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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 audiobook

After centuries of strife guided by the Emperor's holy light, Ephrael Stern finds herself forsaken when the Great Rift dawns and the light is extinguished. When a mysterious stranger offers new hope, the Daemonifuge is thrown into battle once more…. 

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Catch up with Ephrael Stern, the Heretic Saint and living weapon against Chaos, in a new novel that picks up the story of this classic character from Black Library's history and thrusts her into the Dark Imperium. 

The Story

Throughout the tortured galaxy, Ephrael Stern is known by many names. The Thrice-born. The Daemonifuge. The Heretic Saint. Trapped deep within Imperium Nihilus following the coming of the Great Rift, the maligned Sister of Battle fears the Imperium is no more. The God-Emperor’s light, which has guided her through centuries of strife, has too extinguished. Seemingly forsaken, Stern is bereft until a mysterious stranger arrives, offering her a new destiny. One that might yet see the Imperium saved. Stern must prove herself worthy of the God-Emperor’s grace once more, lest a new threat greater than any mankind has faced before plunge humanity into a nightmare abyss of nothingness. 

Written by David Annandale. Narrated by Emma Gregory.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Embarrassingly derivative

Embarrassingly derivative work. Poorly crafted characters flight meaningless battles on anonymous worlds.

Very dissatisfied given how interesting the graphic novel was.

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ok, kind of disappointing

This one felt lacking like it was just missing something that would make a story about a holy saint great even though I liked all the characters and setting and narration really.

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Good reintroduction

Decent story and a good way to bring Ephrael back into the lore. Builds into the Pariah Nexus

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Great story of the emperors light

The best Sisters of battle associated book I have read yet.

The emperor protects. I want more of these

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Decent but utterly inconsequential

This book is little more then an excuse to sell Ephrael Stern as a model, and allow her use with Sisters of Battle armies
Now i like the return of one of the cool characters from the late 1990's, but if you dont know about Daemonifuge, you will learn next to nothing in this book

All that said, its a decent little action novel, an did enjoy my time with it

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Great Performance

Story is good but the performance is what sells it. This is unquestionably how Stern would act and sound.

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  • Jessica Townshend
  • 12-15-20

Meh

The triumphant return of Ephreal Stern is hearlded by a wet fart rather than blaring fanfare. The benchmark for Adepta Sororitas fiction has been significantly raised by 'Mark of Faith' whereby an off screen traversing of the great rift, stilted dialogue between Sisters and meaningless monologues about faith fall way short.

If you are searching for an asinine justification for Stern to enter the Indomitus Era this is the book. If you want decent Sisters of Battle fiction then look elsewhere.

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  • paul sparks
  • 12-20-20

Saints Sororitas and Word Bearers!

What more could you ask for! A very intriguing story that I really hope is continued in more books about Ephrael Stern very soon, outstanding narration by Emma Gregory which should come as no surprise 😀

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  • Tom Winton
  • 12-13-20

Started good, then plunged to genericness

Sisters of Battle are hard to write about, they're all so indoctrinated it's hard to make interesting characters.

This story started out excellently, but after a great introduction it becomes clear that the only purpose of the rest of the book is to drive a narrative that will fit the best of Black Library's stories, without much of an attempt to develop other characters it just carries the rest of the story with Guy Haley Action book style violence.

Such a shame, big fan of David Annandale normally!

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  • Michael
  • 06-22-21

Nice background for Stern

What I wanted from this book was some greater understanding of who Stern was and what made her tick. It delivered well. Emma Gregory's performance is wonderful, and the story is pretty decent. The characters are more memorable than in many 40k novels. The story is extremely simple, which can be good or bad depending on your preference. I had a good time with it, but I think Celestine is a better entry point for Sisters novels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-21

Next episode on dragon ball z

Stern is a rather unlikable character in this book unfortunately, she bumbles through the story and mostly gets through problems by accident or plot armour. (which gets so Mary Sue at some points that she literally just goes super sayan as she scream about her faith whenever she gets in any serious trouble.)
Seriously, the way it's written we don't need primaris marines or Bobby G. Just throw Stern, Draigo, Creed and Batman at the chaos gods.

Having poked holes in the story.. the writing overall is good enough, excellent pacing and properly grim dark characters that get you involved. And Emma (narrator) is EPIC and does all the characters justice in her own way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-21

Boring and avoid

Just a poor plot and very bland with problems solved by plot armour, very bland reading of the book also.