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Silent Hunters

Warhammer 40,000


Silent Hunters
Written by: Edoardo Albert
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Genres: High / Epic Fantasy | Dark Fantasy | Space Marines
Published: 27th of March, 2021
Length: 8 Hours 22 Minutes

 

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Description
A Carcharodons audiobook.

With a millennia-long hunt close to its end, Carcharodons Chaplain Manu must redouble his efforts as he ventures into the nightmare city of Commorragh.

Listen to It Because

This is your chance to learn more about the secretive savages of the Carcharodons Astra as they tangle with some of the most terrifying predators in the galaxy… almost as terrifying as themselves.

The Story

In the darkness beyond the galaxy, there are monsters. Some swim closer to the light, drawn by the beacon that is the Astronomican, while others stalk the Void, predators in the dark. The Carcharodons have hunted for millennia, but now they are drawn into a new blackness...the Dark City of the drukhari itself. Commorragh.

For a thousand years, Chaplain Tangata Manu has searched for a relic lost under his watch - an ancient thing, once charged into the keeping of the Forgotten One himself. But at the brink of seeing his hunt fulfilled and the relic returned, it is stolen from under him. Now, if Tangata would see his honour restored, he must lead his hunt against some of the vilest predators the galaxy has ever seen, before they can turn the artefact to their own purposes....

 

The Audiobook Review
Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes

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Reviewed: 2021-08-28

Grimdark Fantasy

Silent Hunters, a Warhammer 40,000 book written by Edoardo Albert, is a dark story filled with atrocities committed by some seriously messed-up aliens, a story of redemption for a Chaplain of the Carcharodons Astra, and a story of hope for a slave and her son.

The story itself is fairly well split between the Carcharodon's hunt for an ancient relict, a slab of void glass of unknown power, and of the Drukhari and their psychotic existence, in particular Archon Ilu Limnu, leader of a Drukhari Kabal and his growing weariness with the position and Dracon Utakk who seeks to rule.

Chaplain Tangata Manu has been on a quest to find the lost relic for over a thousand years. His brothers are growing tired of his failure, and his decision not to kill the son of a slave on sight has his superiors questioning his loyalty and commitment.

The boy in question is something of a "Hodor" (Game of Thrones) type character. Obsessed with doors and only able to speak the word door, the Chaplain believes there's a reason to keep him alive.

Meanwhile, Archon Ilu Limnu of the Drukhari is in possession of the void glass, the relic which the Chaplain seeks. Hidden away on their homeworld in another dimension that nobody but the Drukhari can reach.

There's one special mention I'd make, and that's a side-character, almost comic relief to a point, Marek Krayt. He's a "stimmhead", essentially a drug addict who just wants to get high and ignore everything going on around him. To be fair, he lives in Commorragh, the capital city of the Drukhari. Surrounded by those psychos, it's no wonder he wants to tune it all out.

I could see myself reading more of this guy, a spin-off. Maybe it wouldn't exactly fit the Warhammer style of books, but I think it could be enjoyable nonetheless. The story of a normal guy in the chaos that is the grim darkness of the far future.

Overall, the story kept me hooked and invested in the characters. Not for the squeamish, but I think if you're listening to Warhammer books, you likely know that already.


I was given this audiobook as part of a commercial agreement to provide proofing services to the publisher. I have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this arrangement affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.

 

 

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