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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the Bequin series

Alizebeth Bequin's world has been turned upside-down. Now she must choose who she will follow as Inquisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor battle to discover the secrets at the heart of Queen Mab.

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The latest chapter in Dan Abnett's Inquisition saga is here, and it's packed with shocking twists and stunning revelations that will change the way you look at the Warhammer 40,000 universe forever.

The story

In the mysterious city of Queen Mab, the forces of light and darkness are locked in a murderous struggle for truth. The dedicated agents of the Holy Inquisition battle with their shadowy counterparts, the infamous Cognitae, to discover the encrypted identity of the enigmatic, all-powerful King in Yellow. Caught at the heart of this struggle is the pariah Alizebeth Bequin. Will she stand with the Inquisition or with the Cognitae that raised her? And if she chooses the Inquisition, will it be the wise but ruthless Ravenor or his rival, the denounced heretic Eisenhorn? Bequin must withstand an onslaught of angels, daemons, and even the monstrous warriors of the Traitor Legions, to unpick the greatest riddle of her life. 

The beloved characters of Eisenhorn and Ravenor return, as implaccable adversaries in a novel of esoteric mystery, macabre intrigue, and vivid action, where the revelation of true identity could mean death...or might shake the Imperium to its very foundations.

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Shocker

Suspense , history ,future. what a great way to expand Warhammer and it's Lore. Have over 150 Warhammer books in my library. has to be in my top 5

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Oh my god

The revelation at the end of this book broke my mind and now I have to wait for the third book.

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No spoiler heresy

I've played Warhammer for close to 25 years. I've read most of the books, played all the editions, and love most of it. Eisenhorn and the surrounding stories are the best written Black Library has to offer, and holy $&#e what a cliffhanger Dan!

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Pure storytelling brilliance in 40K Universe

These kinds of stories are everything I love about the W40K Universe. If anything this trilogy is shaping up to eclipse both Ravenor and Eisenhorns story arcs. Ms. Keeley's masterful narration brings the story to life in ways few of her peers can match. I'm short, if you love W40K stories, buy this book already!

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WHAT

THE HELL, did not expect that
Ending, great read cant wait for more
Should have had 2 narrators

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Holy Terra! Why? Why now must I wait?

loved this book. riveting fun. well written and extra intelligent even by Abnett's amazing standard.
The narration was captivating and perfect.
And now I must wait for a conclusion. Ahhhhhh

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Amazing

the story pulls you right into the mystery and chaos of Queen Mab. amazing writing by Dan Abnett. But can we please recognize the wonderful voice of Helen Keeley, she was amazing in this. her range of voice and emotion she brings brought this to another level entirely.

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

Eisenhorn, Ravenor, and now Bequin. Abnett is a genius. I've never played Warhammer 40k, but the world is rich, wild and fascinating. if you like science fiction, especially of the darker variety, you've found yourself a gem.

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True detective story from W40k

For me this this the best kind of book I can fanthom...if U love detective story and W40k at the same time I dare to say U hardly find anything better...voice acting is brilliant, story rich and full of suprises...and as a bonus U can meet all old friends...what more do U want? 🙂

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I don't really know what's going on, but I love it

I love the Eisenhorn and Ravenor series. I love most of Dan Abnett's 40k fiction. The Bequin series, so far, is probably my favorite of all.

There are things that you generally accept as being standard in the Imperium of Man. The Bequin series feels both familiar in that regard, but there's a lot of things that feel... off, but in interesting ways. If you read the first book, you know what I mean. One thing that Mr. Abnett does wonderfully is bringing those things around to make sense in and fit right back into the ol' Imperium of Man we all know and never wish to live in.

Fantastic story telling, but don't expect a satisfying conclusion. I hope the wait for the third book isn't long, because I'm dying to know who TF is the King in Yellow.

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  • paul sparks
  • 03-08-21

The king in Yellow!

