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Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Adeptus Titanicus, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Holy warbringer of the Legio Metalica, the Imperator Titan Casus Belli has routed armies and levelled cities over 10,000 years of service in the name of the Machine God. 

As war engulfs the Dark Imperium, this mechanical god of battle arrives to destroy the renegade armies and tech-priests of Nicomedua. At the head of a battlegroup of Titans, Imperial Knights and skitarii, Casus Belli must defeat tainted war engines, Traitor Legionnares and armies of cultists. 

While apocalyptic battles rage across the planet, a no less deadly battle unfolds within the Titan itself, as Magos Exasus, leader of the Casus Belli’s Tech-guard, must find and defeat the enemy within before their insidious plans come to fruition.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Casually Heretical

[I do apologize for any misspelling of character names in the following review. Being an audiobook, I cannot conclusively discern the correct spelling.]

In general, this book is interesting (if very flawed), as it gives an account of the larger crew of an Imperator titan, instead of focusing on the command crew like most other material focused on the forces of the Collegia Titanica.

I was excited at first as I listened, as I am a huge fan of the Collegia Titanica (it is probably my most favored faction in the franchise), but my excitement waned as I heard what I interpreted as heresy committed by even "loyal" characters. These acts are rarely even recognized as techno-heresy in the book itself, and, if they are, the acts are swiftly ignored / forgotten. Other parts directly contradict established canon, such as Magos Exasus claiming that most tech-priests forgo their gender identity and organic brains when they reach a certain level of augmentation, even tho it has been established that tech-priests do retain their organic minds and humanity to differentiate themselves from heretical A.I. constructs (this includes their born gender identity, as in all Tech-Priests have previously referred to themselves as "himself" or "herself"). While I do applaud the book's attempts to be more inclusive to transgender persons, it is done very poorly here. I'd have suggested that, while making the Magos a "non-binary" person, do not attempt to try and describe it as the norm among the ranks of the Mechanicus. The book uses terms such as "Vis, Ver, Verself, etc to refer to Magos Exasus, but this only serves to be rather distracting and forced. Lastly, this book portrays the Magos as having the ability to reprogram Skitarii and even take direct control of lesser Tech-Priests as if they were only automata themselves (even referring to some Tech-Priests as "it" as if they were objects instead of persons), both of which conflict with established canon of Skitarii and Tech-Priests still having human minds and free-will.

One of the main characters is a lowly Tributii named Gelsa, essentially a low-class mechanic. This is a focus rarely seen in 40k, as generally the lowest we get would be a guardsman (who are atleast still combatants). I was pleased to see that Gelsa is described as a "dark skinned female", indicating someone of Afro ethnicity, another very rare sight in 40k, even more so as a main character. I think she is handled very well for the vast majority of the book. She starts out as a non-combat trained person, but as the book goes on and she is exposed to combat, she quickly learns how to fight just to survive. My only real issue I have with her is that some of her actions (and the actions of characters near her) played out almost like something from a children's book in very cringe worthy ways.

I don't think I can recommend this book, unless you are a far more casual fan of the Collegia Titanica (and Adeptus Mechanicus as a whole). I purchased it due to being so interested in the Titan Legions, but part of me now regrets it due to its attempts at changing some lore revolving around the Adeptus Mechanicus.

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had identity politics and the ver thing just dumb

if the author just used his or her it would be fine but the ver thing just sticks out. it's the grim darkness of the far future and he is a machine man no one cares about gender politics when there are mountain sized God machines.

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pale shadow of better books

lots of poorly fleshed out ideas that don't engage the reader. the protagonists are boring and are the focus rather than titans. disappointing for a 'titan' book

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Not good at all

John banks was fantastic but the author got a lot wrong with the lore and insisted on using pronouns that are made up. Adepts of Mars are still human, no matter how much they change there body, and humans are made up of two genders.

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but why?

I wasn't able to focus on this story at all and I do not know why.

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Too distracting

I'm not biased against people who decide to be none gendered, and believe people should be called what ever they wish.

When it comes to listening to a story, I fpund the pronoun use to be highly distracting to listen too.

Also, from my understanding of back story, no adeptus mechanicus really consider gender in anything, so the choice of statement on gender for a mechanicus character seems a bit pointless. I was only able to listen to about a minute, so I cannot grade the story or performance.

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In the grim darkness of the future, there is only

...Lectures on genderless pronouns....

To date, this is the first 40k book I have not been able to finish, and I have smashed my way through some of the worst.

Starts with a lecture on non gendered pronouns, and goes down the hill from there.

The writer enjoys hittings you with so many overuses of the pronouns just to soapbox, that it might as well be scrapcode.

Way too jarring to be able to get in to, or listen to. It breaks the immersion badly.

Want one of the best titan books ever written, also including an *All female legion* as the primary heros and story? Titandeath by Guy Haley. Amazing

Imperator is banging some last notes on a tired old feels good man values drum at the expense of the reader and story

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Praise the Omnissiah!

I loved this book! The story kept me invested and the characters were interesting. It gets my recommendation to any fan of 40k and especially any fans of the Mechanicus!

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 07-11-18

fantastic!

Cannot recommend "Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah" enough
- fantastic characters, great story, really clever play on words with genderless characters and all round really enjoyable... only downside... the story concluded, in a very good way but was left wanting to no what happens next for Ghelsa .

hoping you don't forget about her Gav Thorpe! :D

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  • Chris Aequus
  • 12-27-18

Enjoyable listen

really enjoyed listening to this. appreciate the narrator's skill in differentiating the varied characters and the story itself is great.

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  • Iain Johnstone
  • 05-06-18

Jarring at best

Well this was painful. At best this would be an okay story on par with most of Gav Thorpe's other works but the whole "gender" pronoun usage feels forced and overused, along with the mechanicus noosphere being buchered and feeling like it had been written by a five year old. As soon as any mechanicus member entered the story all sense of immersion was lost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

PRONOUNS!!!

Amateurish writing due to the usage of too many pronouns being used and the backtracking to plug holes in the story.

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  • peter
  • 01-20-20

An excellent story, with an excellent narrator

This is a fantastic book written by an extremely talented writer. The narrator is spectacular all the way through.

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  • Liam N.
  • 01-20-20

idiotic gender politics

ridiculous modern day politics in 40k are not needed in a universe that's grim dark

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

Detailed titan inner struggle, despite author.

A bit Imersion shattering because of author insistence of showling non gender respect. Instead of letting the Caracter be itself. This led to my Imersion being broken every time this Caracter was referred to. Shame since other wise I love the story and detail of the titan innards.

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  • bryan glasspool
  • 08-19-19

TITANS

Another great story by Gav Thorpe and performance from John Banks.
A great glimpse into the inner workings of a Titan.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 02-21-19

narration is excellent ,story bit stodgy

narration all the way through is consistent and really high quality, the story while great does get a little muddy in parts, you can see quiet early in where the story is heading and whilst there is some amazing action and great characters you do feel on occasion it's a touch slow, it's worth the credit for sure just keep in mind it's not all about titans more the setting of the story is aboard one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

titans!!

well worth listening too, great story for 40k especially for fans of the adeptus mechanicum

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

Solid book. Good performance.

Enjoyed this book from start to finish. Found it a bit slow at one point but it built up brilliantly.