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Fist of the Imperium

Space Marine Conquests: Warhammer 40,000, Book 6
Narrated by: Richard Reed
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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A Space Marine Conquests novel.

Sent to avenge the deaths of his brothers and purge a dangerous cult, Imperial Fists Primaris Librarian Aster Lydorran finds a foe beyond imagining on Ghyre. Lydorran must use all his strength, will and psychic might to defeat his hidden enemies and avert catastrophe.

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Discover the dedication of the Imperial Fists and the lengths to which they will go to do their duty and defend mankind.

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By their noble sacrifice is our world made mighty.

Deep within the Segmentum Solar, an Imperial Fists Honour Guard lies slaughtered upon the very world they swore to protect. The mysterious cult responsible grows in power by the day. Their malevolent tenets poisoning the hearts of Ghyre’s citizens, from its lowliest miner to its arrogant ruling class. To purge this threat, the Imperial Fists send Primaris Librarian Aster Lydorran and his tenacious brothers. 

These masters of siegecraft face an insurgent foe beyond any they have fought before. As dark omens proliferate, Lydorran finds himself embroiled in a battle of wits and wills with an enemy whose psychic might may surpass even his own. But this is a patient enemy, and with every passing hour, Ghyre’s doom grows closer. The stoic Sons of Dorn must leave their walls and embrace new allies, or risk unleashing the apocalypse itself upon the very doorstep of Terra.

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Intense and action packed

With a surprise appearance in the middle. I love the way they depicted the genesteelers cults but I'm a bit sad that it's always the a few of my favourite chapter characters gets killed. Awesome writing and intense story

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Average

Story is fine but some small issues spoil the enjoyment, mostly the narration. The narrator seems to be shouting most of the time and mispronounces some odd words that spoil the rhythm.

An enjoyable listen and it’s nice to see the cult get some time as the enemy but it’s not up there with the best black library fiction.

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  • d
  • 11-02-20

Grim Derp with decent Narration

There is virtually nothing redeeming about this book; wonky logic, bad characters, and stilted world creation in a baby's-first-conspiracy-novel theme. Once again we get "heroic" space marines that are barely competent and riddled with crippling foibles that is NOT AT ALL offset by them being extremely good at the one thing they were designed for; killing, because they're not even good at that as written here.

If you're just in love with Primaris, the Dark Imperium/Vigilus/Kill Team game setting, or just a colossal (sons of) Dorn fan-boy, it's worth a cursory "let me milk 10 hours of distraction from something" listen but no where near a full price purchase and debatably not even worthy of the free monthly credit.

Reed is serviceable as a narrator but he's no Jonathan Keeble.

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  • 14-02-20

A good example event in the 40K universe

It’s not deep in terms of story and character development but it is a good example of 40K in terms of it’s full of high stakes, action, and war.

Also a decent novel if you want to read something with Imperial Fists/Genestealer Cults/Deathwatch.

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  • Raymundo
  • 08-02-20

Psycho FIST!

A really nice look into when a IF gets flat footed by an unconventional enemy.And a good look into a rare form of psycker, a geomancer!

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  • David
  • 28-03-20

Not going to make space marine fan boys happy

Personally I thought it was a mostly good book, but fans that want Mary Sue space marines that are perfect in every way will probably hate it. The space marines find themselves being forced to fight in a way that they are very, very bad at, namely a war of attrition against genestealers that have started a revolution of disenfranchised miners. The enemy are numerous, capable of blending in with the general population, suicidal, and are using weapons that can kill space marines while negating any advantages they have in being superior soldiers, such as large explosives and psykeric attacks. In that way it's a more "realistic" type scenario than most WH40K space marine-centric books, and probably inspired by American/European troops fighting insurgents in the Middle East.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-20

another mediocre bolter porn or something else?...

You will enjoy this one if you consider it a camouflaged mockery of GW and their primaris focus