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Crisis of Faith

By: Phil Kelly
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott,Helen McAlpine
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A T'au Empire novel

Fresh from his victory on Arkunasha, the young Commander Farsight leads a crusade to reclaim colonies lost to mankind's Imperium. But stiff resistance will test him to his limits and beyond.

Listen to it because: Phil Kelly continues his look at the life of Commander Farsight with his first campaign against the full might of the Imperium and shows how the T'au Empire's technological superiority fares against Imperial grit.

The story: the t'au are a mysterious alien race, diametrically opposed to the Imperium of Man in every possible way - in their mastery of technology, methods of warfare and social structure. Yet in galactic terms they are a young race, and naïve when it comes to the manipulations of Chaos. When promising young Commander Farsight is promoted to lead a crusade across the Damocles Gulf to reclaim the T'au Empire's lost colonies from mankind, the mood is one of optimism. With their mighty fleet, and superior weapons and machines, how can their endeavour possibly fail? However, despite a parade of early successes, Commander Farsight soon faces enemies he wasn't anticipating and finds not only his courage but also his soul tested to the very limit.

Written by Phil Kelly. Narrated by Helen McAlpine and Andrew Wincott.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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eh

good performance. sorry is... not the best from GW but good enough. typical of the greater good ;)

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A good start, but ending seems forced

A good start and decent buildup for the theme of broken faith. Stories end seems a bit forced. But it does leave one with a sense of wanting a part 2.

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  • RV
  • 11-24-22

Very good Tau story.

Really good story. Well written and decently paced. Word Word Word Word good book.

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Writing is lacking but the narration is fantastic

This was a bit of a struggle to finish. The narration was fantastic and truly the only reason I finished the book.

The story is slow for the most part. The ending was decent but getting to it was a slog. It shows that the author can write well, but for some reason took most of the book to finally actually do it.

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FACT: Tau are the most powerful race in the world.

I learned from this book that entire imperial battleships, gamma+ level librarians, greater daemons, and even ordo xenos inquisitors' dedication to their cause are no match for just a single, naked fire caste with a pulse rifle, an ipad, and a pocket knife. Even Sly Marbo checks under his bed at night for Commander Farsight.

If you're into that, this is the book for you. If you're not, it probably isn't.

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Great introduction to the Tau

I'm not a big fan of the Tau, as they've mostly been a footnote in my book. I read some snippets of lore about the Farsight Enclaves, so that made me a little curious. This novel is def one of the top ones I've read. I can say it's made me appreciate that faction a lot more. The depth it adds to that little corner of the galaxy is **chef kiss**. Def a read or listen I'd wholly recommend.

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sadistic

Sawing a tongue in half, shoving an arm down someone's throat to kill them. blech.

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Not my cup of tea.

To dry and uninspiring, slow development of characters. No explanation of the conflict and prologue was confusing.

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amazing

love it! the lore and back story are fantastic. very well done I can hardly wait to continue the series.

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A great listen, I hope we get more tau

I really loved this and look forward to more on Farsight's story. At the very least I'm a fan of his journey.

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  • ben
  • 01-27-22

Get it read !

I must have read about 30 or 40 books from Warhammer 40K I must have returned at least 10. The one I love ...I really love ...This fits in that section.

I'm the guy that doesn't like bolter porn
I dislike the majority of the books after book 5 of the Horus heresy
I send my back any siege of Terra books that are filler and chaf
I love Manflayer, Eisenhorn, Gideon, Bequin!, Luther and Bellerasious Cal

So now you know I like a really good story, great imagination and great characters and you have it all in this book. I can't wait to see the rest.

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  • beefeb
  • 03-02-22

cant wait for the next

Really enjoyed this one....giving a lot more background on farsight and the 8. Im really enjoying disliking the ethereal caste , ever more so after this book....really entertaining. good fight scenes, decent dialogue, and plenty of little tidbits if you are familiar with the wider background of farsights circumstances.....looking forward t the next one.

