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In the hellish sprawl of Imperial Terra, Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl serves as a stalwart and vigilant protector, for even the Throneworld is not immune to the predations of its enemies. In the course of his Emperor-sworn duty, Crowl becomes embroiled in a dark conspiracy, one that leads all the way to the halls of the Imperial Palace.

As he plunges deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the many palace districts, his investigation attracts the attention of hidden forces, and soon he and his acolyte Spinoza are being hunted - by heretics, xenos, servants of the Dark Powers, or perhaps even rival elements of the Inquisition itself. Soon they discover a terrible truth, one that if allowed to get out could undermine the very fabric of the Imperium itself.

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

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adequate

if it were not for the excellent narration many of these books would be poor fair. I read them looking for the odd nugget of information I find of interest relating to the 40K universe.
an interesting plot.

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Brilliant, just brilliant

Absolutely brilliant audiobook, gives us new insight into not only the inquisition, but also the Adeptus custodes and what life is really like oh holy terra. Not only this, but it does it in such a well made fashion, was engaged the whole way through!

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  • DB
  • 17-02-2019

Mediocre story, confusing narration

The story overall was okay. I’ve become accustomed to the likes of ADB and Abnett, and this story did not meet their mark. The characters are shallow and flat throughout most of the story, and are prone to cheesy bouts of anger that belong more in a child’s tale. That being said, the last quarter of the story added some intrigue and depth to the characters. It wasn’t enough to warrant four stars, but the last quarter saved this book from a worse rating.

The narrator is okay, but I had a really hard time telling the difference between Cowle and Spinoza. Their voices sounded very similar to me, and were also too close to the voice of the overall narration. It made it hard to tell who was saying what, as well as confusing me as to whether the words were being spoken by a character or part of the narration.

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  • Douglas B Vandall
  • 21-03-2018

Worst 40K novel listened/read of the 200+I've read

What would have made The Carrion Throne: Warhammer 40,000 better?

Research the material. This book should not made it past the editor's desk. So many flaws in the story that I could not finish the book.Just a few of the many major problems with this book
1. No imperial fist Chaplain would give up his Crozius Arcanum. It would be almost as tall as a standard human and almost to heavy to even lift much less use in a fight

.2. In one chapter the character is said to have swung it as hard as the Chaplain that gave it to her

.3.The inquisitor makes an all out attack with 2 or 3 gunships against an Arbites(40k police) headquarters because they had the audacity to arrest one of his agents. When all he had to do was walk in the front door and show his Inquisitorial Rosette and got what ever he needed. It would be like the FBI attacking a police station with Apache helicopters and SEAL teams when all it would take is a phone call to get a person released.

4. The inquisitor has 2 Stormbirds in his hanger. Really they are over 10,000 years old and are so rare they are almost worshiped by any space marine chapter that has one.

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5. The 10,000 Adeptus Custodes have spent 10,000 years testing the defenses of the Imperial throne Room. This is pretty much all they do. They literally each have to attempt to breach the defenses from the outside sometimes spending decades on the attempt. THE INQUISITOR IN THIS STORY FIGURES OUT A WAY IN THEY HAVE MISSED IN JUST A FEW HOURS.

These are just a few of the things that made my ears bleed as I listened.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Wraight again?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was fine. Not much he could do with a awful story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Angry that I wasted a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2017

Great listen for the ride home from work

I started listing to audible books for the ride home in LA traffic. I have always read 40k books and decided to start out with this book as my first foray into audible books. I was very impressed with the detail that described Terra and the story itself had me sitting in my car parked outside the house saying just 1 more minute, till the wife texted me saying to get my butt inside. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and recommend it to those who love 40k books

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  • The Kindly One
  • 06-10-2017

Oh... Wow. Where to start.

This book started well... But quickly took a deep plunge into the warp without the gellar field right away. Interrogator Spinoza was given a Crozius Arcanum by the imperial fist Chaplain she had served with because she is so good at fighting.

If you know warhammer, thats like an inquisitor lord just handing over his Rosette to some random guardsman. It is very literally the symbol of his station as a symbol of prayer for the space marines that follow him, and a weapon he takes into holy battle. That is the pope handing over his Papal ferula to some random guy on the street. It reeks of mary sue-dom and bad writing to make his character look all the more awesome.

Eisenhorn was given a hand crafted masterwork bolt pistol by the deathwatch in recognition of his deeds in uncovering a major heretic plot, destroying an infamous tome of chaotic lore, killing a chaos marine in single combat, and intelligence in suggesting a means of training imperial guard to operate in a pocket realm of alien geometry. That was an amazing moment.

This is trite, forced, hackneyed, and just bad. have it be a power maul, or sword, or whatever. Not one of the most important things a Chaplain wields. For some more perspective, a spent bolt shell fired from a space marine is a Holy Relic. Not like, "i saw jesus in the burn pattern of my toast", but "This is one of the nails used to crucify Peter" There are shrine worlds that their main draw is that they have a single bone from a space marine. And with that people will undergo pilgrimages that will only be finished by their great great great great great grandchildren.

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  • Richard
  • 29-09-2020

Who let them publish this?

Having cut my teeth on Tanith and Eisenhorn, this is the worst warhammer book I have ever read. I think someone pointed this out already but a space marine chaplain giving away his BADGE OF OFFICE TO A LITTLE GIRL is just negligent.

Buy this book if you like cannon armor, overacting, and ludicrous context.

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  • Kathy F.
  • 13-03-2020

I'm sorry, what?

