Monday, 23 August 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: WARHAMMER 40K AUDIO BOOK ROUND UP: The Dark King - Graham McNeill, The Lightning Tower - Dan Abnett and Fireborn - Nick Kyme

Release Date: 29/04/10


The Dark King by Graham McNeill

The acts of terror and warmongering by Konrad Curze, Primarch of the Night Lords Legion, have earned the ire of his brother primarch, Rogal Dorn. Wracked by terrible visions of the future, Curze is driven insane and attacks Dorn, setting the Night Lord on an inexorable course towards eternal damnation.

The Lightning Tower by Dan Abnett

Rogal Dorn, Primarch of the Imperial Fists Legion, faces a stark reality – he must tear down the magnificence of the Emperor¹s Palace, a shining beacon in a galaxy of darkness, and turn it into a fortress. With the army of Horus drawing ever closer, as he blights the Palace with gunports and defence towers, Dorn must face a difficult question, 'What are you afraid of?'


Currently I’ve had a bit of a glut on these audio titles from the Black Library and to be honest I’ve been pretty spoilt. But this is definitely my favourite as I get two tales from two exceptionally gifted authors which gets even better when you find out that it’s set during the Horus Heresy. With great voice acting, some reasonable background music and sound effects backed up with the talent of these two authors and you know that it’s a title that really will be worth the price. Great stuff.

Release Date: 27/05/10


The world of Sepulchre IV stands on the brink of destruction. From the stars the Red Rage decends, intent on murder and massacre. Into the fray are thrust the Firedrakes, peerless champions of the Salamanders. Their mission: retrieve the 'holy relic' of Sepulchre and prevent it falling to the enemy. Tsu'gan, latest recruit to the vaunted order, must learn to temper his inner anger if he is to succeed in the First Company.

Facing an indestructible foe, the Firedrakes will be tested as never before. Victory is possible against the Red Rage, but only if Tsu'gan can master his wrath and even then the sacrifice will be great ...


Adventure, action and above all else easy to dip into. That’s exactly what you get with these audio books from the Black Library as they allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life during travel time. They’ve got great voice acting, they’ve got background Sound FX that really add to the overall tale and to be honest, its been a lot of fun on recent trips, especially when I’ve shared them with my nephew’s who have never heard anything like these. They really did get a blast and it made what would normally have been a long journey feel quite short with entertainment fully provided. OK, they may not understand a lot of what was going on, but it really did make it a special journey and for me, the peace and quiet along with the chance to enjoy a well written adventure.

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