• Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Gav Thorpe
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (334 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Holy warbringer of the Legio Metalica, the Imperator Titan Casus Belli has routed armies and levelled cities over 10,000 years of service in the name of the Machine God. 

As war engulfs the Dark Imperium, this mechanical god of battle arrives to destroy the renegade armies and tech-priests of Nicomedua. At the head of a battlegroup of Titans, Imperial Knights and skitarii, Casus Belli must defeat tainted war engines, Traitor Legionnares and armies of cultists. 

While apocalyptic battles rage across the planet, a no less deadly battle unfolds within the Titan itself, as Magos Exasus, leader of the Casus Belli’s Tech-guard, must find and defeat the enemy within before their insidious plans come to fruition.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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The only 40k novel I've regretted purchasing

The entirely unnecessary pronoun nonsense made getting through this book an absolute chore, and compared to its predecessor in the series the story was pretty underwhelming.

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Very hard to listen to.

I unfortunately found this story impossible to listen to due to the use of non-gendered pronouns for one of the main characters. I didn't think it would bother me, because I don't have a problem with reading characters written that way, but the audio was extremely distracting. I'll probably end up getting the ebook version of the story, as I was quite enjoying it up until that part.

the performance and story itself are both excellent, my problem is one of distraction with specific vocabulary choices.

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keep politics out of warhammer.

returned it 5 minutes in. painful to listen to snd misses key points of 40k lore.

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Gender neutral Pronouns!

The use of gender neutral pronouns make parts of this book a little harder to follow. If I had known they would be in the book I wouldn't have bought it.

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Casually Heretical

[I do apologize for any misspelling of character names in the following review. Being an audiobook, I cannot conclusively discern the correct spelling.]

In general, this book is interesting (if very flawed), as it gives an account of the larger crew of an Imperator titan, instead of focusing on the command crew like most other material focused on the forces of the Collegia Titanica.

I was excited at first as I listened, as I am a huge fan of the Collegia Titanica (it is probably my most favored faction in the franchise), but my excitement waned as I heard what I interpreted as heresy committed by even "loyal" characters. These acts are rarely even recognized as techno-heresy in the book itself, and, if they are, the acts are swiftly ignored / forgotten. Other parts directly contradict established canon, such as Magos Exasus claiming that most tech-priests forgo their gender identity and organic brains when they reach a certain level of augmentation, even tho it has been established that tech-priests do retain their organic minds and humanity to differentiate themselves from heretical A.I. constructs (this includes their born gender identity, as in all Tech-Priests have previously referred to themselves as "himself" or "herself"). While I do applaud the book's attempts to be more inclusive to transgender persons, it is done very poorly here. I'd have suggested that, while making the Magos a "non-binary" person, do not attempt to try and describe it as the norm among the ranks of the Mechanicus. The book uses terms such as "Vis, Ver, Verself, etc to refer to Magos Exasus, but this only serves to be rather distracting and forced. Lastly, this book portrays the Magos as having the ability to reprogram Skitarii and even take direct control of lesser Tech-Priests as if they were only automata themselves (even referring to some Tech-Priests as "it" as if they were objects instead of persons), both of which conflict with established canon of Skitarii and Tech-Priests still having human minds and free-will.

One of the main characters is a lowly Tributii named Gelsa, essentially a low-class mechanic. This is a focus rarely seen in 40k, as generally the lowest we get would be a guardsman (who are atleast still combatants). I was pleased to see that Gelsa is described as a "dark skinned female", indicating someone of Afro ethnicity, another very rare sight in 40k, even more so as a main character. I think she is handled very well for the vast majority of the book. She starts out as a non-combat trained person, but as the book goes on and she is exposed to combat, she quickly learns how to fight just to survive. My only real issue I have with her is that some of her actions (and the actions of characters near her) played out almost like something from a children's book in very cringe worthy ways.

I don't think I can recommend this book, unless you are a far more casual fan of the Collegia Titanica (and Adeptus Mechanicus as a whole). I purchased it due to being so interested in the Titan Legions, but part of me now regrets it due to its attempts at changing some lore revolving around the Adeptus Mechanicus.

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pale shadow of better books

lots of poorly fleshed out ideas that don't engage the reader. the protagonists are boring and are the focus rather than titans. disappointing for a 'titan' book

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Decent story , meh proformance.

