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Upport chair He uses his powerful psychic talents to enact the Emperor’s will When he receives a mysterious message Ravenor and his loyal followers travel to a distant world where they battle fierce cultists But what are the cultists looking for? And what is the meaning of the message Thorn Wishes Talo A nice collection of stories that whet my appetite for the upcoming Beuin trilogy ie Eisenhorn vs Ravenor Thorn Wishes talon fits in between the books of the Ravenor trilogy while Master Imus's Transgression and Regia Occulta give us a nice look at the early career of Gregor Eisenhorn The stories are all great but no surprises there and I really must comment on how good the production was in this audio book Buddho powerful The Burning Boys psychic talents to enact the Emperor’s will When he receives a mysterious message Ravenor and his loyal followers travel to a distant world where they battle fierce cultists But what are the cultists looking for? And what is the meaning of the message Thorn Wishes Talo A nice collection of stories that whet my appetite for the upcoming Beuin trilogy ie Eisenhorn vs Ravenor Thorn Wishes talon fits in between the books of the Ravenor trilogy while Master Imus's Transgression and Regia Occulta give us a nice look at the early career of Gregor Eisenhorn The stories are all great but no surprises there and I really must comment on how good the A Little Learning production was in this audio book

SUMMARY Thorn and Talon

Thorn and Talon

Ia Occulta finds him on a world wracked by ethereal storms and haunted by a terrifying beast In Master Imus’s Transgression the Inuisitor investigates the mysterious affair of a mild mannered clerk who confesses to a crime Gideon Ravenor once Eisenhorn’s pupil is now crippled and confined to a life s Let me begin with I am not a gamer so I did not come to these stories from that direction That makes a bit of difference but not enough to keep me away I had done a little research as to where to start and in the end I just jumped in here With that said I just stumbled upon the Warhammer 40k series and I have begun with the Thorn and Talon short stories I am enthralled with this new reality and yet lost at the same time but just enough to make we want to read and to learn and about this new world and seriesIf you are enchanted by the imagination of the likes of Tolkien Rowling Martin you owe it to yourself to read these inuisitive stories Detour de France pupil is now crippled and confined to a life s Let me begin with I am not a gamer so I did not come to these stories from that direction That makes a bit of difference but not enough to keep me away I had done a little research as to where to start and in the end I just jumped in here With that said I just stumbled upon the Warhammer 40k series and I have begun with the Thorn and Talon short stories I am enthralled with this new reality and yet lost at the same time but just enough to make we want to read and to learn and about this new world and seriesIf you are enchanted by the imagination of the likes of Tolkien Rowling Martin you owe it to yourself to read these inuisitive stories

