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Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius

Mephiston: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
Narrated by: Richard Reed
Series: Mephiston: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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A Blood Angels audiobook. 

A religious civil war brings the Blood Angels, commanded by Chief Librarian Mephiston, to a shrine world where they find a mystery that might help Mephiston understand how he survived the Black Rage - and perhaps cure the Blood Angels of their affliction.

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Delve into the curse of the Blood Angels and how Mephiston survived it, while also exploring notions of faith and the influence of the Emperor on the Imperium of the 41st Millennium.

The story:

The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican, and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of ‘the Flaw’ in all Blood Angels.

Written by Darius Hinks. 

Narrated by Richard Reed.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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What an awesome adventure!

I loved this book. It presented the Angels in such an interesting light. As someone who didn’t know much about them aside from their affliction it was nice to get to know the chapter a bit more.

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Really good bit of 40k performance

Ramps up in a bit of convoluted manner, but the pay off is worth it. The narrator takes it to next level

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Very standard 40k story

Struggling to finish this one. Really standard story which is a same as Mephiston seems like a character who has the potential for depth.

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Chaotic

Always good to discover a little more of the 40K universe. The book is beautifully narrated and well worth listening to.

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  • Rooftop
  • 06-02-2020

Muddled and missleading.

I'ma regular black library reader, so take that into account as my perspective. The Characters: The characters here lack depth, regularly seem perplexed by their own setting, and are generally un-compelling. The POV character is unlikable. He is boring, unsympathetic, and lacks the impressive quality that is a staple of most space marines. He is comes across petulant and maybe stupid? In short: He's so bad, he doesn't even rank mentioning in the plot summary. Yikes. Speaking of characters: Mephiston. OH boy. Boy o, is this book miss-titled. For being the title character, Mephiston is a non-factor. He is written as overly aloof, in an attempt (I think?) to make him seem mysterious. Instead, his lack of speaking or reacting makes him seem shallow and unappealing. He juts in and out of the story, a bland deus ex machina propelling the story forward, because frankly the plot has no momentum of its own. Plot: The plot is muddled, and poorly paced. The first half of this book is in need of dire editing -- it is largely flavoring. Creating flavor great idea--- spending half the book on it with no story? Bad. Its exposition over exposition with characters saying what things are like, instead of...y'know having things actually happen. The first real story hooks feel like they being in chapter ...12? Really? Jeez. Writing: Bog standard Black library witting. Hinks got the warhammer writing manual. Violence is well written, with decent sentence structure. Nothing terrible in that vector, though a bit uninspired, I'd complain about the blood imagery becoming samey, but hey. its the blood angels so I can't complain. All in all workman, like writing. Maybe interesting if its your first 40k book, but comes across as mediocre to me at this point. Performance: Richard Reed is great, like most BL performers. Good range of voices, Nice pacing.

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  • Skegg
  • 11-04-2020

Dud

Just a waste of time for me. by the end of the story you just dont care.

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  • J. Scott
  • 24-02-2020

Sub Par

Very misleading, Mephiston is not the main character of his own self titled novel. He is a background character, he and the main POV character are soul linked and still next to nothing about Mephiston is gained. Some cringe worthy back story but very rarely do we get to see his thoughts, intentions, or motivations from this link. In trying to make him Batman he was unlikable and unrelatable. The Blood Angels are not written well in this novel, the rage is missing, the fangs are missing, not blood lust is gone. I'm not expecting flesh tearer levels, but at least something. The psychers are very underwhelming, they aren't doing the things that even normal human psychers can do like read other people's auras and do mind probes. There are specifics, but I don't want to spoil anything.

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  • Runswithknife
  • 29-02-2020

Disappointment

Its not about Mephiston and its not nearly as dynamic and grabbing as Dante's self titiled book or anything eles Blood Angels. You could just as easily remove Mephiston's name, drop in any other librarian, and would get the same result. Mephiston deserves better.

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  • Mike
  • 28-02-2020

Horrible

A story that is psychedelic and more about sorcerers. Less sci-fi and more ridiculous non sensical fantasy. Hard to follow and not a fan of the performance. I’m a huge fan of 40K and AOS, but hated this story more than any other. I thought latest Conquest stories weren’t very good, but this is way e we worse.

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  • Lewis Luna
  • 06-02-2020

Not my favorite on first reading

Didnt enjoy it as much. Will give it another shot...but...will see what happens. i guess

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  • Jared Barry
  • 25-09-2020

Maybe my expectations were too high going into this one...

About myself, I’ve played Games Workshop games for 15 years or so and really enjoy the 40k setting and lore. After starting to collect Blood Angels I though it would stoke the fire in me to learn more about the chapter and it’s epic heroes. This book just putters along with a mostly boring plot delivered from the perspective of cardboard grunts with very little depth Mephiston has a couple fun scenes but mostly this novel is a snoozer. I understand it’s a challenge to write space marines but GW did it much better in the early Horus Heresy novels. Voice actor was mostly good but occasionally would do these over the top crazy person voices that were quite jarring and seemed to cause the audio to be much louder each time he switched voice.

