• The Hollow King

  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • By: John French
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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The Hollow King

By: John French
Narrated by: Richard Reed
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Publisher's Summary

A Cado Ezechiar Novel

In his first full-length novel, the vampiric anti-hero Cado Ezechiar finds himself caught in a web of war and deceit in the city of Aventhis.

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The cold-hearted Cado Ezechiar is obsessed with revenge and keeping to his strict moral code—can he stay true to himself and avenge those who he has lost?

The story

Cado Ezechiar is a wanderer who has outlived the memory of the age that made him. A Soulblight vampire who accepted the curse as his people and kingdom fell to Chaos, he now roams the Realm of Death and beyond seeking retribution and salvation for the ones he failed.

Aided by the bound spirits of those he lost, Cado follows a path of revenge, hunting the servants of Chaos to slake his need for blood while seeking the Sorcerer of Change who destroyed his kingdom. When his hunt leads him to the free city of Aventhis, Cado becomes caught up in the machinations of greater powers—beings who see the city and its people as dust in the eyes of ambitious gods. Torn between his code of honour and his desire for vengeance, Cado must navigate a web of war and deceit, or lose everything.

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Really thrilling

Loved it, its basically Dracula meets lord of the rings, definitely a must listen highly reccomend

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great book

great character awesome story I hope to hear more from the hollow king. excellent narrator!!!

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Not engaging and too long.

I couldn’t finish the last 30 minutes. Life is too short for bad books. Well, maybe bad is too harsh. I just didn’t care how it ended. I didn’t really care how it went the entire way. Cado could be a fun pulp hero for episodic adventures, but in this format it just isn’t great. Maybe AoS just doesn’t make for good novels.

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Best Age of Sigmar book yet!

Absolutely loved this book and hope there will be several more to come. Richard Reed was phenomenal as always. Well worth a credit for any fan of high fantasy.

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greatest vampire in the land

this is my first age of Sigmar book, just fyi.
i know almost nothing after the end times, so getting glimpses into how this particular land is split is awesome.
the character is told in a good way and he sticks to his flaws (a vampire would call it a flaw) and his story evolves in a great and natural way.
the voice actor is great as usual (heard a lot of 40k books narrated by him).
his female voices are distinct from males and for any voice actor that is enough when it comes to voices opposite genders.

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me gustó mucho

gran calidad como siempre, cumpliendo su objetivo; me eh conseguido mi armada de la fracción de la muerte con Kedo

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A requiem of life’s eternal struggle even in death

NO SPOILERS! An amazing and cleverly written story about hope and the frailty of life even through un death. It’s a beautifully dark journey told through the eyes of an ancient Soulblight, coming in a fresh perspective, throughout the story he is presented with choices that force him to see himself as he truly is, aside from the credo holding his purpose for existing and believes himself to be. I could not stop listening, the characters are very well written, plenty of edge of your seat moments, lots of very intense and detailed fighting scenes with magic, lots of lore about the realm of death if you are into Age of Sigmar, I honestly think this is by far my favorite story and character from Age of Sigmar and I can’t wait for more from this character and the author.

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Cool Character

I really enjoyed this book. The story is kind of short but it keeps the action going at a nice pace.

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Best AoS Vampire Character and Narrative

Non-Spoiler mostly gushing. I’d tell you all it’s a great read with amazing pacing! The intense moments are incredibly so and the more human moments feel sincere. I love that we seem to have an amazing and interesting anti-hero for the vampires/Soulblight and I will definitely be impatiently waiting for any further stories with The Hollow King. Couldn’t stop until it was over it was so damn good seriously folks.

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  • Robert K.
  • 08-30-22

here come the shadows

fantastic, one of the best AoS story's I've heard, worthy of a listen. I will be definitely looking forward to the next book of the hollow king.

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  • Milo
  • 09-29-22

A great AOS novel and start to a series!

A great story set in the dark undead worlds of AOS. A strong story that stands above much of the other good AOS offerings with a great lead character and setting. There are a number of standout moments and French really knows how to.write the creepy parts of the world and especially of magic. Superb narration, with clear voiced characters. Worth a listen for sure!

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  • Ashley Sandford
  • 09-15-22

amazing story

loved the story, well written and performed, very much looking forward to another in the series!

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  • van Lier
  • 09-11-22

Very unfolding story and great narration!

The Hollow King follows a fallen prince as he attempts to uncover a chaos conspiracy in an old medieval town.

I really like the AOS novels with a strong protagonist. Sometimes I lost the flow of the story and had to rewind. But the narrator Richard Reed (I really liked him in the Cursed City narration) dit a great job and I didn’t mind rewinding.

If there would be a sequel I would definitely listen to that as well.

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  • Alison Russo
  • 11-24-22

Tenuous link between Cado and the plot

The beginning of the book captured my interest quite well with the world building, the way the underworlds are explored and Cado's introduction were good and had me invested, however, once in Aventhis the story takes a dip due to the simple fact that Cado's link to the plot is tenuous at best. The reason given for Cafo going along with the plot felt weak when faced with the plethora of abilities he has as well as the fact given his long age and general disposition to humans it makes very little sense why he stayed or helped, I feel if Cado was younger and struggling more with his connections to humans it would have worked better. Either that or have a more tangible reason for him staying to help.

Other than that, Richard Reed is a fantastic narrator as always and made getting through this story more manageable.

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  • Bobby Stroud
  • 10-23-22

Amazing!

After reading lots of 40k book this was my first jump into AoS and it gripped me from start to finish. The world building around the Realm of Death really fleshes out the setting while it also holds up as a standalone novel if you are not already familiar with Age of Sigmar. There's still a lot of unresolved mysteries around the main character - Cado - and I look forward to learning more about him in the sequels!

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  • Shaun Rowe
  • 10-04-22

well worth a read

it was a great story by John French and a fantastic performance by Richard Reed.

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  • James McCandless
  • 10-06-22

Excellent

One of the better novels from Black library I have listened to. Great story and characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

Nothing. New

Good vampire and boring side kicks leads to an average story. Not my favourite but stil worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-22

Thumbs up

Good story, entertaining characters, good flow, well read. Thoroughly enjoyed. I have a new favourite reader