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  • Void King

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Marc Collins
  • Narrated by: Joe Shire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Void King

By: Marc Collins
Narrated by: Joe Shire
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Summary

A Rogue Traders Novel

As the Indomitus Crusade begins, Roboute Guilliman tasks the Davamir Compact to find a route across the Great Rift.

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Witness the deadly politics and incredible wealth of the Imperium's privateers, as three powerful rogue trader dynasties put their considerable assets to work for the greatest crusade in millennia.

The story

Proud Lamertine. Fierce Helvintr. Cunning Radrexxus.

Since the halcyon days of the Great Crusade, these noble rogue trader dynasties have plied the void in the Emperor’s name, answering to whomsoever sits as the king of the Davamir Compact. There has been profit and adventure and abundance in these times… Yet now the galaxy is changed, divided by the birth of the Great Rift. As plans are drawn up for the most immense crusade imaginable, the Emperor’s reborn son demands that the Compact seek a way across the Rift.

When tragedy and betrayal threaten all their endeavours, it is the Lamertine heir, Erastus, who must rise to the fore—to guide the disparate forces of the Compact in service to their sacred mission, to avenge the wounds done to them by hidden hands, and to reveal the darkest secrets threatening the Imperium’s dreams of unity…

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

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Call this a fine wine. ( no spoiler review)

Why? The longer you listern the better it gets. I have to admit, at first ..it took a while to get into this book, but the longer you stick with it, you get more and more connected to the characters and the plot.

Gangster, blue blood, semi-honourable, pirates of the 40k universe.... What more can you ask for?

I thought the narrator fit the book, Joe shire did well!

Brilliant audio book. well worth the credits. Come get some!

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A Great (surprise) Listen!

When I got this I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I actually did by the end. The story was very good and the narrator was great and really suited the story and characters. I hope they bring out a second book, which the ending does seem to leave things wide open for it to be continued.

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Not bad overall, with strong story issues

Interesting story and I'm happy to have listened to it - always a pleasure to find a non-SM story in the grimdark, especially about rogue traders.
(spoiler warning) The story had some issues. The lead character was too naive. I also found the overstated importance of rogue trader heirs - who at the same time are sent again and again into the most dangerous missions imaginable - quite laughable actually. The patriarchs/matriarchs of the dynasties were suddenly so overcaring and worried every time it was too late...
Also during the course of this book the flagships of several dynasties - ships that had served for thousands of years - are destroyed. If it was so easy and it happened so often then these flagships would never have served for so long!
Finally, the inclusion of GSC as the plot twist was tedious and unwarranted. There is too much of them everywhere as if Black Library was forcing its authors to fit Genestealer cultist into every book it can.

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Wanted to like it but could not

Hey Community !
I wanted to like this but alas I could not , the acting was great, and great characters, but its meandering and didnt go anywhere for me

See my other reviews for what I like and dont like :)

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Ok…

A little disjointed. Story pace is odd. Could have done a lot more with it. Ending meh.

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Well worth a credit!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story kept me engaged throughout and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series!

The narrator was generally good but my only feedback would be that he needs to work on his range of voices/accents as there were one or two instances where I had to wind back to figure out who was talking.

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slooooow and uninspired

While the story is alright, the writing leaves some to be desired and the narration seems uninspired. Doesn't add anything of interest to the lore or progression of the current era.
Other books by the writer and narrator are great, but for me this wasnt it.

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Rouge trader novel.

Interesting story with some typical 40k characters, hopefully this story arc plays and plays, but the sound quality seems muffled.








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Long Live The King!

Void King is a perfect example of Marc at his best. Filled with intrigue, politics, culture and an excellent dash of action and deception! I am hopefully looking forward to seeing a sequel to this in the future!

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struggling to finish it

I feel like this author has potential but needed more work. a lot of the story elements dont quite fit.

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  • Argyris
  • 14-11-22

Don’t let these people lie to you, this is not good at all.

This book gives me hope that anyone can work at Black Library, because I’ve written fan-fiction more exciting than this. I’m honestly shocked this was given the green light. I purchased (aka wasted a free credit) it out of a newfound curiosity for Rogue Trader lore, and don’t let the cool cover artwork fool you, it’s the only exciting factor of this novel. The author tries to set the stage for “Game of Thrones, but in space” but it doesn’t even feel like a Warhammer novel at times. The only reminders are the references that you find in other 40k settings, but that’s as far as it goes. It was a grind to get halfway through the story and by that point I had to give Marc Collins massive kudos for taking something fresh and untapped like Rogue Traders and turning it into the most boring story imaginable. The voice actor deserves credit bc he carries this entire shitshow but when you combine his soothing, silky voice with the lackluster subject matter prepare your sus-an membrane for a 10 hour, 26 min coma.

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  • Shane Barton
  • 17-01-23

An ehh story.

It just wasn’t a enjoyable experience. Wasn’t attached to any characters at all. Everything felt so boring and predictable. It’s like if you read the first chapter you have read the whole story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-22

Long walk for a short drink of water.

A decent book that features 2 of my favorite factions in 40k lore, but it struggles a bit due to its length. of the 10 hour event only 6 seem relevant, the first 3 and the last 3. This is a story that unfortunately starts strong then loses the plot and by the time it's found again you're about at the end of your time with it.

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  • Raquel
  • 01-11-22

Grim. Dark. Catastrophic

Anything I say about the plot is essentially spoiler territory. Just…just read it. Don’t spoil yourself with reading more reviews. Guessing is the best part.
But remember:
An open mind is like a fortress…with its gates unbarred and unguarded.

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  • Cola
  • 06-02-23

Lost Intrest

I'm not sure what happened, just lost interest in the book half way through. I feel that all the core characters in this book were just copy pasted from other 40k books. I stopped with 3 hrs left to finish, and I don't really have any sense of the overall story beyond whiny kid is desperate for daddy's approval.

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  • Matt
  • 31-01-23

Don't let other reviews lie

An overall good book. The voice actor is amazing and brings to life the book. Some secondary voices can sound the same but overall great performance.

As for the story. If you can understand that the universe of 40k is more then a bolter or Las rifle and that there is political maneuvering behind the scenes especially for the power of rogue traders then you will enjoy this book. It is not a simple combat romp like many others in the 40k universe.

overall highly recommend to anyone looking for something more then the basic fighting noise you get from many other more generic 40k novels.

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  • Melodious
  • 30-01-23

Still Enjoyable but Lowest quality 40K novel I’ve read so far

Still enjoyable but lowest quality 40K novel I’ve read so far. Performance was great, really carrying it tbh. Story was low tier for 40k (as others have said, 40K Game of a Thrones knockoff more or less). That said, I still enjoyed it. It had its moments. Really loving the quality of the audio performances in the 40k audiobooks, they seem to assemble good teams that know what they’re doing and clearly care about the books. Kudos to them!

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  • Roxanne
  • 21-01-23

great pairing

Indulgent lore paired with top-tier narration, whose range really maintains engagement. Can't help but love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-23

Not worth the credit

GW and Black library should really up the quality control on new novels.
The tempo of the reading seems off and the story is very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-23

Perhaps the worst 40k book ... period.

The cover swipes art from another Rogue Trader product. The plot swipes concepts from other books. The author doesn't seem to pay attention to the lore.

The narrator does a great job ... when he's speaking only for the protagonist. And after that, everyone sounds the same and conversations become very taxing because the same tone, delivery, etc. is used for every participant. He does make sure to say all of the 40k jargon right, though.

The plot is painful.

Avoid ... not worth it.