So you wait and you wait and you wait for a new release, or even an update, a teaser, just to whet the appetite - and then three come along on the same day! In some ways, the nature of the 'multi-story' release, is in keeping with the recording schedule, which essentially took the form of a week's prep, followed by a week in the studio; a busy six weeks in other words!
If you're a dedicated Black Library fan, you may remember that the original Dark Imperium and Plague War, were released some time ago. I enjoyed recording them and they seemed to be popular stories. Indeed, for a short time, the audio book of Dark Imperium, produced by Kylia Whitehead, topped the Audible Top 100 All Categories chart, which Matt Renshaw and I, quietly celebrated.
With this current release, Dark Imperium and Plague War have been amended, so as not to contradict elements of the vast story arc of the new Dawn of Fire series, which I began recording last autumn. Godblight is entirely new. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I enjoyed recording them; produced once again by the fabulous Kylia Whitehead, who just about kept my head from exploding, throughout our hefty three weeks in studio.
Without further ado then, here are details of The Dark Imperium trilogy:
Audiobook 1 of the Dark Imperium trilogy.
The first phase of the Indomitus Crusade is over, and the conquering primarch, Roboute Guilliman, sets his sights on home. The hordes of his traitorous brother, Mortarion, march on Ultramar, and only Guilliman can hope to thwart their schemes with his Primaris Space Marine armies.
Fell times have come to the galaxy. Cadia has fallen, destroyed by the onslaught of Chaos. A Great Rift in the warp has opened, and from its depths spew daemons and the horrors of Old Night.
But all hope is not lost… A hero, long absent, has returned, and with him comes the wrath of the Ultramarines reborn. Roboute Guilliman has arisen to lead the Imperium out of darkness on a crusade the likes of which has not been seen since the fabled days of the Emperor.
But never before have the forces of Ruin amassed in such numbers, and nowhere is safe from despoliation. From the dreaded Scourge Stars come the hordes of the Plaguefather, Lord Nurgle, and their pustulent eye is fixed on Macragge. As the Indomitus Crusade rages on, Guilliman races to Ultramar and a confrontation with the Death Guard.
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Audiobook two of the Dark Imperium trilogy.
As the Plague Wars rage on, the Emperor's will manifests in Ultramar through miracles that confound the primarch Roboute Guilliman, even as he must rely on them when he faces his traitorous brother, Mortarion.
The battle between faith and science lies at the heart of Warhammer 40,000. Guy Haley explores it here as never before, through the eyes of Roboute Guilliman - the ultimate believer in rationality and the Imperial Truth.
In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues.
Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as a base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch, Roboute Guilliman, proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines.
But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy, and his place within it.
Primarchs and ideologies clash in this thrilling second part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.
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Audiobook 3 of the Dark Imperium trilogy.
The destinies of primarch and Imperial Regent Roboute Guilliman and his traitorous brother Mortarion come together for the climactic battle of the Plague Wars.
While Guilliman attempts to prevent the destruction of his kingdom, Mortarion schemes to bring his brother low with the Godblight, a disease created in the Cauldron of Nurgle itself, made with the power to destroy a son of the Emperor.
Primarchs clash on the ravaged landscapes of Iax. The gods go to war and the wider galaxy balances on a knife-edge of destruction. As something powerful stirs in the sea of souls, only one thing is certain – no matter who wins the last great clash of the Plague War, the repercussions of victory will echo through eternity....
Written by Guy Haley, Produced by Kylia Whitehead & Narrated by John Banks