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Spear of the Emperor

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Aaron's Masterpiece

I think this has become my favourite 40k novel.

Absolute masterpiece, with fantastic character development, twists and turns, and helping understand where the 40k universe is at present.

Aaron's previous Black Legion novels honestly didn't appeal to me all that well, and neither has much of 40k lore/books over the past few years.

This book totally blew me away, an absolute must listen to all 40k/Imperial fans.

I crave to hear the continued adventures of these characters, who I can say I've absolutely come to love. The bar has been raised.

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Enjoyable.

I wish they had some male voice actors for the space marines because I cant help but think of Zariah or a really masculine russian woman when I hear Braik speak.

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Lore for the ages!

This is certified NON-Heretical content. Absord the knowledge the emperor has granted you! Hail the Emperor!

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fantastically human

I loved this one. Kelly Hotten did a wonderful job. the human perspective is fresh.

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best 40k book in a long time

wonderfully performed and great story. I would recommend to anyone with interest in 40k. hope there are more books focused on the spears

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an excellent story

the Warhammer Universe has been made better, you would do very well to read and or listen to this book.

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  • Dwhoot
  • 2019-09-24

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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  • Acerock
  • 2019-06-21

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-06-30

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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  • Rick157
  • 2019-12-04

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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  • Cody A Mann
  • 2019-10-01

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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  • Nadan Hotic
  • 2019-10-01

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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  • Upsetti Spaghetti
  • 2019-06-20

Great Story

I loved the story. Its nice to see a story all from the view of a normal human with the point still being about space marines. I also loved the narator's performance.

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  • Yerrow
  • 2019-06-20

Narration is Fine

Voice acting is clear, high quality and well paced. the accent of the cast is no more remarkable than most Black Library audio products.

Reviews calling out the casting for the main narrator are made in bad faith, story is told from the POV of a woman in a fantasy space empire, so the mode and delivery are well suited to the action and exposition of the series.

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  • Vincent DeFosche
  • 2019-08-01

Bad narration

Absolutely love ADB’s work but this narrator was just unbearable. Really ruined a book I was looking forward to.

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  • Heath J Thompson
  • 2019-06-15

Horrendous narration.

The narration is so bad I not only returned it hours after downloading it but I’m writing a review. It’s some lady that sounds like a British cartoon character. The only one that’s worse is the Scottish guy who’s accent is so think you can’t understand more than a few word in each sentence. Get your $&@! Together Black Library.

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  • Luc T.
  • 2019-06-25

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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  • Thomas King
  • 2020-01-04

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.)