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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

Follow the exploits of Oltyx, who, having finally been granted the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty, now faces far greater threats, from within and without. He soon learns that the lessons of kingship are not quite what he had hoped.

Listen to it because: experience the tumultuous reality of ruling a necron royal court and battling the the Imperium from the perspective of an necron lord whose mind is split into discrete partitions.

The story: after centuries of exile, the necron lord Oltyx has at last been granted the thing he has always craved: the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty. Kingship, however, is not quite what he had hoped for - Oltyx's reign currently exists aboard the dying battleship Akrops, as it lumbers away from the ruins of his crownworld. Behind it is a hostile armada of unfathomable size, launched by the barbaric alien war-cult known as the Imperium of Man. And within the Akrops' sepulchral hold, an even greater threat festers - the creeping horror of the flayer curse. Faced with such overwhelming odds, Oltyx leads a desperate voyage into a darkness so profound that salvation and doom look much the same. If he and his dynasty are to make it through that long night, Oltyx will have to become a very different sort of king. 

Written by Nate Crowley. Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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amazing series, if you like necrons at all you're doing yourself a disservice not listening

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How did it come to this?

And how well Crowley made this novel, this series, into a masterpiece all in its own.

The Twice Dead King: Reign, once more, curries that brutal, morbid set of tragedies from the previous book, explaining the audience the very definition of the word, 'grimdark', to the fullest of its simplicity.

Heavy the tale full of similes and conjunctions, audiences, young and old alike, would be fallen to the grimmest of fascination from the beginning up until the end as the sequel far exceeded the expectation of anyone who read or listen to this Epic format.

Besides Oltyx, who is far more dour and miserable since he took the crown, the author offered great extended lengths to branch out the characters, albeit through the king's point of view. Crowley has, as always, made the Necrons the underdogs of this situation, searching for a new home from the crusade armada that is the Imperium of Man. Not only does Oltyx needs to deal this outside threat, but also from within as the king would later discover things far worse than imaginable.

Nate Crowley has indeed vindicated himself as a masterful storyteller through the use of well-rounded characters, the pacing from each chapter and the plot that connected the series together. If you are interested to read something that is different and uncommon and refreshing in the Warhammer universe then it is a recommendation worth every expense.

And as for the narrator... there is nothing much to be said about the man. If you are reading this Mr. Reed, your voice is still as clear and crisp and fluid like crystal rain, ever commanding and confident in your vocal pattern.

P.S. I admire the poetic irony that is the engagement between the Necrons and the Astartes, for who better to know obsession than that of Blood.

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  • 2022-01-16

A++ Emotional Damage

This was an excellent sequel that introduced new depth and characters. No journey worth remembering is easy, and this one really had my emotions doing the most. I legit cried at one point. Narration and story are amazing and I can't wait for the third!!!

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  • Terry
  • 2022-01-18

If "Ruin" was Hamlet "Rain" Is the story of Moses

It's a great Exodus story. Where they're trying to find a new homeland. Where they face many losses along the way.

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  • Mitchell
  • 2022-01-17

Robots CAN feel love

I never thought a story about soulless machines would make me feel emotions but that's exactly what this book did, I love how much personality is written in each character as well as the unique perspective.

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  • Phillip Manning
  • 2022-01-16

Crowley makes the Necrons fascinating.

The lore of the Necrons has been evolving after years of being nameless, faceless Horrors. Nate Crowley has done a fantastic job showing us things through their oculars and has made them a fully fleshed out (sorry) people.

By drawing on real-world classics, Crowley gives us the hero's journey of Odysseus and the founding story of Aeneas in the form of an undead robot, all while mixing in some genuine fun and humor.

The narration by Richard Reed is also superb, finding characterization in a race defined by their monotony.

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  • Noah katz
  • 2022-01-23

Yet another amazing Necron story

this story had me emotional. a phenomenal way to end the tale of Olytx

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  • kyle
  • 2022-01-22

This was incredibly satisfying to listen to

listening to this book was like the second course in a 3 course meal. I loved it

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  • Zackarias
  • 2022-01-22

Excited for the second installment, but.

Great beginning the fell right into Macbeth 40k edition.

Slightly disappointed.

Redemption is that it's a look at intrigue in the royal court of the Necrons

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  • Brandon
  • 2022-01-20

The king will reign

A absolutely phenomenal edition to a great trilogy. We have still more to see and experience and I will wait with bated breath for the next tale.

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  • Aaron Gankin
  • 2022-01-20

A damn good book

Although it struggled w9th pacing a bit in the second half, this is a fantastic book and a true tragedy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-01-19

Amazing Narrator

The story is almost as enjoyable as the first however at some points if feels disjointed. But still great story full of emotion and struggle, about a desperate retreat. The Imperium has never felt so intimidating before.