Warhammer 40,000: Thorn and Talon by Dan Abnett. Audio Book review

WARHAMMER 40,000: THORN AND TALON  by Dan Abnett, Black Library, Audio book – £15.00

Reviewed by Steve Dean

A two CD set this time around, with a running time of 132 minutes, consisting of three dramatised short stories. There are five voice actors; Gareth Armstrong, Jonathan Keeble, Rupert Degas, Jane Collingwood and Lisa Coleman. There’s dramatic music of course and some relevant sound effects. Overall, it’s performed pretty well.

‘Master Imus’s Transgression’ is the story of the eponymous accountant giving himself up to Inquisitor Eisenhorn, confessing he has found the Number of Chaos. Most of the action takes place off camera, and the story is about as exiting as you would expect from an accountancy tale.

‘Regia Occulta’ is the story of gruesome murders committed in a backwater town on an out of the way planet. The titular doorway opens up at a certain time to allow the murderer through, and then disappears. Again, about as exciting as it sounds.

‘Thorn Wishes Talon’ is the final tale, a sort of short story link between the ‘Eisenhorn’ trilogy and the ‘Ravenor’ books. Strangely, I found this to be the weakest of the three, sounding more like an advert for the other material than an actual story.

I’m normally a huge fan of Mr Abnett’s work, his ‘Gaunt’s Ghosts’ series and the aforementioned trilogies are all top quality stuff. This is not bad, but it’s definitely below average.