Audio Review 31 // Garro: Ashes of Fealty and Shield of Lies by James Swallow


Today is a double feature kind of day! As you know, I've been hitting the Garro series hard. I have so far been loving it. But all good things come to an end. I have these two audio dramas left, plus one short story. I will be sad to see the end of the Garro tales for now, but it has been a blast.

Garro: Ashes of Fealty

After bringing warning of Horus’s treachery to Terra, Nathaniel Garro bade a solemn farewell to his Death Guard brethren and was set upon a more noble path than he ever could have imagined for himself. Now, an old comrade returns - Meric Voyen, once an Apothecary of the XIVth Legion, carrying a deadly cargo within the boundaries of the Solar System. Knowing only too well that to underestimate the powers of the warp is to fall prey to their corrupting influence, Garro must decide if any good can come of Voyen’s mission... and whether or not it is already too late to act against it.

Two old friends, now enemies, meet over a mysterious casket in this clash of ideals. Apothecary Meric Voyen challenges the mission of Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro. The tension mounts as the story head to a climactic ending. And what lurks in the casket is as disgusting as it’s frightening…

Performed by: Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longworth
Running time: 18 minutes

Was taken back by the shortness of this tale. At 18 minutes, how much action can you get in? The answer is a lot. I would highly recommend not just diving in, you need some background info for this tale, at the very least read the Flight of the Eisenstein. Garro having returned to Luna is reunited with one of his former Battle Brothers, whose fate we have never learnt (guessing they are stuck on Luna, untrusted, prisoners).
As mentioned Garro is reunited with Meric Voyen the Apothecary from Garro's old Death Guard command squad. We learn that the Heresy has been so kind to him and in an attempt to be of use, Meric Voyen has gone down a dark misguided path.
A very interesting audio drama and I hope we get to revisit the survivors again at some point.

Garro: Shield of Lies

While the war rages on across the galaxy, for many on the Throneworld of Terra it exists only in rumour and hearsay. But in the course of her daily duties, humble adept Katanoh Tallery discovers evidence of a conspiracy within the Administratum - surely, this can only be the precursor to a traitor attack on the Solar System itself! Fleeing into the shadows, she soon finds herself at the mercy of the mysterious Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro. Will this stalwart defender of mankind be her saviour or her executioner?

Performed by: Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longworth
Running time: 2hrs. and 6mins.

We go from the shortest tale to one of the longest. From the moment it starts to the final words the effects have improved so much. The voice acting is amazing, the sound effects absorb you into the story and the story was rather intense. The main character Katanoh Tallery has discovered a terrible secret, someone is cooking the books and moving material to a secret base. Unfortunately for her she doesn't know who to trust and ends up on the run. As she is chased through the city a grey armoured Space Marine comes to her and she must trust him to survive.
Garro seems changed in this book, back to having doubts as to who to trust and who is in the right. It seems like everyone is up to something suspicious and no one can be trusted and this is a Galaxy Garro is coming to hate. The story ends with some big reveals aka the Grey Knights.

Overall another solid tale, I am sad to start the last book but I feel that I must!

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Kindle Edition: Garro

Audible: Ashes of Fealty and Shield of Lies

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