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Richard Reed killed it.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-2020

What a performance, every character felt distinct and the effort that must've gone into those little expressions to make character interactions flow together really shows. Well written characters that interact together nicely. Amazing to see the Xenos races getting some love and all the little references were well received. I recommend.

Book 1 is great ,Book 2 is meh, Book 3 is good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-2020

So this is a collection of 3 stories written by Kim Newman, who wrote the last Genevieve book as well and like with Drachanfels she knocked the first book out of the park. Well written, very similar feel to her previous work and she is much improved on writing supporting characters. The second 2 is where it begins to go off the rails with most character interactions having some sexual aspect to them rather than the survival, political, etc motivations of her earlier work. This follows on in the third book, which pains me to say because the plot was great, the pacing was spot on and the contrasting characters were awesome. TW In the last 10 minutes of the 3rd book, she assaults, rapes and then kills a man. I'm not sure if Newman is trying to show Genevieve's descent into the darkness but it made me feel sick. I don't want to throw away the whole book for the sake of a bad scene but if this isn't your thing, you might want to skip it. Antonia Beamish is working on her voices and is making strides but they feel like caricatures now, as if she's overcorrecting for them not sounding different enough before.

Kim Newman, Kicking butt in the Old World

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-2020

In a world where good Warhammer Fantasy stories are lacking after the cancer that was the End Times and Age of Sigmar, Kim Newman breathes fresh life into the Old World. She has a great handle on the lore as well as being a very competent writer. The only criticism that I'd level at her is how many supporting characters didn't have much substance to them, though in a story with such a large cast this is understandable. I'll be following her work from now on. I had very few issues with how Antonia Bleamish brought the characters to life well enough though her strength lay more in the setting and ambience than the characters.

Give the sample a listen first.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-2020

This is one of the weaker showings from Black Library, Josh Reynolds uses a lot of words to say not a lot, repeating a lot of things in what appears to be an effort to increase book-length. In addition, characters acting counter to their established personality for the sake of plot or a 'cool scene'. (No spoilers) Jake Urry also gives a rather poor performance, a low monotone voice that I take to be for the sake of atmosphere but just serves to slow down the pace of the book and make all the characters feel like the same one. From both author and voice actor this novel gives the impression that they were under some pressure to increase length where there was little need and it reflects badly when listening.

One of Dan Abnett's best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-2020

And yes, that totally includes Eisenhorn. DA's skills lie in well-developed stories with a small cast of characters and he really puts it to show here. Everyone with their own life and how they weave into the story and tie loose ends. Toby Longworth, what a man, what a voice. Each character feels different and layered with even elements of backstory put into the accents and pentameter in which he plays them. outstanding.

Not bad, good souize

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-2020

One of the few poor showings from Dan Abnett, with this novel being less of a cohesive story and more of a loose collection of cool story ideas that have been strung together. Great to get some more backstory to the ghosts and as per usual Toby Longworth knocks it out of the park, and I think if it was advertised and structured a bit better I might've enjoyed it more as DA is usually good at trying threads together by the end. For the advertisement, it only has to do with the blurb for less than half of the book, other than that it's all flashbacks, memories and old tales that quite a few of which would've sat well before the first book or placed sparingly in this one.