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    A Blood Angels audiobook. 

    A religious civil war brings the Blood Angels, commanded by Chief Librarian Mephiston, to a shrine world where they find a mystery that might help Mephiston understand how he survived the Black Rage - and perhaps cure the Blood Angels of their affliction.

    Listen to it because:

    Delve into the curse of the Blood Angels and how Mephiston survived it, while also exploring notions of faith and the influence of the Emperor on the Imperium of the 41st Millennium.

    The story:

    The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican, and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of ‘the Flaw’ in all Blood Angels.

    Written by Darius Hinks. 

    Narrated by Richard Reed.

    ©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius

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    • Rooftop
    • 06/02/2020

    Muddled and missleading.

    I'ma regular black library reader, so take that into account as my perspective.

    The Characters:
    The characters here lack depth, regularly seem perplexed by their own setting, and are generally un-compelling. The POV character is unlikable. He is boring, unsympathetic, and lacks the impressive quality that is a staple of most space marines. He is comes across petulant and maybe stupid? In short: He's so bad, he doesn't even rank mentioning in the plot summary. Yikes.

    Speaking of characters: Mephiston. OH boy.
    Boy o, is this book miss-titled. For being the title character, Mephiston is a non-factor. He is written as overly aloof, in an attempt (I think?) to make him seem mysterious. Instead, his lack of speaking or reacting makes him seem shallow and unappealing. He juts in and out of the story, a bland deus ex machina propelling the story forward, because frankly the plot has no momentum of its own.

    Plot: The plot is muddled, and poorly paced. The first half of this book is in need of dire editing -- it is largely flavoring. Creating flavor great idea--- spending half the book on it with no story? Bad. Its exposition over exposition with characters saying what things are like, instead of...y'know having things actually happen. The first real story hooks feel like they being in chapter ...12? Really? Jeez.

    Writing: Bog standard Black library witting. Hinks got the warhammer writing manual. Violence is well written, with decent sentence structure. Nothing terrible in that vector, though a bit uninspired, I'd complain about the blood imagery becoming samey, but hey. its the blood angels so I can't complain. All in all workman, like writing. Maybe interesting if its your first 40k book, but comes across as mediocre to me at this point.

    Performance: Richard Reed is great, like most BL performers. Good range of voices, Nice pacing.

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    • Skegg
    • 11/04/2020

    Dud

    Just a waste of time for me. by the end of the story you just dont care.

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    • J. Scott
    • 24/02/2020

    Sub Par

    Very misleading, Mephiston is not the main character of his own self titled novel. He is a background character, he and the main POV character are soul linked and still next to nothing about Mephiston is gained. Some cringe worthy back story but very rarely do we get to see his thoughts, intentions, or motivations from this link. In trying to make him Batman he was unlikable and unrelatable.

    The Blood Angels are not written well in this novel, the rage is missing, the fangs are missing, not blood lust is gone. I'm not expecting flesh tearer levels, but at least something.

    The psychers are very underwhelming, they aren't doing the things that even normal human psychers can do like read other people's auras and do mind probes. There are specifics, but I don't want to spoil anything.

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    • Runswithknife
    • 29/02/2020

    Disappointment

    Its not about Mephiston and its not nearly as dynamic and grabbing as Dante's self titiled book or anything eles Blood Angels. You could just as easily remove Mephiston's name, drop in any other librarian, and would get the same result. Mephiston deserves better.

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    • Mike
    • 28/02/2020

    Horrible

    A story that is psychedelic and more about sorcerers. Less sci-fi and more ridiculous non sensical fantasy. Hard to follow and not a fan of the performance. I’m a huge fan of 40K and AOS, but hated this story more than any other. I thought latest Conquest stories weren’t very good, but this is way e we worse.

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    • Lewis Luna
    • 06/02/2020

    Not my favorite on first reading

    Didnt enjoy it as much. Will give it another shot...but...will see what happens. i guess

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    • Jared Barry
    • 25/09/2020

    Maybe my expectations were too high going into this one...

    About myself, I’ve played Games Workshop games for 15 years or so and really enjoy the 40k setting and lore. After starting to collect Blood Angels I though it would stoke the fire in me to learn more about the chapter and it’s epic heroes.

    This book just putters along with a mostly boring plot delivered from the perspective of cardboard grunts with very little depth

    Mephiston has a couple fun scenes but mostly this novel is a snoozer.