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Eisenhorn and Ravenor in a new double cd audio dramaThe Inuisition is the most powerful and secretive organisation within the Imperium Its agents the Inuisitors are the last line of defence for mankind Gregor Eisenhorn dedicated servant of the Inuisition takes to the field again in three audio dramas Reg “My best friend Billy kept beating me at Rock Paper Scissors so I had him publicly accused of Heresy and he was executed by being bathed in holy promethium in front of the Schola I shed a single tear I was never ashamed I should not have cried – Love Eisenhorn Thorn and Talon is a collection of audio dramas focusing upon the brilliant Eisenhorn an Inuisitor of the Holy Inuisition I’m going to be honest; I found all these audio dramas to be excellent You’ve a mix of suspension and investigatory elements along with the usual action that is a staple of Black Library Master Imus’s Trangression is the story of an auction houses accountant voluntarily offers himself up to Inuisitor Eisenhorn whom he believes just an Arbiters officer Over time Imus confesses to having discovered something alarming and something that shouldn’t exist – the number of Ruin the number of Chaos This shorter audio drama takes place as an interrogation – and excellently voiced Imus and the not out of place Eisenhorn is believable I love this audio drama – it’s very atmospheric – it’s dark with an air of creepiness The narration from Imus works so well Imus tells Eisenhorn that he found an ‘error’ and ‘aberration’ a void appeared in his ledger something that shouldn’t be there Eisenhorn extends the investigation beyond this void in the account and it ends up in an unexpected discovery – at times I felt like I was listening to a Lovecraftian story It has that air of gothic to it that makes this AD stand out When the story follows on from Imus’s confession – we are introduced to other members of Eisenhorn retinue – all voiced very well especially the older fellow Uber Aemos – he sounded like something out of the The Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal The chap Tytus Endor? who keeps stating “He has plans for the night” is rather amusing as he clearly doesn’t give a crap about well anything The scene wheere Master Imus starts hiccupping is hilarious I’ve no idea why that was a thing here but it was funny nevertheless Regia Occulta is the story of gruesome murders committed on some backwater town on the nothing planet of Ignix The story is told from a young Eisenhorn’s point of view whom he believes Chaos cultists are committing these murders However the murderers seems to be able to manipulate time appearing and reappearing at their whim Not your run of the mill hallmarked Chaos cultists MO There’s some nice build up here and I must say at times I felt I was listening to a Jack the Ripper murder investigation I enjoyed the Inuisitors recollections of his short adventures as if pulling them from some kind of memoirs There’s some real insight into the character here – you get the feeling that his early days are well amateur hour that he is ‘winging’ it – but really everything he does is calculated and played out many times over in his head Thorn Wishes Talon is the final of the three audio dramas and sort of bridges the gap between the Eisenhorn trilogy and the Ravenor novels I had mixed feelings with this one On the one hand there’s some insight into both Ravenor and Eisenhorn’s retinue but other than that I just found this well just boring The essential story is that Eisenhorn has asked his old pupil to meet him – and for whatever reason – some people don’t want this meeting to take place There’s an ambush a fight Chaos cultists and eventually both Inuisitors talk I did enjoy the varied retinue to each Inuisitors However I must say Ravenors’ repulser chair sound effects got really grating when using headphones It’s a minor gripe but this was an early audio drama and I’m sure those sorts of little annoyances have been ironed out Overall Thorn and Talon has a sense of familiarity to it even though the stories are fairly bleak there’s almost a cosiness to them Regia Occulta and Master Imus’s Trangression are both excellent and do Eisenhorn justice The final drama felt shoe horned in to try and bind both Imperial agents’ stories together – albeit in a clumsy manner Well worth the £1299 you’ll getting three audio dramas running around 30 minutes each


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  1. says:

