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Spear of the Emperor

Warhammer 40,000
Lu par : Kelly Hotten
Durée : 11 h et 45 min
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A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

The Emperor's Spears are a Chapter on the edge of destruction, last watchmen over the Elara's Veil nebula. Now, the decisions of one man, Amadeus Kaias Incarius of the Mentor Legion, will determine the Chapter's fate.... 

Listen to it because:

Aaron Dembski-Bowden has turned his attention to creating (and maybe destroying) a Space Marine Chapter in detail, and this is your chance to discover their fate.  

The story: 

The scattered worlds of the Elara's Veil nebula were once protected by the oath of unity sworn by three mighty Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes. The Star Scorpions were undone by flaws in their genetic coding. The Celestial Lions were ravaged by the Inquisition for sins they did not commit. Now, after hundreds of years, only the Emperor's Spears still keep their vigil. They are barbarian watchmen against the Outer Dark, bloodied but unbroken in their long duty.  

Amadeus Kaias Incarius, a brother of the Mentor Legion, is commanded to cross the Great Rift and assess the Spears' war-readiness, only to be drawn into the chaotic plight of a depleted crusade on the Imperium's benighted frontier. The decisions he makes, far from the God-Emperor's light, will decide the fate of the war-torn Chapter.  

Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Running time 11 hours and 46 minutes. Performed by Kelly Hotten.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Great book!

As usual with ADB, the writing is awesome, the story engaging and the characters interesting. Had no problem to understand the narrator (English isn't my mother tongue) and her acting was on point. Can't wait for the next one!

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Absolutely great insight into 40k

great insight with diverse points of view and different beats to the story to keep it interesting - the intrigue was really well seeded and mysterious until the resolution at the climax of the book. ADB's best work so far, and very probably the best 40k book I've read (surpassing even Gaunt's, Eisenhorn/ravenor and co.)

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  • Rick157
  • 04/12/2019

Amazing Story & One Hell of a Narrator

I’m unabashedly a huge fan of ADB, so this was a no-brainer purchase, but my goodness I was not expecting Kelly Hotten. What an incredible job with all the characters, infusing them with life, humor and care. I hope she does more work in the Warhammer universe, and eventually, hopefully, the second tale in this sagar.

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  • Dwhoot
  • 24/09/2019

Unexpected

The story wasn’t really what I expected to hear. From the description of the novel in the synopsis, I’d have selected much more of the novel to involve the space marines and their chapter rather than a chapter serf.

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  • Nadan Hotic
  • 01/10/2019

A glimpse into Imperium nihlus

The book synopsis grabbed me. Author grabbed me. I was expecting to read about Space Marines and their struggles in the ruven Imperium. What i got was a pow of a female thrall and so many jumps in the story that i kinda felt that this was a mashup of many short stories and not a one book. Author has given us too many jumps into the future with this book with casual noncharlance that i didnt find apealing at all.

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  • Acerock
  • 21/06/2019

fantastic New offering from ADB

this book is rad. I was bummed that John Keeble was not the narrator but when o realized it is told from a female perspective the female narrator not only made sense but was also fantastic in her portrayal. ADB is one of my favorite writers. he is able to inject real humanity and pathos into what is basically a trashy space opera universe populated by ridiculous stuff. he has great characters in all his books, this one is no exception. good use of humor. dialogue that sounds like real people are talking. a sense of scale and real stakes. and there are good twists and turns. I was genuinely surprised at several moments in this book. get it. you'll like it. if you don't then it is because you're not a good person.

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  • Carl Brittain
  • 30/06/2019

apparently not optional, a heading is

I intensely dislike her choice of accent for the Spears of the Emperor. her voice is super jarring and the sibilant notes are even more grating than a typical Russian accent. In fact, why go with a Russian accent for a chapter supposedly using characteristics based on Roman-Greco culture.

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  • Mark Romero
  • 30/01/2020

excellent story

I loved it and wish it didn't end the narrator did an excellent job with her voices helped me get into it more

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  • Vanora
  • 02/04/2020

Surprisingly deep for a 40k book.

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is widely regarded as the top tier of black library writers, but I think this novel puts him into the top tier of sci fi writers. Let’s face it, space marines are inherently boring. Warrior monks who go from humans to weapons are boring protagonists. But ABD finds the nuance in the transformation from human to weapon that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. This is more a story of transformation than it is your typical 40k book. The characters are rich and thoughtful, their progress is deep and touching, and more than once I found myself hating, loving, and caring about these characters in ways that I’ve always reserved for my all time favorite novels. I eagerly await its sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17/01/2020

Beyond bolter-art!

This book made me grin as many times, as it made me go into serious reflection. One of the best sci-fi books I've "read", 40k or not.

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  • PunchieCWG
  • 11/12/2019

Astartes, by mortals

An excellent viewing of Astartes from a mortals point of view. I honestly find this much more enjoyable than the usual Astartes perspective. I would also note that the narrator is excellent and that a female narrator is a welcome breath of fresh air in my 40k listening.

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  • Cody A Mann
  • 01/10/2019

A phenomenal and new take on the Space Marines

Told from the perspective of a mortal serving the Astartes, this book looked at the Adeptus Astartes from an angle we rarely get to see. I listened to all nearly 12 hours of this book in just a few days, simply because it was too well written and performed to stop.

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  • Andreas Winkler
  • 17/05/2020

Boring story about a female chapter thrall

The story revolves about a female chapter thrall and her misfortunes. As a side story you learn a bit about the Spears and the Mentors. The female speaker is not bad but a female voice speaking for Space Marines is a no-go for me.

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  • Joe Le Bon
  • 03/08/2020

Grandios

Es ist spannend bis zuletzt, ich kann es Warhammer 40k Fans gutes Gewissens empfehlen! For the Emperor!

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  • Daniela B.
  • 20/07/2020

Another great Space Marine Story by ADB

A fun book about a unique chapter of Space Marines and their visitor from the Mentor Legion. The book does a great job of showing how different the cultures of multiple Space Marine Chapters can be, even if they are drevied from the same gene-seed. Story is told from the POV of a chapter serf. The book has some sections that are a bit slow at the beginning and in the middle, but nothing that has too big of an impact on the flow of the overall tale. I only have some very minor issues with some of the stuff that is a bit over-the-top, even for Warhammer 40.000 (A chapter serf with access to Vortex grenades is bit much....), but that might just be my personal nerdiness overreacting. Furthermore, there are some cross-refernces to other ADB novels, such as "Sanctus Reach", giving a nice "ah!" moment to readers/listeners that know these stories. However, it is not necessary to have read them in order to understand this book, as it stands well on its own. However, if you are not familiar with the Warhammer 40.000 universe, I would say that this book is not a good entry point, as one would be quite lost without the background knowledge. The reader of this audiobook also gave a great performance, especially in the last third of the book, when the main character is going through some serious emotional distress. If there is a sequell (which seems highly likely), I hope Kelly Hotten will be back to narrate that one as well.