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Book two in the Ahriman series.

Ahriman, greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Sons and architect of the Rubric that laid his Legion low, continues to walk the path towards salvation, or damnation. Searching for a cure for his Legion, he is forced to consider - was the great ritual somehow flawed from the very beginning?

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This is the second part in the tale of one of Warhammer 40,000's most notorious villains. The Ahriman series explores the motivations of this dark sorcerer in greater depth than ever before. Horus Heresy fans will also find plenty to enjoy as the story harks back to events of this great civil war, particularly the fate of the lost Book of Magnus.

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Ahriman, greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Sons and architect of the Rubric that laid his Legion low, continues to walk the path towards salvation, or damnation. Searching for a cure for his Legion, he is forced to consider - was the great ritual somehow flawed from the very beginning? The answer may lie within the mysterious artefact known as the Athenaeum of Kalimakus, a grimoire of forgotten knowledge that is reputed to contain the exact words of the lost Book of Magnus...or, perhaps, even a transcription of the primarch’s deepest and most secret thoughts.

Written by John French. Audiobook narrated by Mark Elstob. 

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

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All is dust

I know the narrator has got a lot of heat in the past and I personally left a bad review on the Avenging Son novel. HOWEVER compared to the first Ahriman novel and the Avenging Son he has improved considerably. His space marine voices are much better, of course the ones from the first novel stayed the same for consistency but the new ones were on point. John French does a great job there some clichés that I found a little disengaging but overall still a great job. There are some plot points that tend to get over looked if you are used to the bolter porn straight forward type of story telling. For example a big reveal at the end is casually mentioned by a character (which only adds to it) and once you stop and think about it, it flips the whole storyline upside down and adds a ton of potential that has me waiting for the next one to see where the author takes it.

The beginning is kind of a love it leave it sort of style of writing, there are a bunch of moving parts that need to get into place for the end to make sense and is a slow burn. Once it got going I was fully engaged and stayed that way for a while.

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Definitely not a fan of the narrator

there's hundreds if not thousands of hours of WH40k audio content to listen to go get an example of how to voice certain types of characters in this universe or how to pronounce certain words and this guy so far (and I'm not even an hour in) has missed the mark on both especially the Space Wolves and Ahriman who is one of the most famous characters in the setting

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Unsatisfying

Does this book live up to how Tzeentch is described? Yes. Does that make a good story? Not at all.

A bunch of haphazard things happen. A blizzard of dues ex machinas happen*. It all works out. Ahriman claims it's just as planned. The end.

The antagonists are beyond incompetent, and Ahriman is competent beyond any suspension of disbelief. The final part with the pointless space wolves especially feels like the book is just rubbing it in.

The way the combat works out is very grating.

'The enemy moved fast. Too fast. Time froze for the billionth time, Their weapons move PERFECTLY. But too perfectly. That's bad because it's predictable or something. I teleport, freeze time some more, regenerate fatal wounds, kill everyone with random spells, teleport some more and nothing matters.'

Other than that the prose itself isn't bad. John French in my experience isn't a bad writer, so I do not know what went wrong here.

*might be a literary Guinness Book of Records contender.

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You get lost

Try reading it instead. The perspective often changes too abruptly or without anyway to tell it has and it's just real easy to lose track of what is going on for this story in an audio format

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amazing work! as usual.

I really want Mark Elstob to know that I think he's a fantastic narrator and I'm very grateful to have his voice in this series.

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jumps around

the narration was excellent and the editing also good, unfortunately the story itself jumps between scenes far to often, but it's made 10x worse as there is no announcement of the shift. You'll hear a conversation between 2 characters, then another conversation which you assume is related, just to work out 30 seconds later the scene had shifted.

if reading the printed book, you'd see this, it would be marked as a new secrion - but with an audiobook they need to insert some announcement of location, in other 40k audiobooks they have, but some reason failed to with this one.

it made the 75% of the book extremely difficult to follow!