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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
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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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Warhammer 40,000 At It's Prime

Spear of the Emperor is possibly the best novel that I've read that takes place in the current era of the Warhammer 40,000 setting. The novel explores the life of Humans bound in service to one of the chapters of Space Marines, and how vastly different Space Marines themselves may be due to their chapter culture and world view. It also explores renegade forces, and most importantly, the dangers of Imperial politics and paranoia. Unlike some Warhammer 40,000 novels which tend to heavily focus on action, Spear of the Emperor explores the universe itself, and has in depth character development. This increases the tension in many scenes, not only combat, and asks the question, "just how noble is the Imperium?" This read is perfect for people getting into the setting for the first time, and veterans alike. A must read in my opinion.

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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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Incredible story!

This story was amazing and I highly recommend it! A story told in the time after Cadia falls that touched upon aspects of the Dark Imperium and of those who still defend it.

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Good performance

Great character, nice intrigue. Actual Character arc and development plus inspiring setting. Quite interesting setting for a good rpg game for a 40k game. Quite appreciated the intelligence of the writer in making a story about strong characters because said strenght did not revolve around what kind of genitals they had but about their resolve to get over the obstacle of personnal change. Loved the narration, polyvalent and great pitch. Can't wait for more.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Carl Brittain
  • 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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  • Vanora
  • 2020-04-02

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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  • Mark Romero
  • 2020-01-30

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-17

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
  • 2019-12-11

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
  • 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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  • 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.)