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Skitarius: Warhammer 40,000

Adeptus Mechanicus, Book 1
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Adeptus Mechanicus, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

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.

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brilliant audio book.

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

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Good insights into the Omnissiah

great narrative in an exciting and relatively fast paced book. A good recommendation for Mechanicus players.

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Sensational

A great listen very well read a great plot twist another fantastic 40k book

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great story

toby longworth gives this book life and all the characters and descriptions are supremely 40k great tome for anyone who likes the admec

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Brilliant

Loved every minute of this story, a great start to this series. Can't wait till the next one

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epic ending!

great story and well read and the ending will want you hanging and begging for more!

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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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An excellent book

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

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 15-12-17

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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  • Cassie
  • 18-10-18

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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  • A. Ackerman
  • 03-06-18

Paper thin characters

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-20

Half Written

While I enjoyed the story it felt half told by the time it was over.

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  • Pondwrite
  • 10-04-20

Boring, fails to tell me why I should care.

The reader did a great job but the writing is bad. The story fails to tell me why I should care about the protagonist.

The plot is has no hook.

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  • Michael
  • 05-04-20

Cogs in the machine

Gets a bit too obnoxious with the lore key terms (ranger this, ranger that, plasma this plasma that). But real good overall.

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  • ZB
  • 23-02-20

For Lore-Lovers!

This isn't a Space Marine Battle/Conquest book so don't expect the same epic battles, however, the lore-delving into the Adeptus Mechanicus and Skitarii of Warhammer 40,000, make it well worth the listen.

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  • nate
  • 17-02-20

Decent book

Was a bit hard to follow at times but the story was overall decent. explains how the mechanicus work.

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  • 29a_hex
  • 25-09-19

OK, but that ending...

I don't recall ever finishing a novel that left so many cliffhangers and resolved very little if any of it's main or sub-plots. It could have use another couple chapters to even attempt to make it read as a self-contained novel. Instead we're left a ham-fisted quick climax with about the clumsiest To Be Continued. Mr. Sanders - please try writing self-contained tomes. If it weren't a favorite faction of mine I don't think I could give it my initial "OK."

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  • David
  • 14-09-19

Good book

Lots of good insight into the skitarii, interesting twists at the end. On the downside a little too much “bolt porn”, also some WH40k authors find a new word they like and use it in literally every other sentence, like “runic”, for this book it’s “phylactic”.