• The Twice-Dead King: Reign

  • Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
  • By: Nate Crowley
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,292 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

Follow the exploits of Oltyx, who, having finally been granted the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty, now faces far greater threats, from within and without. He soon learns that the lessons of kingship are not quite what he had hoped.

Listen to it because: experience the tumultuous reality of ruling a necron royal court and battling the the Imperium from the perspective of an necron lord whose mind is split into discrete partitions.

The story: after centuries of exile, the necron lord Oltyx has at last been granted the thing he has always craved: the throne of the Ithakas Dynasty. Kingship, however, is not quite what he had hoped for - Oltyx's reign currently exists aboard the dying battleship Akrops, as it lumbers away from the ruins of his crownworld. Behind it is a hostile armada of unfathomable size, launched by the barbaric alien war-cult known as the Imperium of Man. And within the Akrops' sepulchral hold, an even greater threat festers - the creeping horror of the flayer curse. Faced with such overwhelming odds, Oltyx leads a desperate voyage into a darkness so profound that salvation and doom look much the same. If he and his dynasty are to make it through that long night, Oltyx will have to become a very different sort of king. 

Written by Nate Crowley. Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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A++ Emotional Damage

This was an excellent sequel that introduced new depth and characters. No journey worth remembering is easy, and this one really had my emotions doing the most. I legit cried at one point. Narration and story are amazing and I can't wait for the third!!!

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Summon the Monoliths!

Is it possible for someone to make a story from the point of view of evil, tyrannical death-robots compelling and heart-wrenching? Can someone make you sympathise with even worse, skin-wearing, viscera-smearing, shrieking death-robots? Apparently, yes. This and the previous book are one of the best 40k novels I had a pleasure to read. And (almost) no Spehs Mareens!

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If "Ruin" was Hamlet "Rain" Is the story of Moses

It's a great Exodus story. Where they're trying to find a new homeland. Where they face many losses along the way.

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Robots CAN feel love

I never thought a story about soulless machines would make me feel emotions but that's exactly what this book did, I love how much personality is written in each character as well as the unique perspective.

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Crowley makes the Necrons fascinating.

The lore of the Necrons has been evolving after years of being nameless, faceless Horrors. Nate Crowley has done a fantastic job showing us things through their oculars and has made them a fully fleshed out (sorry) people.

By drawing on real-world classics, Crowley gives us the hero's journey of Odysseus and the founding story of Aeneas in the form of an undead robot, all while mixing in some genuine fun and humor.

The narration by Richard Reed is also superb, finding characterization in a race defined by their monotony.

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Phenomenal

An absolutely fantastic story. Nate Crowley knocks it out of the park yet again. The narrative performance by Richard Reed is also phenomenal. Reed never fails to perfectly capture the voice of the Necrons.

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excellent

probably my favorite 40k book so far. wonderful. so happy he finally got to summon the monoliths lol

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Good, if you enjoy Necrons

I find the Necron content to be hard to enjoy because of how hard it leans on the tropes of arrogance as well as the magic-y nature of their tech. They are super advanced, and as a result authors don’t need to work very hard to rationalize their abilities as it ends up being hand-waived away as a part of their technology with little explanation (dimensional appendices being an example). It was also hard to empathize with the Flayer component of the story given the nature of those entities. It felt like a book written about zombies with whom I am somehow supposed to connect. The book was good for what it is, but the premise is hard for me to get behind.

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I dunno

Totally forgettable. Characters just sort of walk around and do random things for no real reason or purpose and then it abruptly ends with a conclusion no different from if they'd all stayed behind at the end of book 1 and gotten blown up by the crusade. It had a couple of good moments, but on the whole the book felt pointless, written as if by someone fulfilling a word count rather than telling a story.

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Great listen

Story was fun and engaging, but as ever Richard Reed’s performance was the best part.

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  • 02-07-22

Great take on a old concept

I really enjoy this series and this installment is as interesting as the first

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-22

great sequel but struggles in the second half

This is a must have if you liked the previous book. Oltyx' struggle to be a good king is very compelling. As I said it struggles a bit in the second half. Nothing too bad but I did find myself less engaged as before.

