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The Magos

Eisenhorn: Warhammer 40,000 Book 4
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Eisenhorn
Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Book 4 in the Eisenhorn series

Inquisitor Eisenhorn makes his triumphant return in a brand new novel, collected together with every one of the short stories starring the tortured servant of the Throne.

Listen to It Because:

It's a brand new Eisenhorn novel by Dan Abnett! What other reason do you need!

The Story:

Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous limits of the Imperium in pursuit of heresy and Chaos. But how long can a man walk that path without succumbing to the lure of the Warp? Is Eisenhorn still a champion of the Throne, or has he been seduced by the very evil that he hunts?

Warhammer 40,000’s most beloved anti-hero finally returns in a stunning new novel that pits him against his oldest and most constant foe, and forces him to confront the true darkness of his own self.

For the first time ever, the Black Library presents the definitive casebook of Gregor Eisenhorn, collecting all of Dan Abnett’s celebrated Inquisitor short stories into a single epic volume. The stories, some of which have never been in print before, have been compiled and introduced by the author to serve as an indispensable companion to the acclaimed Eisenhorn trilogy, and to act as an essential prologue to The Magos, a brand new, full-length Eisenhorn novel.

CONTENTS

  • Pestilence​
  • Master Imus’s Transgression​
  • Regia Occulta​
  • Missing in Action​​​
  • Backcloth for a Crown Additional​​​
  • The Strange Demise of Titus Endor​
  • The Curiosity​
  • Playing Patience​
  • Thorn Wishes Talon​
  • The Gardens of Tycho​​​
  • The Keeler Image​​​
  • Perihelion​​​
  • The Magos​
©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-18

One of Dan Abnett's best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, although I would say to fully enjoy the book you have to have read the others in the series

What did you like best about this story?

Wrapped up the character Eisenhorn. There is a wee bit of deus machina towards the end but otherwise fantasic book

What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, I love him as a voice actor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Magos Dursha was the best. Seeing a normal imperial citizen thrust into the enormity that was the closing of this chapter in Eisenhorns career gave the whole story charm and contrast.

Any additional comments?

Read the others in the series (Xenos, Hereiticus, Maleus) before you read this one.

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  • Ryan
  • 31-03-18

I loved it.

The short-stories seem disconnected at first, just fun filler to flesh out the world, its characters and Eisenhorn himself.

But all of them, in greater or lesser degree, build up the Magos story in ways unseen fully until the end. It felt like going through a short series and as somebody who never read or listened to a single thing in the Eisenhorn series, I damn well will now.

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  • Isaac VanDuyn
  • 10-11-19

Deepest of the Eisenhorn books

Having read all of the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books and short stories and enjoyed all of them to varying degrees, I can safely say that this one was my favorite. It has the action, the intrigue, the excitement of the other novels, but it's also much deeper and more human. I love books that make me think, that expand my perspective on life in some way. The earlier books were certainly exciting and well written, but I think this is the first one that caused that delicious perspective shift for me. Bravo, Dan Abnett!

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  • Daniel J Spaulding
  • 18-09-18

A weak part of a great series.

I really wanted to like this book. The narration, as usual, was fantastic. I just felt the book was kind of jumbled and the tone was all over the place. I enjoyed most of the short stories, but things began to fall apart with the actual new novel. In particular, the title character, the Magos I found to be very annoying and out of place in the overall story. His tone was way too comedic and quippy in a way that wouldn't be out of a place in a Marvel movie. I just don't feel like it fit. Also, I had no idea what he was even doing in the novel, as he didn't seem to have any purpose to the mission the inquisitor was on as opposed to being a contrarian to Eisenhorn. Also, the central...device at the heart of the story felt like a McGuffin that was never explained despite it's importance.

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  • Ian E Wieserman
  • 04-06-20

Another great Eisenhorn adventure!

If you wanted more Eisenhorn you'll get it, but not fully. He takes almost a side character role for most of the Magos, but it's still a great tale. Toby Longworth took a little for me to get used to, especially his female performances, but by the end I was a fan!