    “My best friend Billy kept beating me at Rock Paper Scissors so I had him publicly accused of Heresy and he was executed by being bathed in holy promethium in front of the Schola I shed a single tear I was never ashamed I should not have cried – Love Eisenhorn Thorn and Talon is a collection of audio dramas focusing upon the brilliant Eisenhorn an Inuisitor of the Holy Inuisition I’m going to be honest; I found all these audio dramas to be excellent You’ve a mix of suspension and investigatory elements along with the usual action that is a staple of Black Library Master Imus’s Trangression is the story of an auction houses accountant voluntarily offers himself up to Inuisitor Eisenhorn whom he believes just an Arbiters officer Over time Imus confesses to having discovered something alarming and something that shouldn’t exist – the number of Ruin the number of Chaos This shorter audio drama takes place as an interrogation – and excellently voiced Imus and the not out of place Eisenhorn is believable I love this audio drama – it’s very atmospheric – it’s dark with an air of creepiness The narration from Imus works so well Imus tells Eisenhorn that he found an ‘error’ and ‘aberration’ a void appeared in his ledger something that shouldn’t be there Eisenhorn extends the investigation beyond this void in the account and it ends up in an unexpected discovery – at times I felt like I was listening to a Lovecraftian story It has that air of gothic to it that makes this AD stand out When the story follows on from Imus’s confession – we are introduced to other members of Eisenhorn retinue – all voiced very well especially the older fellow Uber Aemos – he sounded like something out of the The Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal The chap Tytus Endor? who keeps stating “He has plans for the night” is rather amusing as he clearly doesn’t give a crap about well anything The scene wheere Master Imus starts hiccupping is hilarious I’ve no idea why that was a thing here but it was funny nevertheless Regia Occulta is the story of gruesome murders committed on some backwater town on the nothing planet of Ignix The story is told from a young Eisenhorn’s point of view whom he believes Chaos cultists are committing these murders However the murderers seems to be able to manipulate time appearing and reappearing at their whim Not your run of the mill hallmarked Chaos cultists MO There’s some nice build up here and I must say at times I felt I was listening to a Jack the Ripper murder investigation I enjoyed the Inuisitors recollections of his short adventures as if pulling them from some kind of memoirs There’s some real insight into the character here – you get the feeling that his early days are well amateur hour that he is ‘winging’ it – but really everything he does is calculated and played out many times over in his head Thorn Wishes Talon is the final of the three audio dramas and sort of bridges the gap between the Eisenhorn trilogy and the Ravenor novels I had mixed feelings with this one On the one hand there’s some insight into both Ravenor and Eisenhorn’s retinue but other than that I just found this well just boring The essential story is that Eisenhorn has asked his old pupil to meet him – and for whatever reason – some people don’t want this meeting to take place There’s an ambush a fight Chaos cultists and eventually both Inuisitors talk I did enjoy the varied retinue to each Inuisitors However I must say Ravenors’ repulser chair sound effects got really grating when using headphones It’s a minor gripe but this was an early audio drama and I’m sure those sorts of little annoyances have been ironed out Overall Thorn and Talon has a sense of familiarity to it even though the stories are fairly bleak there’s almost a cosiness to them Regia Occulta and Master Imus’s Trangression are both excellent and do Eisenhorn justice The final drama felt shoe horned in to try and bind both Imperial agents’ stories together – albeit in a clumsy manner Well worth the £1299 you’ll getting three audio dramas running around 30 minutes each


  2. says:

