Ahriman: Unchanged: Ahriman: Warhammer 40,000, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Book Three in the Ahriman Series.
After many years and untold sacrifices, Ahriman is ready to attempt the unthinkable. Join him in this quest through time and space.
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It's the third book of the quadrilogy, but because it’s Ahriman, anything goes. When his grand plan is revealed, the scale of it will blow you away—and that's before the return to not one but both of the Thousand Sons' home worlds, and huge battles as the Legion turns on itself and a certain prominent figure comes home....
It has taken many long years and countless sacrifices, but finally Ahriman, former Chief Librarian of the Thousand Sons, now exile and sorcerer, is ready to attempt the most audacious and daring feat of his long life. His quest for knowledge and power has all been for one purpose, and he would now see that purpose fulfilled. His goal? Nothing less than undoing his greatest failure and reversing the Rubric that damned his Legion....
Written by John French. Narrated by Mark Elstob. Running time (approx.) 10 hours 35 minutes.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 July 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,405 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I could not helping that there was a bit too much emphasis on psykers and daemons throwing lightning (and quite a few other things) at each other with wild abandon, with Ahriman busy wrecking one world and then dragging everyone after him to wreck a second one, this time in the warp. There are a number of interesting features scattered across the book.
One of them was to have the soul of a dead Inquisitor travelling in the mind of Ahriman and discovering what really motivates him and what lies at the bottom of his guilt, his grief and his sense of self-sacrifice. Another interesting one – although also perhaps a confusing one – is to discover what has happened to Magnus, the lost Primarch of the Thousands Sons. A third was to have what I understand to be the Court of one of the Chaos Gods (and the God himself) send “the Changeling”, one of its most senior daemons and a shape changer into the human world. It is not entirely clear as to who is sending this creature and I was not entirely sure of its mission (it seems to be to kill Ahriman), but the character itself is an interesting one. There are also a few “winks and nods”, with one Iskandar Karhyon who has become the trusted companion of Abbadon the Destroyer, making a short appearance. A couple of Chaos Titans that decide to fight it out are also quite gorgeous, in a “warped” way, of course.
My main problem with this title, however, is that whatever stands for a story plot somehow gets “drowned” but multiple descriptions of apocalyptic creatures and multiple twists and becomes confusing. Multiple groups and interests all seem to be rushing after Ahriman to either help or stop him in his great endeavour – to revive the Rubricae and correct his disastrous mistake – but I never quite understood why and on what grounds some of them would be “for” and others “against”. Even the role of Magnus is rather ambiguous and ambivalent, and you never get to know which of the various characters calling themselves by this name is the real one”, as opposed to some daemon masquerading, but then this is perhaps exactly how he is supposed to be.
The one thing that you do know from the very beginning is in fact exactly what happens: things do not work out as they had been expected to! And that seems to have been mostly it for me, apart from a lot of confusion. Maybe I just “didn’t it” somehow…
All in all this was hard work for very little pay off. I wouldn't bother with the entire trilogy if I was you.