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Vaults of Terra Book 2  

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his acolyte Spinoza face new dangers as the Great Rift opens and a new, bloody age dawns. Can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

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Discover what happens when Chaos comes to the Throneworld itself for the first time in 10 millennia and agents of the Inquisition must deal with conspiracy even as monstrous daemons are clawing at the door....

The story... 

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl has discovered a terrible plot, its roots firmly planted in the very highest levels of Terra. Pursuing it is fraught with risk, but Crowl’s sense of duty compels him to persevere. 

He and his acolyte Spinoza run down their leads in secret, knowing that their every move invites danger, but even as they begin to reveal the truth, a greater peril is unfolding in the skies - the Great Rift is becoming manifest. During the madness that threatens to tear Terra asunder, Crowl’s Inquisitorial base of operations comes under attack and is badly ravaged. As his world begins to unravel and a new, bloody age dawns, can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

Written by Chris Wraight. Total running time 9 hours and 47 minutes. Narrated by John Banks.

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

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  • Eric Brooks
  • 08-09-2019

Interesting But Specific Lore, Great Narration

It was a little hard to follow and I often found myself rewinding a number of times just to follow where or what I missed. Really interesting insight into Terran lore but overall murky story.

I like the narrator and I noticed he's the only narrator for Games Workshop that doesn't occasionally drop his voice so low I can't understand him.

My favorite characters weren't actually in the main cast, mostly because they weren't exactly cohesive.

An overall good story for the lore and depictions of secrets and little-told depictions of things on Terra. Though you might have to rewind a few times just to understand what the last 3 minutes of explanation we're about

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  • Justin M
  • 03-04-2020

Neeed more Crowl

Need more Crowl and Ciaphus Cain while we're at it. Ciaphus Cain first but these where pretty great as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2019

Awesome Book!

All the Vaults of Terra books are good. They all give you a deeper look into the 40k universe. Very good book I highly recommended it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2020

Feels like middle of trilogy

Best way to describe it is that it feels like the middle of a trilogy. Good action, moves the plot but no real denouement. Still very much worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-2021

Brilliant read - detective, action thriller. can’t wait for book 3

The book is a wonderfull continuation of The carrion throne. It revolves around the theory that the Throne is failling. High action, detective-thriller that has impact on the big storyline (Emperor, high council of Terra, dark eldar…)I have read over 50 wh40k novels and Chris Wright is my favorite authors. He dosen’t include fodder in his novels as other authors do. He does not try to sell the minis thru random characters with no emotional atachment. Oh look at this awesame titan that is irelavant to the story but is awesame and you have to buy it.
The story gives great insight to the social and political structure of Terra in 40k. Things look overbirocratical and at the same time chaotic. The paradox of life on Terra. Cruel, violent and on the verge of collapse. The characters are deep and multilayerd. I love it. The story flows woderfull and you find yourself wanting for more.
There is some wierd consensus in the wh40k community of deodorant-free neckbeards that Chris Wright is no good. Do not be fooled by that. He is a writer that knows how to make characters interesting and how a person in wh40k universe would live - his drive, way of thinking, religious craving… he understands that in 40k universe almost everything is possible. His books are the only ones in wh40k that I reread.

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  • J. Fletcher
  • 05-06-2021

Hated it

Overly descriptive, no real story. I couldn't relate to any of the characters or get a sense of humanity out them. They were all just stereotypes or background types. The previous book was pretty good, but this was just a boring slog.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2020

World Building at its finest

I loved this book. I love this series. The story is good and the characters are interesting, but the true strength of this series lies in the depth it adds to the 40k universe, particularly Terran lore. I get it that a whole chapter dedicated to the importanance and logistics of animal skin might seem tedious to some, but it's stuff like that which makes this series so good. you just learn so much about parts of the Imperium you never thought you had interest in.

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  • Nicholas Jones
  • 17-09-2020

Awesome book

Great book and amazing story telling. Looking forward to the next one because I'm so attracted to these characters.

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  • Piotr Szymaszek
  • 19-02-2020

A stepping stone in a bigger story

In my opinion this books is just a stepping stone, because there is no big reveal as in the previous one and the story got moved only partially, ending on a promise of another book. While Terra is being assaulted by 13th Crusade forces, the main character conducts his own investigation which does indeed shed light on some cool things, but feels disjointed from the events going on in the broader Imperium.

I cannot say that I did not enjoy it, because it is well written, but my feelings are a bit mixed.

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  • TJ
  • 19-11-2019

Hollow Indeed

Hollow Mountain feels like scrapped bits from the first book were stretched out and stuffed with filler to make a sequel. The filler is the best part, as the story hardly exists. Chris Wraight has done far better. John Banks shines as always.

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  • Mr. Patrick Devine
  • 02-08-2019

Good sequel to a great first book

Thoroughly enjoyable story and great performance. A good sequel although slightly preferred book one in the series. John Banks is - as always - an excellent narrator, and Chris Wraight has fast become one of my favourite Black Library authors. Would highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-2019

great insight to life on Terra in 40K universe

Great story looking at events kn Terra immediately before the 'cicatrix maledictum' and fall of Cadia - basically the biggest change in the 40K universe since the Horus Heresy. Not essential to understanding the lore but an interesting tale and cast of characters.

Usual outstanding voice performance from Black Library.

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  • I S.
  • 20-11-2020

bit dull and slow

storyline weak..not much happens and ending under played..not impressed..basically cadia falls and astronomica people go mad..Great..

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  • 451
  • 03-09-2019

Average follow-up that's unsure of what it is

The story is very slight, even apart from the events of the previous two (excellent) novels. A lot of hours are spent detailing a fairly dull investigation to the point that it felt almost like reading Battlefield Earth at points. When things finally occur there's enough for a short story rather than a feature-length novel. No memorable action, no character growth or substantial conclusion to the story arc. Worth buying for £2.99, save your credit for Dark Imperium or Kurze if you need a good listen.

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  • jeroen Suys
  • 16-09-2021

no closure

The book follows up nicely on the previous one. The story is gripping but there seems to be no closure. I understand cliffhangers but nothing seems to be resolved in this book. And as if yet (September 2021) there is no sequel out to get the answers. Short: good but left me wanting.

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  • Samuel Burton
  • 26-04-2021

It's alright

I enjoyed the story in parts but it felt like a lot of nothing for a long time. It took a while to get going and even when things happened there was too much mystery to the point that moments lost their punch as you didn't know what was happening.

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  • Mr Stephen Jackson
  • 05-04-2021

Slow to start

Slow to start but tempo increases as you go through the book. performance was good but I did lose interest in story a few times. Solid book but not the best from black library.

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  • W. ASH
  • 29-03-2021

A worthy sequel

An excellent story supplemented by John Banks' continuing masterful narration.

Crowl, Spinoza, Reevus and Kazad are fleshed out further in a satisfying manner that sees them develop their interplay as agents of the inquisition without the plot suffering as a result.

Moments of genuine tension and dread abound with twists and turns that still surprise despite the Great Rift having been a major milestone in the time line for some years now.

Cannot wait for the next installation!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-2021

The best Inquisition series GW have ever made

Compared to the Vaults of Terra books Eisenhorn is trash these are some of the best books GW have put out in a long time.

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  • michael sykes
  • 24-02-2021

Superb sequel

Great follow on, builds on the previous story brilliantly can’t wait for the next one!

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