The book is pointless. The enemy are no more than the name of their regiments. The author starts the book with a hint of a deeper story as to why they turned traitor, but never goes beyond that. The characters are flat. The main character’s name should be Minka “Mary Sue” Lesk.

I think this book exists for no other reason than Black Library does three novel series. It’s filler. Nothing of import happens. We don’t learn anything new about the Cadians since the fall, or any other faction, or what’s going on in the Imperium at larger.

I hate to crap on the narrator, but I didn’t even really like her and it’s not because she’s a female. Give me Emma Gregory any day. I became so disengaged from the book that I had to force myself to finish the last 25 minutes of the book. I honestly wish I could get the time I spent listening to this book back.

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  • Bryce
  • 26-10-21

Justin D Hill another Smashing Success

Another great adventure with Lesk and leaving me wanting what comes next. very engaging story. Nonstop action and reminds me why I love the stories produced in the 41st millennium. Cadia Stands