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Publisher's Summary

He is known by many names - Clonelord, Manflayer, Primogenitor. He is the epitome of deceit and perversion, and feared by man and monster alike. Once the Chief Apothecary of the Emperor's Children, the madman known as Fabius Bile possesses a knowledge of genetic manipulation second to none.

Now a renegade among renegades, he is loathed by those he once called brother, and even the most degraded of Chaos Space Marines fear his name. Exiled for his dark experiments, Bile has retreated deep into the Eye of Terror, leaving a trail of twisted abominations in his wake. But when a former student brings word of the ultimate prize for the taking, Bile is unable to resist being drawn once more into the cauldron of war. For in seizing this prize, Fabius Bile might yet discover the one secret his has been unable to unlock...the secret which will prevent his inevitable doom.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Unbelievable novel

When I first delved into warhammer, I hated Fabius Bile. But a friend of mine talked me into reading this novel, and I must say, I have found a new respext and love for the primogenitor. Within the first few hours, this book quickly made its way to the top of my favorites list. It is beautifully written, and the performance is simply amazing. A must read for anyone who lokes Warhammer 40k and its lore!

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Good background info!

engaging story - lots of good supporting characters and motivations. Shows how Chaos gets ready for conflict.

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Absolute gold

Absolute gold Toke me three sessions very Enjoyable. still need five more word two one...

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Wow

The funny thing is I hated the lore behind Fabius Bile since I was a kid, but because of this series, he's, without a doubt, one of my favorite characters. It's successful because Josh Reynolds writes all the Chaos characters in a very layered and sophisticated way. The stories have a great balance of action and character development. I really love the series and await more.

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Best chaos story I've read since the night lords!

I had real doubts going in but this is actually the best chaos story I've read since the night Lords Trilogy after reading this I believe I will actually pick up the model!

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Intrigue and action

Excellent narration and story. Really expands on society within the eye of terror. Great for any 40k fan.

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A great tale told.

Well narrated. a excellent story. deffinatly ready to begin part 2. Felt like Fabuys could have gad a tad more focus from the writer if anything. otherwise a freat book.

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Fabulous Bill does not disappoint

If you are a 40k nerd, this is a great look into the heart of what is left of the third company. loved it.

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My entry into Warhammer

Fabius Bile...my very first entry / listen into the Warhammer universe! I'm now up to 20ish Warhamer audiobooks, but must admit, the Fabius 40k series is my favorite. Great story, great lead character, great narrator! Highly recommend!

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Good chaos

great book about one of the most unique characters in wh40k, a must read chaos book!

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  • 09-27-17

Black library

Finally Warhammer 40k comes to audible. This is going to get expensive for me. Sweet as.

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  • Oz
  • 07-22-20

Excellent

I really loved this trilogy. I think Josh Reynolds is a fantastic writer, especially when he does the darker stuff but that’s just personal preference. John Banks is great as the narrator too. There’s many good characters to get to know and I really liked the location within the Warhammer 40k universe where this is set. It’s a bit like Hellraiser and The Neverending Story combined in that it’s very grim dark but it’s also a very imaginative and creative part of the Warhammer 40k. This trilogy really got my imagination firing and how I felt about some of characters by the end was a little perplexing because of the mixture of good and bad in their characters and personally I liked that. I thought the story telling was fast moving and very interesting and a big thing that I really appreciated was that the characters weren’t stupid, at least, not the ones who weren’t meant to be. I sometimes get a little annoyed with the good guys in some Warhammer stuff for being very “for honor brother” ... “for honor”. Actually, now I think about it, many Warhammer 40k books do my head in a little bit but not these, I thought these were great and I think I maybe a Fabius Bile fan for life because of Josh Reynolds.

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  • Mr K.
  • 12-03-19

Maybe I've been spoiled by the Horus Heresy Novels

Maybe I've been spoiled by the Horus Heresy novels but I found this version of Fabius Bile to be pretty bland. Only one character in this novel was of any interest to me and that was an Iron Warrior who had literally one line of dialogue.

