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A Warhammer Horror audio

In the harshest of times, even the most faithful can walk in dark places - as Arch-Deacon Ambrose discovers when drought and plague sweep through his city.

Listen to it because: in the grim darkness of the far future, gods are real and faith is rewarded. Discover what happens when that faith is misplaced and light becomes darkness.

The story: the planet of Theotokos is dying. Drought has wiped out all but the capital city of Magerit. Worse, an outbreak of a terrible plague, known as the Grey Tears, ravages its populace. Only the charismatic Arch-Deacon Ambrose stands in the way of desperation and anarchy. But as the plague rampages through the streets, murdering its victims with unnatural symptoms, Ambrose struggles to confront the appalling measures he must take to save his people.

Written by David Annandale. Narrated by Christopher Kent.

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

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Finally; a GW story that does not use a sledge hammer...

Like most folks who read this genera; I’ve been a fan of GW fiction since their first forays into novels. Over the years they have gone from good stories to ham fisted use of their product line. Instead of a description, they will just use the trade name of the creature and the story suffers for it. This was not the case in Deacon of Wounds. Despite it becoming more obvious as the book goes on, the writer left it to my imagination rather than codifying the bad guy. As a result, this story was a refreshing return to having imagination rather than codification.

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Actually horrified

*slight spoiler* Do not eat food while listening to chapter 7. Story takes a sharp turn near the end.

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Any Warhammer fan should know what they're getting

I'll forgo an extended literary review to just say that if you are a fan of Warhammer - as I expect you are for being interested in this book, which is itself a niche release of a niche setting - you should probably know what to expect. Whether or not knowing what to expect diminishes or does not effect your enjoyment of this book depends on you.

Overall, it's a solidly executed story, as most of Black Library's repertoire tends to be. This one in particular was the first Warhammer Horror I read, because I was curious. I picked it because I knew who the antagonist was going to be. How could you not? Just look at the cover. But I wanted to know if that would make the story less interesting. And the answer is no, I found it to still be very enjoyable just to see the way the characters had to survive in their situation, as well as reveling in some nice disgusting imagery. That said, the ending is a little stale. There's a nice crescendo but it's a bit cliched as well, and I think goes very much in the expected direction where even a small subversion would have done wonders.

But this is where I came to a revelation - that is that this book actually does the cosmic HORROR aspect of the Warhammer 40k setting much better than expected. The book itself is not very "scary", but the narrative it portrays is bleaker even than the way the book presents it. You essentially are given a codex lore blurb extended out into a novelette. So if you've ever read a Chaos Daemons codex or even the .wikia you'll likely see "Gorblax the Prosecutor, 950 point daemon prince, +4 attack, etc. etc." and then there'll be a little blurb giving flavor "In the year 678 M.41 the dark one Gorblax is summoned upon the world of Sortarum and drowns the populace in a flood of burning corpses." Imagine how horrible it would be, then, to realize that your entire life's story - and indeed the entire story of your world - is to be essentially one more lore notch in the belt of some tabletop HQ unit. That's fairly good cosmic horror!

I can't speak for the rest of the Warhammer Horror library, but if you're a fan of Nurgle and don't mind being one step ahead of the narrative at all times, you could do worse for entertainment than this.

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Proof Warhammer horror can work

This is a testament to what you can do with horror in the 40k universe. Narration is superb and engrossing. The only real issue I have is that it feels about 2 hours too short, with everything escalating a little too quickly. Still, it's a story I cant wait to share with my friends.

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions

An excellent example of the phrase, Deacon of wounds unfortunately is a bit shorter than I would like. While paced very nicely, the last act sort of just happens, and while this is appropriate to create a sense of sudden horror, it unfortunately leaves something to be desired.
The performace is stellar, and each character clearly has their own voice and identity. An easy recommendation for fans of horror or warhammer 40k.

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Enjoyed the tale

Excellent story, and the performance was top notch! Well worth the listen, it had me squirming at parts.

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OMG! The WORMS! THE ABOMINABLE WORMS! HOLY SH**! That is so freakin cool! Highly recommended! DEEEDEEEEE!

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What could possibly go wrong?