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  • Jermain Martinez
  • 24-03-2020

Mephiston is unreal

loved every minute of the story, I can not wait for the next book, purchase it, you won't regret it.

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  • mathew
  • 17-02-2020

not great

good 40k story but thought the story was a bit thin , seemed to drag a bit in the middle but not bad

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-2020

I need the next one.

I love anything with the blood angels in it and this was no different. I need the next book ASAP.

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  • Lertimo
  • 16-04-2020

You will like this book if you don't like books

Flick through the reviews for 'Mephiston Blood of Sanguinus' on Audible and Amazon and ignore the one line, 5 stars 'great book i recomend it' reviews and anything of the 'you will love it if you like blood angels' variety (an aside, but seriously, who likes or dislikes a book based solely on it's subject matter? It's like someone saying you will enjoy Moby Dick 'if you like whales'). Anyway, flick through the reviews with proper sentences and punctuation and you'll find the following, entirely reasonable criticisms of this Blood Angels romp repeated over and over again: 1) The characters are all dull with no interesting facets to their personalities or internal conflict, etc. 2) Mephiston himself is largely absent (Another digression, but why does Black LIbrary always do this? They constantly title books after subjects who then barely appear in them, and then in the dust-jacket blurb they fail to mention anything about the characters or the plot that actually do feature in the story. I suspect the 'heroic' characters from the tabletop game offer very few creative avenues for authors who know they can't kill them off or have anything really life changing happen to them). 3) Plot - is mostly absent. Just like Mephiston. 4) Full of blatant lore contradictions. Not the gentle retconning that always goes on the W40k universe, but big, annoying mistakes and deviations from basic facts of the lore that make it hard to stay with the story because you constantly want to scream 'but the Blood Angels don't worship the Emperor!!!!' 5) If you don't know who Mephiston is there's really no point to listening. There's no attempt made to explain who he is, it's just assumed we already know. Or care. 6) Writing. Lurches betweens extremes: Fails to explain anything about Mephiston or his purpose and background, then we get journeyman prose, full of expositionary dialogue and words that creative writing teachers constantly strike out of homework in red pen, saying 'No! Show, don't tell'. The usual, absurd hyperbole to describe space marine battles is present too (In one short scene alone, Mephiston 'was like raptor, silent and deadly', 'grasped his sword...as though he were a figure carved into a sarcophagus.' and 'He was like a terrible deity fallen from the heavens to mete out the Emperor's wrath'. Really - all three at once? And what do any of those images actually mean?) 7) Narrator Richard Reed does his best, bless him. 8) Ending - It seems a lot of people got to the end none the wiser about what had actually happened. I was one of them. The best W40k novels use the 'grimdark' universe to pose some interesting conundrums which in turn are a source of conflict, tragedy and heroism. Think of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn deciding whether to use chaos to defeat it, the Grey Knights having to destroy a planet in order to save it, Garviel Loken coming to terms with the betrayal of Horus. 'Mephiston' has none of this. It's just a non-book, devoid of ideas. So, 100% recomended "if u dont like books about ideas."

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  • William
  • 26-02-2020

still good but not the best

Narrator was incredible and I love Mephiston, the story was lacking to me compared to the other audiobooks - would still recommend and am looking forward to any more of this character

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-2020

narrator issues but overall good

Honestly don't understand why narrators don't check how to pronounce the names prior to recording, its just laziness, specially when its the main character of the book, other than that it was a good book, but the fact that mephiston's name is mis-pronounced every time really got on my nerves, that being said others may not mind.

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  • Bernadette Wise
  • 13-10-2020

In to the breach

Fantastic bring the lord of death to life . Very submissive and well played out . If you are a Blood Angeles fan you will love it .

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  • Connor Whiteley
  • 22-04-2020

Great

This is a great audiobook that is a great listen to anyone who is interested in the blood angels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-2020

It gets so good as it progresses

The first part of the story starts a little confusing if not dull....but then it escalates and escalates to the point of becoming just glorious. Very satisfying as my first audiobook.

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  • Robert Brown
  • 06-04-2020

Blood Angels

I was unsure of this book at first, but ended up loving it. I'm looking for my next blood angels read now

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  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 01-04-2020

About and ball

Have not managed to get past 4 chapters, far too much shouting and bawling which totally detracts from the storyline, feel that Richard Reed has great story telling qualities but too much amateur dramatics. Sorry Mr Reed.

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  • Juraj M.
  • 31-03-2020

mephiston mephiston mephiston

This is the first black lybrary book i didnt know what it was about once i finished it. The story was so generic i fell out of it in 10 minutes after every time i tryed to lysten to it. The narator is ok i think the Mephiston problem ppl have here is more the writing than the naration.

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  • Will
  • 12-03-2020

Great insight

Really enjoyed some insight behind Mephiston, and into the workings of librarians. The story was interesting but several plot points were obvious way before thier eventual culmination. Really worth a listen if you like psykers, blood angels or entities of the warp.