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Book two in the Bequin series

Alizebeth Bequin's world has been turned upside-down. Now she must choose who she will follow as Inquisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor battle to discover the secrets at the heart of Queen Mab.

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The latest chapter in Dan Abnett's Inquisition saga is here, and it's packed with shocking twists and stunning revelations that will change the way you look at the Warhammer 40,000 universe forever.

The story

In the mysterious city of Queen Mab, the forces of light and darkness are locked in a murderous struggle for truth. The dedicated agents of the Holy Inquisition battle with their shadowy counterparts, the infamous Cognitae, to discover the encrypted identity of the enigmatic, all-powerful King in Yellow. Caught at the heart of this struggle is the pariah Alizebeth Bequin. Will she stand with the Inquisition or with the Cognitae that raised her? And if she chooses the Inquisition, will it be the wise but ruthless Ravenor or his rival, the denounced heretic Eisenhorn? Bequin must withstand an onslaught of angels, daemons, and even the monstrous warriors of the Traitor Legions, to unpick the greatest riddle of her life. 

The beloved characters of Eisenhorn and Ravenor return, as implaccable adversaries in a novel of esoteric mystery, macabre intrigue, and vivid action, where the revelation of true identity could mean death...or might shake the Imperium to its very foundations.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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what

what tha fuuuuuuuuu
those last 2 words.
I was hooked from start to finish but I NEED the next one

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omg that ending though

whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttt I'm speechless that was awesome from start to finish and omg I can't I need the next one now

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ohhhh shiiiii

Wow. amazing narration. amazing plot lines. this entire arc has blown me away. starting all the way from Xenos, to ravenor and now this. amazing. been an amazing journey so far. can't wait to read more.

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another amazing Dan Arnett title

Another wonderfully wrought piece of literature with very detailed character progression and development and some excellent twists and turns

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Noone else has trouble finishing this?

I don't have the words to truely explain the disappointment I have from this series. If I didn't know this was a Dan Abnett book I couldn't tell from the style or story. Everything just seems so off with it. The pace is so slow, the story just drags itself along. The partaginist is so annoying , made even worst by the first person writing style. She is training to be an inquisitor, or so she thinks ,finds out it's all a lie but just goes along with every other character she meets along the way like some chump. Eisenhorne and Ravenor had such depth, style, charm , intelligence and all of that is missing here. Here we are forced to view the world through the eyes of a bland simpleton. what the f were you think Dan. What a tragedy, I'm mourning this series.

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Non Stop Action-Drama

I've never read a book that name dropped so much, the sheer volume of content for the 40k fandom is insane.
Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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Quite honestly the best 40k title I've ever read

All the different uses of foreshadowing, hooks and twists as well as culminations of stories and characters from years of intertwined novels has honestly made this one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I've ever read. Dan Abnett really deserves praise for this work.

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  • Joe
  • 17-04-2021

Maybe I'm jaded by the grim.dark future?

Like its predecessor, this book suffers from the need of the reader to be well steeped in the 40k lore, and in the Ravenor and Eisenhorn trillogies respectively.

Unlike it's predecessor, Penitant runs like a more traditional Dan Abnett mystery. The central character has a lotore agency and her actions drive the point forward, rather than her just the plot happening to her as in the previous book. In that respect, it's a far more interesting read.

However, the pacing wanes at times (the catacombs sequence in particular felt forced) and there are a few convenient leaps of insight and props that have been dropped in just to hurry up the story. No spoilers, but you'll spot them.

I'm being harsh in this review, but that's because I except nothing but the very best from Dan Abnett and his work for the Black Library. While not his best work, I will state it's a very fine read and better than 90% of the books consume.

If you are a fan of 40k and Eisenhorn, you'll relish this read. And the final reveal. Ooooh boy. I did not see that coming. So good!!!




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Recommend

excellent story and delivery by the narrator. And that ending, I was in my car and went 'whoooaaaa!!!'

