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The Magos

Eisenhorn: Warhammer 40,000 Book 4
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • John
  • 27-02-20

Must-have for Eisenhorn fans.

If you've heard/read the Eisenhorn trilogy you need to pick this up. The short stories alone would be worth the price, but The Magos is a great finale to Eisenhorn, is is sort of a book 4 to the trilogy.

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  • Taylor
  • 19-12-19

Absolutely wonderful

Between Toby Longworth narrating and Dan Abnett ‘s writing do you have an amazing story

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  • dacota
  • 17-12-19

A True Warhammer Novelle Series

These stories are something to experience and wallow in over and over. The descriptive nature let's you imagine a world that is for not this renegades actions saving the galaxy from internal and eventual doom by the worst and best intention evil. A great story to say in the least.

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  • Bradley
  • 15-11-19

Couldn't stop listening

Amazing book, I only wish there was a sequel to this. Once I got into the book that was it, it was too good to put down for too long.

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  • Cass Thompson
  • 08-11-19

Fantastic.

The only issue I had with the original Eisenhorn trilogy was that it ended, this solves that and more. If you really want to get the most out of this book though you'll want to have listened to both the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. Toby Longworth is a masterful narrator, knowing exactly when and where to really go over the top without ever seeming too much, His Cherubael is probably the best non human voice I've ever listened to.

I really can't recommend these books enough, Dan Abnett and Toby Longworth are Warhammers Jordan and Pippen,

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • james taro
  • 07-03-20

What an end to the series!

After diving into audio books many months ago I had started on GoT after feeling let down by the tv series, 4 books in and hundreds of hours later i wanted to top myself.
Having had a break of a few months it suddenly struck me that i had been a fool! I've been into the Games Workshop hobby since I was 8 and I've read many of the books already.....so why wasn't I listening to the audio books!
With the promise of an Eisenhorn TV series I thought it best to start here. BY THE GOD EMPEROR I was right to do so! the narration is outstanding, length of book is perfect and throwing that into the incredible lore of 40k and you have in my mind the perfect series.
I could not stop listening, I wanted more and luckily for all of us there are hundreds of books from GW.
Having now finished the entire Eisenhorn series and am about to move onto Ravenor I can not recommend these books enough. screw GoT! I have found the audio books for me and want MORE!

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  • Benjamin Martin Sadler
  • 22-11-19

Every detail is important

pay attention to all the stories before 'the magos' its worth your while eve if they dont mention Eisonhorn. both author and narrator wove a true epic tapestry.

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  • james hamilton
  • 14-11-19

Outstanding as usual.

If you’re a fan of the series this is a must have. Exceptional writing and the narration is superb. Get this audiobook - you won’t regret it.

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  • Abdullmm
  • 07-11-19

Fantastic listen

I loved this book from the start. The narration was excellent. Toby gave life to the characters and made the story more interesting.

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  • G. Clark
  • 31-10-19

Another fantastic addition to the saga.

Possibly the best yet! A wonderful intricate story and engrossing performance. I hope there is another.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-19

wonderfully structured

a good introduction to how the inquisition of 40k functions. wile clearly part of a much longer narrative this book stands on it's own, you need no prior knowledge to enjoy it.

first half or so is a series of smaller seemingly unrelated stories. who then coalesce into the final longer story.

each POW character feels difrent and I can not come to mind of any one of the smaller stories that dones not pay off in at least a few ways.

clearly worth my time.

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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.