Audio Review 40 // The Iron Devil by C L Werner

You tell when it is summertime as my book reading and even my audio dramas, change dramatically. Gone are the 400+ pages, gone are 10+ hour stories. It is all short, quick and fun instead. This week's audio is no different, so let us jump in. 

Title: Iron Devil (Warhammer 40,000)

Author: C.L. Werner

Voice Actors: Joe Absolom, Gareth Armstrong, Michael Fenner & Luke Thompson.

Official Background: The last survivors of their company, the battered remnants of the Cadian 267th trek across the deadly toxic deserts of Sanzu in search of salvation. Taking shelter in a damaged Adeptus Mechanicus facility, they think they have found a place to await reinforcements – but something lurks in the darkness, something large and dangerous and determined to kill every last Imperial Guardsman. The Morkanaut awaits…

Running Time: 62 mins


It was a solid adventure story, the stand-out part of the audio drama has to be the setting. This planet sounds terrible, it's where Earth is heading in my opinion. The pollution from Mankind's touch has caused the planet to become a massive desert, with toxic waste sandstorms that can kill an average human. The story itself follows a platoon of soldiers seeking shelter, food and water before they continue their battles against the works. In their search, they discover a factorium and begin searching the base. Inside they discover a techpriest who has been alone for way too long and is a few cogs, short of a working clock. As they talk, they discover they are not alone and that the tech-priest believes they have come to save him from an Iron Devil.

It was at this point that I thought it was going to become some sort of horror story. But I was wrong. It is actually just a full-on adventure story and the Iron Devil is a Morkanaut! Overall a solid enough listen, but nothing stands out. The narration feels a little slow, which was great at the beginning, but as the story ramps up the action doesn't come across. I also feel a lack of characters, we are talking about a whole platoon being involved, but it reads/listens like there is only the captain, a sergeant and the tech-priest.

I would say if you can get it cheap buy it, but don't go out of your way.

Amazon Link: The Iron Devil

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