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Fell times have come to the galaxy. Cadia has fallen, destroyed by the onslaught of Chaos. A Great Rift in the warp has opened, and from its depths spew daemons and the horrors of Old Night. But all hope is not lost.... A hero, long absent, has returned, and with him comes the wrath of the Ultramarines reborn.

Roboute Guilliman has arisen to lead the Imperium out of darkness on a crusade the likes of which has not been seen since the fabled days of the Emperor. But never before have the forces of Ruin amassed in such numbers, and nowhere is safe from despoliation. From the dreaded Scourge Stars come the hordes of the Plaguefather, Lord Nurgle, and their pustulent eye is fixed on Macragge. As the Indomitas Crusade draws to an end, Guilliman races to Ultramar and a confrontation with the Death Guard.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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More Bolter P*rn and advertisment than timeline

unfortunately doesnt expand on the timeline progression. Was more of a Primaris bolter p*rn advertisement.

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New 40k lore

Great story for the commencement of the new lore for Warhammer 40k. Thoroughly enjoyed it!.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2018

new 8th edition lore, 10/10

loved it. how they portray Guilliman does him justice. definitely worth reading if your just now getting into 40k

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  • Kyle
  • 13-05-2018

Awesome power of the Imperium.

I loved it, like the emperor loves mankind. Great pacing throughout the book. Exciting moments and some filler into the grimdark. Enjoy!

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  • Kupo
  • 28-07-2018

Less Grimdark than your average 40k adventure.

A few story threads aren't resolved satisfactorily, but otherwise one of the best 40k novels and an excellent tale of Rowboat Girlyman.

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  • emi :w
  • 12-08-2018

Guilliman is Captain America

Hard to not love a story about the primarchs return if you are a fan and this was well done.

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  • kieran lowe
  • 01-08-2018

good stuff

hard to stop listening too it really was nice to see this new section sown into the grand tapestry that is the warhammer 40k lore.

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  • Danny
  • 31-07-2018

one of thee best books I have listen to.

The story and narration is phenomenal and I would honestly listen to this book again!

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  • ArdenEmil
  • 27-07-2018

Very Epic!

Fun epic 40k story that sheds light upon the Primark and ultimar. makes the game more fun.

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  • MacThePC
  • 07-07-2018

An ad? Feels like it.

Shallow, felt like an ad for the new miniatures. There was nothing that was surprising, and was written almost like a fan fiction. It's understandable why as the novel was released with the new product line of miniatures that ushered in 8th edition 40k.

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  • Seth Childers
  • 23-06-2018

Amazing

Very great and detailed addition to the warhammer universe. If you love warhammer, you should definitely pick this up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2018

Marvelous Adventure

So enjoyable and so captivating, the story is awesome and a great insight into guilimans psyche..

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  • Craigie
  • 06-02-2018

Gripping Advancement in the Grim Dark.

Although at times a shameful advertisement for new Games Workshop product Dark Imperium still manages to captivate and entertain.
A Primarch has returned to lead the fight back against his traitorous brethren and the forces of the Dark Gods of Chaos.
Dark Imperium not only provides insight into one of the Emperors loyal sons it's allows us to glimpse into the mindset of the new stronger better equipped Primaris Marines and highlights just what the Imperium of man has become in the 10K years since the Emperor was installed on the golden throne.
Great listen and a credit well spent.
I am a happy chappy now that Black Library has come to Audible.

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 26-02-2018

really enjoyable!!

fantastically performed audiobook and enjoyable story. please make more of the same black Library !!!!

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  • Timothy Cossa
  • 06-02-2018

Brilliant.

I am not a reader so thought it best to try an audio book. and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the experience. The book itself kept me captivated. it's my first 40k book and it is a good starting point for newer 40k players interested in the state of the new 8th edition universe. the narrator was very good. Well worth the listen.

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  • Alan
  • 03-02-2018

Good but a lot of pointless unfinished arcs.

Good but a lot of pointless unfinished arcs.

Several elements spun that seem made to be in the book ultimately lead to nothing. Disappointing from an otherwise good book.

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  • Adam Wood
  • 13-08-2018

Ok but not great

Some really interesting parts of this book but also a lot of boring, pointless stuff. Not a bad read but definately not a great one

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  • MR AWR
  • 11-08-2018

Great Introduction to the 40K Universe

An excellent introduction to the 40K Universe providing great background information in an enthralling story-line.

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  • ER
  • 22-07-2018

Too long and too slow

Dark Imperium is not so much a novel as a collection of scenes, with only one, a certain terrifying chapter on Iax, standing out. The author had the unenviable task of introducing a new Imperium post-Fall of Cadia, whilst also promoting the myriad new Primaris Space Marine units that Games Workshop are hawking. As such I don't really blame him that this book falls completely flat.

The setting is bizarre, with the book beginning as the century-long Indomitus Crusade comes to an end. The Fall of Cadia, birth of the Cicatrix Maledictum and return of Guilliman are still fresh events for Warhammer fans after 15 years of the timeline being frozen in the 999th year of the 41st millenium, and yet Dark Imperium skips the timeline forward another century. As of 2018 much of the century between Rise of the Primarch and here is uncovered. As such reading this feels like we have already missed much of the interesting stuff, with Guilliman already adjusted to life in the 41st millennium, the Gothic architecture that he finds so disturbing and the now-dominant imperial cult. The primaris marines, woken up after ten millennia in stasis, have also adjusted, and Dark Imperium shows us primaris marines that are now battle-hardened, with friendships and relationships with each other. Effectively anything that might have been novel or interesting about these uber-marines--super soldiers with no actual battle experience, in a universe quite unlike the 31st millennium that they had left--has been lost, to reveal utterly dull super space marines.

New characters which we had just gotten to know in Gathering Storm like Belisarius Cawl and Celestine are either absent or relegated to bit parts. The supporting characters brought in to replace them, Felix, Justinian for one dreary chapter etc. are all rather empty, with Guilliman's internal conflict over the godhood of the Emperor quite tiring by the tenth hour. The one story arc of note, the events on the hospital world of Iax, comes to nothing by the end of the book, no doubt set to be continued in the next ponderous book in the series. Marneus Calgar's segments were interesting in that they showed a besieged Ultramar and the hints of resentment against his own primarch, but the Lord of Macragge's sense of duty and honour quickly shut down the possibility of a less subservient and more interesting relationship.

I haven't even gotten to the villains yet. Be prepared to endure multiple agonising chapters featuring villains too edgy and campy even for warhammer. Poor John Banks tries to have some fun with Fulgrim, Mortarion and Typhus but Guy Haley, who is usually quite decent throughout, has really written these guys terribly.

It might seem like I was against this book from the get-go, but I was fairly invested up until the end. It was then all the more infuriating when after ten hours of exposition and inaction nothing came of the threads Guy Haley had woven. You could probably save some time and money by running through the critical events of the book on the internet, but right now I'm struggling to think of any critical events in this book at all.

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  • Mr D R D Cooke
  • 22-05-2018

Good if you like this sort of thing...

Primaris Space Marines are bigger/better than "normal" ones... That's the consistent theme of this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-2018

Nothing really happened...

This book was a struggle and nothing really happens. I will admit that chapter 12 was interesting and answered a few questions but otherwise I feel you can skip this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-2018

Awesome book

I left the last chapter for days as I didn't want the book to end