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Vaults of Terra: The Hollow Mountain

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Chris Wraight
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Vaults of Terra, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Vaults of Terra Book 2  

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his acolyte Spinoza face new dangers as the Great Rift opens and a new, bloody age dawns. Can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

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Discover what happens when Chaos comes to the Throneworld itself for the first time in 10 millennia and agents of the Inquisition must deal with conspiracy even as monstrous daemons are clawing at the door....

The story... 

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl has discovered a terrible plot, its roots firmly planted in the very highest levels of Terra. Pursuing it is fraught with risk, but Crowl’s sense of duty compels him to persevere. 

He and his acolyte Spinoza run down their leads in secret, knowing that their every move invites danger, but even as they begin to reveal the truth, a greater peril is unfolding in the skies - the Great Rift is becoming manifest. During the madness that threatens to tear Terra asunder, Crowl’s Inquisitorial base of operations comes under attack and is badly ravaged. As his world begins to unravel and a new, bloody age dawns, can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

Written by Chris Wraight. Total running time 9 hours and 47 minutes. Narrated by John Banks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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As you read this book you can clearly tell there is a political agenda in the writing and slant in the characters this is not 40 K if you compare it to the Horace heresy or even the earlier books of the series very disappointed in pacing character development character arc and story background very poor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-10

Awesome Book!

All the Vaults of Terra books are good. They all give you a deeper look into the 40k universe. Very good book I highly recommended it.

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  • Eric Brooks
  • 2019-09-08

Interesting But Specific Lore, Great Narration

It was a little hard to follow and I often found myself rewinding a number of times just to follow where or what I missed. Really interesting insight into Terran lore but overall murky story.

I like the narrator and I noticed he's the only narrator for Games Workshop that doesn't occasionally drop his voice so low I can't understand him.

My favorite characters weren't actually in the main cast, mostly because they weren't exactly cohesive.

An overall good story for the lore and depictions of secrets and little-told depictions of things on Terra. Though you might have to rewind a few times just to understand what the last 3 minutes of explanation we're about

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  • Piotr Szymaszek
  • 2020-02-19

A stepping stone in a bigger story

In my opinion this books is just a stepping stone, because there is no big reveal as in the previous one and the story got moved only partially, ending on a promise of another book. While Terra is being assaulted by 13th Crusade forces, the main character conducts his own investigation which does indeed shed light on some cool things, but feels disjointed from the events going on in the broader Imperium.

I cannot say that I did not enjoy it, because it is well written, but my feelings are a bit mixed.

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  • TJ
  • 2019-11-19

Hollow Indeed

Hollow Mountain feels like scrapped bits from the first book were stretched out and stuffed with filler to make a sequel. The filler is the best part, as the story hardly exists. Chris Wraight has done far better. John Banks shines as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-18

Excellent as always

Gripping story with excellent twists - even though the overarching plot is covered in the previous book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-05

amazing

another masterful work from Wraight. an essential novel for the modern 40k setting and a fun read.

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  • gc
  • 2019-09-01

The Astronomican

Great characters but we also learn mmuch more about the Astronomican than we have previously.

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  • Triken
  • 2019-08-08

next in crowl's series

really enjoyed the entire thing, a little short but still worth the read! if you enjoyed the other books in the series you will like this one as well