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Publisher's Summary

A Uriel Ventris novel.

Uriel Ventris returns! Newly ascended to the ranks of the Primaris Space Marines, Ventris leads the Ultramarines Fourth Company - the famed Swords of Calth - to war against the ancient necrons. Old enemies arise, as Ventris' past and present collide in brutal battle.

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One of Black Library's longest-running series continues - and the hero's been given a new lease of life as a Primaris Space Marine. Discover how Ventris adapts to his new life even as his past comes back to haunt him.

The story

Uriel Ventris, newly ascended to the ranks of the Primaris, leads warriors of the Fourth Company from the Indomitus Crusade of Roboute Guilliman to a world on the frontiers of Ultramar. Once a battleground against the orks, Sycorax is now under furious assault from an enemy of ancient times - the necrons. The Ultramarines have faced these baleful xenos before, but Uriel senses the hand of a foe from his past at work on Sycorax, a tally unfinished and a debt to the Imperium finally come due.

Trapped deep in a devastated city, Uriel leads the Swords of Calth into battle, and must adapt to his new incarnation as one of the Primaris - a challenge that will test his soul as much as it will test him as a warrior.

Written by Graham McNeill. Narrated by Bruce MacKinnon.

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

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Making Ultramarines cool

Uriel Ventris hands down one of the best characters in 40k and he makes the Ultramarines so much cooler

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  • snozek
  • 14-03-2021

solidly good book, just not outstanding

4th Company Ultramarines, Captain Uriel Ventris, definately NOT a Mary Sue.

The story reflects author Graham McNeill's eye for detail and sense for the grim darkness of the 41st millennium.

The story was genuine, natural and unforced. EVERYTHING McNeill writes is canon-worthy, a rare trait among authors.

This story dovetails perfectly with the roll-out of the Ventris model, even providing explanation for details on the model.

Why not a 5 star review? Pacing, some of the "why" of the story was a bit vague, too many characters to be properly developed, but those are fairly minor issues.

Overall, a solid fouble for Graham McNeill and a flawless narration.

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  • paul sparks
  • 01-03-2021

Worth reading

But I can’t recommend the narrator, there was some unpleasant comments made last year about Mark Elstobs narration of avenging son and in particular how he read Roboute, I personally enjoyed that book and have listen to this Nightbringer so had hoped the narrator would improve when reading ultramarines and their Primarch sadly it sounds like a bunch of petulant teenagers who have found a dictionary which really distracted from the story itself

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  • Reilan94
  • 29-04-2021

Fan of Ventris? Read it!

I've been waiting for another Ventris book and I am not disappointed! gripping and you feel for the characters. Well worth it!

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