Darius Hinks – Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius

A Blood Angels audiobook.

A religious civil war brings the Blood Angels, commanded by Chief Librarian Mephiston, to a shrine world where they find a mystery that might help Mephiston understand how he survived the Black Rage – and perhaps cure the Blood Angels of their affliction.

Listen to it because:

Delve into the curse of the Blood Angels and how Mephiston survived it, while also exploring notions of faith and the influence of the Emperor on the Imperium of the 41st Millennium.

The story:

The shrine world of Divinatus Prime has become lost to the light of the Astronomican, and no ship can piece its veil. Only the Lord of Death himself, Blood Angels Chief Librarian Mephiston, has any hope of discerning the fate of this once pious world. After enacting a powerful blood ritual, Mephiston and an honour guard of his fellow Blood Angels reach the stricken shrine world to find it seized by religious civil war. Each faction fights for dominance of a potent artefact, the Blade Petrific, said to be wrought by the Emperor Himself. Yet there is more at work here than a mere ideological schism, for Mephiston believes Divinatus Prime could offer answers to how he became the Lord of Death, he who resisted the Black Rage, and possibly even a way to end the curse of the Flaw in all Blood Angels.

Written by Darius Hinks.

Narrated by Richard Reed.

Author: Darius Hinks
Narrator: Richard Reed
Duration: 10 hours 40 minutes
Released: 20 Jan 2002
Publisher: Black Library
Language: English

User Review:

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I’ma regular black library reader, so take that into account as my perspective.

The Characters:
The characters here lack depth, regularly seem perplexed by their own setting, and are generally un-compelling. The POV character is unlikable. He is boring, unsympathetic, and lacks the impressive quality that is a staple of most space marines. He is comes across petulant and maybe stupid? In short: He’s so bad, he doesn’t even rank mentioning in the plot summary. Yikes.

Speaking of characters: Mephiston. OH boy.
Boy o, is this book miss-titled. For being the title character, Mephiston is a non-factor. He is written as overly aloof, in an attempt (I think?) to make him seem mysterious. Instead, his lack of speaking or reacting makes him seem shallow and unappealing. He juts in and out of the story, a bland deus ex machina propelling the story forward, because frankly the plot has no momentum of its own.

Plot: The plot is muddled, and poorly paced. The first half of this book is in need of dire editing — it is largely flavoring. Creating flavor great idea— spending half the book on it with no story? Bad. Its exposition over exposition with characters saying what things are like, instead of…y’know having things actually happen. The first real story hooks feel like they being in chapter …12? Really? Jeez.

Writing: Bog standard Black library witting. Hinks got the warhammer writing manual. Violence is well written, with decent sentence structure. Nothing terrible in that vector, though a bit uninspired, I’d complain about the blood imagery becoming samey, but hey. its the blood angels so I can’t complain. All in all workman, like writing. Maybe interesting if its your first 40k book, but comes across as mediocre to me at this point.

Performance: Richard Reed is great, like most BL performers. Good range of voices, Nice pacing.