Audio Review 101 // Eye of Terra: Stratagem by Nick Kyme

So as mentioned in the last review, this is the third title in the Aeonid Thiel series of shorts. I listened to this one before the Red-Marked but didn't wish to review them in that order. So let us dive in.

Title: Stratagem

Author: Nick Kyme

Narrator: Gareth Armstrong, Jonathan Keeble & Ian Brooker

Blurb: After returning from Calth and the Underworld War, Sergeant Aeonid Thiel is summoned before his primarch Roboute Guilliman. The fragile peace of Imperium Secundus is threatened by traitor warbands left behind by the Shadow Crusade, and a new order of battle must be written...

One of the great things about the Horus Heresy series is learning about the characters and events that shaped the 41st Millennium. Few heroes are more pivotal than these two: Sergeant Aeonid Thiel and Rouboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines. As well as these iconic heroes, in this audio, we also see the beginnings of what will become one of the most essential books in the galaxy.

Performed by Gareth Armstrong, Ian Brooker and Jonathan Keeble

Sound design and music by Richard Fox and Lauren Yason

Running time: 21 minutes


Okay, the third and final tale by Nick Kyme is about Thiel. As mentioned in previous reviews, I had listened to this before Red-Marked, which is a shame as it gave me spoilers for the last title. So this title follows on from Know No Fear: The Battle of Calth, Censure, The Unremembered Empire and Red-Marked. Stratagem follows Aeonid Thiel as he returns to Macragge and finally remeets his lord Roboute Guilliman to discuss his place within the Ultramarine legion.

It is a well-thought-out piece as it shows Guilliman's willingness to accept when he is wrong and allow himself to imagine unconventional methods of warfare. It also hints at the codex Guilliman is working on, along with the red helmet mark becoming one of rank rather than censure.

A nice final ttale for Thiel. But is it the end of this hero of the Imperium?

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