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Book one in the Bequin series.

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It's an intriguing and evocative story that shows characters you know and love through new (yet strangely familiar) eyes, forging a stunning mystery that will leave you astonished.

The story:

In the city of Queen Mab, nothing is quite as it seems. Pariah, spy and Inquisitorial agent Alizebeth Bequin is all of these things and yet none of them. An enigma, even to herself, she is caught between Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, former allies now enemies who are playing a shadow game against a mysterious and deadly foe. Coveted by the archenemy, pursued by the Inquisition, Bequin becomes embroiled in a dark plot of which she knows not her role or purpose. Helped by a disparate group of allies, she must unravel the secrets of her life and past if she is to survive a coming battle in which the line between friends and foes is fatally blurred.

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Some of the best

I was on the fence at first glance, but this book and the sequel are frigg'n great.

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The Epic Journey Continues...

If you've read Eisenhorn and Ravenor you can't help but get excited as you meet friends and enemies old and new. Dan Abnett gets you invested again in what is sure to be an epic trilogy.

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Solid, fun, interesting, ready for more.

It's a bit slow at first, at least relative to other Warhammer 40K books Dan Abnett has written, but it picks up and becomes pretty intriguing. Seeing Eisenhorn and Ravenor as side characters was an interesting dynamic to witness. Seeing the continuation of their stories is worth it alone, even if they're just side characters here. The mystery of the main characters identity was compelling.
Can't say much without spoiling a lot but there is some great 40K action and intrigue to be had. The narrator is fantastic, I hope she reads more Black Library books.
You would probably get the most out of this by having checked out the previous Eisenhorn and Ravenor books first. You maybe don't totally have to, this could conceivably stand on it's own, but it would add to the experience I think.
I would not start your Warhammer 40K journey here. If you've never read anything in this universe before I think you'd be quite lost starting here. It's not a good intro, but if you know what's going on it's a good one to check out.

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Great performance.

Helen Keely is amazing as the narrator. This book was super enjoyable and the time just flew buy. Knock it down a star as it felt very narrow in scope but lots of build up and suspense.

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Best war hammer to date

It kept well engaged throughout the entirety. Most likely, in equal part, to both the story and the narrator. Superb work. I definitely want more

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awesome battles, story as complicated as chaos...

another nicely written book and excellent narration. it's pretty exciting and suspenseful, lots of characters to like and hate. I wouldn't recommend listening to it unless you have good familiarity with previous eisenhorn and Ravenour books. there's little too much double crossing of double crossing and convoluted stories meeting even more convoluted plans. however that's the Inquisition for you.... definitely worth a listen but you may start to get tired of ever more complicated chaos plots and the lack of any completion.

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Awesome book.

Dan Abnett writes the grim dark future of warhammer 40k in way manner that makes me put everything away and just sit and listen to the audiobook. This was great from
Start to finish. I love all of his inquisitor books. Pariah was refreshing after a few other more stale newer 40K novels I’ve suffered through lately. I can’t say enough good things. If Dan wrote it, buy it.

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  • helloHarrow
  • 2021-03-04

Whistle like kettles, wheeeee!

Overall? The book gets logarithmically better in general, and it's a genuine treat for long time fans of the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. Abnett's artful ability to craft the silhouette of a character and lay trails of bread crumbs, all from the point of view of a competent but inexperienced new female pov protagonist, is not only entirely believable but positively delicious by the end of the novel.

Performance? Helen Keeley had me rolling on the floor at some moments, had me stifling exclamations of pure joy and awe at hours of the night when I should've been sleeping, and in between those moments gave a solid performance of the text.

Story? Not a chance in hell I'll spoil any of it, but if you can march through the first half of the book you will be mightily rewarded in the second half. Abnett's ability to chew scenery is second to none, his ability to foreshadow has only deepened over the years, and he remains unrivaled in his ability to weave irl history into Warhammer 40k in the most believable and subtle ways.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-20

Abnett, you sick son of a....

This book.... This book put me through so much grief! Dan Abnett seriously ups his already formidable game on this one. The book is beautifully written but absolutely make sure you are COMPLETELY caught up with all seven previous books. If not then this book will have nowhere near the impact that is intended. His use of first person perspective is perfect, but I have to say he is almost cruel in his approach. Since we the audience knows more than the character it leads to moments of absurd stress, excitement, and insight. There was more than a couple moments where I was literally screaming at the main character or just screaming my rage. I cannot recommend this book enough to fans of the series.

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  • John
  • 2021-03-10

Great performance, listen to first 6 books before!

To get the most out of this one, you should listen to the Eisenhorn Trilogy, the Ravenor Trilogy, and perhaps The Magos.

The voice acting in this one is superb, and the story and writing is gripping.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-24

monotone and with 40% filler

what waste .... ..... ..... ..... ...... ...... ....... ........ ....... ........ ....... and then she sipper a glass of water. who cares.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-01

really good

this was really good I cant wait to listen to tje other 2 there was even a squats reference

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  • Dog
  • 2021-05-28

Subpar

The narrator gets some words wrong and doesn't have enough voice variation between characters always. The writing does not do much to help her, because it's pretty bad in comparison to other 40k novels.

This book feels like it's in a different genre from some if the other Inquisition, Horus Heresy, Sisters of Battle, etc. novels. That in itself wouldn't be a bad thing, but this story just goes nowhere fast. It's tough to follow along sometimes, and it doesn't sell me on anything.

In the first couple hours some things happen, but there's no reason for me to care. Even if there was, what happens is only interesting until it gets ruined by becoming something not interesting. I realize that probably doesn't make much sense, but I hope you have the sense to skip this as an audiobook. Buy the print version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-27

Good book, bad narration

Narration was very monotone, had nowhere near the emotion and energy that the previous books had. This unfortunately makes distinguishing characters very hard most of the time. Overall better to just read this yourself if you are able.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-05

good but slow

I like it alot but the pace was slow. When it gets going then it becomes awesome.

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  • FH Lei
  • 2021-04-17

Refreshing entry into the inquisition series!

I really enjoyed this book. Been a long time fan with Dan's inquisitor series, and following up with what Ravenor and Eisenhorn are up to through Bequin's eyes is a refreshing change.

The story will keep you riveted and the voice performance is exciting.

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  • Doomguide
  • 2021-03-27

Keeley is Fantastic

But the material is just...so...slow. Abnett always does a lot of detail, and detail is great, but not when you're drowning in it. There's an interesting story in here but it could have been told in about 2/3 the words.

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