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  • damien glenn
  • 28-03-18

amazing book

after warmaster i was pretty worried about Abnetts future work but this was amazing. truely one of my favorites of his work, I'd highly recommend to anyone that enjoys the eisenhorn/ravenor series.

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  • Nathan A Powers
  • 23-07-20

Starts slow but opens up.

Another Eisenhorn novel. The first section is a compilation of seemingly unconnected parts. Having not read a synopsis, I mistakenly thought this was an anthology. The characters grow over time. Eisenhorn is more force of nature in the background, while new names take center stage. Fans of the series will enjoy.

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  • J. Welborn
  • 12-07-20

Classic Abnett. Classic Eisenhorn.

It's probably not as good as the original trilogy, but it's still fantastic and absolutely worth it. Eisenhorn is in a different place now... so it's hard to compare this to the good old days anyway.

Even if you've heard the short stories before, here they are collected in order and they all add to the Magos novel.

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  • Money Authority
  • 11-07-20

Not as good as the previous 3 books

The character after which this book is named honestly made this book kind of unenjoyable. It’s very odd how in one moment he acts like a complete coward and then very quickly becomes this brave and competent character. There’s not really any progression to it, it’s more like the flipping of a switch. I actually don’t mind him in the 2 short stories he appears in but there’s some odd tonal shift that happens with him in the main novel itself which just kind of takes you out of moment.

Also there’s a few scenes where characters talk about the extreme urgency of the situation and the need to move but then will stand around talking to each other for extended periods of time. Lots of little things like that in this book which just made me roll my eyes.

I also feel like they tried really hard to come up with a reason for why Eisenhorn and his team so desperately needed the magos’ help but again it just seemed a little far fetched. I just got the impression the author loved this character for some reason and was trying to shoehorn him into the main plot.

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  • TN Hawkeye
  • 19-06-20

Yes please

All of the short stories come into play in the main Magos story. I enjoyed it quite a bit

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  • Lertimo
  • 08-01-19

Intertwining, lucid and highly entertaining epic

Dan Abnett is generally regarded as the standout author of the Warhammer 40k stable, and rightly so. His contributions to the canon are characterised by quality writing, tight plotting and three-dimensional characters. This set of stories is no exception, though I was initially wrong-footed by the description of 'The Magos' as a collection of short stories featuring Abnett's Imperial Inquisitor, Gregor Eisenhorn. This doesn't really do justice to what is in fact a complex set of intertwining stories that come together ultimately to pose a series of philosophical and moral questions.

Eisenhorn is a sci-fi hybrid of totalitarian secret police officer, Vatican exorcist and Sherlock Holmes. He's featured in several books by Abnett previously but they were standalone stories with beginning, middle and end. This sprawling set of stories spans a galaxy, several decades and is written in several voices, not only Eisenhorn's. Abnett cleverly weaves an overarching narrative that slowly draws the threads of the various stories together. Firstly as repeating characters, ideas and themes in the stories, and then ultimately bringing all the stories together as one in the eponymous 'The Magos'. It's clever, literary stuff and a thousand light years removed from the leaden prose and wooden characters often found in The Black Library's more militaristic output. Such work often feels created purely for consumption by diehard fans of the Warhammer canon. Yet I'd recommend The Magos to anyone with an interest in dystopian science fiction. The stories variously cover ground trodden previously by the likes of David Mitchell, William Gibson, HG Wells and HP Lovecraft. It certainly doesn't require the reader to have previous knowledge of Eisenhorn or the Warhammer 40k universe.

As this is an audio book it makes for something of an epic, totting in at a little over 20 hours. Toby Longworth is a veteran Abnett-narrator and it's easy to see why. His deep, doom-laden yet precise delivery is perfect for this kind of material. The only criticism one could level at his narration is that due to the huge cast of 'The Magos' his range of voices runs a bit dry after a few stories. Several characters are provided with very similar voices or accents which was confusing at times once the narratives begin to converge. This is a very minor point though. Longworth is, like Abnett, a class act and their combined contributions here differentiates 'The Magos' from the standard fare of the genre and places it on a level approaching that of modern sci-fi classic.

