• Huron Blackheart: Master of the Maelstrom

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Mike Brooks
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 Novel

The renegade leader of the Red Corsairs must adapt to an Imperium led by Roboute Guilliman, all while struggling to retain power in the face of dissension among his vicious followers. 

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See how the galaxy has changed for the Red Corsairs after the Great Rift, through the eyes of their infamous reaving leader—Huron Blackheart—who once preyed freely on a weakened Imperium.

The story:

Huron Blackheart is the lord of the Red Corsairs, master of the lawless Maelstrom and its piratical denizens—but oathbreakers and renegades can seldom rely on the loyalty of their followers. With the galaxy thrown into turmoil by the return of Roboute Guilliman, the former Tyrant of Badab faces a renewed Imperium and fresh challengers emerging within his own ranks. Huron must call on every trick he knows to stay in control—and alive. Yet even a warrior as ferocious and opportunistic as the Blood Reaver must be wary, for although there are many bargains he can strike, all power comes at a price....

Written by Mike Brooks. Narrated by Andrew Wincott. Running time 6 hours and 24 minutes.

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

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Ok Book but Wincott's Narration Is Outstanding!

Most of the book is written in present tense and Andrew Wincott makes something that would be boring to read to something outstanding to listen to. Also Love how Andrew ended the novel. As for the story it's ok and what happens on the Macragge's Honour is interesting but only getting teased with the attack on Chogoris feels like a missed opportunity.

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Middle of the Road Waryhammer book.

A bit of background fluff for an under utlized character in the wider warhammer 40,000 universe, as well as some wider plot hole filling. Not compelling in its own right, it is still workman like in the plot. Considering how balmy/non-sensical some books of the books get (like the Mephiston books), thats a compliment. Charaveters are defined, and clear if not particularly compelling or deep. Plot is reasonable and easy to follow if a bit stright forward and slow. Nothing happens that doesnt make sense.

As always with this series, narration is A+. Great stuff there. Even if not compelling in itself, this is worth listneing to in the background while doing something else, with the bass rumblings of Wincott.

All in all, worth listening to if youre a only fan of Warhammer 40,0000's chaos faction. Not for the unintiated in the lore, and not really for people prefer other factions. c+

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A great chaos time!

A fun listen! I really enjoyed getting into the head of Huron Blackheart and seeing what makes him a terrifying warlord. Unlike other chaos characters Huron isnt an all powerful being. Instead he is a master strategist. Honestly anything Mike Brooks touches makes me happy. He has a talent for writing villains and having us root for them! Also its a book about chaos space marines pirates. Whats not to love.

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Who is Huron? Or rather… what?

One of the most well narrated and well written of all of Black Library’s various tales I’ve read over the years. The performance was IMMACULATE. I cannot recommend the narrator nor the tale enough. If you have even a cursory interest in the Pirate King of Chaos in the 41st millennium, give this a whirl.

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More Huron please!!!

The tragic fall of Lufgt Huron and the badab war is one of my favorite events of 40k. Finally getting a book of Huron (though very short) is a god send.

seeing the aftermath of Huron after the badab war is heart breaking, to see how far this one noble character has descended is grim dark as it gets. I would have loved more interaction and contemplation of Hurons part one of all his decision leading him to this point, a nagging voice counter acting his blind belief that he was betrayed but self reflection is hard thing to find in most chaos champions.

Normally I'm not a fan of chaos pov characters but Huron breaks the standard mold, instead of being a let's murder everyone in the name of the dark gods like some zealot of lorgar or some psychopath like the night lords, Huron is a pragmatist. He will attack and raid territory to plunder it of its resources but he also recruits and takes on people instead of outright murdering them for the dark gods attention, if anything he's actively trying to prevent dependence on the chaos gods which is amazingly nuance. To top it off he is actively trying to manage the standard chaos zealots and psychopaths which as herculine a task as trying to take down an imperium, but with great effort Huron is able maintain control as best as the elderly space marine can.

overall a solid story but it is GOD DAMN SHORT!!!

