• The Twice-Dead King: Ruin

  • Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Nate Crowley
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,810 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Pride is everything for the dynastic kings of the Necron race, who have awakened after millennia to see their empires occupied by foul beasts and simple minds. For the Necron Lord Oltyx, the Ithakas dynasty was his by right, but the machinations of the court see him stripped of his position and exiled to a forgotten world.

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See the struggles of the Necron court from their own eyes, and discover the lengths one Lord will go to for the status they desire.

The story

Exile to the miserable world of Sedh, the disgraced Necron Lord Oltyx is consumed with bitterness. Once heir to the throne of a dynasty, he now commands nothing but a dwindling garrison of warriors, in a never-ending struggle against Ork invaders. Oltyx can think of nothing but the prospect of vengeance against his betrayers, and the reclamation of his birthright. But the Orks are merely the harbingers of a truly unstoppable force. Unless Oltyx acts to save his dynasty, revenge will win him only ashes. And so he must return to the crownworld, and to the heart of the very court which cast him out. But what awaits there is a horror more profound than any invader, whose roots are tangled with the dark origins of the Necrons themselves.

Written by Nate Crowley. Narrated by Richard Reed.

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

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For Necron fans, old and new.

With Richard Reed returning to the Necrons as a narrator I had high expectations, which he met. His work on ," The infinite and the divine," Being what got me into 40k in general. He shows great range in characters and their corrupt voices. His performance alone makes this a must have.

The story is new and shows us so much more about the Mentality of the the Necron before and after the Bio-transference. Nate Crowley did qn amazing job in referencing deeper lore, characters and war gear that table top fans will be able to identify with ease.
That being said I would most likely recommend this as the Story to start with if you want to learn about the Necron. The intense end to book one really gets you hyped for the second part that is soon to come.

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Just as good or better than the Infinite+Divine

The Twice-Dead King: Ruin is a more serious take on Necron's and their society than The Infinite and the Divine was. However, it does a very good job of it. This book is riddled with the Necron's culture and how a noble Necron functions internally. More so, the introspection into how Necrons view flayed ones is also very interesting and is done very well. 10/10 would recommend.

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Give it time

This book tricks you at the beginning, makes you believe the protagonist is nothing but a self important fool only thinking of himself and what he's entitled to, his elder a bully and his post a punishment where we'll laugh at his misadventures like in the infinite and the divine. It's not a comedy, it is a tragedy, a beautiful story in fact, must read for necron fans.

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Necrons

This book is a masterwork of dramatic and emotional storytelling while depicting souless robots, it ya ks your heart right out, and then shoves it back in.

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A good listen

Richard Reed performance is excellent as always. That alone is worth a listen. The portrayal of the filleted ones is really on point. The author really captured there creepy and bizarre behavior. The main character is well developed. I do love the dive into necron psychology. The thought that they have a rogue code inside them that believes it's alive and they need to be suppress was creative. My only problem was the battle with the Imperium felt rushed. other than that still enjoyed will definitely pick up the next book.

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Be like Trazyn and add this to your collection

After listening to other 40K books mainly set in the Hersey this was a good change in pace. I was looking forward to another book about the Necrons after listing to Trazyns adventures. I was hopping for a light hearted adventure not a start to a epic new charector that I love and want more of. I am going into stasis till book 2 is out

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Love these Necron books

I've never been a fan of the 40k books I've read. but this and the infinite and the divine were much better than the other ponderous books I've tried to read from the 40k setting.

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My first Warhammer book

It was better than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the characters and the culture of the Necrons.

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Good stuff

it was a well written story and i will be happy to pick up its sequel when it comes out.

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Necrons - Yes. Story - Medicore

85% of this book was great. The other 15% (mostly in the middle) should've been cut. But I still definitely recommend it, especially for some neat insights into the Necrons and the experience of biotransferrence.

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  • Torbz
  • 10-23-21

Excellent all round

Well narrated, excellent character voices, and most of all: a brilliant story! An incredible portrait of Necron psychology for those into Warhammer, if not just a cracking sci-fi.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-21

Great Xenos audiobook

Fantastic audiobook, great narration by Richard Reed, he’s does a great job with all the characters.
The story is about a necron dynasty falling into entropy, and is from the perspective of outcast Necron Lord Oltyx.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Necron lore/books, or anyone wanting a perspective that isn’t from the imperium. I hadn’t listens to any Necron audiobooks until I listened to the infinite and the Devine, and then this which I both thoroughly enjoyed.
It’s quite grim and dark at times, but also being funny and epic, anyone wanting to get into xenos factions in 40k should look into this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

Another great book and narration

This book is fantastic, I could barely stop listening at times.
I find it funny how the race of immortal robots at times seem to be the most "human" of all the races in 40k.
In this book Crowley does an amazing job at conveying the fact the necron (nobility) are individuals that just happen to exist in robotic bodies. The way the different characters are seen struggling with the accumulated weight of anxiety, pettiness and/or vindictiveness that has piled during their immortal wake makes for a very interesting read as they struggle to hold on to their selves, keep themselves sane and all the while deal with an ever more hostile universe.

