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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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Not on par with the author usual works

While listening to this, I wondered if the author wanted to write a 40k novel or to cather to another aufience. Slow paced, main chatacter is bland and dabbles in some tropes "au lieu" of a real personnality.
Good use of the blank abilities, but hard to find the main character interesting or sympathetic, in this, the main character is truly unique compared to other "blank" story or perspectives.

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Hard to get into

Narration was not strong. Story took a long time to get going. If you do not have a solid understanding of the previous inquisition books (Eisenhorn & Ravenor) , this book is much more confusing.

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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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Slow Burn

The story for me felt very backloaded in actual intrigue, as the first half is mostly set up for the character of Bequin and the goings-on, but around halfway it starts to pick up and become engaging. Overall pretty solid if you can handle a slower start with a lot of description.

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sahara with small juicy bits

dryer than the dunes of Baal. some big lore points but I fell asleep listening to this a lot.

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Amazing story and top notch Narration

Helen Keeley has to be one of my favourite narrators I've heard from Black Library. Truly amazing.
This is such a great story. Intrigue, secrets, lies, plots and mystery.
Only surpased by the sequel.

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Great

I read this before reading Eisenhorn and Ravenor . I didnt know it was basically part 3 of a wider series . After the two in this I went back and went through Eisenhorn then Ravenor . Probably not the best way to go about it but I can say even without I had a good time with this. I only got the information As Bequin got them ,so if something was new to her it was new to me .

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Great read

Started out slow and seemed random. However, Dan Abnett started to show his writing finesse by weaving an intricate story as time went on. Definitely worth the money. Lots of nice surprises.

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More than half of the book is missing

Not sure if it's just my copy, but after about 4hours there is no sound.

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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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  • 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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  • Dakota Huffman
  • 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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  • 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
  • 2021-05-24

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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  • 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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  • 2021-12-31

Dont start with this book

Great narrator, but the book sounded more like Abnett fanservice at least in the first chapters. In the end, a good book, with great fight scenes and plot, but youll just get puzzled for half of it if you didnt listen at least to eisenhorn trilogy first.