• Penitent

  • Bequin: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,596 ratings)

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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.

Listen to it because

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.

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

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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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An Absolutely Ridiculous Rollercoaster Ride

I enjoyed the other two series some stuff seems a bit farfetched but this is like two bickering old people one upping each other with long tales. Name drops, reaching out for far too much 40k lore in one book. I'm honestly surprised everyone didn't turn out to be gene stealer hybrids. I'm also assuming the next book will have the necrons make an appearance and the gang will need to team up with them to stop a lost primarch who ate a katan. Who knows even Horus might make an appearance and team up with the gang as well. My jibes seem ridiculous but if you listen to this you'll probably agree. Completely within the scope of possibility with how things are going at this point. The latest book of Gaunts Ghosts was pretty ridiculous as well and I remember not enjoying that one so much as well, guess it's just Dan's way now. Also WTF is up with the spider body control, there is literal mind control, blueberry coercion, Tyranid coercion and warp shinanograms but the weird method of body control is spider vore. Entertaining but feels wrong, it's like a book written for a different setting with sprinkles of 40k to try and make it 40k instead of whatever it was actually meant to be.

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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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I'm so glad the night lords made an apearance

it was interesting to see the kings warriors vs everyone else but I'm getting like ender vibes

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god damn

this book is truly pandemonium. so many twists and turns with ture recumpence this a great book.

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Narration problem

The book writing is engaging for those who seek a noir detective experience in 40k setting.
The problem with narration however is that the narrator have a habit of over-expressed that reach into whining woman territory combined with slow reading speed that produce a very grindingly unbearable effect and makes a lot of the parts required speeding up.
Choosing a female narrator suit the POV but this style unfortunately gives the impression of the MC being an inexperienced-impulsive-childish teenager in young adult, not a trained operative worthy of inquisition rossete.
The narrator performance in spear of the emperor was much better so not the best hearing.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-22

Frustrating Narration

The constant use of "I said. She said. He said. I said. He said. They said." after every other sentence of dialogue ruins the immersion. If you are doing voices for characters you just dont need it. Its obvious who is talking. Disappointing, because otherwise the reading is good and its a great story.

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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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  • 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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  • Shane
  • 05-20-22

great listen and author

Helen Keeley is an amazing narrator and really pulled me into the story with each chapter voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-22

Dan Abnetts new Horus Rising!

Starting to think Dan Abnett has beseeched the powers of the warp to guide his hands. This story is an absolute head trip in the best possible way and an incredible read at the same time!

If you are a fan of 40k this is a MUST read for it heralds a new era for our beloved universe!

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  • Hugh Weir
  • 03-08-22

Hooked again.

As a fan of the setting I couldn't be more intrigued and excited by this story and where it might go next. What an incredible universe has spring from this man's imagination.... I liked the performance of Penitent more than Pariah, some of the male character voices are still a bit clunky but it is a colossal achievement from one performer. That said, I have never liked how Harlon Nayl has been voiced in any of the audio books - but I couldn't do any better so there you have it.
Overall, a wonderful addition to the 40k universe, with all of the frailties and strengths of baseline humanity. Can't wait for 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.