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Hoist the Space Sails

great story about a great villain. perfect for 40k fans uninitiated with chaos

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too brief for its own good

when I picked up Master of the Maelstrom I think I was expecting more about the red corsairs, maybe flush them out see how their warband operated, but in the end it felt the most secondary to Hueron himself.

also that one's on me his name is in the title, and as a story about the Blood Reaver I feel it's good but it kind of goes too fast. it definitely falls more in line with the "shlocky 80s action movie" most 40K books have, not that that's a bad thing it's actually what I sort of love about 40K books but after the night Lords trilogy and the twice dead King books it just kind of disappointed me.

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Great performance, decent story

I wanted more, but it felt rushed. Still well worth your time, but I expected more love and crafting with one of the few extremely interesting Chaos Lords

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Simply Awesome

Honestly one of the best WH books I’ve read in awhile, and easily better than most of the post-rift Primaris books. It’s not a long book but the pacing is good and it doesn’t get bogged down. It also covers some major events and advances the overall story. Unlike many WH books it’s not a bait and switch where most of the POV isn’t even the main character. The only other character is a magos that’s pretty interesting. I think the interplay between traitor marines is particularly well done also. The narration by Andrew Wincott is fantastic for traitor marines, he’s easily a new favorite. Definitely don’t pass this one up!

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An excellent exploration of Huron Blackheart

This book goes largely into the structure, or lack there of, in the Red Corsairs. Luft heron is still the tough old bastard that made it half out of the Badab war. This book even hints at the possibility of the Red Corsairs regaining control of their Blackstone Fortress.

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  • Christopher Wright
  • 06-23-22

THE BEST WARHAMMER BOOK EVER

Seriously, friends and fanboys... I have read easily close to 200 of the warhammer books or more depending on how you count ... it's like a guilty pleasure and a strange sickness combined ... so I have years of perspective and comparatives ...

I think to date, this is my favourite book and telling of all ... more than Ragar Blackmane, more than Gotrek and Felix, more then Eisenhorn and Ravenor, more than Ventris, Honsou, the Soul Drinkers, all 54 booked of the Heresy, the prequel Primarch books (though Curze was good too) ...

A great new series!!!

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  • Helen
  • 08-02-22

it was great good sorry

the performance was top quality the character are interesting and have development and at some point it was very funny 😁 a good read

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  • Gareth Evans
  • 07-01-22

Makes you feel part of a conspiracy!

Narrator is great. From the get go you feel part of the inner sanctum of traitors. Story twists and turns like Huron's black heart.

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  • Samuel Burton
  • 05-22-22

brilliant!

Andrew wincott reading brilliant as always. interesting storyline showing the red corsairs being the pirates that they are

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  • Cassiesaurus
  • 05-22-22

Space Captain Barbosa

Huron is Captain Barbosa in the 40k universe being irresistibly, pragmatically wicked. Listened to the whole thing at once because it was just too good to stop. It's a real breath of fresh, warp tainted air to have a story from the perspective of renegades rather than one of the original legions.

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  • Perturabo.
  • 05-19-22

Great character and performance.

Good look into Chaos armies second in command. Great performance by artist as well who brings Huron to life!

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  • James coats
  • 05-18-22

Huron for warmaster

Great listen for anyone who enjoys chaos, Huron is by far my favourite Chaos lord and this does him so much justice.

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  • Rowena fisher
  • 05-16-22

Andrew Wincott

Andrew Wincott is by far my favourite narrator and I think is without doubt one of the best narrator's

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  • Liam Clark
  • 08-23-22

pretty much perfect

pretty much as perfect a chaos novel as you can get. devoured it in a day and my only criticism is there wasn't more of it. took a character I didn't care about and made him one of my favourites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-22

Great story and the perfect narrator

A thrilling insight into Huron Blackheart and the narration was absolutely perfect. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

Worthy of the Red Corsair himself!

Mike Brooks has left God tier novel after God tier novel, first with “Brutal Kunnin”, which I listen to constantly, and now “Huron Blackheart” I can see this becoming a favourite of mine very quickly.

If you are looking for a book with a dark, yet, fiercely intelligent main character then this is it!

Andrew Wincot is a crazy good narrator, he makes each character come alive. I want him in more Audiobooks, especially when he plays the villain!

All I can say is, More Please!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-22

Huron Blackheart

Devious plot by the Blackheart! Dont mess with him or you will get your just rewards!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

listen to Night Lords: Blood Reaver. First!

same voice actor from Night lords Trilogy. listen blood reaver first. story 3/5 meh.