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Book seven of the Ciaphas Cain series

Legendary Commissar Ciaphas Cain joins a group of Reclamators Space Marines aboard a space hulk but soon finds himself alone and faced with both tyranids and orks....

Listen to it because: it's a typically sideways look at the mighty Adeptus Astartes (albeit a pretty unusual chapter), viewing them through the eyes of the wry and dry Commissar Cain.

The story: Commissar Cain is called to duty once more, saving a governor's daughter from a planet overrun by rebels. The uprising hides something far more sinister however - genestealer hybrids! The search for the source of the alien threat leads Cain to a drifting space hulk - a far safer place than beside the obsessed governor's daughter. But when the Reclamator Space Marines suffer devastating losses at the hands of the Great Devourer, Cain and his trusty aide Jurgen must go it alone. With the tyranids waking and a group of stow away orks on the loose, there are no safe places to run or hide, and Cain must use all his ingenuity and cunning to escape the space hulk alive.

Written by Sandy Mitchell. Narrated by Helen McAlpine, Stephen Perring, Penelope Rawlins and Andrew James Spooner.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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  • James Lloyd Plowman
  • 2022-01-18

Cain Strikes Again!

Genestealers vs Orks, with Cain and Jurgen caught in the middle as per usual! What more could you ask for?

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  • Koenig168
  • 2022-01-22

Been waiting for this

The Spawn of Damnation story was alluded to in several of the earlier Ciaphas Cain novels like For the Emperor and is one I have been eagerly waiting for (being a fan of the Space Hulk games). I had actually just finished Book 5 and was starting Book 6 when this became available. Immediately skipped Book 6 and devoured this over two days instead.

I enjoyed the book, like the other Ciaphas Cain novels. I did feel that the story arc onboard the Spawn of Damnation could do with a bit more of the Space Hulk vibe i.e. a more dark and claustrophobic feel.

For some context, this story takes place after the events of the short story Echoes of the Tomb, in which the good Commissar escapes the Necron Tomb on Interitus Prime via a Warp portal which dumped him inside a Necron ship. The Reclaimers space marines had boarded the Necron ship and was in the process of planting demolition charges to destroy it when Cain popped through the portal. This story begins with Cain waking up in the medicae.

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  • MSG50
  • 2022-01-22

Great Book

Another great story about my favorite 40K characters. Can’t get enough of the tales. My collection of books just keeps on growing.