Very well acted by C. Kent. Annandale's writing and characters are captivating. The plot is a bit predictable, but only in the sense that a book with "Warhammer Horror" on the cover is going to deliver a twisted story with a bad ending. The characters and world-building make the journey to that ending gripping.

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The story was interesting and the narrative descriptions great ... but it fell flat at the end with a typical Warhammer 40k ending. The Audi was great.

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The Man Knows his Horror

When it comes to horror in the 41st millennium their is only David Annandale. Best 40K horror writer BL got.

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  • paul sparks
  • 02-07-21

A plague tale in a pandemic!

It is so much more than just that! This is a book about power and it’s misuse, about religion and its control by fear and the weakness of people and what they will do, and papa nurgle and his minions too, slowly building, creepy characters and the horror of the grim dark 40k

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  • Paully
  • 01-28-22

These are the stories that make WH

Its the human stories such as these that continually bring me back to WH. Character who grip your attention from the beginning and you immediately get a sense for who they are. The intrigue, characters development and their interactions with the greater imperium are far more entertaining than just lots of boom, boom fighting every other chapter. On paper I shouldn't be all that interested in the story but by halfway through the first chapter was completely absorbed. More please!!!

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  • Joachim (Joe)
  • 04-13-21

A wonderfully narrated masterpiece!

Archdeacon Ambrose is the hero the Imperium of Mankind deserve, though definitely not the one they need.

This book's a beautiful and tragic look into the humanity behind the Ecclesiarchy, and it shows exactly why it's so difficult for a genuinely good person to make a difference against the dark powers in the Immatereum - they'll turn your compassion into a weapon against you.

The narration was absolutely perfect! Christopher Kent has a very "priestly" voice and he really brought every single character in the story to life; the man's a treasure!

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  • Mr. L. R. Wareham
  • 02-13-21

No plot prize but absolutely outstanding listen!!!

So this was an unexpected delight. Let's be clear, anything 40k which starts out by introducing a kind, moral and upstanding character can only end badly and in a predictably tragic fall from grace, so no prizes for an original plot.

But my word the writing is good and the narrator is superb. Annandale has opted for transformative and largely non-violent body horror - very little reference to blood and guts and the one bit of "damage" I can recall was carefully understated, making it far more effective. This is horror as nausea and discomfort, plus tragic dread. The least effective parts are towards the end where it becomes a bit more standard 40k fare but then the final scene hits an emotional home run.

The narrator also does a brilliant job, carefully managing the speed of his speech in the pivotal scenes and really dragging them out. There's a repeated noise which comes up several times and Kent just leans into the awful sound without shame.

A worthy entry to Warhammer Horror, highly recommended!

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  • Ross
  • 02-07-21

the road to hell is paved with good intentions

this book was one of the creepiest ones I've ever listened to, the story is some what predictedable, but that in no way detects from its impact. also shout out to the narrator he brought so much to the book.

over all a very good read and one of my horror favourites. 9/10 would recommend

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  • AudioCrook
  • 12-11-21

Gritty, uncomfortable dystopian story.

Based in the 40k universe this background story is away from the battle zones. This novel could also be a standalone novel! if you had no idea about the 40k universe, you can pick this up! Sit back relax, close your eyes and be prepared to be shot into a grimy hellhole of a situation which is wonderfully discribed by Christopher Kent, I hope to here him being used more in the 40k universe. This novel makes you understand that the "imperium of man" is not a great place at all. However good guys do the right things, for the wrong reason. Great story, great plotline, and an utterly brilliant narrator!

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  • 05-12-21

It’s not a mystery but it’s dark

I think that this is a book for people who want to see what horrors 40k can offer but have a very limited knowledge of the subject.
It’s creepy and has horrifying elements. As a veteran of the setting I got it figured generated before half of its length but there were still surprises and intriguing things left after that.

All in all it was very good.

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  • Johan olsson
  • 03-22-21

wow this is

well i do not know how to express mysealf. this was not what i expected before this is far more intresing. great story with good depht i think and i so loved that the story was not at all as i thoght. think that this is a top five from me so far from the audible books. if you liked lords of sillence i think that you will like this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-21

Slow and unengaging

Very obvious story arch and very predictable “twist” at the end. Basic characters without much dept to them.

The narrator does a splendid job thou.