An Imperial Fist chaplain gifted his CROZIUS ARCANUM to an Inquisitor? Hahaha! No. I'm sorry, but No. A Crozius is a mace or staff used by Adeptus Astartes Chaplains AND IS THEIR BADGE OF OFFICE. This one line breaks the whole book, the writer either doesn't understand 40k or is Mary Sueing unbelievably hard.

John Banks delivers his usual fantastic performance but Chris Wraight makes 40k fans cringe with this one.

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  • Conar
  • 04-09-2019

i like about half of this book

Narration was great, the inquisitor was interesting, but anything to do with the interrigator seemed ham fisted and mary-sue-like. She, as a base-line human, can swing a crozius as hard as the imperial fist chaplain who gave it to her. And yes, apparently an IMPERIAL FIST CHAPLAIN gave her his crozius because she impressed him with how good she fights. Its total nonsense and if all the stuff involving her were removed and replaced with a character that was interesting and wasnt so obviously a mary sue, i would actually love this book.

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  • Brett Casey
  • 15-07-2018

great performance

the performance is great but the storyline is weak, i had a difficult time paying attention to this story.

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  • William Cody Laeder
  • 05-02-2019

Kind of sucks

Okay the performance is really cool. The book really doesn't "go" anywhere until the last hour. It is mostly about a new inquistor coming to Terra who isn't too sure about stuff. There is an interesting story about The Machine Cult trying to smuggle dark eldar to fix the golden throne, but that goes tits up. So the story is mostly about tracking down 1 dark eldar. Honestly kind of shit.

"The Emperor's Legion" gives you a lot more details about the Custodians. Eisenhorn novels are way more interesting. I'd be able to forgive all of this if there was some continuity with other books, but there is not. Well sure 1 of the custodians shares a name with a minor character in "The Emperor's Legion"

This is seriously the only Black Library i've downloaded so far that I've really regretted. It is bad.

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  • gc
  • 24-11-2017

Good overview of life on Terra

Good listen but not as gripping as The Emperor's Legion. I like these new books exploring life on Terra and additional time spent with the Inquisition.

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  • Kezwick
  • 27-10-2018

A Book That Brings Terra To Terrible. Life.

The Carrion Throne is one of the best audio books I have ever listened too. It brings Terra to terrible life, the futility and awful daily misery of a citizen's fear and terror of there short painful existence. While the inquisition face near insurmountable odds in the daily smog filled world where all may be against them, including there own kind.
There is so much in this book that one listen is not enough, you just miss things....you just do and for the warhammer 40k fanatic and role player there is so much background info on holy terra you will be taking notes all the way through.
This book has something for everyone and more besides.
So sit back and enjoy for I heartily recommend it and then some. Ave Emporatis .🙏
Regards Kez 👐

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2019

...Listen with utmost care

To cut it short; The Carrion Throne is a masterpiece.



I kind of got this title by random but it became one of the best Warhammer books out there! In truth however, there are good arguments against reading this novel; it is almost unbearably depressing! Even as horrible as the universe is, the book manages to paint it with even a darker shade, masterfully demonstrating what a hellish hole Earth is. It is an utterly depressing book, with that strange dark glowing allure that the whole WH40k has. Truly, for a selected audience, who will enjoy it in some strange way. Lore wise it also allows amazing glimpses into the more mysterious aspects. Wraight is also able to write with such elegant and honed verses that they truly honor the locations visited, which are the heart of the whole universe.



Johns Banks as a narrator is a powerhouse, more or less on par with Toby Longworth. In particular, he is masterful in dialogue, in truth I would have to say unmatched.



This book rekindled a new standard for Warhammer 40k books which unfortunately veer towards juvenile at regular interval. This is how a Warhammer novel should be done and basically any dark scifi novel at that. Listen with utmost care, readers and Games Workshop / Black Library alike.



Edit: After consideration, I must elevate this book to be the best Warhammer 40k book there is in my opinion

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  • James P.
  • 17-12-2017

great

Love the Inquisiton books and this was a really good one.

Some surprises and twists I didn't see coming combined with great voice acting and memorable characters made it extremely enjoyable.

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  • Pat
  • 30-10-2017

Ceremite flying picket.

The dude on the cover looks like an up armoured Arthur Scargil, thats a good enough reason for me to read this book.

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  • giles
  • 14-12-2017

a fine inheritor to Eisenhorn!

good plot and characters giving a rare glimpse to the very heart of the imperium and 40k setting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2018

My first 40k book

For anyone looking for a 40k novel on the inquisition, this is the one for you. I found myself listening to this for hours on end, hooked for more. Never failing to keep my entertained and depicting the cruel 40k universe to a T.

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  • Sarah
  • 27-02-2021

if you like 40k it's not a great first novel but

A well written story is something that is increasingly rare in media I find.

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  • James
  • 16-02-2021

perfectly captures 40k

Its grim. It's dark. It's exactly what you expect to see from the 40k universe after you take out pitched battles and space marines. Set on holy Terra this book does a great job of visualising the reality of the grim dark 40k universe. numerous plot twists with a great story and even better narration I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in gothic sci-fi 10/10 from me.

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  • M. L. Higgins
  • 12-10-2017

excellent, I highly recommend.

such a vast and immersive universe, I don't understand why it has never made it main stream.

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  • doug nicol
  • 07-10-2021

a different kind of inquisitor

Chris did a great job. spinoza is pretty bad ass and crowl is a different kind of inquistor

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