• Blackstone Fortress

  • Blackstone Fortress: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Darius Hinks
  • Narrated by: Sean Connolly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

When he discovers a prize that could change the face of the galaxy, disgraced Rogue Trader Janus Draik recruits a team to treasure-seeking misfits to claim it. But danger lurks in the darkness…  

Listen to it because: The full story behind the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress game is revealed! Join Janus Draik and his crew as they venture into the depths of the fortress and encounter all manner of deadly foes.  

The story: There are those in the great expanse of the galaxy that seek profit wherever it is to be found: the deal makers, the opportunists and explorers – the Rogue Traders. Granted power by an ancient charter, sanctioned by the Emperor Himself, these scoundrels, entrepreneurs and adventurers roam the galaxy in search of fortune and glory. 

None perhaps are as hungry for these twin vices as Janus Draik. All but disowned by his wealthy family, regarded as a wayward son of ill repute and little potential, Draik knows he must restore his fortunes soon or his misadventures will see him destitute and discarded.  

So it is then that when he finds a truly exceptional prize, one that will return him to his deserved station, Draik recruits a crew of fellow treasure seekers and sets them to the task. Draik's obsession is all-consuming, and he will risk everything to obtain his prize and its many secrets, including his life or even that of his crew.

Written by Darius Hinks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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meh

bland adventure story with a large cast of underdeveloped and 1 dimensional characters. the main character, drake, is one of the worst characters despite receiving the most attention. not bad, but definitely not good.

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Grek is awesome!!

I never thought they would develop a Kroot so well! very well done. words and more words

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Not bad, but forgettable

This feels like a tie in to the boardgame more than a book inspired by it. The consequences of actions never feel high. It wasnt the worst BL audio I've listen too, but certainly not the best. Ultimately a footnote in the lore of 40k

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Makes me want to paint and play Blackstone Fortress

…even more now! Great book, great characters. Thoroughly engaging, it makes a great companion to read before playing the game.

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great fun adventure book in 40k

Great great book if you are tired of the war books like the space marine conquest and gaurd books, way more of an eisenhorn esque adventure though a bit more light hearted.

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Blackstone Fortress takes Warhammer to a new level

of the new warhammer 40k books this has been my favorite so far. Decent character development with a solid story. Definitely will be looking to read more about the blackstone and Janus Draik.

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Blackstone Fortress Misteries

Very mysterious storyline, like an almost Indiana Jones story line, just grim dark. Characters were greatly written, background stories well written. The depth of the mysterious blackstone fortress just amaizes me, and I want more of this!

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A great adventure!

A great action packed adventure with mystery and intrigue. A good addition to the vast warhammer universe.

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indiana jones in space

this is an odd on folks. the story as is indiana jones in space trying to steal a blackfort. now the idea that a single blackstone fortress is sitting in known space and has been immediately claimed by chaos or eldari or imperial forces is thin already. but then they add in the fort is alive in some way almost omnipotent in some regards. other wish fun tale. nothing ground breaking or lore busting. fun read

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different

I enjoyed it it was different not what I thought it would be from Warhammer, A very different take on the 40k universe.

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  • paul sparks
  • 06-19-20

Awful narration

I tried and tried again to listen to this book but the narration was just not for me, I found it grating and insulting to be honest, I have also purchased the book on kindle so will read it instead of listening

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  • L. Batchelor
  • 01-23-21

The narrator is not bad

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a refreshing change from story after story featuring space marines.

The narrator is different to the 5+ 40K audiobooks I've listened to, however, you do get used to him and you learn why he was picked. His ability to voice multiple characters with wildly different voices is fantastic.

The opening chapter, prologue, I think it's called is awful. Just get through it. Once you do you'll enjoy the rest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

Action Adventure in the Dark Millennium

It’s refreshing to listen to a Warhammer 40k novel and it not being another war story or how the space marines are the best thing since sliced bread.
It’s odd to think that these sort of stories are rare for the 41st millennium.

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  • Burak
  • 10-16-20

one of the best 40k stories!

in my opinion it is one of the best 40k stories iv listened to so far (60 odd book) and a great intro to the Blackstone fortress lore. sample dose not do it justice and the narrator was better then most.

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  • Taffy
  • 06-23-20

didn't expect to enjoy this as much..but

this is a great book ideal for getting into the 40k universe or for those with 30 plus years experience. great work and great reading!

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  • Matthew C.
  • 06-09-20

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good overall performance but from chapter 23 on the sound level/quality is distinctly different & alters the tone of voice of the main character

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  • AJ HALL
  • 11-25-20

Great W40k Book

Great book, good story, good characters highly recommend this book to W40k readers. thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

Enjoyed this one

Ive long found the idea of Blackstone Fortresses fascinating and this was very interesting for that reason. There was one part early on which I found a bit jarring where a character arrives somewhere without a lot of explanation (trying for no spoilers) but it makes sense later. All in all good though, would recommend and hope there's sequals a plenty, its a great environment and I liked the characters.

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  • 06-25-20

Original Adventure!!

Great story, lots of fun, keeps you guessing all the way, especially when you know the variety of characters on the board game!! Well told and atmospheric.

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  • Matt
  • 02-04-22

Blackstone

The book adds some depth to the tabletop game if you're currently playing other than that it's OK. Feels like it doesn't have an intriguing ending and then stops really abruptly. Pick it up if you're playing the game.

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  • Joe
  • 07-17-21

Missing characters to care about?

40k is gonzo. And I love it for that. Anything goes. The entire setting is a gigantic kitchen sink of tropes. So it takes great characters to breath life into the setting and allow suspension of disbelief.
Darius Hinks normally masters his characterisations, giving us both heroes and villains we can care about.
Less so in this book. While the characters did have "interesting" backgrounds to set up all manner of drama, I could not muster an ounce of sympathy for any, nor can I recall a single name from the story.
The fortress felt like a game settin and the machinations of the characters were hammered to into that.
Fans of 40k and Hinks (like me) will still enjoy the romp while it lasts. But this is not a memorable story in the ever growing canon. It's a pulp dime novel of the grim dark future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-21

solid swashbuckling adventure

loved it! really thrilling! surprised the character work was so engrossing, in a book based on a board game which is based on an overpriced tabletop army men game. The mysterious ever-shifting alien fortress in SPACE is an intriguing setting. I suppose if I had one complaint, the fight scenes felt a tad too "turn-based", for want of a better term.

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  • Lee Salway
  • 09-09-20

jolly good show old bean

great! loved it! ! ! I would like some more please. There's a good chap.