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The Emperor's Legion

Written by: Chris Wraight
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong,John Banks,Emma Gregory
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The Custodian Guard have stood watch over the Emperor's Palace on Terra since the foundation of the Imperium. Charged with protecting the Master of Mankind from all threats, within and without, their fearsome resolve is renowned throughout the galaxy, and their golden armour is the last thing that a would-be assassin or saboteur will ever see.

Alongside the Null-maidens of the Sisters of Silence, who are anathema to psykers and sorcerers alike, there is no threat to the Golden Throne that they alone cannot vanquish...until now.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Decent Option For A WH40K Newbie

I am *not* familiar with the Warhammer Universe.. I have never played the game, discussed the system with friends, or watched an explanatory video. I am, however, an RPG gamer and a voracious consumer of SciFi and Fantasy books. The glowing reviews of this mini-series attracted me, so I thought "Why not give it a try?"

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Players of the game, designers/programmers, and select authors have created a complex, intriguing paradigm.. developing a Space-Opera-quality matrix of Religion, Power Dynamics, War, and History set in "our" Galaxy (far in the future) - and populating it with captivating varieties of imaginative combatants (each with different motivations, powers, weapons, and fighting styles).
[Their penchant for Latinizing names is somewhat baffling, however - 'Adeptus Mechanicus'? What's wrong with 'Robotics Cult'?]

In this novel, Chris Wraight tells a combat-heavy story, but clearly trusts his readers to either know the background or be able to quickly catch up. Yes, as a neophyte, I had to listen very carefully and some of the characters/factions had confusing motivations, but I was pretty easily able to gain understanding despite the author not spoon-feeding anything. Additionally, Wraight has crafted a well-written, well-described story with enough intrigue and action to satisfy a casual SciFi/Fantasy consumer like me. I suspect listeners knowledgeable in WH lore would get even more out of it.

Another tremendous strength of this recording: the decision to use three excellent readers (Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, and Emma Gregory) to deliver the story. It made the tale more immersive and kept me interested. Well done, Black Library.

I admit I'm still not wholly enamored with the WH40K canon, but I could easily see imaginative readers being caught up in this richly complex mythos. This 9/10 audiobook could serve as an exemplar for what the Warhammer Universe has to offer (albeit for one small segment: Imperial Custodians and Sisters of Silence during the daemon invasion at the turn of the 41st century). It also makes buying the sequel almost obligatory, but.. Spend the Credit.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to partake of the Breakfasticus Fruitarum.

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Essential 40k Lore

Fantastic writing, great performances and a key point in the lore of 40k. A must read for any 40k fan

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My favourite W40k book so far

I like it even more than Eisenhorn. It can both get you emotional from human perspective, and show how badass the Custodes are! Also, the performances are stellar.

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Exceptional

Fills in a great deal of back story on the sisters and the custodians. Very well written and performed. This was a alot of fun to listen to. If you have previous knowledge of what happened to Cadia and how the Primarch returned this story goes from good to great.

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one of the best new warhammer 40k novels!

get the scoop on custodes, anathema and the rise of a primarch with this fantastic yarn by one of Black Library's most skilled authors!
absolutely loved it.

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Riveting!

I've listened to so many 40k novels, and found this one one of the best I've ever absorbed.

A great story and fantastic performances, best representation of the Legio Custodes and Anathema Psykana I have yet to encounter.

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Very solid sci-fi fantasy novel

This was my first foray into the novels of the 40k universe after playing the war game for about a year or so. Very solid plot and characters and a surprising amounts of moments I found wholesome and fun, while still maintaining the grim vibe of this dark path of humanities future. Was an engaging listen the whole way through, and I never found myself bored.

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Great book

This book is definitely worth your time, great voice acting, high lord politics, Custodes and Sisters of Scilence battling demons.

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Epic!

The Emperor's finest in their element and at their finest. well written and well read.

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Hidden Gem

soo as a huge astartes fan, sometimes these other novels can be a little slow for me. I do enjoy the action that you see in alot of those books, but this was by far one of the best audio novels I've heard in a while, the custodes were amazing to see, especially to glimpse some of their personality rather than being a golden statue that they can be written as. the sister of silence were amazing, and the High lords of Terra politics was really amazing. overall 11/10 from me.

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  • Triken
  • 2018-07-09

read this before dark imperium if you can!!

great book, takes place chronilogically before dark imperium, I read them out of order but it doesn't matter too much.

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  • Agent Filthy
  • 2017-10-06

Amazing work!

If I could I would have stood up and given Chris Wraight and the narrators a standing ovation. Absolutely brilliant in all fronts. I'm starting it ver immediately and I'm sure I'll pick up tons of things I missed.

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  • Michael
  • 2017-10-02

Enjoyable from start to finish

Loved this story, it has a good cross between narrative and bolter open. I would suggest this to anyone wanting to know more of how Custodes and Null Maidens think.

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  • Daniel D. Johnson-King
  • 2019-01-31

stay away from the black library app

I purchased this audiobook along with another and an audio drama on the black library app... Due to unfortunate complications with the BL app, I had to make the purchases again; I'll gladly do so seeing as though I loved each one of my purchases that much!
I have listened to each one more than 10 times separately and may end up adding the "carrion throne" to my collection. 😏 I must be kidding myself I am definitely going to add it to my collection.
I have purchased this book four times now; only one was a gift!!

My collection is as follows:
"The master of mankind"
"The emperor's legion"
pretty soon hereafter the review "the carrion throne"
"The interrogation of Salvador Lermentov"

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  • Mark C.
  • 2017-10-18

Great to see Black Library on audible!

I liked the story more than I expected (didn’t know what to expect though). Chris Wraight is one of my favorite BL authors- & I think his writing helped carry the book. The characters have depth to them, but the action sequences are well written & not confusing.

I know a fair amount of the story that led up to this setting- so I can’t recommend just blindly diving in.

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  • Robert
  • 2018-10-12

Great Story to Immerse yourself in.

Loved it, 40k is a beloved franchise to me and this was phenomenal. The characters are felt and the story is worked through in elegance.

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  • Frank
  • 2020-06-16

Surprisingly compelling 40k Novel

I've seen the same sentiment hit other reviews on here, but just wanted to say that I figured I'd like this book but was happily surprised by how much I really did enjoy it. Good if you liked the sisters of silence in the 30k books, the custodians or just the Dark Imperium series (set between Guillimans crusade back to Terra and Dark Imperium though largely centered on other characters).

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  • NikEliJoe
  • 2020-03-20

AWESOME Simply AWESOME

Adeptus Custodes, Sisters of Battle, Grey Knights There All Here And Its Awesome simply AWESOME

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  • s zank
  • 2018-08-19

fun listen.

took a few chapter to get rolling, but it really runs well as Soon as it does.

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  • Belisarius_Cawl
  • 2019-04-30

its good stuff all the way through.

its interesting listening to 3 different perspectives of the same events.
it's so worth the listen!

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