Spear of the Emperor

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (901 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Oliver Terndrup
  • 06-18-19

excellent twists enthralling story, really enjoyed

really enjoyed this story well read and well written as expected from Aaron dembski must say the twists and turns of this story and inclusion of old lore and new makes this an enjoyable read for both new and in my case old readers of the 40k fluff ;)

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  • Ian Jackson
  • 07-03-19

great story

The female narrator did a great job with a great story line, typical Warhammer ethos.

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  • David
  • 06-27-19

great story

Great to hear about some new chapters in depth. cant wait for the follow up novel.

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  • Edward Holtom
  • 11-11-19

Amazing story and performance

it's a great story, amazing character work and thrilling to the end. At no point did the performance detract, an amazing audio treat.

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  • James
  • 06-18-19

one of the strongest black library novels

detailed, full of lovely lore and a great narrator make this a 40k treat. The perspective gives a great insight into the grimdark, with a refreshing take on the Warhammer 40k universe

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  • Nima Hossami
  • 10-11-19

Just get it

Excellent writing, narration and development. Can't wait for another and hope they bring the same style of narration back

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  • Jennie Ruskin
  • 10-10-19

Amazing book and narration.

An amazing story from start to finish. Outstanding narration. One of my favourites 40k books now.

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  • Mr. M. J. Barrows
  • 10-01-19

Beautifully read, fantastic story

A book of twists and turns, it really focuses heavily on thought around space marine culture and the struggles of chapters cut off from the imperium.

Beautifully read and written, really immersive.

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  • Kazuya Penrose
  • 09-01-19

ADB does it again

Grim dark and loving it. Awesome that it's fro. The view point of a human thrall.

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  • Matt
  • 08-20-19

A totally different perspective

Fantastic, Loved the perspective of how space marines appear from a human view point. Loved the narrator her voices are brilliant and in add so much life and flavor to the story! The Spears are a very interesting chapter and my only regret is that there isn't a second book out already!

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  • Jamie Fitzgerald
  • 07-14-19

excellent.

I found it very good. in many ways an exploration of trauma and adapting to change. the narrator is different to other books and this is also refreshing

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  • Evan
  • 07-09-19

Incredible must have

ADB has cemented himself as my favourite 40k writer, he makes deep characters present with human flaws and believable actions. Get this guy writing sequels please 🙏
Initially I was unsure about the voice actor for some reason, I think a woman voicing Burleigh space marines seemed like it might be a tough gig perhaps but she definately cake through, masterful accent depictions and emotion in story telling.
Get this one guys 👍

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  • Erich Ung
  • 07-04-19

loved it!

Absolutely loved the story! Definitely need more about the veil and the spears and lion's!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

Great!

Honestly was hesitant as I haven't heard a female voice actor. But Kelly absolutely smashes the voices. Really enjoyed it, gotta love ABB books, always great writing.

Book overall was great, hope there are more novels in that region of the imperium!

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  • Marko Petrovic
  • 01-09-20

One of best ever!

Amazing story with the most satisfying ending I've ever heard or read.

Really great performance by Kelly Hotten!

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  • Darryl Miller
  • 09-04-20

Great Narrator

Interesting story, crappy sub-twist however (won't spoil that). A look into Nialus and the troubles there make for a different feeling, especially with travel. Worth a follow up.

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  • Judy Stanley
  • 08-31-20

Amazing Read - Slow start but great audiobook!

Loved the characters. Narration was brilliant. definitely on the listen again pile in a year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

exception writing.

This is, in my opinion one of the best pieces written within the dark imperium. On the level of Eisenhorn. Great characters, twists and turns, and a great perspective, the female take is really cool. Keen to read more from this Author.

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  • Xenkarr
  • 01-24-20

Believe the Hype

This really was enjoyable, drama, action, special moments of levity. I hope Dembski-Bowden returns to the Spears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

great listening experience.

was a enjoyable story, read well and beautifully presented. the characters are well fleshed out for a GW novel. the story keeps you engaged and listening. hoping for this book to be continued.