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  • Mr. Sp Howley
  • 16-03-18

The best 40k book

A return to form for Dan Abnett, this is the best work of his for years. Going into it blind it first seemed to be a collection of short stories, but they do all come together eventually.

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  • Sprgsmal
  • 04-11-19

Refusing this book would be most perturbatory

Eisenhorn series is one of the few Warhammer 40k books that is truly enjoyable by wider range of audience - and not because it is more approachable but because it's extremely well written and produced. Warhammer is certainly not for everyone and neither is Eisenhorn but the series avoids the exaggerated fantasy that many Warhammer books have a flair with. Rather, it is a bleak but a gritty and stunning detective anthology which, most importantly, is completely true to its amazing fictional universe and treats it with ingenuity and respect.

Special honorarium must be given to the narrator who simply could not be better at his job and is perfect for the role.
The format is also perfect, as it does not eat hours on end but rather offers a wonderfully bleak story one after another.

The book is rated as close to 5 stars as reasonably as any book by a wide audience can be and certainly it deserves the merit. Unless you want to shy away from the grim dark scifi fantasy of Warhammer 40k, refusing this book would be most perturbatory.

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  • Mark Roper
  • 12-04-18

Fantastic

truely awesome, the segmented shorter story's we're great as travelling tales for listening to when you haven't got poodles of time, Toby again the true voice that shines in any Warhammer performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-20

A good collection

The short stories bring more life and perspective to the main story and are exellent in there own way.

Overall a great peformance and story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

gripping story with an open start and open end.

good story, but it seems like you miss quite a bit from the last Eisenhorn book. there's a disconnect. should the Ravenor series be required. Yes maybe, but it should be stated like that somewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-20

good book,

If you heard the eisenhorn book and the ravenor books your should hear this one too :-)

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  • Steven blackwood
  • 30-04-20

a break from the other books but still brilliant

I must add that I'm a bit biased as there is not a single book that Dan Abnett has written that I did not like. if you are expecting the same style as the other books forget it this is less 40k James bond and more horror orientated. I hope to see some more books about the biologist Mago's as he and max where great stand alone's. amazing book can't wait for the next eisinhorn book.

as always Tobbie Longworth was amazing.

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  • Elliot Holman
  • 24-04-20

A poor ending to his Saga

I feel the characters and environments are poorly realised in this addition. Not a total failure but a bit of a letdown for me personally.

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  • Oskar November
  • 16-04-20

If a man hath an ear, let him hear!

X X The Emperor protects X X
WW _____So must we ____ WW

Spirit of noxious immaterium, be gone from hence, for as the emperor of mankind, manifold be his blessings, watches over me so I WILL NOT FEAR the shadow of the warp!

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  • Brent J Van Ree
  • 31-05-18

Eisenhorns back!

I've always enjoyed Eisenhorns adventures but thought his solo stories were done. So I was very interested when I saw The Magos. And I was not disappointed. Good story with some familiar and some new characters. A wee bit drawn out towards the end but somewhat necessarily I suppose.
Great narration by Toby Longworth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-19

Exceeds Expectations

Small digestible shorts that culminated in a fanciful way to tell a grand life story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

amazing

Amazing story. What an awesome part of the story as a whole. can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

An absolute masterpiece

I have been a fan of Dan Abnett’s work for quite some time. The work he has done in the Horus Heresy novels, Gaunts Ghosts, and now the Ravenor and Eisenhorn series has been nothing short of brilliant. This last audiobook, The Magos, is a perfect culmination of the work he has done so for with the last two series mentioned. It draws 6 books together in a seamless culmination that I am honestly in awe of. To me, thus far, is Dan’s finest work. It was an absolute privilege to hear this story and I cannot recommend it, and this work in these series highly enough. Also Toby Longworth deserves every prize there is for his exceptional work narrating these works.
The combination of these two working together creates without doubt, one of the finest selections audible has to offer.