• The Wolftime

  • Dawn of Fire: Warhammer 40,000, Book 3
  • By: Gav Thorpe
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (556 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Dawn of Fire audio.

Book three spins the saga of the Space Wolves as they stand against rampaging xenos hordes. Logan Grimnar faces a momentous decision that will impact the future of the chapter itself. 

Listen to it because: discover how the Cicatrix Maledictum affects even the most stubborn and steadfast of the Imperium’s warriors, as traditions the Space Wolves hold dear may be stopping them from defending the Imperium to the best of their abilities. 

The story: the Indomitus Crusade has brought the Emperor's vengeance to thousands of star systems. The fleets and armies under the leadership of Roboute Guilliman fight for the survival of humanity against the forces of the Chaos Gods. But the traitors and heretics are not the only foe looking to destroy the rule of Terra. 

Xenos prey on human worlds in numbers not seen for millennia. Worst amongst them are the rampaging orks, whose migration conquests threaten to reverse the many gains of Fleet Primus. And their throaty bellows carry a name not heard in years, of destruction made flesh, a bestial warlord without peer: Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka. 

In the midst of this brutal tide is Fenris, the world of the Space Wolves. Depleted by ever-greater demands on their warriors, called upon by the Legion-breaker Guilliman, the Wolves of Fenris face a momentous decision. Grimnar and his counsellors must choose whether their fate is to ally themselves with an ancient rival and risk all that makes them the Vlka Fenryka or to accept their demise and wait for the return of their own primarch and the coming of the Wolftime. 

Written by Gav Thorpe.

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

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Okay, and….?

I feel like this whole Dawn of Fire series should have been called “Left simmering in the kitchen”. 3 stories in and I don’t really see a direction with this. I liked the first novel, and felt like it did a pretty solid job setting up the current 41K universe, but it’s just devolving into low level stores that feel like they would have been better written as novelettes. I mean where is the pay off? This was advertised as the “next Horus Heresy”. The stories aren’t terrible but I’m not really feeling invested. This series is taking on the feeling of giant filler arch that doesn’t advance the story of the Warhammer universe at all.

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WHAT IS GOING ON????

This book…why do they keep having this issue with recent 40k stuff…it jumps absolutely everywhere. It feels like you’re watching little clips of a garbled storyline nonstop, with no clear path or connecting topics that would create something worth while. It’s downright hard to pay attention it does this so much and so poorly. I love 40k and many of the books so it makes me sad this is not one of them. Stick to HH books if you want your fix…also this narrator…just…no…

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Some good story, but why waste The wolftime title

It's has some good story arcs, but seems like filler for some greater reveal in the future. Feel like The Wolftime was added to sell books, and or because it was said a lot by character. Enough Space Wolf fluff for Space Wolves fans. You'll want to read if you're interested in how the Space Wolves adopted the Primaris Marines into the chapter. Anyone else would read it because perhaps it might have foreshadowed something in book 4.

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THE TITLE IS A LIE

This series of the Warhammer 40k, has been lack luster at best. GW and Black Library obviously agree because the title is technically a bait to draw in older and knowledgeable fans to buy into something that DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE TITLE.
Other than that, the battle scenes were exceptionally short and Grimnar's back and forth is way too drawn out.
The reader did an incredible job and is the only saving grace.

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Disappointed

Had nothing to do with "The Wolftime." won't be hearing of Lemon Russ for another decade.

John Banks never disappoint with narrative.

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An actually good book

I was surprised when I saw Gav Thorpe wrote a space wolf book, but it turned out to be an excellent little outing. My main problem is that John Banks can't do space wolves, he doesn't try to give them any accent beyond extra gravely. Otherwise its a fine book for any space wolf fan.

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80% Petty posturing by once honorable Space Wolves

Boring, is what it is. 80% is laborious grandiloquence. Logan Grimnar being a pett. hissyfit throwing, pale imitation of a so called honorable 'Great Wolf'. & the other, lesser Wolves protagonists are even more ridiculous. [A truly regrettable send-up of Bjorn Fellhand, too!]

Not a SW fan in the first place but still, this is the 40k version of an episode of 'The Office'. No proud bearing here, just temper tantrum throwing me! Me!! ME!!! type depictions of Wolves personages.

Was actually, half way thru, hoping for a small, quick & brutal purging of SW leadership & sympathizers, to then start fresh. Now THAT woulda been primetime reading!