It does mostly make up for it with a great ending that pays off a lot of little things set up previously. Lastly it leaves you excited for the final book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-22

Nate Crowley on form once again

Definitely need to read Ruin first! What a book, Nate as ever is truly on form and really brings to life the necron way. Have recommended to friends that had no context on the BL lore but whom have thoroughly enjoyed this writers depth of scene and characters. As always 5 star read from Mr Crowley.

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  • Anthony
  • 02-15-22

A damn good listen

This is good enough to make me want to go out and part with my hard earned cash to collect a Necron army.

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  • Denis Read
  • 02-11-22

Loving the Necrons

Well written book and also very well narrated with a nice pace. Looking forward to the next part of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

More good Necron fiction

I'd read that Twice Dead King was originally one novel, but had to be split as it got too big, so this feels like the second part of the firsts story, however there is a definition between the two. No spoilers, but it was pleasing and structured very well with every character fleshed out and, weirdly, humanised. I loved both books.

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  • Josh
  • 02-01-22

Amazing

amazing read right to the last sentence. Nate Crowley truly shows the underbelly of necron dynasties like no one else.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-22

Surprisingly good!

Not just a good Warhammer novel- a good *novel*. Not quite as revelatory and brilliant as its predecessor but an entertaining yarn nonetheless. Hopefully the author and narrator get another chance to team up!

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  • Primazon Optimo
  • 01-31-22

Brilliant

A great follow to Ruin, i recommend listening to both back to back to get the best impact from the story.

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  • paul sparks
  • 01-25-22

Worthy sequel

But I felt it dragged too much in the second half of the book. Great narration was the only thing that made not skip to the end, shame as I really enjoyed Ruin and was hoping for the same with Reign

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-22

Intense, Depressing, Hopeful

A fantastic continuation of the previous story, punctuated by another sublime performance by Richard Reid. It's a 12 hour roller-coaster of emotion shown by some of the most ironically human characters to come out of a race of soulless robots.

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  • joanne
  • 08-27-22

Another fantastic book

My opinion this book is exactly the same as my one on the first in the series, fantastic book that kept me wanting to listen for hours and read perfectly by Richard Reed. I highly recommend these 2 books.

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  • Joshua R.
  • 06-24-22

great second book

a great addition to the story. if only there was a third book ready to go.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-22

Amazing

The voice acting is amazing especially Lysycor. This duology is well rounded engaging and has a tremendous pay off. The trials and tribulations of Oltyx is truly a great tale.

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  • Glen Bruton
  • 04-11-22

pointless story.

A waste of time. A character that forgets all lessons learnt in book 1. Who acts like an obvious idiot for so long. A book that spends so long revelling in the batlles and somehow none coming up with a reason to keep listening . final reveal is interesting but kind of pointless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

an excellent sequel to a brilliant book

The sequel to the original twice dead king is much more like the odysessey which has its pluses and minuses story wise, meaning it's beginning and end are better then the previous book (I enjoyed both immensely) but the middle was a little slower. still in many ways it capitalises on the characters and story points from its book 1 excellently. as before the performance is excellent also.

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  • Amir
  • 02-03-22

Perfect, but it’s an understatement

I’m a Night Lords fan, and I never thought I could ever enjoy any audiobook remotely close to ADB’s trilogy!
Yet, while the first book was perfect, this one is beyond comprehension…
The character arc is amazing, the story is captivating and the performance matches the sheer awesomeness of the book…
I hope we get more of this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

Good for Necron Fans

very good book for more insight into the necron dynasty and follows along from the story of Oltyx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

Brilliant 👏

This and the first book have easily become my favourite warhammer books, and I've listened to a damn lot 😅
I'm so excited for the return of Oltyx, I can't wait for a sequel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

Fantastic

Builds, pays off and keeps your interest the entire way through, it's not outshone by the brilliant first book but matches it. What a brilliant series.

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