The Slaanesh characters all came across as parodies of their Heresy counterparts. The body horror wasn't really that scary, more like someone had watched Hell Raiser and decided to mash it into 40K. The book had one World Eater character in it and he could just have been any other type of Marine, he wasn't written like a World Eater and wasn't voiced as one.

The main character (other then Bile) is called Oleander Koh and he is very annoying. I think the author was trying to make him the eyes and voice of the audience but he just came across as a nobody who was trying to manipulate characters that were so much more powerful then him.

The voice actor had a too deep voice for my tastes when it came to Slaanesh characters, he did his best but their were several occasions when he didn't swap voices fast enough and the accents (which were very similiar to each other) blended into each other.

I'll never listen to this again and am glad I can get my credit back. Sorry - a hard pass for me.

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  • Matthew Mayers
  • 10-04-17

Vividly Grotesque and Intriguing

Excellent voice acting and narrating. Enthralling story with beautifully vivid imagery. A enjoyable 40k novel delving into the infamous 3rd legion and Fabius Bile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-14-20

Brilliant read.

I loved it. The book itself is well written and the characters were brought to life by John Banks who did good with the narration

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  • Cassiesaurus
  • 10-23-19

Fabulous bile

I got this on a whim, but thoroughly enjoyed it! Bile is a really compelling character. It's really worth a listen!

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  • Gildor
  • 04-18-22

Just great

Loved it from the start. And was a great listen. Hope part 2 is just as good.

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  • Madesina
  • 04-05-22

it's alright

struggled to finish because I didn't particularly like many of the characters. the voice acting was strong.

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  • steven
  • 10-18-21

fabulously fabius

very good view from a rather different prospective. well read yet again by mister banks.

one man's madman is another man's sanity.

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  • LRShooter
  • 06-20-21

If you love 40k, you will love this.

A great insight into the dark depths of Chaos and one of the traitor legend, well read and a great story, well recommended.

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  • John
  • 10-15-21

Great Introduction to Fabius Bile

As my first 40k book from a Chaos POV, I really enjoyed this one. Bile is a fascinating character, more an amoral antihero than a straight up villain, who the reader will struggle to determine if his brain and perspective is totally Chaos-corrupted, or he is the potential future salvation of mankind.

Found the battle near the end bit long-winded, but some may love it.

Great characters. Fascinating exploration of Bile's world and how Chaos Space Marine navigate the galaxy and each other. An overwhelming theme of regret and lack of guidance to these Traitor Legions makes a great theme to explore.

One of my favourite scenes is them navigating the Eye of Terror with their Warpshield off and dealing with daemons and warp predators. The mundanity of these magic-infused superhumans makes it somewhat hilarious.

8/10 Story. Highly recommended.
9/10 Narration. John Banks once again does Blck Library proud.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-21

Pretty darn good.

Despite his past sins I can't help but admire Fabius and his dogged determination to walk his own path when half the galaxy and even the Gods themselves try to say otherwise.

Despite feeling like the story got a bit slow during Part 2 I still enjoyed it.
Narrator was on point as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-09-20

excellence

another expanding tale in the 40k universe. fabius bile is an intriguing Character and how he ends up is anyone's quess. good narration. nice twists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

flamboyant evil

Fabius is a great character. the performance is EXCELLENT and it's beautifully written but this book goes nowhere for 18 chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

one of the best 40k novels out there

perfect atmosphere constantly focusing on the emperors children and the other legion characters has absolutely no random stories within the novel that are most of the time boring to hear when you just wanna hear the arstartes side of things.

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  • Tenma13
  • 04-18-20

Exceptional

Great cast of characters in an incredibly engaging story, one I'd thought I'd hate as I've never been interested in the Emperors Children.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-20

Nice

Very nice addition to the lire of the vile Apothecary. A man with firm beliefs I can in so.e ways now understand, great story.