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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.

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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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worst warhammer book I have read

So bad. Unbelievable storyline, whining delivery. Worst warhammer ever. Wasted opportunity to develop necron story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • humptydumpty
  • 10-14-21

Exciting look into Necrons coping with metal bodies

I hope there is another book in this story. Seeing Necrons throw off the shackles of their past to survive!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-21

Another view of grim dark

interesting look at a dying empire on the necron side, will have to see where it goes. pretty standard setup but there only so many way to start these sort of tails.

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  • Taylor
  • 01-27-22

Necrons!

I've wanted to see more books from a Necrons PoV for so many years now and if you liked the Infinate and the Divine then you'll like this. It's more serious than the latter but does such an amazing job at bringing how the Necrons think, feel and function to life. Can't wait to start the sequel.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-22

Very nice

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

Absolutely awesome

The writing is exceptional, I disliked nothing about the book I’ve listened to many a warhammer novel and this one is one of the best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-22

nice change of pace

great to hear stories from a xenos point view, space marine, guard stories are awesome too but it's just good to see the other side if the coin

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  • Kai Rala McKinnon-Barbosa
  • 01-10-22

Finally a story from a Xenos perspective

Interesting story of the Necrons and finally a story for the Xenos. Nate Crowley gives us a glimpse into the mind of the Necrotyr

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-22

fantastic, not just as sci Fi or Warhammer

An excellent story that 'humanises' necrons without making them human, very character driven. It works almost without being a 40k novel but has a giga tonne of fun stuff for fans, as well as for enjoyers of ancient Egyptian history, with some very well researched references, I look forward to the next audio when it's released. Richard Reed did an excellent job all round, particuarly with the voices, not easy characters to give personality too while maintaining a sense of the robotic but he did it fantastically.

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  • Michael
  • 01-03-22

fantastic

one of the best 40k stories I gave heard in a long time. a really interesting and unique view of the setting, and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

Narrator needs to do way better.

The Narrator needs to get rid of the Smeagol voice from lord of the rings aint no way any Necron would even remotely sound the way he has portrayed them same voices different army step it up a bit do voices that we can understand

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-13-21

engaging

the stories told from the perspective of the other races in the 40K universe have been quite good. this is another that is meets my specific ideals. well worth the listen.