    Shadowhawk reviews Dan Abnett’s first audio drama for his Inuisition novels Thorn and Talon featuring characters from the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies“Thorn and Talon is some of Dan’s finest work ever and shows why he really understands the domestic side of the Warhammer 40000 setting” The Founding FieldsThorn and Talon is one of the newest audio dramas from Black Library coming straight from the master of the setting himself Dan Abnett Does that sound like high praise? Good it is meant to be Dan’s entire body of work for Black Library that I have read at any rate is some of the best and proves his mastery of the Warhammer 40000 setting While some of his novels I have had uite a bit of trouble with on the whole Dan can always be trusted to put out some great work And in that respect Thorn and Talon does not disappointThe audio drama contains three self contained stories Master Imus’s Transgression Regia Occulta and Thorn wishes Talon While the first two stories are brand new the third one has previously been in print for the What Price Victory anthology and is currently also collected in the Ravenor omnibusOf the three I have to say that Thorn Wishes Talon is absolutely the best It is a bridging story between the third Eisenhorn novel Hereticus and the first Ravenor novel Ravenor It has absolutely everything you could wish for between two of the Inuisition’s most celebrated agents in the Scarus sector Lots of guns lots of explosions lots of heroics and a particularly memorable scene involving grizzly old Eisenhorn himself and a certain “walking dead” I definitely enjoyed this audio the most since I am uite the fan of both Eisenhorn and Ravenor Plus the events of this story have been referenced before in Ravenor and Ravenor Returned several times and I always wondered just what had gone down on MalinterNow that the uestion has been answered I feel uite rewarded To see all these characters gathered in one place on a mission of such importance is a very rewarding feeling and strangely cathartic because it is the first time that this has happened I do have to say that this story has absolutely set up Dan’s next Inuisition trilogy uite superblyFor those not in the know said trilogy has already been officially announced It is the long awaited Beuin trilogy which is being marketed as Eisenhorn versus Ravenor uite a chilling prospect mind you The fact that the first novel in the trilogy out in November this year is called Pariah Make of that what you willMaster Imus’s Transgression is a fantastic addition as well It almost beats Thorn Wishes Talon for the top spot but the latter pulls ahead just because it is frikkin Eisenhorn and Ravenor together This story is set in the days of Eisenhorn as an Interrogator for Inuisitor Hapshant an apprentice of sorts in Inuisitorial parlance Following an accountant who hands himself in at the Inuisitorial fortress on Imperial Hesperus “of his own volition” Master Imus’s Transgression is an extremely atmospheric audio drama It really puts you in the scenes and you can feel the emotions of Master Imus our accountant in uestionThis particular story shows just why Dan understands the “domestic” side of the Inuisition’s work The term domestic is not meant as a disparagement of Dan’s work I use the term to describe the side of the Imperium we rarely get to see the lives of its people off the battlefields inhabited by the Imperial Guard and the Space Marines The Inuisition’s work does not always involve high ranking heretics or alien invasions or the infernal powers of the warp Most of the Ordos’s work actually involves people caught in the fire and that is what Master Imus’s Transgression is about Dan tells us how someone inadvertently gets caught in the crossfire of greater events and what their fate can be likeSuperlative work again from DanRegia Occulta is another domestic Inuisition story but uite different in tone and theme to Master Imus’s Transgression I didn’t like it as much as the others but it pulls no punches in pulling you into the story This time Eisenhorn is at the start of his career as a titled Inuisitor and has been put in charge of a rather tiresome assignment going from world to world on a predefined circuit investigating cases referred to the Inuisitorial authorities by the local militiasThe audio has a very surprising twist in the middle one that you definitely do not see coming and I appreciate the story all the for that Just as with all his other work Dan has populated Regia Occulta with great and interesting supporting characters Lana Howie and the Jared County Commissioner are both great characters and uite fun to listen to Lana’s in story tale is rather emotional and Dan does a great job of getting the reader to empathise with herRegia Occulta is definitely another great example of Dan’s excellent take on the domestic side of the Imperium It is not as atmospheric as the other two stories but it has its place in the collection and one that anyone can appreciate for the very uality that underscores Dan’s Inuisition novels they show us a side of the Imperium that we rarely get to see Black Library should in my humble opinion publish stories like theseOf course this is an audio drama collection and no review of such a product would be complete without a commentary on its production value and its voice oversIn the first instance all three stories are wonderfully done The sights are all complemented well by the sound effects and given the vast differences in the settings between the three stories Heavy Entertainment has done admirable work in making them all distinct I can’t really fault any of the sound effects even after having listened to the audio drama twice They are very evocative and combined with Dan’s writing which are already doing a great job of pulling you into the story the sound effects magnify that tenfoldUnlike most other Black Library audio dramas Thorn and Talon has uite a big cast of characters and conseuently it has a big cast of voice actors as well Without knowing which of them has voiced which character I congratulate them all on a job well done Eisenhorn Ravenor Lana Howie Master Imus Titus Endor Cherubael Harlon Nayl Kara Swole Carl Thonius Patience Kys and all particularly stand out for me especially the two Inuisitors The only “bad apple” so to speak would be the savant Aemos one of Eisenhorn’s oldest companions who sounds way too much like a really silly Yoda Fortunately Aemos has very few linesOverall I’d recommend the audio drama uite highly and give it a rating of 910 For fans of Dan’s Inuisition novels all three stories in the collection are most excellent and enjoyable as well Definitely one of the ones that you can listen to over and over again without once getting boringThorn and Talon has definitely jumped the ranks to become one of my top four audio dramas from Black Library joining the great Raven’s Flight Madness Within and Garro Legion of One


  3. says:

    I find the best part of Eisenhorn and Ravenor are the random short stories Dan Abnett writes I wish there were like this


  4. says:

