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A Warhammer Horror novel.

Ashielle Matkosen, new Lord Governor of Ceocan, discovers a horrific secret in a vault beneath her father’s palace - a blasphemous living weapon. Forming an ancient pact with it may avenge her father’s death - but at the cost of her soul.

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Deals with daemons aren't exactly rare in the 41st millennium - but the nature of this one, and the terrors it inflicts, will shock and surprise you.

The story:

With the death of Ruprekt Matkosen, his daughter, Ashielle, is now the Lord Governor of Ceocan. Her father’s murderers still lurk in the shadows, threatening not only her rule but every mortal soul under her protection. Even her own people cannot be trusted - any one of them may be part of the poisonous plot to destroy her bloodline. 

Deep beneath the palace, locked away from all human contact, Ashielle finds a weapon unlike any other: a monster, more adept at hunting in the darkness than any assassin. Allying with such a horror is surely blasphemy, but with doom skulking around every corner, Ashielle is forced to revive an ancient pact with the beast. Yet she soon discovers that her family’s mortal enemies are not the only evil that hungers to consume her. 

Written by J C Stearns. Narrated by Katy Maw.

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

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first bad novel from warhammer horror

I agree with the other reviewer (Quentin). this felt nothing like a horror story, and worse; it came incredibly close to feeling like a poor man's retelling of two much better (and still very recent) BL novels; Rites of Passage and House of Night & Chain. all three books feature what honesty feels like a whopping 70% similarity in story beats. seriously. they are that similar.

surely someone at Black Library should have been able to identify this earlier in the process when the novels were being sketched? very disappointing.

as a bonus for anyone who read this far though: let me recommend the EXCELLENT hortor novel 'Castle of Blood' by C.L Werner. a newer addition to the BL team and wow can he write. that book kicks ass. this one, sadly. does not.

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A Fantastic Story of Corruption

While this story has been compared by others to another excellent book, House of Night and Chain, it presents an entirely different type of story. This isn't a ghost tale, it's a story of a woman's slow slide into corruption when faced with danger and intrigue, and even then the ending was a surprise that I found exciting and interesting. Highly recommend.

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  • David J Ray
  • 24-02-2020

A good political thriller but not a horror novel

Warhammer Horror has had hits and misses and this is a miss from a horror stand point. This is more a political thriller with some dark elder.

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  • Joshua
  • 14-09-2020

Politics not Horror

A boring political plot with a monster living in the basement. I was happy when it was over. It's not a bad story, but it's not very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2020

Came for the horror, stayed for the intrigue.

Requires more in-depth 40k awareness, but blends the grimdark and horror rather nicely. A surprisingly good first entry into Warhammer horror from part of the 40k universe that I didn't expect to see focused on so soon.

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  • jontelw98
  • 24-02-2020

A great narrator and a great first half

The book was pretty good overall but it was not even slightly scary and some things felt rushed like the character development in the second half and the ending

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  • Wesley B.
  • 16-02-2020

Great political drama

Much more of a political drama than I was expecting. A fantastic book regardless.

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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 14-02-2020

Slow for a good chunk of time.

I really enjoyed House of Night and Chain, so I tried this one, but unfortunately it didn't hold up. This is the first offering from Warhammer Horror that I didn't fully enjoy.

It bogged down in details that didn't matter and didn't add to the story. If you want a lot of political intrigue in a sci fi setting, then you will really like this book. I found myself losing interest in parts, which is unfortunate since I love the 40k setting.

After thinking about it for a bit, I'm not sure I'd call this a horror story. Pretty much all the elements in this book have been in other novels; there's plenty of ghastly places in 40k and HH. Also, the character didn't seem to go through too much soul searching when they did what they did. There was no anguish in their action more like, "oh well", and very little remorse.

The narrator was very good, so no issue there, just a dull story.

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  • Mr. A. J. Rawlins
  • 15-10-2020

An interesting story bogged down by tedious detail

There are moments in this audiobook that are gripping and creepy, where the tale feels like it's genuinely progressing and you're excited to find out what's going to happen. Then the story will suddenly switch to a wikipedia-esque description of the GDP of some far flung outpost of the Imperium, while the narrator, unable to cope with such tedious prose, starts to sound like a text to speech robot on suicide watch.

Crucially, the book has been poorly edited. It's not a long book anyway, but should clearly have been chopped in half. Instead, one gets the impression the editor has asked for padding to be inserted to bulk it out.

On top of that the voice over has been poorly directed. Yes, the prose is terrible in places, but the VO artist should never have been allowed to leave the booth after recording some of these lines. She's a good narrator, but all too often she slips into sounding like an automaton.

I'm astounded it has such a good overall rating on Audible, it's comfortably the worst GW audiobook I've heard.

Avoid.

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  • paul sparks
  • 27-01-2021

Xenos not horror

I realise that the entire WH40k universe is a horror but to describe this book as a horror tale when it is in fact a tale of xenos and the heretics that make pact with, well narrated but overlong in my option

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  • Ross
  • 08-10-2020

superb and exciting with a dash of horror

loved it, an brilliant insight in to how chaos can infect a world and the lengths some will go to maintain power. over all my favourite horror book so far.
Definitely worth a credit!

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  • Connor Whiteley
  • 12-09-2020

Brilliant

This is a great audiobook with great narrator, plot and characters. I highly recommend this!

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  • Mr. L. R. Wareham
  • 17-05-2020

Excellent deviation from the 40K norm

A strong narration and a story that is intriguingly different to the normal military or monster violence of most 40K books.

This is a look at what life can be like for the powerful in the Imperium when the Inquisition and Space Marines are absent.

The characters are interesting, the setting developed, and it fits into the 40K universe while having its own identity - the best praise I can give it is that if the 40K references were swapped out the book would still feel stand on its own. It also doesn't have to rely on pages of violence to carry it.

The horror is the weakest point, though I did listen to most of this while doing the summer gardening... I recommend the 40k anthology The Wicked and the Damned.

Good book and well worth the listen.

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  • Mr M.
  • 15-05-2020

Grim Politics in the 41st Millenium

An excellent piece of 'domestic 40k' focussed on the politics of a simple backwater world with a dark past. A clever story of intrigue and violence with a suitably grim ending.

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  • squintywitch
  • 28-02-2020

enjoyable!

A fun addition to the Warhammer Horror collection. Nicely performed, good villains, a few satisfying plot twists.

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