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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Brothers of the Snake by Dan Abnett. The war-torn far-future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind.
First appearing in the pages of Inferno! Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Warhammer 40, Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Brothers of the Snake , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Brothers of the Snake. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Brothers of the Snake Warhammer 40, Jan 22, Simon Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: favouritekk-novels.
Most books about the space marines suffer from the fact that either: 1 they're written by pretty terrible authors, or 2 they're written by good authors with bad ideas about space marines. And look, I get it. The classic adage is to 'write about what you know'.
Yes, sci-fi writers often flout this, but post-human genetically engineered demigods are a little hard for even the most imaginative minds to write. Many treat them as Shakespearean frat boys, giving them dialogue which is both simple in content and florid in delivery. In short, they totally ignore the human element.
Enter Dan Abnett. This was Abnett's first solo astartes book, and it feels so different to others' attempts. Abnett's marines an imaginative blend of Greek Scandinavian Maori have real character and, dare I say it, those rarest of things in the Black Library, character arcs. In a way, this solo book feels like a book series condensed down into one volume, consisting of connecting short stories of varying lengths and bookended by undertakings to the same planet.
Our lead character Priad goes on a personal journey as well as a physical one, growing as a character while advancing through the ranks. Almost like a character in a regular novel! Themes of humanity and how astartes must sacrifice their own to protect it are woven in neatly to the story, though it feels in a few cases this is nearly accomplished rather than done truly satisfactorily.
Additionally in a few passages the action drifts back to typical bolter porn, but for most of the page count this is something different to most Black Library novels. Jun 15, Juho Pohjalainen rated it really liked it. This novel more or less nails my impression on the Space Marines: powerful, frightening, beyond human, but not invincible. The first thing you should know is that unlike other Space Marine novels, Brothers of the Snake is a collection of short stories following the Damocles squad of the Iron Snakes Chapter.
The format is a little unusual and I had doubts at first but on the whole I thought it turned out pretty great. It's essentially a series condensed into one book. The thing I found fascinating is the culture and traditions of the Chapter and how much they have diverged from their progenitors.
Since Iron Snakes is such a little known chapter, this book allows Abnett full rein on making this Chapter truly his own. Just like how different the Mortifators are from the Ultramarines, the Iron Snakes too have their quirks. The Chapter's homeworld is covered by vast oceans and water from the planet is considered sacred. Before each mission, the marines would hold ceremonies to share and anoint themselves with the sacred water.
Also instead of working as a company, each 10 men squad operate independently of each other. Usually a few squads are enough to take care of most situations and only in times of crisis will you find the might of the Chapter brought together. I've always been fascinated by the selection and training processes of the Space Marines.
So I was thrilled to read about the "cheese run" that the initiates have to undertake and in order to become a full-fledged squad member, the initiates must first best the existing squad members in one-on-one duels.
Even though Priad was promoted to the rank of Sergeant a little too quickly, he did make a brilliant leader. His unwavering sense of honour and selflessness is very reminiscent of the Ultramarines. Despite suffering from heavy losses which resulted in frequent replacement of squad members, the squad never lost the bond between brothers.
Abnett brilliantly conveyed the relationship and camaraderie between battle brothers. New members are welcomed into the squad and given plenty of opportunity to prove their worth. I love the connection between the short stories; especially how the first and last story wrap things up to give a satisfying conclusion.
With each story we learn just a little more about this lesser known Chapter. This a brilliant one off Space Marine novel with epic action and timeless characters. The Iron Snakes definitely deserve more stories devoted to them. View 1 comment. Aug 04, Andrew Ziegler rated it it was amazing. My goodness what a fantastic novel. I loved the Chapter, the characters, the action and the conceit of the story telling through the engagements of Priad during his first 12 "years" as a Iron Snake Marine.
Abnett is by far the best 40K author out there, he does his Marines perfectly. I also hope Abnett will continue to explore this awesome chapter and this awesome character he My goodness what a fantastic novel.
I also hope Abnett will continue to explore this awesome chapter and this awesome character he has created in the Snakes of Iron and Brother Sergeant Priad. May 19, Robert Mccarthy rated it it was amazing. Another golden winner from Dan Abnett in my opinion. His immense ability to weave a story and create a culture and chapter from nothing just stuns me.
The story has a very good flow and includes the neat little asides of story-telling and history making that are native to all Dan Abnett's books. The book has a heavy Greek influence to it that gave this world 38, years in the future a warm and familiar feeling.
For example the Iron Snakes homeworld is Ithaka granted he alters the spelling sli Another golden winner from Dan Abnett in my opinion.
For example the Iron Snakes homeworld is Ithaka granted he alters the spelling slightly to present the slight evolutions of human language and their chapter house or fortress is based on Ithaka's moon Karybdis sound familiar? The main charecter is Brother Sergeant Priad who commands the ten man squad known as Damocles named for the squad's primogenitor. The book has the feel of Warhammer coupled with the tale of Ulysses, with Priad and his men plying the void of the Reef Stars for decades at a time before returning to Ithaka for refit and reinforcement.
An awesome story arch and timeless characters, if you have never picked up a Warhammer 40, book before in your life I highly recommend this one. Jan 19, Pinkyivan rated it liked it. Good for Warhammer. Feb 26, Callum Shephard rated it really liked it. You might have been expecting Lukas after we were done with The Magos. Well, don't worry, it's coming up next, but this is something I have been sitting on for a long time.
Brothers of the Snake is considered by many to be a classic. It was Dan Abnett's first real stab at writing the Adeptus Astartes, it features a unique chapter, and for many it was a measuring stick on how to write chapters for years. It's high praise indeed, but upon opening it up, you might be surprised at how it presents ev You might have been expecting Lukas after we were done with The Magos.
It's high praise indeed, but upon opening it up, you might be surprised at how it presents events. It's good, there's no denying that, but if you let its reputation preceded it, you might be a bit disappointed. With the re-release of the novel in softcover, now seemed like the best time to discuss this story.
One of a multitude of units dispatched by the chapter to secure and patrol their territories, the squad is tasked with intercepting threats and answering calls for help. When Praid is forced into the role of Sergeant, he must rise to the occasion and adapt to his new role within the chapter.
Iron Snakes (Novel Series)
The Icon of the Iron Snakes Chapter. The series also includes works by other Black Library authors. As of March consists of 1 novel with 4 additional short stories. In the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium, the Space Marines are the supreme defenders of humanity, the Emperor 's ultimate shock troopers. Brothers of the Snake follows Sergeant Priad and the Damocles Squad as they battle to preserve humanity against the myriad foes that threaten to destroy it, from the depraved Dark Eldar to a vast Ork Waaagh! This list includes all Iron Snakes short stories that were first published as stand alone quick reads, e-shorts, novelettes, or are included in special edition releases or exclusive timed releases. Short stories that were released as part of an anthology, or ones that are prose versions of original audio dramas, are not listed here.
Brothers of the Snake
Brothers of the Snake (Novel)