Or is it Gold!! I listened to pariah and this back to back and my only disappointment is having to wait for Pandaemonium to be released, outstanding book and superb narration

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  • Tom Winton
  • 03-04-21

Best 40k book in yonks

It's got a good story, good characters, some good Grimdank. Dan spent less time describing the tightness of body gloves than he did in Eisenhorn and Ravenor which was nice. Thanks Dan!

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  • Huw Davies-Walters
  • 04-02-21

A Masterpiece

I stepped into the Bequin series with slight trepidation, not having heard Helen's (the narrator’s) work before and was almost instantly captivated by her performance. Never before have I looked at my audiable browser willing that clock to turn back and there be more story to come.

Penitent, is a seminal work for D.A.. He perfectly courts the 40K tropes, while simultaneously building upon his previous works breathing life into this world. He balances his work between the strength of bolter and blade, before he masterfully allows the true horror of the universe to creep in.

The author stamps his mark on this world, as the setting subtly becomes Victorian London. Accompanying this shift come some charming parallels, be it (spoilers) a caricature of Aleister Crowely, or a Ravengaurd fighting in a “murderous” way. You feel like the author is there, giving you the subtle wink as each of these quirks appear.

My only wish, is that we don’t have to wait so long for the next instalment. However, if it’s this good, it is most definitely worth the wait.

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  • stephen price
  • 03-13-21

wow!!!

did not see that coming. dan abnett at his finest. cant wait for the third book

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  • barry crawley
  • 04-04-21

Another great story by Dan abnett

Loved it just hope the next book is out soon thoroughly enjoyed this lots of twists and turns

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  • killi
  • 03-14-21

amazing story

loved it, Dan at his very best. More twists and turns than spaghetti. The ending had me shocked. can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-21

Speechless

This is a must read, the twist, the turns, the writing, it's a master piece of writing.

I recommend it

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  • Mr. S. A. Tawse
  • 09-12-21

Everything I wanted it to be and more!

I cannot recommend it enough! To have more Eisenhorn, Ravenor and Bequin is amazing. I have loved it very twist , turn, horror, reveal, fight and description. The only sadness is there is only one more book! Made me want to go back and start from the beginning as soon as I had finished as it was such a pleasure to listen to. The voice acting is incredible, and without Helen Keeley I really think the book wouldn't have been such an incredible experience. Can't say that for many books.

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  • David Walker
  • 08-31-21

Probably my most favourite Dan Abnett

Loved this book so much. So many scenes where I was thinking "How could this be?!". They are also the best kind of mysteries where it doesn't diminish from the story if they are never explained in the third book. The best book from an already great author

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  • chris calvey
  • 08-19-21

Oh. My. God! Just buy it! You need this!

Dan Abnett has done it again and Helen Keeley has brought this amazing story to life. Just buy it, you won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-21

what

what tha fuuuuuuuuu
those last 2 words.
I was hooked from start to finish but I NEED the next one

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  • Cameron
  • 01-17-22

Awesome part 2!

Great story writing by Abnett, amazing voice work By Keeley.
add it to your collection. have a great time listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-21

Unbelievably Good

Without a doubt the best Warhammer 40 K book I’ve ever read. And I have read more than 60

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-21

OMG that ending!!

If you love the Eisenhorn series you'll love this book!! And full of characters you're not sure should be there, you'll be guessing all the way. And the end......that ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

Abnett brilliance

As expected, this was a superlative example of Dan Abnett's work. the mathematical knowledge alone is evidence of his genius. The ending? I'm still trying to work out how he got there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-21

Epic

I knew the ending before reading and it still blew me away. This is what 40k should be. Not just one of the best 40k books I've read but up there with the best scifi I've read.

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  • Jack
  • 07-17-21

Wow. Just Wow

Great story with amazing twists and in depth characters. I recommend this series to anyone interested.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-21

Excellent!

The last sentence..... nearly gave me a heart attack!
10/10 great story must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Amazing

Such an amazing book! Can't recommend it enough. definitely check out the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books + Magos beforehand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

omg that ending though

whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttt I'm speechless that was awesome from start to finish and omg I can't I need the next one now