• Assassinorum: Kingmaker

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Robert Rath
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (478 ratings)

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Assassinorum: Kingmaker

By: Robert Rath
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
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Publisher's Summary

An Officio Assassinorum story.

On the Knight World of Dominion, a Vindicare and a Callidus Assassin are tasked with eliminating a seditious leader and safely steering a pro-Imperial candidate to the throne. 

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Kingmaker shows the fascinating relationship between two very different temples of the Assassinorum, as two agents navigate the complex social hierarchy of a Knight World. The stakes are high and the pressure is on, for an Imperial war effort hinges on them executing their duty before disaster strikes.

The story:

The Officio Assassinorum safeguards the future of humanity. Its agents are the bloody-handed, secret saviours of the Imperium, killers charged with achieving the impossible...and Vindicare assassin Absolom Raithe has just been handed the most difficult assignment of his career.

The Knight World of Dominion is on the verge of seceding from the Imperium, its court riven by factionalism and ruled by an increasingly unhinged monarch. With the aid of the shapeshifting Callidus assassin Sycorax, Raithe must remove the king from his throne—and safely steer a pro-Imperial candidate to victory through the brutal succession crisis that will inevitably ensue. His team will need to infiltrate a world steeped in chivalric codes, where every move risks discovery and every threat pilots an adamantine monster...for if the assassins fail, and Dominion falls, the entire sector will be plunged into darkness.

Written by Robert Rath. Narrated by Gareth Armstrong. Running time 11 hours 12 minutes.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Almost on the same level as Infinite and Divine

So when I found out Robert Rath was not only doing this, but had done several short stories featuring the Officio Assassinorum, I decided to go in on this. I read the short stories leading up to this that featured some of the characters in this book and I read it. It was great. I consider The Infinite and the Divine a tough act to follow, but this made it. I liked the featured assassins and how their different methods of killing clashed with one another as well as the fact that they had personalities and weren't just blank slates. The story takes several twists and turns until you realize this is more or less a heist movie where the goal is to kill someone and it has a couple Ocean's 11 level twists. I won't give them away because the surprise is what matters so I recommend checking it out for yourself.

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amazing story of nobles and Knives

a great story that sheds a lot on imperial knights as well as the assassin temples. Amazing cast as well as wonderful twists.

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a great story from a fresh perspective

If you're no stranger to Warhammer 40k novels, you know the standard format. Big battles, Space Marines, Bombastic action.

This time however, we're approaching the standard problems from new angles and from differing schools of thought. Robert Rath's take on the imperial assassin's operatives, their thoughts, and social interplay, are really enjoyable. I wish that he'd been given more space and time to work with for this novel, but failing that, I certainly wouldn't argue with just more of these operatives period.

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One of the Best 40k books I've ever read

Wow just wow! Everything from the storyline to the narrator was extremely good! I would give 10 stars if I could. I would love to see a sequel to this if possible.

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sleeper candidate for story of the year

RR Tells an intriguing and superior story here. if you like knights and assassins this is your story! the attention to lore is perfect. best book I've read from GW this year. had me laughing at several parts

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What a Ride!

A beautiful blend between spy and chivalry. Like unique setting with interesting characters makes this story a must read for anyone interested in the War Hammer universe.

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Great Insight into Assassins and Knights

I got this primarily for the assassins, but it was also a surprisingly fun look at Knight Households as well. The politics between two feuding families is the engine behind their story, and it doesn't disappoint. There's not a dull moment with them.

The assassins always surprise me with how human they are, looking between this book and Nemesis. They're inspiring as well as relatable. Wraith for example, is a veteran Vindicare. He's the best of the best, but he's showing a bit of his age. Muscles and bones wearing down after decades of doing what vindicares do best, on top of a grizzled character.

I hope this is the start of some more assassins stories. We don't get to see them very much so this was a great treat.

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Robert Rath does it again.

Assassinorum and Imperial Knights. 2 factions that I didn't expect to fit well together storywise, but Robert Rath made it work amazingly well.

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Greatly enjoyed

Great book! Good to read something from the viewpoint of assassins and knights! Two of the less explored 40k fractions in my estimation.