    I understand it’s a challenge to write space marines but GW did it much better in the early Horus Heresy novels.

    Voice actor was mostly good but occasionally would do these over the top crazy person voices that were quite jarring and seemed to cause the audio to be much louder each time he switched voice.

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    • Jermain Martinez
    • 24/03/2020

    Mephiston is unreal

    loved every minute of the story, I can not wait for the next book, purchase it, you won't regret it.

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    • snozek
    • 02/03/2020

    Hinks is pretty good

    Darius Hinks is the author. I have never read any of his work, and having concluded this novel, I would certainly be willing to give him another shot.

    Although the beginning of the novel was unnecessarily long, the set up was necessary one way or the other.

    Blood Angels are a beloved chapter, and Mephiston is a very popular character. The book however could have been accomplished in 21 instead of 26 chapters.That is as long as they are the chapters at the end, and not the chapters at the beginning.

    The overall plot and story are both adequately nuanced and enjoyable.It does not lack for action by any means, but because the nature of the main character is one which revolves largely on psychic power, it seems to lack some of the visceral punch of normal space marine literature.

    Note however it is not because the author lacks the ability. The author expresses more than adequate ability to bring home the visceral realities of the grim darkness of the 41st millennium.

    The reader is generally very good, yet there are some irritating mispronunciations that bothered me occasionly throughout the story.

    It seems as though the book had some curious editing. Some minucia was left in quantity whereas some very helpful information could have been left in or it seems as though it were excised.

    The central struggle of the main character is never really resolved in any clear way. This does not mean that we should always get a clear resolution to a problem, but it is more that the Central challenge was kind of forgotten until the last few pages, where it was hand waved away.

    4 out of 5 seems a good rating. I bought the book because of the main character. It could have been shorter, But the quality of the writing towards the end of the book was such that the reader did not want to stop the book.

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    • Zero
    • 29/02/2020

    Typical Black Library Bait and Switch

    If you read the book title and description along with seeing the cover art, you might assume this book is told from Mephiston’s POV. Sadly we don’t get the quality of novel that “Dante” was, learning about Mephiston’s past and present in the first person, rather it’s told from the perspective of a librarian who isn’t even mentioned in the description. If you’ve read any of the Primarch centered books you’ll be used to this bait and switch by now.

    Anyway this isn’t the real problem. The young librarian who is the POV is utterly unlikeable throughout the story (as is just about everyone else). He’s arrogant, emotional, and seems to be clueless much of the time about the goings on of the other librarians, despite having been a librarian “many years” and “more than half of his life”. Mephiston is generally the “crazy old wizard” type that mostly mutters to himself, never explains what he’s doing, and ignores everyone around him. Mephiston’s equerry is needlessly a jerk to everyone in general.

    On top of this it’s clear Darius Hinks is unaware of some fundamental 40k and Blood Angels lore. First Founding chapters do NOT worship the Emperor, pray to him, or refer to him as a God. Other newer authors have this same problem, and it’s clear no quality control is happening at the BL to ensure consistency. Blood Angels don’t hire artisans to decorate their halls, they ARE artisans. People can not communicate via live broadcast with each other “across the galaxy” (kinda the whole point of astropaths). The list goes on. In some cases it’s just really sloppy writing. In one chapter the librarian is biting someone after it is stated he has his helmet on. Then he takes a massive face wound, and moments later someone seeing his face from afar comments on how perfect it is.

    On the upside the general idea behind the story is good. It’s also nice to see “powerful” librarians actually using their psychic abilities. I wish Hinks wouldn’t refer to EVERY ability as “blood” something, blood lightening, blood ritual, blood shield etc. It’s just lazy. Speaking of blood, zero mention of the Red Thirst.

    As far as narration goes, the narrator does a much better job than most other BL narrators at putting emotion into his voice. It can be aggravating though when he goes from whispering to yelling if you’re wearing headphones.

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    • Mark
    • 18/02/2020

    Boring and frustrating

    Mephiston aka Magnus the Red blasting his way through the story was no fun. So many plot lines left that need answers. One-dimensional characters that have no real depth to them and are thus not very relatable or authentic.
    The ending makes me think that this entire audio book was just a filler episode before the next one. Boring... And.... Frustrating

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