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A Deadly Wit (Heirs of the Laughing God)

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Gav Thorpe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Monster king, monster king, where are you?
Your house is burning down.
Monster king, monster king, won't you play?
The Red Swan wants your crown.

The charismatic Great Harlequin, Duruthiel, leads his troupe on a daring raid of an ork settlement. Urging them forth with bold eccentricity, the Red Swan proclaims fate as the guiding hand for the Masque of the Fading Dawn. But as Skyweaver jetbikes invade the night skies, his attempts to overthrow the great warlord become increasingly reckless. It soon becomes apparent that this is more than just another performance for Duruthiel but a battle for honour and freedom.

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Hilariously Awesome

I loved this audio drama from start to finish. It gives the audience a much needed peek into their existence. I only hope that more pieces come from Black Library that are about this wonderful faction.

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Very Engaging!

Loved it start to finish, only wish it was longer as the cast was very enjoyable in their performances. Gav Thorpe writes for Eldar lore like no other.

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  • Robert
  • 2020-03-16

Just Meh

Typical audio drama shuriken porn. If you're looking for insight into the Harlequin, save your credit and seek revelation elsewhere. Character interactions were just meh.

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  • Alexander
  • 2020-05-25

Very Entertaining

This is a great listen, the dialogue is particularly good with comedy sprinkled in. I loved listening to the way the Harlequin’s talked, in true Shakespearean fashion. Literally the famous line “What light from yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!” Becomes “What light from yonder gateway breaks? It is the void, and the King is my sun!” 5/5

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  • Tazirai
  • 2020-03-02

Fun listen.

Very fun to listen to. it should have maybe been an hour and a half instead of an hour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-31

Fun Short Story

It’s a fun story that is different from typical space marine banter. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys the world of 40k.

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  • Harald Björnwid
  • 2019-07-31

A fully emerging tale of the Harlequins.

Just more than an hour and this short story made me fall in love with the Harlequins, their attitude, how they make battle a stage, and the fight is their performance. Love it to bits.

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  • John
  • 2019-05-20

Good Story

The actors and the story are great, but background music/effects at times makes listening to the story difficult.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-20

Murder Clowns!

Good story and even better voice acting!

Plot is simple but well written characters and the fact that all is very much according to 40k fluff makes up for it.

Must listen for all Eldar/Harlequin fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-29

Good Radio Drama

Excellent selection of voice actors, good sound effects, solid use of instruments, a quick and well-handled plot about Eldar Harlequins. A very high production value for 1 hour of audio, worth listening to.

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  • A. D. Dupaix
  • 2018-04-04

a most amusing story

I obtained this story on a whim, as I felt I needed a new story. but mine ears were delighted to hear this story, short as it was, of action. the story played humorous as I listened for the short hour it played, and put a smile on my face I was loathe to put down. sadly, though, the story ended, leaving me wanting to hear more of the Red Swan and his tragedy.

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  • Tom DuBois
  • 2018-03-07

Worthwhile Listen for any Warhammer Fan

This is the first Black Library entry to feature the enigmatic Eldar Harlequins as main characters, and it's hard to imagine a better introduction. It's a fascinating and fast paced look into an intriguing faction. I found myself drawn in, especially by the unique banter between the main characters, and wanting to learn more. Overall a well-acted, high quality production full of action, dynamic characters, with interesting and amusing dialogue. I hope BL continues this series, because I'll be sure to pick them up as soon as possible.