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A great spy novel

Three assassins have to work together to pull off an audacious mission, infiltrating a Knight world to instigate a succession and avert a secession, bringing the Knights of Dominion back into line with the Imperium. It's a brilliant setup and Rath delivers on that great premise with a story that mixes fantastic characters with espionage, action and intrigue, reading like a cross between a classic spy novel and a modern adventure thriller...with the oh-so-40k addition of enormous mechanical Knights. I loved all three assassins, and I hope there will be plenty more stories (both short stories - like the three which already exist - and further novels) in this series.

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  • Hobbs
  • 04-13-22

The Outcome Justifies the Deed

Political intrigue, three Assassin Temples and Knightly Houses, combine to make an interesting story.

Ending in an Imperial victory or crushing defeat by the Arch Traitor.?

It is worth a listen as it is well delivered and has a great storyline, hope to have other Execution Force books in the future.!

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  • Andrew
  • 04-20-22

Stomping great story

Medieval sci-fi intrigue with a scattering of warhorns and knight combat. Honour and betrayal and some damn sharp shooting. Really enjoyed this.

The performance was stylistically different to what I'm used to but fitted the story excellently. Gareth Armstrong's performance made me think of both a medieval story teller and an agent making a report (which works so much better than it sounds!).

Very enjoyable all round.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-22

Spy-thriller in space? Yes please!

Do you like sifi, spy-thrillers and giant killer robots? Well then this is the book for you! Rath has written an AMAZING tale that I could not put down. Absolutely fantastic. Performance by Gareth Armstrong was the cheery ontop!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

Loved it

Robert has done a fantastic job, can't wait for another one of his books. This book alone converted me to a knights and Assassins fan

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  • Cem
  • 06-27-22

One of the best I've listened so far!

Good story, nice twist and nice performance. I hope there will be more killteam books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-25-22

An Arthurian story combined with a spy thriller

If we look at the story beats on the imperial knight side of the story you'll soon see similarities with the older medieval stories, such as the various legends of Arthur and etc.

But that aside. it's a very good story, it has a lot of set ups which you don't notice until the reveals kick in, which are done excellently.

There's humour in the story, mostly in the form of the occasional clip. it is well placed and can definitely cause a grin and a laugh.

I personally really enjoy how they showed the assassinorum temples. It's also quite nice to see one of the minor temples, which makes sense, can't really work with Culexus, and even Khornates berserkers are more cooperative than Eversor.

Anyway, in short it is an excellent book both for imperial knights and the officio assassinorum.

definitely putting this very high up in my listened list.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

Good story, insight into imperial knights

Good story, good pace, more of an imperial knight story than assassin's story, though they do get their moments to shine in the book.

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  • Ross
  • 04-11-22

Great book!

exceptional look at the Assassinorum and an imperial knight world, I'd definitely give it a listen to if either interest you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-22

Fun little book with few surprises

Basically a buddy cop story but with assassins and knights in space. Fun characters but any twist is foreshadowed so aggressively that you can see it coming from a mile away.
Narration was a bit stilted at times.

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  • Przemysław Felczak
  • 10-06-22

one of the best 40k novels IMHO!

Just give it a try, great narration, interesting characters, and story that unfolds gradually!

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  • Kael
  • 10-23-22

I liked it but struggled to stay invested in it

There are some really cool scenes in this book and I enjoyed hearing about Knights and the culture behind them, as well as everything surrounding Assassin's.
However, the cool scenes are drip fed in a way that kept me listening while the entire time I was thinking of stopping, for the whole book.

The start of this book is HARD to get into and classically with sci-fi/fantasy books like this, the names of characters, locations and everything else is confusing. This book more so than other 40k books I've read.

Overall I would recommend listening to this book if you're interested in multiple Assassin temples and/or Knights.

The narrator did a great job!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-22

Assasins and knights

Fun glimpse into assasinorium and knight worlds inner workings . Unforrunately sub plot felt a bit weak and did not have enough meat in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-22

Excellent Quality Fiction from Black Library

Robert Rath is an author to be watched - great story, and hopefully we'll see more Assassinorum books down the line. 5 Astartes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Slow start but glorious end

It certainly drags in the 1st act, but once the plot started moving it was utterly impossible to put down. Thoroughly enjoyable and gives some great extra lore for the Assassinorum.

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  • Lee Salway
  • 04-11-22

loved it

great story. great narration. can't wait for the next book,...................! . . . . . .!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

Tradition vies with Obligation

Thoroughly engaging blend of personal struggles, super advanced tech and ancient oaths of honour among the nobility of a failing High Monarch