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Couldn't finish

first book I've been unable to finish. This book doesn't develop the storyline at all and almost nothing happens. If you're looking for development in the Dawn of Fire series there is no reason to get this abysmal title

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A bit disappointing

The story itself was laid out fine, but The Wolftime has long been a part of the lore fans of Russ have waited for and to use the name for this story feels disingenuous. It’s not a bad book, but don’t go into it expecting anything of major value for the overall narrative. This is mainly just how the Wolves acquire the Primaris marines.

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if it was a movie rent it

The overall story was decent but did not capture the same feel as many other Space Wolf books in my opinion. It is worth a listen for a few great moments but if it were a movie I'd say it would be worth renting and not buying.

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  • Lertimo
  • 11-17-21

The Wolftime is here! Oh wait, maybe not.

I'm not one of those people whose enjoyment of a Black Library yarn depends entirely on whether it adequately covers my faction of choice, evidenced by the fact that I have no collection of minature figurines which I lovingly paint each evening in my mum's basement. I'm telling you this so you understand that I don't really care one way or the other about the Space Wolves (sorry, the 'Vlka Fenryka') I just want to hear a good story.

So do we get one with 'The Wolftime'? Well, yes. And no. Sort of.

Gav Thorpe takes up the baton for the third installment of the Dawn of Fire series, which resumes the action in the aftermath of the seige of Gathalamor and the ongoing search for some heretical weapon related to the Apostate Cardinal Bucharis. The trail leads to Fenris, which pretty much appears to be the centre of the known universe in recent w40k lore. For a barren planet full of ice, primitive humans and enormous things that want to kill you, Fenris really is a very popular destination. Why? Well, because it's the home of those loveable rogues the Space W- Vlka Fenryka - of course!

As with the previous entries in the Dawn of Fire chronicle, the story switches between multiple characters and their intertwining plotlines. Sometimes this is very effective, at other times it feels like maddening filler. The story of Gaius, the primaris marine who carries Leman Russ's geneseed and dreams of going to Fenris is the strongest in terms of a character arc. He and his squad's attempts to become more Fenrisian via an ancient guidebook is rather endearing, a bit like watching a teenage fanboy trying to emulate their musical heroes in the bedroom mirror with a hairbrush mic and a tennis racquet for a guitar. The story of the navy menial who is captured and enslaved by Orks is a good counterpoint, and a rare look at the greenskins off the battle field that doesn't play it for laughs with the 'cockney hooligans in space' card. Other characters feel less worthy of inclusion, like the Night Lord who turns up and gets a whole section to remind us how 'oooooh scary' they are before getting annihilated two pages later by Gaius and Co. The point? No idea.

But most frustrating of all are those Space Wolves (oh live with it). There really is no point in the several tedious chapters of Logan Grimnar and his mates fighting orks, it seems to serve no end other than to pad things out. When we get to the crunch events of the story (and I promise, no spoilers) the Great Wolf and his entourage display a level of idiotic paranoia regarding Guilliman and the primaris marines that is hard to fathom. The independent spirit of the Wolves and their antipathy to control from the Imperium is well-established, but when the Avenging Son comes calling to Fenris, the sheer pig-headedness and unsubstantiated conspiracy theory-peddling by Logan Grimnar and his pals is hard to credit. Basically, their argument goes, Roboute Guilliman has arisen, what's his obvious priority? Why, to lord it over the handful of surviving Wolves of Fenris, what else? This bizarre, self-important behaviour feels so unlikely that when Gaius accuses the Wolves of exactly that, it feels like he's breaking the fourth wall to admit how stupid it all is. It's clear to the meanest intelligence that the Lord Regent of the Imperium has slightly more important things on his mind right now than ruling the roost on Fenris.

The Space Wolves are supposed to have more intelligence than this. The best W40k novels concerning their antics paint them as considered and subtle operators who hide their cunning behind the facade of savagery. Here, there's none of that, they're just idiots. Gav Thorpe fails to make any of it credible, with Grimnar bleating on about the return of Leman Russ as if such incredibly unlikely event is somehow justification for turning their backs on primaris reinforcements and the entire Indomitus Crusade. It feels completely out of character. The Wolves are always the chapter that does what needs to be done, without complaint, for the good of the Imperium. Here, the way the Wolves are portrayed demeans them. The scene where Grimnar confronts Guiliman in his chapter's great hall is particularly awful. I just felt embarassed for him, the same way I do watching David Brent's posturing in The Office.

