• The Helwinter Gate

  • Space Wolves: Warhammer 40,000, Book 3
  • By: Chris Wraight
  • Narrated by: Andrew James Spooner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Space Wolves novel

As the Imperium crumbles around them and darkness descends, the Space Wolves of Járnhamar Pack seek vengeance for old wrongs - whatever the cost.

Read it because

Discover what Járnhamar Pack got up to as the 13th Black Crusade ravaged the galaxy and the Dark Imperium dawned. Chris Wraight returns to the heroes of Blood of Asaheim and Stormcaller.

The story

Isolated.

Alone.

Járnhamar Pack are forced to flee from the judgement of their own Chapter aboard a stolen voidship, amid an Imperium descending into total war. Still pursuing vengeances for old wrongs, these Space Wolves hunt the ruins of worlds in search of an enemy who remains stubbornly hidden. Yet as the perilous journey unfolds, the Pack learn their nemesis is not the only threat to their survival. They must also contend with the uncertain path chartered by one of their own, whose strange and unsanctioned powers continue to grow.

Their ultimate goal of a return to Fenris - with their honour restored and oaths re-sworn - becomes steadily more elusive. As the Imperium’s borders crumble and the long-prophecised onslaught of the Archenemy begins, Járnhamar Pack must race to uncover the truth of an ancient betrayal and halt its horror from coming to pass, lest everything they have ever fought for be destroyed in the coming storm.

Written by Chris Wraight. Narrated by Andrew James Spooner.

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

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Fenris Heyoda

This was a great listen, just need the first two space wolves books, thanks

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A bit boring

Like stated above it was a bit of a boring story. The plot was a bit weak and I sometimes struggled to finish this book.

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Good Listen

The book hatches out a lot about the mentality of the Space Wolves. It also pre shadows what I can only guess are future stories. Overall really good. Also, no one Ultramarine in the whole book. Thank the Throne.

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Not good

For me this one was a struggle to get into the whole way. The story never gets exciting and the writer completely fails to make the characters interesting or engaging

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Interesting plot, bothersome narration

Note: I read the other two books in the series and this is the only one I listened to as an audiobook

The best thing about Helwinter Gate is the settings. Chris Wraight goes all-out in describing the monolithic scale of warfare during the 13th Black Crusade in ways that other authors never really managed to do. The characters, one of Wraight's real strengths, continue to be distinct and compelling throughout the novel, which isn't at all the easiest thing to do when you're working with a bunch of space vikings.

Meanwhile the character action itself seems a bit perfunctory. If you're the sort of person who gets annoyed when Space Marines are depicted as being effectively invincible when fighting any number of normal humans (I am) this book will annoy you more than once, though that isn't to say that there aren't still some losses along the way.

I was much more bothered by the narrator, who despite being quite talented with voices and dramatic readings, makes some very strange choices with the cadence of his speech. I've never talked about a narrator's breathing before, but I'm glad, now that I'm done listening, that it will be some time before I hear someone take a breath after the first word of their sentence again.

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Great story and characters

Yet another outstanding production for listening to the many stories of the warhammer universe… I love the heresy series and have yet to be disappointed by any warhammer 40k novel. Non stop action from the Emperor’s biker gang known as the Wolves of Fenris. One of my favorite space marine chapters. Highly recommend this outstanding audible experience. Thank you to all the hard work of the production team and voice actors who really go the extra mile to make it feel so alive.

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Awesome.

This book is for the fans of the Vlka Fenryka. Deep souls, fierce warriors, pack brothers, and staunch defenders of the Imperium.

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Great

One of my favorite series and a fantastic way to finish up the trilogy. Some points were a bit rushed but the story hit every beat it needed to wrapping practically everything up nicely yet leaving the possibility for more.

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An excellent Space Wolves story

This was an excellent mix of action and story development. I thought the narrator did a great job. I'll have to listen to it again because sometimes the names we're confusing but I guess that's what happens when you listen to it on the road.

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Boring

this has got to be one of the slowest book that's come out of Black Library. it only got decently good in the last hour and then it still was a little slow... p.s. I really dont like Space Wolves

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

THIS WAS EXCELLENT!!

From start to finish, this was Chris Wraight at his best. The plot twists and turns, goes on past where I thought It would have to end and by the all-father, the narrator does a fantastic job, giving each character a slightly different accent to distinguish between them (there are surely only so many Scandinavian voices to be used before they all sound alike??) apparently not. Well done Andrew James Spooner. Now, if we could just find one who knows how to pronounce the often used Nordic word "wyrd". all would be right in the world. *hint- I believe it's "urrd" or even "aired".
that said, I might be wrong.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-21

Outstanding story and performance

Probably my favourite ever audiobook. Wraight's writing will keep you gripped while the superb audio performance elevates it to another level. Highly recommended to all 40k fans. Fenris Hjolda!

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  • D
  • 06-22-22

A great story

Great story, well narrated. You can't go wrong with this one. A must for any Space Wolves fan. Hope to see more novels narrated like this one.

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  • JK Prowling
  • 04-17-22

brilliant!

Great story and excellent narration.

I would love to see the first two books as audiobooks though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Another fantastic book

Chris wraight knows space wolves better than anyone. This trilogy was a fantastic read and listen. The narration was on point aswell

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  • Andrew
  • 02-13-22

Absolutely cracking in every respect.

I hadn't read the previous sagas involving these characters but I wish I had. Chris Wraight knocks it out of the park here. Great read, great performance.

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  • Mr. Troy
  • 12-28-21

Too long and too slow

I'm a space wolves fan, but this dragged. Some interesting parts with Ragnar and Cadia, but it takes so long to get there, you almost lose interest.

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  • Dougie & Lee
  • 11-27-21

slow starter. very good finish

a found the start of the book to be drawn out and difficult to get Into, however midway through it started to build in intensity and peaked my interest. The final few chapters had me gripped and eager to hear the ending. over all an enjoyable experience