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Suspenseful, gross and satisfying

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-11

This was a fantastic surprise of an audiobook from the 40K universe. The setting, characters and plot are really well presented and developed, the scenes are often gross and thrilling and there's a lot of drama in this story. I would really recommend this for a break from the Space Marine/Imperium onslaught (which also have many good titles) to get down to the lowest levels of an Imperial world and experience it from a perspective of young Brielle and her struggles. It really keeps you engaged from beginning to end. On a grand scale, this is about Escher vs Goliath war but most of the focus is on Brielle and her individual adventures in the hive. Looking forward to other titles from Justin D Hill

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An improved continuation of Dark Imperium

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-27

This book was great, much better than Dark Imperium, in my opinion. The pace was faster, the story was more engaging and the characters were more interesting. It is a continuation of the Plague War, surely to be followed by a third book. There are some huge plot points here with possibly massive ramifications for the Imperium as a whole. Guilliman's character is further fleshed out in interesting ways, his faith - or, rather, the lack thereof - further tested. I'm really curious to see how the state of the Imperium after the Great Rift and Guilliman's return changes. Looking forward to the third book.

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Documentary on Guilliman and Ultramar

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-13

This is a good book but do not expect an engaging drama and quick-paced story. It is basically an insight into the current state of the Imperium (mainly Ultramar) post the Indomitus Crusade and Guilliman's place in it. The story is slow and there are multiple threads with different characters and places in each thread, not necessarily intertwining together but being part of the whole Ultramar theatre. I found the thread with Varans and his fellow soldiers on Iax quite pointless, I guess it was meant to show a human perspective and introduce Iax to the reader. The book touches on the dilemmas of Primaris Marines and their place in the chapters. We get a lot of information about Guilliman's character post his revivification, his feelings and opinions regarding the current state of the Imperium, the Emperor and his divinity and his plans for Ultramar and the Imperium. Particularly interesting are some of the interactions between Guilliman and other high-ranking Ultramarines officers (Calgar) and some lower-rank humans and how the new hierarchy affects them. The book is the beginning of what will likely be a trilogy about the Plague War in Ultramar and we meet some of the Nurgle characters, e.g. Mortarion and Ku'gath..