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The skitarii are the soldiers of the Machine God, the tireless legions of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Holy warriors, they carry the word of the Omnissiah across the galaxy, destroying the impure machines of aliens and renegades and spearheading the Quest for Knowledge.

A discovery of ancient technology sends a skitarii legion, commanded by Alpha Primus Haldron-44 Stroika, into battle on a forge world overrun by Chaos. When a cataclysm cuts him off from his tech-priest overseers, Stroika must rally his forces and battle both corrupt machines and Chaos Space Marines if he is to achieve victory.

©2015 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Great Political Intrigue, Poor Show Piece for Adeptus Mechanicus

Right off the bat I read this book so I could familiarize myself with the Skitarii of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Instead what I got was a passable political intrigue storyline and a great focus on a Skitarii named Stroika.

The problem is every other character is bland. Stroika has a great backstory of being a normal human being with tattoos marking what augments he wanted and where. The rest of the Skitarii Princeps don’t get enough character development except for one Rust Stalker who actively looks for loopholes in his commands so he can kill more.

The narrator is as good as always(he has done a lot of Black Library’s catalogue) and does great robot voices.

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Paper thin characters

Pap are thin characters and a weak storyline are only saved by an excellent reader.

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storyline not on par with the excellent narrator

As far as Warhammer 40k stories go, this just did'nt live up to my expectations. As always, Toby Longworths narration was top notch, but I found myself hardly listening as the first book drew to a close. Hopefully the second book in the series will be better.

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Ad Mech!

It’s a good book. Not a lot of lore as I hoped, but overall it’s a good book

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Skitarii/Mechanicus relationship at it's best.

I wish there was more of the inner workings of the Mechanicus political machine, but what we got is fantastic. Skitarii's motivations and resolution to complete their mission kept me pumped. Toby's performance is brilliant, as always.

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Wonderful story

Really incredible book. Loved it from start to finish. I’ve been getting into Ad mech on table top and this has fueled me on 10fold

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A fun, well acted action story

not bad writing overall! The reader acts the parts so well, he really brings life to robots. Somewhat cheesy but fun.

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A cool 40k story.

This is a fun quick listen with a good performance by the narrator. Get it!

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  • Shane sanderson
  • 10-18-17

brilliant audio book.

So glad that the black library has come here. look forward to future bombs coming out.

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  • Arch Unit
  • 11-22-18

robust story

a good audio book and would recommend to anyone in the hobby. thought the ending had a little too much escalation

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 07-19-18

An excellent book

I simply loved this first book in the Adeptus Mechanicus series. If you love the WH40K universe you will love this.