• Throne of Light

  • Dawn of Fire: Warhammer 40,000, Book 4
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (391 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Roboute Guilliman has broken the orkish advance that threatened Fenris, but an ancient foe has returned to threaten the very heart of humanity—the Segmentum Solar.

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Guy Haley continues the riveting story of the Indomitus Crusade as it sweeps across the galaxy, still reeling from the opening of the Great Rift.

The story:

The Indomitus Crusade continues its war across the stars. The primarch Roboute Guilliman has finally broken through the orkish threat bedevilling the sectors near Fenris, and makes ready to push on his bid to stabilise the Imperium Sanctus—but old and bitter foes stand in his way.

Kor Phaeron, the Dark Cardinal, threatens the previously stable core of the Segmentum Solar. Waves of rebellion instigated by his infiltrating priests suggest an imminent, large-scale invasion by the Word Bearers Legion. Worse yet, the Dark Cardinal's warriors are targeting the Black Ships, threatening to starve Terra of the pyskers the Emperor needs to survive.

Through this turbulent warzone, Inquisitor Rostov continues his search for the Hand of Abaddon. Yet when strange, miraculous visions are traced back to the astropathic relay on Srinagar, his quest is diverted—for the visions foretell hope for the Imperium, a hope the fanatical worshippers of Chaos will do anything to snuff out....

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I liked it

It was good, that is all. Not a robot just a bitter old man.

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Not his best work

I love some of Guy Haley's books and some I struggle to finish. I struggled with this one. I've struggled with this series on the whole.
We're rehashing a timeline in a similar way to the Horus Heresy. The narrative is moving forward at a snail's pace. In order for this to work, more effort needs to be put into the dialogue and making the characters more interesting. As it stands, it's hard to care about what happens to most of these characters, with the exception of Cheelche. I'm hoping for the worst things to happen to that one.
Maybe I'm being overly critical and negative, but I found myself on the verge of skipping chapters of 3/4 books in this series.

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Terrible, terrible, terrible. But tolerable.

Throne of light had the substance of a novella and could have been condensed into 1/10 the size without loosing any of the substantive story. And the crescendo of the story? An invasion that yields no real information to either the invader nor Rostov or the Imperial side? Really? Guy Haley is an excellent author. I hope his next novel has much more substance rather than banal detail.

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Really good.

I’m glad they moved back to the original characters. I love really like Rostov Fabian and Lucerne. I think a buddy adventure featuring Fabian and Lucerne would be amazing!

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Excellent continuin story of the Invictus Crusade

Great story, excellent characters and recorded masterfully.
Each character sounded unique and identifiable. Several storyline intertwined to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Better than the last

Definitely one of the best of the 4 Dawn of Fire books released so far. Easily eclipsing the somewhat disappointing Wolftime. The plot arc of this book ties closely to the key events of the first two books and sees a return of several characters that haven’t been seen since. If you liked either of the first two books you’ll like this one.

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classic 40k adventure

Solid formula with some fun revelations and action scenes. moves the new story in a interesting new arc. solid voice performance as always from John Banks, always does a wonderful job of voicing different characters in different enough ways that you can follow conversations easily.

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More of the same winning recipe

Fun little continuation of the series that paints a new light on the nature of firstborn marines’ hesitation of accepting the primaris, and a warming modern day tribute to the original ‘star child’ lore of oldhammer. Worth the read!

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great performance, some insight but-

sort of felt like filler. the main battle was underwhelming and didn't seem necessary.

spoilers ahead:

kor phaeron played such a minor role he might as well been replaced with a generic warlord So I was disappointed after being hyped to hear from him again after so long. regarding the black templars it seems literally anyone who rejects the primaris are killed off, it doesn't allow for any kind of conflict to expand. which I really would like to see despite me liking the primaris.

I love the main characters besides the inquisitor himself. Fabian and lucern make great focuses and I like their comraderie. arios is 2 dimensional but it's intentional to his development as a post human. Tenebrus is intriguing and terrifying same with yang.

but this all felt like it was building up to a major reveal, for it to just sputter out sadly.

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  • TJ
  • 05-13-22

Losing Steam?

Okay, so, Dawn of Fire part 4 rolls around and we're back to the characters from the first book (and then some), who are now all coming together for.... something? Guy Haley seems as uncertain as his own inconsistent pet characters. A muddled climax as always from Guy, who has done great work. This just isn't it. Not the best John Banks I've heard, but he's great.

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  • 05-25-22

Dawn of Fire back on track

After the disappointment of the Wolftime, a return to Guy Hayley was most appreciated. This is also the first in the series to include recurring characters (other than Guilliman) and that helps to build momentum. Granted, this installment was more laying of foundations, bit there are many characters (on both sides) I'm looking forward to see grow.

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  • paul sparks
  • 05-06-22

Progression at last

The ongoing story at last starts to entwine and reveal snippets of what may be to come as well as giving us damning evidence of Black Templar heresy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-22

Good story

Enjoyed it very much! Excited for the next book! The story gets bigger and bigger!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-22

Primaris Getting a Spanking!

The description of the Word Bearers terminators clash with primaris marines was awesome! You really got a feel for their toughness and how little damage a primaris marine can inflict on them. There's a great part where they discuss the value of the armour and the lengths they would go to retrieve it.

Hope to see more primaris deaths in the future!

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  • Ian
  • 05-10-22

Pretty dull installment

There are some bright moments but in the whole, it's quite lackluster.. too many boring arcs and very little sense of overall purpose or threat.. it all just seems to be building towards the next *thing* rather than actually telling a story.

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  • AudioCrook
  • 05-08-22

brilliant blackmlibrary publication

one of the best blacknlibrary audios I've herd for a long time. absolutely worth the credits

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

okayish.

the caricatures of the chaos marines are just... bad. Flat and rather boring. The BT queat line ways it up a bit.

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  • M. L. Higgins
  • 05-05-22

meh

the most 3 out of 5 book I've listened to in this collection, found it really hard to get into and pay attention, there wasn't any hooks to get me invested into the story or character. besides the twist with the black Templar's this is a completely forgettable book.