• Astorath Angel of Mercy

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Blood Angels story

In the aftermath of the Devastation of Baal, the call of the Black Rage draws Astorath, Redeemer of the Lost, to the planet Dulcis. There he finds a successor Chapter on the brink of destruction and a revelation that will shake all the sons of Sanguinius to their core. 

Listen to it because: discover one of the Blood Angels' most fascinating characters, the warrior tasked with the grim duty of ending the threat of the Black Rage wherever it occurs.

The story: following the Devastation of Baal and the arrival of the Primarch Roboute Guilliman’s Indomitus Crusade, Commander Dante of the Blood Angels has been appointed Lord Regent of all Imperium Nihilus. Working with the successor chapters of the Blood Angels, Dante commands that the area around the Red Scar be scouted in preparation for reconquest. The Red Wings’ sweep has led them to the foetid world of Dulcis, dangerously near to the Cicatrix Maledictum itself. Decimated by the tyranids during the war for Baal and only lightly reinforced by Primaris Space Marines, the Red Wings Chapter are in no position to deal with the events that unfold there. Strange psychic phenomenon and a deadly xenos enemy threaten the great hope of all the Chapters of the Blood - that the flaw in Sanguinius’ geneseed has at last been tamed. Drawn by the Black Rage to Dulcis, Astorath the Grim, Lord High Chaplain and Redeemer of the Lost, comes to aid the Red Wings. But what he discovers there will shake the Chapters of the Blood to their very core.

Written by Guy Haley. Running time six hours one minute. Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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Good but something missing

Guy Haley has a good story about one of the most unique characters of the 9th Legion, but something seems missing.

Astorath is an intriguing character and this novel provides a compelling story and additional lore surrounding him, but this story should have been longer.

Another 50% in length could have fleshed out the Red Wings, Dulcis, and an epilogue, but those things were conspicuously absent.

This is a good story. Guy Haley did well, as he most always does. But not quite as good as it could have been.

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Dog water

Not much of a story to grip you and keep you going. It was a short story that lasted five hours. There was no interesting tales of the warp. Very little new lore added. Super dry writing. It started out great but then it got boring. The narrator was also mono. So much more could have been added about the mind stealing zenos. You don’t hear what’s on their mind much. This should have been a mind stealer vs tyranids book. This should have been a mind stealer vs the emperor book. Not interesting at all. Just page fillers.

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3 stars is good, don't be put off

The story is good, but we were taken on a side trip because of the human kids. in the later half it wasn't a problem, but too much time was put to introduce the girl and yet in the middle of the story it transitioned haphazardly to the..conclusion, might I say.

This is a good Astorath story, that I'm sure. It's a little short and definitely not a heavy hitter.

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Ok, story, Astorath is boring.

I've played Blood Angels since 1988. I love the Astorath model- he's one of my favorite generals to field on the table. However, he's the least interesting character in this story.

It was interesting to see the aftermath of the Devastation of Baal- how bad things are, but there's very little in this book that advances the 40k universe forward. I do like the Xenos in the book, I was interested in those since you could play them in White Dwarf.

However, the main character, Astorath, is dull. Brooding stoic characters are great in pictures but a boor to hear about. Yes, he does have his subtlties but it's not enough to make him interesting. This was the same problem with KRIEG- faceless soulless characters are dull, their one dimensional nature only makes everyone else look better.

It's a good book, but not a great one.

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Excellent Story

If you like Blood Angels you'll enjoy this one. Without Spoilers Astorath is sent to help bring mercy to some brothers of a successor chapter who've fallen to the black rage. It does a great job of showing who Astorath is which we rarely see him so it's very nice.

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misty bayou vampire thriller -in Warhammer!

Guy Haley made this one stand out from the other warhammer books. Dulcis (our setting) leapt off the page. perfectly done, as well as the voice acting! the performance really took you there. i only wish there was more.
love the blood angels narrative, excited for more releases!

ps the blood angels = the 'vampires' in title lol

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Oh damn.

Oh Emperordamn looks like the primaris can succumb to the black rage. 🤘😁🖤 3 more words. Hehehe

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  • Ashley
  • 03-04-22

So disappointing

I have to say I am a dedicated Blood Angels fan and feel there lore is the best out there as far a space marine chapters are concerned. For me Dante, Mephiston and Astorath make up the triad that embodies the blood angels and as far as the first two are concerned this has been achieved many time over in there rich lore.
This book however was nothing of the sort it was stagnant giving us no background on him what so ever, bearly even mentioning him untill the end, he is said to be one of if not the most ferocious fighter withing the blood angels chapter and was made to look weak against the "primaris" all in all a very disappointing story and I pray the next one "if there is one" will give him the credit he deserves so unhappy with this book and was so excited for its release.
Such a disappointment. 😞

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  • C Warren
  • 04-09-22

Ok

Yea, this wasn’t exactly a masterpiece. It certainly doesn’t compare to some of Haley’s other blood angels works but it is still quite good, and the enemies were unique and refreshing. In fact they are probably the most interesting part of the book, which is a problem seeing as it is supposed to be about Astorath. He is cool in it though, Haley can and has written him well.

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  • Rich
  • 03-28-22

Red Wings not Astorath

I write this at the halfway point and there has been next to nothing on Astorath at all. A brief cameo appearance at the start and that was it. I am guessing there will be slightly more of him near the end.
Also a lot of moaning cry baby Primaris marines who think they know better than the Firstborn and Dante. Moaning about having to help guard Imperial worlds. Almost makes it sound like an opening for some to turn traitor..................
The only good thing is learning a little more about the Red Wings but even that is thin on the ground.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

a short but still very enjoyable story

as always Guy Haley brings home the great grim dark . poor astorath quite possibly the worst job in the chapter.

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  • Ben
  • 03-13-22

Could of been better!

overall I would rate the story as meh.. spoiler warning! you don't learn anything new.

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  • paul sparks
  • 03-08-22

Astor are? Not really

The majority of this tale doesn’t feature him at all and when it does it’s not very satisfying, for me the only reason I finished it was Richard Reeds narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

A good listen.

This was a great read/listen, the story itself is very enjoyable though it does lack a lot of what it's named after. However the world building was fantastic and something we've not gotten since the HH novels.
Strongly recommend.

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  • Chris Ricketts2423
  • 03-04-22

Justice undone.

It felt like it was hard to do justice to such a cool character in such a short book. Compared to the stories of Dante and Mephiston the story felt very bland with super repetitive dialog. I don’t intend to be overly critical but I was anticipating this book intently and felt very underwhelmed. Richard Reed does a great job as per usual however. Weaknesses aside it was great to hear what was going on, on that side of the rift and some cool Xenos species up to their diabolical tricks.