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Black Legion

Black Legion: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
Written by: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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Ezekyle Abaddon and his warlords strive to bind the newborn Black Legion together under threat of destruction. Now Khayon, as Abaddon's most-trusted assassin, is tasked with ending the threat of Thagus Daravek, the self-proclaimed Lord of Hosts - a rival to the Ezekyle's final fate.

Fighting the vile whispers of the Dark Gods within his mind, Abaddon turns a fevered gaze back to the Imperium, where his destiny awaits. Yet the Emperor's Champion and his Black Templars stand guard at the gates of Hell, and Sigismund has waited centuries to face Abaddon in battle.

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perfect story with such great characters.

great story worthy of your purchase. I the reader is very skilled and voiced the different characters perfectly.

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A satisfying (if a little disappointing sequel)

Talon of Horus was such a great introduction into the history of the Black Legion. it functioned as a perfect "getting the gang together" story that was filled with enough characters that balanced each other properly. Most importantly, it developed the character of Abbadon into a likeable anti-villain.
Black Legion continues the story and maintains the same great cast as the previous book (with some new additions). I have to admit however that this entry in the series takes on a bit too much for it's scope. Too many characters are introduced without proper development beyond an initial concept (see Moriana) while other great characters from the last book are reduced to one dimensional token appearances (Lheorvine rarely comes across as anything more than an angry "buddy" for Khayon to vent to).

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The story also hints at some seemingly important events but then never explores them. Dembski-Bowden spent two whole books building up Drachnyen as the key to Abbadon's conquest of the Imperium, but it never sees the light of day in this book. Similarly, Khayon repeatedly mentions his defeat of Magnus the Red throughout both books, but we also never see this happen.
One last critique involves the main villain, Daravek. I have a hunch that Dembski-Bowden created Daravek after writing Talon of Horus because he seems to materialize solely in Black Legion. Despite both books' memoir style is storytelling, Khayon never mentions one of his greatest foes in the first book, or the supposed duel they engaged in where Daravek stole part of Khayon's soul. It's a small issue, but it was enough to break my immersion in the story and ask "why have I never heard of this guy until now?".
Overall this is still a great book, the action is well paced, Khayon is as a great narrator as ever, it just falls short of it's predecessor.

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It's not Nightlords, still amazing worth your time

Aaron Dembski-Bowden's writing is amazing as usual, and John Keeble does all his characters justice.

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Outstanding in Every Aspect

This book is an absolute must read for 40k fans! It comes as a sequel to The Talon of Horus, also written by ADB. This series has got to be my favourite series in the Black Libraries massive collection. I am avidly awaiting the third installation!

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Very good performance and story, slow start

I enjoyed, it was slow start but the story built nicely afterwards. The voice performance was very good, with the narrator embodying several different characters voices and effects.

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Scifi warrior poetry!

Good paced and artfully crafted story with an amazing performance by the narrator! well worth the credit.

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Character Voices Changed

While the same narrator as the last book many characters had different voices, leading to many improvements and a few worse quality voices.

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Excellent Performance

Keeble delivers a performance here that really gives life to the lords of the Black Legion in a way that often aren't treated to. Coupled with Demski-Bowden's unique method of characterization, the whole thing feels very polite, almost patrician. Gone are the days of the mindless, drooling idiots at the head of the dread hosts; in Black Legion, we are shown the honourable, tempered, calculating masters of warfare doing what they do best. I can't recommend the book itself enough, and will actively seek out other audiobooks by Keeble in the future. #Audible1

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  • Adam Watson
  • 2019-01-28

Crafted and Performed Perfectly

As a narrator myself I keep a few role models. Jonathan Keeble is one of them. His invective, passion and instinctive grasp of the characters in this story - especially the protagonist Khayon - when coupled with Aaron's masterful storycrafting and insight into the characters and their very reasons to exist, will draw you in wholly and completely. I can't listen to anyone read this story aloud other than through Keeble's narration. To me, he *is* Iskandar Khayon, and that is the hallmark of an excellent performer.

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  • Rodney Grimes
  • 2017-09-30

Simply Awesome

All Warhammer fans will enjoy this story, fans of all series Hours Hersey 30k or 40k thus story truly rocks..

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 2019-08-16

So a great book but...

I loved this. Just as much if not more than book 1. So now. When is book 3 to come. Because a third book is neeeded..

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  • Emily Amos
  • 2019-02-05

2 for 2 in this series

Black Library does it again! Keeble's performance is off the charts! emphasizes the power behind the black legion while at the same time preserving the humanity of the legionnaires.

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  • Husni
  • 2019-10-04

Another Beautiful Narration by Jonathan Keeble

The story is excellent, but it's almost secondary to the narration. Keeble's performance is so good that I've gone back many times just to listen again to a masterfully performed bit. Example, Telemachon laughing after meeting Moriana is so well done, I've listened to just that part around 30times over the last 2 days. Where other narrators SAY, the character: "laughed", barked a laugh, wheezed, blurted, gulped, etc. Keeble actually performs it, which brings his narration to a whole different level.

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  • Stacey McGovern
  • 2019-02-17

Love it. Mostly...

The story, and the series are fantastic. My only issue is continuity. The change in pronunciation of "Ezekiel" from the first book is annoying to say the least.

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  • Mason
  • 2019-01-24

A Great Sequel

The main character and the acts he witnesses are compelling, a well portrayed flip-side to the "good" Imperium. I do hope he survives this series and returns later causing havoc for the forces of order.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-11-26

Another great book and read by this pair!

Fantastic story and read by the duo involved. Jonathan Keeble changed the pronunciation of a few of the names from book one, and I felt his voicing was slightly stronger in the previous book as well. Those things dont make this experience not worth the money!

both do a great job!!!

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  • Texas
  • 2017-10-04

Great book

Loved it. Can't wait for the next in the series. Audible needs more Black Library books.

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  • Tony
  • 2020-06-19

all is dust, we are returned

all is dust, we are returned, the long war has begun, the empire will fall