Cadia Stands

Narrated by: David Seddon
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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An Astra Militarum novel. 

The storm has broken, and the forces of Chaos batter against Cadia's defences. Lord Castellan Creed leads the defence of the fortress world, but for how much longer can they hold out. Cadia stands...but will it stand forever?  

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Justin D Hill follows up his Ursarkar Creed short stories in Legends of the Dark Millennium: Astra Militarum with the tale of the hero's finest - and darkest - hour.  

The story:

Under almost constant besiegement by the hosts pouring from the Eye of Terror, Cadia acts as a bulwark against tyranny and death. Its fortresses and armies have held back the hordes of Chaos for centuries, but that grim defiance is about to reach its end. 

As Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade batters Cadia's defences, and armies of the Imperium flock to reinforce this crucial world, a terrible ritual long in the making comes to fruition and the delicate balance of this brutal war shifts.

From the darkness, a hero rises to lead the beleaguered defenders, Lord Castellan Ursarkar Creed, but even with the armoured might of the Astra Militarum and the strength of the Adeptus Astartes, will it be enough to avert disaster and prevent the fall of Cadia? While Creed lives, there is hope. While there is breath in the body of a single defender, Cadia stands...but for how much longer?   

Written by Justin D Hill. Running time 7hrs 39mins. Narrated by David Seddon.

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

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The best book ever

This book was so good that it inspired me to buy a army of Astra Militarum Cadin shock troops Cadia stands!!!!

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An epic telling Cadia's final stand

Loved it and the people who struggled for their home and their families and people

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Worth it

I enjoyed it but it leaves a lot of loose ends. The story jumps around a lot, like after you get to kind of know a character it either doesn't get back to them or you learn very little more of them/what happened to them. I get that it's supposed to be chaotic, but that doesn't make the most compelling story. I wish it had given more time to really exploring a few characters. Without giving too much away here, because it was worth it.

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Cadia stands apart

Overall a great story from the viewpoints of many different individuals. There are some appearances and references to some famous commanders from 40k lore that add to the appeal of the story but the story seemed slow at points. I just wished for a little more action and a little less dialogue. I would still recommend this book to any 40k fan. CADIA STANDS!!!!!

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Incredible book.

Loved the book. It gives you plenty of characters to get invested into, has intense and epic moments.

Only warning is that it jumps around a bit so it can get confusing at times but other than that its fantastic and 100% worth a listen. If you like Warhammer 40K it is a MUST READ.

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  • paul sparks
  • 12-18-19

Best warhammer so far 😀

I have read the Gaunt’s Ghosts books and a few about space marines who to be honest I don’t actually like, I prefer more human stories and this book was for me outstanding, I await the next one about Cadia

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  • John doe
  • 12-05-19

they have to have series of these!

Gripping from start to finnish. good story and interesting characters. I love to see cadia fall from Abbadon"s perspective.
good narrator too.

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  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 01-26-20

Battle cry 'Cadia Stands'

Wasn't sure about a Cadian sided war as I'm Black Legion and Thousand Sons, so this was a very good story to bring the two sides together, it was an amazing experience and I enjoyed this part very much. Good story and very well read, I look forward to our next encounter with much anticipation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-20

Fantastic

Great book. Well performed. Story jumps around a lot so listening in sections made me want to go back and recap but not a major issue.

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  • alan
  • 12-10-19

Great Listen

Great Story about the 13th Black Crusade and I would recommend to any Warhammer Fantasy to Listen to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

Story good, chapter edits bad

The story, great but there are gaps at the chapter ends that spoil the immersion.

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  • Alex
  • 01-16-20

Good read but woefully brief for the subject.

Has some cool bits in it but the pacing is what let's it down, massive things happen in the span of a page and if you don't actually have knowledge of what happened to Cadia you will be lost. It mostly sticks to the cadian soldiers and has some small stories to tell for them which is where the enjoyment comes from. In summary this is more vignettes of the battle of Cadia rather than a cohesive narrative of the war from start to finish and I wish it stuck to fewer characters in an already short book.

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  • Joe
  • 01-05-20

A book almost entirely in exposition

I love gonzo fiction. Which is why I have a soft spot for Black Library books. What brings the military kitchen sink that is the Warhammer 40K setting to life is the wonderful characters the authors breath life into. The loyal guards from Gaunt's Ghosts, the manic evil of Fabius Bile, the otherworldly Mechanicus of the Tech Priest series, and so on.
So I struggled with this book, which largely ignores the characters in favor for reporting the battle from a dispassionate, almost textbook-like manner. In one chapter, we read about a character about to enter battle, and get excited to hear her experiences, only to jump ahead with a report on how the battle went. I felt continually lifted out of the world. What a lost opportunity to thrust the reader into the world through a hero.
That said, the writing is clean and the plot (of the war, not the characters) solid and as believable as you can get in the 40K setting. I just wanted to have more focus on characters and their lives within this terrible event.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-20

Very good listen

Great book overall, had to re listen to some chapters as you can get a little lost in places, but other than that, very good

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  • Erich Ung
  • 12-12-19

THE PLANET BROKE BEFORE THE GUARD! CADIA STANDS!!

I loved the story, the pacing and voice artist! characters are amazing and shows the grit of the guard! CADIA STANDS!