As he plunges deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the many palace districts, his investigation attracts the attention of hidden forces, and soon he and his acolyte Spinoza are being hunted - by heretics, xenos, servants of the Dark Powers, or perhaps even rival elements of the Inquisition itself. Soon they discover a terrible truth, one that if allowed to get out could undermine the very fabric of the Imperium itself.
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By The Kindly One on 06-10-17
Oh... Wow. Where to start.
This book started well... But quickly took a deep plunge into the warp without the gellar field right away. Interrogator Spinoza was given a Crozius Arcanum by the imperial fist Chaplain she had served with because she is so good at fighting.
If you know warhammer, thats like an inquisitor lord just handing over his Rosette to some random guardsman. It is very literally the symbol of his station as a symbol of prayer for the space marines that follow him, and a weapon he takes into holy battle. That is the pope handing over his Papal ferula to some random guy on the street. It reeks of mary sue-dom and bad writing to make his character look all the more awesome.
Eisenhorn was given a hand crafted masterwork bolt pistol by the deathwatch in recognition of his deeds in uncovering a major heretic plot, destroying an infamous tome of chaotic lore, killing a chaos marine in single combat, and intelligence in suggesting a means of training imperial guard to operate in a pocket realm of alien geometry. That was an amazing moment.
This is trite, forced, hackneyed, and just bad. have it be a power maul, or sword, or whatever. Not one of the most important things a Chaplain wields. For some more perspective, a spent bolt shell fired from a space marine is a Holy Relic. Not like, "i saw jesus in the burn pattern of my toast", but "This is one of the nails used to crucify Peter" There are shrine worlds that their main draw is that they have a single bone from a space marine. And with that people will undergo pilgrimages that will only be finished by their great great great great great grandchildren.
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By Douglas B Vandall on 21-03-18
Worst 40K novel listened/read of the 200+I've read
What would have made The Carrion Throne: Warhammer 40,000 better?
Research the material. This book should not made it past the editor's desk. So many flaws in the story that I could not finish the book.Just a few of the many major problems with this book
1. No imperial fist Chaplain would give up his Crozius Arcanum. It would be almost as tall as a standard human and almost to heavy to even lift much less use in a fight
.2. In one chapter the character is said to have swung it as hard as the Chaplain that gave it to her
.3.The inquisitor makes an all out attack with 2 or 3 gunships against an Arbites(40k police) headquarters because they had the audacity to arrest one of his agents. When all he had to do was walk in the front door and show his Inquisitorial Rosette and got what ever he needed. It would be like the FBI attacking a police station with Apache helicopters and SEAL teams when all it would take is a phone call to get a person released.
4. The inquisitor has 2 Stormbirds in his hanger. Really they are over 10,000 years old and are so rare they are almost worshiped by any space marine chapter that has one.
The big one
5. The 10,000 Adeptus Custodes have spent 10,000 years testing the defenses of the Imperial throne Room. This is pretty much all they do. They literally each have to attempt to breach the defenses from the outside sometimes spending decades on the attempt. THE INQUISITOR IN THIS STORY FIGURES OUT A WAY IN THEY HAVE MISSED IN JUST A FEW HOURS.
These are just a few of the things that made my ears bleed as I listened.
Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Wraight again?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Narration was fine. Not much he could do with a awful story.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Angry that I wasted a credit.
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