Even when Bjorn the Fell-Handed is trotted out to let fly a few conspiracy-nut style accusations against Guilliman 'The Legion Breaker', it doesn't feel like validation of Grimnar's position, it just feels like a wasted opportunity given that he's the one individual in the Imperium who was alive with Guilliman during the Crusade and the Heresy eras. Any way, the only thing all of this bizarre behaviour achieves is to make the suspicions of Tribune Stratarchis Actuaris Maldovar Colquan regarding the Primarch's ambitions appear vaguely sane and rational by comparison.

Still The Wolftime is a decent enough yarn. Despite all the holes, Gav Thorpe is still a solid story teller and reader John Banks is reliably good as ever (he's the one narrator who doesn't give the Wolves hurdy gurdy accents like the Swedish chef on Sesame Street). However at the end of the plot, Leman Russ has completely failed to show up. So it's not really the Wolftime. Not yet anyway. Or wait, is it...!?

(Wait. No it's not. Sorry, false alarm).

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  • craig Stirling
  • 12-12-21

Not a good book at all

Been a Space Wolf fan all my life and this book was a serious let down. Gav is not a space wolf writer it’s clear and while I do enjoy his other work, this was a serious let down.

The narrator is good in my opinion but he is let down by poor writing.

The characters are written very very poorly in this book. As if the author did not research into the background of these characters.

Spoiler beyond.





Long and short you get beaten over the head with wolftime constantly to get no hint of resolution on the matter. Bad call to name something after the end times of a chapter and then mention nothing about Russ

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-21

Not a lot actually happens

Big fan of space wolves and all 30k and 40k, but nothing really happens in this story. Just a tale for the sake of a tale

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  • Rob
  • 11-23-21

Wolftime

The overall story was pretty weak sauce, for a Space Wolves book there was way too much random Imperial stuff going on.

I was kinda hoping this book would pick up after Ragnar can be made Primaris, but due to GW messing with the timeline the current books are taking place before 9th edition, so we’ve got some catching up to do.

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  • sinisterleft
  • 11-19-21

Move of the wolves please

really enjoyed this one, was nice to hear more form the wolves.
Great story and narration.

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  • paul sparks
  • 11-16-21

Wolf time ?

I know that fans of fenris were hoping this was THE Wolftime and the return of Russ but let’s be honest if Russ returns then that is the end of the space wolves so I didn’t expect that at all, it’s a decent story lifted by John Banks superlative narration, we have custodes, & historitors leading us in to the future with their thread and it was great to have the Fell Handed back even if briefly

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  • S
  • 05-30-22

Another Space Wolves Book...

I find the Space Wolves to be a difficult legion/chapter to read due to a boring stereotype and more cliché that is usual for 40k. This book is no different. If anything all the annoying aspects of the space wolves are in overdrive here.

If you're really invested in the Dawn of Fire series then go for it but if you dislike the Space Wolves as I do then give it a miss and read the synopsis.

That being said I did enjoy the segments concerning primaris trying to integrate into first born legions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-22

great story liner

couldn't stop listening. left me wanting more. more of the same would be very welcome

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-22

Slow and Dull

Found this difficult to finish, really slow and boring, think I fell asleep at several points.

This series is definitely not the new Horus Heresy!

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  • Joel Cassin
  • 02-14-22

Story of the primaris joining the rout

A well paced story with plenty of action and intrigue,. well worth a read for space wolves fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-22

Well done

Awesome from start to finish, another great addition to my collection. what a great audiobook to expand on the wolves on fenris' lore!

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  • Jud
  • 05-12-22

Space Wolves are tools

It's a good story, but the space Wolves are just so obnoxious and annoying that I really struggled. They've certainly got a lot of personality, but mostly come across as deluded cultists. Their whole outlook is backwards and they just wallow in their wrongness like dogs in excrement.

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  • adam
  • 02-15-22

Sometimes hard to follow

At times, particularly early on in the reading it's hard to follow which character you are hearing from as there is no clear gap or change between paragraphs from the narrator. He simply carries on like another sentence. it gets easier as the characters are established

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  • Rob Budden
  • 02-11-22

this was brilliant.

Really great book, the characters could do with a direct sequel.
a very enjoyable book.

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  • Chad
  • 12-06-21

Loved it Especially if you a Space Wolf fan

It actually pulls off being a great action book with some heart there is plenty of set dressing for the dawn of fire series it moves the plot forwards but I really liked Gaius character story best part of the book