The only con I can say this book has is its frequent use of WH40k and (mostly) necron terms and names.
If you are like me who isn't that well versed in necron lore you will most likely have to pause and Google some things from time to time. But trust me, it's worth it!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
-Luke

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  • Sage
  • 01-07-22

A good warhammer book

First if this is your warhammer book I WOULD NOT recommend this, it uses a lot of in universe technical jargon, if you want a good starter for our robot boys you would be better off reading the divine and infinite. But if you are aware of the universe then it is a really good book

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  • Michael Alcock
  • 11-01-21

Great listen

Great story and characters also a nice little lore bit of Zahndrekh only issue was a capital city not having a c,tan shard?!?

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  • Oliver
  • 10-25-21

Excellent

Very good - good book, great performance. Does not require extensive background in Warhammer 40K lore

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  • DB01
  • 05-10-22

One of the best wh40k books

Great performance
A little slow to start but amazing towards the end and great to see a perspective thats not the imperium

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  • Mr T J Sheen
  • 03-29-22

Not big on Warhammer? You’ll probably love this anyway!

Author Nate Crowley has a real knack for writing fantastical characters with compelling and nuanced personalities, and The Twice Dead King: Ruin continues this trend admirably. Despite only having a rudimentary understanding of the WH40k setting, I found this to be a deftly written and at times highly emotional tale of pride, duty and strained relationships set against the entropic decay of a once mighty dynasty.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-21

Necron books for the win!

I am pleasantly surprised by how brilliant the Necrontyr have proved to be as protaganists, first in the Infinite and Divine and now in this beauty. Fantastic story, well told. Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Another hit



Another great piece by Crowley.
A compelling and interesting story about necron dynastic strugless, suprisingly enough a heros journey for a lord wronged and a dynasty in ruin.
Also for any interested in the flayed ones. This book is great for how much attention and detail the ghouls get.

Story, great
Voice acting superb
A must for any necron enthusiast

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  • Nicholas J Bosio
  • 10-23-21

A brilliant story

This book really brings the Necrons to life. The emotional journey of the characters is a rare thing in W40K story telling, and this book (and the narrator) achieve this arc well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

excellent storytelling

well written and fleshed out 😏 characters.
I am very excited to read the next book in this series which cannot come out soon enough

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  • Rylas
  • 06-30-22

Excellent book

Loved this book, it was the first audio book I’ve ever listened to and it was fantastic, both the writing and narration

Awesome in expanding the lore for Necrons too

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  • Joshua R.
  • 06-22-22

great intro to 40k

easy to follow characters thanks to voice work. the addition of a Jewish voice for one of the sub-minds struck me as odd until I thought about the ancient Egypt inspiration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

just not a fan.

honestly I'm not sure if it's because my interest in Warhammer is based on the imperium, chaos and orks but I found this story really hard to follow.... I will give it another listen at some point but for now it's getting low marks for the story. The performance by the reader was fine I was just struggling with everything else.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

must read

Nick Crowley and Richard reed have done an amazing job at tell an amazing story the writing and voice performance are phenomenal to anyone who enjoys the lore of Necrons this is a great book to read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-22

Must Listen

I’m not a Necron fan and know little of their background in general but loved this story, will definitely get the next instalment.

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  • Bakes
  • 02-09-22

Great Story

Great story and excellent performance by the narrator. Would recommend for anyone into 40k

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  • Amir
  • 02-02-22

Amazing Story

Probably one of the best WH40K books that I’ve listened to, and you’d enjoy it a lot more if you’re a Necron fan.

The performance was amazing and I don’t think it could’ve been done better!

The story however, that was the most captivating part. Characters were relatable, the story arc was well paced and all in all it made sense. You could understand why anyone did what they did and the characters were so real that you invested in them. Even those who barely played a significant part.

It is difficult to picture a high risk situation for Necrons due to their reanimation protocol and lots of shiny toys they have. Yet the story successfully pictured the finality that a Necron can face and it was amazing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-22

Very nice

Easy 5/5, great performance by the reader and excellent story writing. Fifteen words for review required.