    This collection of 3 short stories made me like the Inuisitors a lot than some of the Space Marines in their own novellasMaster Imus's Transgression I love the atmosphere described in this story it being dark and creepy as narrated by Master Imus a clerk of the Imperium the voice acting is superb Inuisitor Eisenhorn investigates Imus' connection to a small crime of fraudulence and it ends up in a delightful discovery both for Master Imus and the tale's end A felt a tinge of Lovecraft here too Regia Occulta Nice buildup like an Edgar Allan Poe short with the POV coming from Inuisitor Eisenhorn investigating what appears to be a cult related series of murders He speaks of his short adventure as if from his memoirs recalling his amateur decisions when he was dealing with this case It's actually a good insight as to Eisenhorn's character as wellThorn Wishes Talon this is the first time I'm introduced to Inuisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor And it seems that I've missed out on something good I'll need to catch up on them then Also the team they're working on is a good set of characters altogether and the mission they set on against cultists was a pretty intriguing from the start but I felt the ending was a bit abruptAll in all the set was indeed worth the listen The plot of each book was clear concise and just enough to satiate my need for stories about the Inuisitors And the good thing about it is I'm now looking forward to reading of their casesI recommend listening to the audio book version as the music and the ambient effects helped visualize each of the stories' respective settings


  5. says:

    There are three different audio dramas in this collection I will cover them separately as they are disconnected from each otherMaster Imus' Transgression 4 stars I covered this under it's own entryRegia Occulta 3 StarsAn interesting yarn where Eisenhorn does some actual investigative work The mystery was not terribly complex but it wasn't a long enough piece for that The action beats at the end were well handled and the killer was not what I thought it would be To go into detail would be to needlessly spoil it Have a listen for yourselfThorn Wishes Talon 2 StarsWritten only for people who have read the Eisenhorn trilogy I was soundly disappointed I had not even begun those book and the content without context was mediocre I had no vested interest in the characters and the audio drama did nothing to make me care Given the fantastic work done on Master Imus' Transgression it is entirely within the ability of both the author and the actors to get the listener to connect with the characters Here they relied instead on the mistaken assumption that any listeners would already be invested from other works Every story may be someone's first or in this case third and should strive to be able to stand alone Thorn Wishes Talon fails at this It provides instead a mediocre action seuence and a lengthy dialogue between two characters who were to me at that point total strangers


  6. says:

    Let me begin with I am not a gamer so I did not come to these stories from that direction That makes a bit of difference but not enough to keep me away I had done a little research as to where to start and in the end I just jumped in here With that said I just stumbled upon the Warhammer 40k series and I have begun with the Thorn and Talon short stories I am enthralled with this new reality and yet lost at the same time but just enough to make we want to read and to learn and about this new world and seriesIf you are enchanted by the imagination of the likes of Tolkien Rowling Martin you owe it to yourself to read these inuisitive stories


  7. says:

    Great to have Eisenhorn and Ravenor storiesI was initially surprised at the first story being set back in Eisenhorns Interrogator days and had to check I'd got the correct item Serves me right for not paying attention to the blurbsSo the first story was interesting and all but lets be fair we're all here for Thorn and TalonI loved the story It bridges story arcs it shows the genuine affection between the Inuisitors and if you're like me it's going to make you go and re read the Ravenor series


  8. says:

    In my humble opinion this is one of the better listensreadsof the audio books selection that provided by the folk at Black LibraryThe three stories all work seamlessly well transposed to the audio format and that is mostly due to the fact that Dan Abnett is a good writer and that the characters in the stories are not gene enhanced space marines who tend to be given pompous bombastic vocal tones that would be better attributed to an intro to a Manowar songI've had the pleasure of reading the last story Thorn Wishes Talon previously and it was a joy to hear this story given voice


  9. says:

    A nice collection of stories that whet my appetite for the upcoming Beuin trilogy ie Eisenhorn vs Ravenor Thorn Wishes talon fits in between the books of the Ravenor trilogy while Master Imus's Transgression and Regia Occulta give us a nice look at the early career of Gregor Eisenhorn The stories are all great but no surprises there and I really must comment on how good the production was in this audio book


  10. says:

    Dan Abnett at his best and now fully voice actedThorn and Talon is a collection of three shortstories from his Inuisitor Eisenhorn and Ravenor series The writing is superb as is the voiceacting soundeffects and overall feeling The stories two of themself are about Eisenhorn in his younger days and one is about Ravenor on one of his investigationsFull marks on everything and a almost perfect characters atmosphere introduction of his Inuisitor series


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