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  • paul sparks
  • 01-20-22

Greatest good

It’s difficult not to like the majority of the Tau as apart from the Ethereals the other castes really want to improve life for all species, the glaring differences between space marines and their psychotic tendencies and the fire caste is like the eye of terror, vast and depthless! Farsight is finally opening his eyes to reality in this book and I really wish there was sequel!! Superbly narrated

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  • AudioCrook
  • 01-16-22

The greater good, doesn't make them good guys!

Very good introduction to the Tau race. Tau are the newest race in the 40k universe. They are very expansionist, masters of diplomacy and deceit, you get the impression they would rather expand the empire without firing a shot, winning "hearts and minds/propaganda".

The Tau cast system is very interesting, they view war as a means to an ends. The Tau "firecast"(warrior class) study the art of war more as a science and dogmatic in approach but follow the rules and tactics literally by the book. mathematical and statistical in their approach to warfare. The Tau class system really aren't keen on outside the box thinking and view off the cuff tactics as borderline insubordination, that will get you pushished, even if you got the desired results.... The other Tau casts view the firecast's with suspicion and trepidation, probably because they don't want firecast Tau to get any ideas above there station.

I really got an eastern/Japanese feel to this Xenos race, espeshally in the battlesuits and the feel for technology, they seem very 'manga'. The narration was really good. Would recommend!

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  • Ben
  • 11-04-22

A refreshing change

I usually listen to Space Marine stories so it was nice to see the universe through a different race. The characters are well developed, and the story flows nicely. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • Just this guy, you know?
  • 10-05-22

Tau get a poor showing

Black Library have released a few books with the xenos races as the central protagonists recently with Nate Crowley's Ghazghkull Thraka: Prophet of the Waaagh! the Twice-dead books and Adrian Tchaikovsky's Day of Ascension which have been some of the best Warhammer books of late. So when Crisis of Fate was in a recent sale I picked it up hoping the Tau will get the same level of book the Orks, Necrons and Genestealer Cult got.

Unfortunately the Tau have got one of the worst books of late, the characters are flat with boring dialogue, Farsight has the same level of personality as the Tau A.I. Plot points that make no sense, at one point the captain of space marine battleship decides the best thing to do after his ship is badly damaged is to ram the Tau ship. The same Tau ship the Chapter master and rest of the chapter are fighting on! Andrew wincott's narration is over dramatic with the same level of intensity told as a demonic incursion to a elderly Tau complaining about he's bad knees. The space marines sound so ridiculous angry all the time I think Kharn the betrayer would tell them to chill. The only high light was the Tau propaganda at the start of the book the rest is just the standard low effort Black Library dross. I'd recommend giving Crisis of Faith a miss, instead I'd say give Adrian Tchaikovsky 's Day of Ascension a go.

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  • Zcyper
  • 09-26-22

interested? Get it

Really good story where everything is solid
good performance and really good story
if you have any interest in what is in the description, get it :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

Lacklustre story with frustrating writing.

As a Tau player I was eager to give this a listen. Unfortunately, I found the writing quite frustrating; support characters with uninteresting arcs or unearned endings, needlessly repetitive or overly descriptive paragraphs, and a chaos storyline underlining the entire narrative that none of the protagonists notice - even though they very much should.

I really wanted to enjoy this and there are some interesting bits with Farsight, no doubt, but I found this a chore to finish and with this source material, that's really disappointing. .

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  • Terry
  • 09-09-22

slow burner

it starts of strong then we hit the 2nd Chapter which seemed a bit odd as timeliness goes astray.... however, all is not lost as this is a revenge thriller with a couple of twists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Copium for Tau fans

If you want a book where Tau effortlessly beats up space marines in hard to follow battles this is a book for you. Everything interesting is far to spaced out and for a book about Farsight named Crisis of faith there is very little of Farsights faith being in crisis. Performance is good but the endless Tau speak jargon is tiring to say the least.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-22

Excellent & Intriguing Story

Absolutely loved this, to listen to the history, the culture, the philosophy, the science and technology was fantastic.

The only criticisms I have is that the story transition between characters was very blured. Sometimes you would be listening intently to Farsight and the next second were listening to someone else in a completely different place and time.

Maybe I've listened to too much Halo where transitions can take up half a page.

Also, some pronunciation of the Tau words differ from how I know them to be pronounced, but that's fine.

Loved it, can't wait for more!