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Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work
- Warhammer 40,000
- By: Guy Haley
- Narrated by: John Banks
- Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is the most brilliant mind alive. For 10,000 years he has furthered the cause of mankind, working under the aegis of the Emperor and Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman to prevent the inexorable march of the alien and the traitor. Many call him heretic, but all must recognise the magnitude of his achievements, for who else but he was entrusted to create a new generation of Space Marines?
- By Anonymous User on 27-12-2019
While Haley has produced good works in the past, this was so far from the mark. It has its moments, but overall it doesn't feel like a very 40k book. Tetrarch Felix has been written like a squad sergeant with no idea of diplomacy and easily angered, and Cawl is portrayed as 'cooky' rather than the soul-crushed, 10,000 y/o brutal archmagos he is, and it frequently breaks immersion. Also, why would a tetrarch and an archmagos go down to inspect an ancient xenos artefact on a world destroyed by tyranids with just a dozen or so marines? Full of silly references like "Terra squirrels", and the result is that the story seems borne of another SciFi universe but has been worked into a 40k setting. As for the audio performance, it's decent, but the total binary of character voices is incredibly lacklustre. Not all space marines in positions of power have to sound haltingly gravel-voiced and almost out of breathe, and not all intelligent characters need to sound plucky and high-pitched. Easily missed.
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