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  • Bequin: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
  • Written by: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Penitent

Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the Bequin series

Alizebeth Bequin's world has been turned upside-down. Now she must choose who she will follow as Inquisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor battle to discover the secrets at the heart of Queen Mab.

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The latest chapter in Dan Abnett's Inquisition saga is here, and it's packed with shocking twists and stunning revelations that will change the way you look at the Warhammer 40,000 universe forever.

The story

In the mysterious city of Queen Mab, the forces of light and darkness are locked in a murderous struggle for truth. The dedicated agents of the Holy Inquisition battle with their shadowy counterparts, the infamous Cognitae, to discover the encrypted identity of the enigmatic, all-powerful King in Yellow. Caught at the heart of this struggle is the pariah Alizebeth Bequin. Will she stand with the Inquisition or with the Cognitae that raised her? And if she chooses the Inquisition, will it be the wise but ruthless Ravenor or his rival, the denounced heretic Eisenhorn? Bequin must withstand an onslaught of angels, daemons, and even the monstrous warriors of the Traitor Legions, to unpick the greatest riddle of her life. 

The beloved characters of Eisenhorn and Ravenor return, as implaccable adversaries in a novel of esoteric mystery, macabre intrigue, and vivid action, where the revelation of true identity could mean death...or might shake the Imperium to its very foundations.

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You’ll be happier not listening to this.

Spoilers... I guess.

Do you remember how well Dan Abnett describes that Emperors Child in the Eisenhorn series? How terrifying it was?
And when Eisenhorn was making his report to that Death Watch astates he was compelled to explain that he was only able to get close because of the power of the necrobook, because a mortal defeating an astartes in a preposterous notion. Do you remember how awesome it was to read about the half myth astartes in those stories?

Yeah well that’s is all undone in this book as bequine goes about despatching them like dime store thugs every few minutes. I’ve lost count how many she’s killed.
Dan Abnett completely disregards his writing skill to pump out this utter disgrace.

The narrator does a good job, but there is no salvaging this book.

Dan Abnett if you get a chance to read this, come on man this was really bad.

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story didn't really go anywhere

I love this writer but this book has been my least favorite of all of his. characters don't really seem to grow or be truly threatened at any time. there's a uncomfortable amount of fan service for most of the space Marine chapters. the plots and big reveals are so convoluted that there doesn't seem to be any feeling of accomplishment for the reader to discover what's really going on. you also really can't understand what's going on entirely and why it especially matters. if you really wanted to know the story of all these books you could probably skip this one and just read a synopsis. it's really a shame because I generally like Dan's style.

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Perfect

Suspenseful and intriguing. Abnett's best book, perhaps his best trilogy as well- once Pandemonium comes out. Amazing narration by Helen Keeley as well. Just a perfect audiobook

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Amazing

Well I have to say, absolutely Fantastic.
Amazing story as always from Dan Abnett

-The Emperor Protect

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Great story

Awesome follow up to book one. Really looking forward to book three. Well read and voiced.

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Don't Read the Last Chapter if You're One of Them

The whole Eisenhorn arc gets better every iteration. There's less of hive life because it's demon prince level now, but excellent crossover.

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a to z with gibberish in-between

it was good, but it relied too heavily on massive info dumps and coincidence. it felt like there was a beginning and end in mind, but the author rushed the points between.

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A masterful twist decades in the making

Penitent is the payoff for nearly twenty years of storytelling by Abnett, an absolute home run.

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Thrilling Story

And great presentation. I will definitely listen more than once. Helen Keeley does a great job capturing the drama.

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God I hate cliffhangers

This is a great book. Very well written and a big improvement over it predecessor. If you just want a simple yay or nay, you can stop here; the story is good.

Now for some minor spoilers, but only for story structure.
The problem with a lot of planned trilogies is that their authors sometimes forget that each part needs to tell a complete story within the overarching story of the books. This is a trap that Dan Abnett has done a perfect swan dive into, and it seems like book one and two are also acts one and two respectively. This is a problem because it means that there's little in the way of a narrative arc through each book, which lead to me restarting both stories at different points because I simply dropped off of them. I'm sure book/act three will be suitably bombastic, but I really wish that each were allowed to be more their own thing.



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