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Eisenhorn, Ravenor and now Penitent

This series is as good as both the Eisenhorn and Ravenor series. It provided a perfect balance of things from those two books and some things brand new that fit perfectly into the world.
And the narrator was casted so perfect theres no way I could listen to another narrate any following sequels.. comfortably.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-2021

Shocker

Suspense , history ,future. what a great way to expand Warhammer and it's Lore. Have over 150 Warhammer books in my library. has to be in my top 5

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  • Sean Patrick Tracey
  • 08-03-2021

No spoiler heresy

I've played Warhammer for close to 25 years. I've read most of the books, played all the editions, and love most of it. Eisenhorn and the surrounding stories are the best written Black Library has to offer, and holy $&#e what a cliffhanger Dan!

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  • Jonathan Cloke
  • 07-03-2021

Oh my god

The revelation at the end of this book broke my mind and now I have to wait for the third book.

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  • Trond
  • 18-04-2021

WHAT

THE HELL, did not expect that
Ending, great read cant wait for more
Should have had 2 narrators

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  • Deacon Binder
  • 08-05-2021

worth it

it is so delightful to hear Helen performing. more of her please.

of course Abenett writes some of the best stories! M. Knight Shyamalan could learn a thing or three.

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  • Peter Örhalmi
  • 05-05-2021

Great story

Loved it! Great story and great performance. Exiting and I'm looking forward to the next volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2021

the plot thickens

This is a herald of big things to come in the Warhammer 40k universe. Enough said, enjoy the listening.

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  • Homebody
  • 02-05-2021

Blown Away!

Loved it. Start to finish. Best 40K I’ve ever read (Listened to). Helen Keeley’s narration kicks soooooo much A$$. Dan Abnett has outdone himself. Now, the long wait.

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  • Emu
  • 26-04-2021

Oh. My. Emperor!

It's been a long time since i have been this far out on the edge of my chair for a 40k novel.

I really hope this is a glimpse of things to come for the future of the entire franchise.

The only downside is the narrator unfortunately makes many of the male voices seem monotone and similar to my ears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2021

Abnett does it again!

Perhaps not in the level of The Magos, but damn near. This is a must If you even slightly enjoyed any of the Eisenhorn series!

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  • paul sparks
  • 08-03-2021

The king in Yellow!

Or is it Gold!! I listened to pariah and this back to back and my only disappointment is having to wait for Pandaemonium to be released, outstanding book and superb narration

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  • Tom Winton
  • 04-03-2021

Best 40k book in yonks

It's got a good story, good characters, some good Grimdank. Dan spent less time describing the tightness of body gloves than he did in Eisenhorn and Ravenor which was nice. Thanks Dan!

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  • Huw Davies-Walters
  • 02-04-2021

A Masterpiece

I stepped into the Bequin series with slight trepidation, not having heard Helen's (the narrator’s) work before and was almost instantly captivated by her performance. Never before have I looked at my audiable browser willing that clock to turn back and there be more story to come.

Penitent, is a seminal work for D.A.. He perfectly courts the 40K tropes, while simultaneously building upon his previous works breathing life into this world. He balances his work between the strength of bolter and blade, before he masterfully allows the true horror of the universe to creep in.

The author stamps his mark on this world, as the setting subtly becomes Victorian London. Accompanying this shift come some charming parallels, be it (spoilers) a caricature of Aleister Crowely, or a Ravengaurd fighting in a “murderous” way. You feel like the author is there, giving you the subtle wink as each of these quirks appear.

My only wish, is that we don’t have to wait so long for the next instalment. However, if it’s this good, it is most definitely worth the wait.

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  • stephen price
  • 13-03-2021

wow!!!

did not see that coming. dan abnett at his finest. cant wait for the third book

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  • barry crawley
  • 04-04-2021

Another great story by Dan abnett

Loved it just hope the next book is out soon thoroughly enjoyed this lots of twists and turns

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  • killi
  • 14-03-2021

amazing story

loved it, Dan at his very best. More twists and turns than spaghetti. The ending had me shocked. can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2021

Speechless

This is a must read, the twist, the turns, the writing, it's a master piece of writing.

I recommend it

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  • J. T. Harvey
  • 13-04-2021

amazing

Another amazing book from Abnett. The story has so many layers it's so rich. Well read as well.

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  • andrew england
  • 12-04-2021

awesome

amazing as always mr abnett
had goosebumps at the end, what a storyteller. can't wait for the next one

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  • G B Forrest
  • 11-04-2021

amazing!!

absolutely amazing yet again by Abnett, this story pushes the lore forward and has some draw dropping revelations, highly recommend and cant wait for book 3 !!!

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