The peculiar need to use weird pronouns was cringe.
Story was ok, could have expanded more on a certain character of certain ordo. End fight was too short.

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Too distracting

I'm not biased against people who decide to be none gendered, and believe people should be called what ever they wish.

When it comes to listening to a story, I fpund the pronoun use to be highly distracting to listen too.

Also, from my understanding of back story, no adeptus mechanicus really consider gender in anything, so the choice of statement on gender for a mechanicus character seems a bit pointless. I was only able to listen to about a minute, so I cannot grade the story or performance.

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but why?

I wasn't able to focus on this story at all and I do not know why.

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had identity politics and the ver thing just dumb

if the author just used his or her it would be fine but the ver thing just sticks out. it's the grim darkness of the far future and he is a machine man no one cares about gender politics when there are mountain sized God machines.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

Detailed titan inner struggle, despite author.

A bit Imersion shattering because of author insistence of showling non gender respect. Instead of letting the Caracter be itself. This led to my Imersion being broken every time this Caracter was referred to. Shame since other wise I love the story and detail of the titan innards.

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  • joe
  • 07-30-20

Not what I wanted

So my issue steams from the fact I didn't really find the story that good, some decent twists but not entertaining, I was expecting it to be more about titan vs titan, almost a wrath of khan kind of book, but instead its about a genderless dominuss, and some tributie wasn't really about titan action, or definitely not enough for me.

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  • Some random reviewer
  • 10-25-21

let down by authors personal politics

I enjoy any book about titans of the mechanicus as they're my favourite overpriced unit in warhammer but I just couldn't into this, the use of non-gendered pronouns took out any immersion I had. they felt unnecessary and lore wise I don't think that sort of thing fits in with the setting especially with a faction that cares more for toasters than what pronouns something uses. Otherwise it was okay though I wouldn't recommend.

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  • Dorian
  • 10-19-21

Alas - Honestly couldnt even finish it,

I almost requested an immidiate refund on purchase and now fully regret my decision.

In the GRIM DARK FUTURE..... PRONOUNS ARE IMPORTANT .... TO the.... mechanicus of all ppl.

The book starts with an authors note (which they could have skipped and subsequently brought less light to the other wise not so noticable fact) informing us that a member of the mechanicus who has since replaced most of their parts with cyberneticus and thus shall be refered to by Vis, Ve, Vem, Ver

there is no space for this nonsense in the Grim dark 40k. ive no objection to a character in the story in ONE instance correcting someone who may have refered to them by he/she and indicated that since they gave up all organics they consider themselves objectively genderless and pref Vis Ve blah blah.... BUT no its stamped in ur face before the story even begins and no justification is given in the book, (there is a conversation with another similar cybernatical couterpart who goes by She and no conversation discussing the merits of one of the other ocurrs or anything to merit WHY it was so clearly popinted out to us at start over what is a clear attempt at virtue signalling.)

thats just the start.

The book attempts to maintain a mystery throughout the first 70% of book but does so very poorly and ultimately derps at the deliverance to make it at that point rather lack luster.

The story is FULL of DERP TO DERP moments of stupidity. idiocy or just incompetance which propells the story forward.

At the near end of book where i have since abandonned it, you lose the only remaining semi competant seeming protagonist and are left with some not just flawed (because flaws can be intriguing and make sometimes for great characters) but utterly incompetant and entirely unlikely to succeed now apparent protagonists.

This part is likely biased based on the introduction to the book as briefed before and this 'culture war of woke' that we find ourselves surrounded by, but the only seeminly male lead well SPOILERS dead and useless and left with an even more TOTALLY useless female mechanicus who has been fumbling throuhg the story so far and the genderless mechanicus. Both who have so far through the book been prime examples of DERPY bad 40k meme worthy writing.

Anyway i had hoped for good titan story following the books predecessor but alas its a total mess and the least of anything is titans.

Oh also the eletronic conversations via the neurosphere are horrible to read and disjointed, it may work in read format but not audio.

you will see most of my prior 40k reviews have been 4 to 5 star and have enjoyed the experiences. this time i HAD to leave a scathing review to demonstrate how disapointed i was with it all. I do not intend to finish the book.

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 07-11-18

fantastic!

Cannot recommend "Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah" enough
- fantastic characters, great story, really clever play on words with genderless characters and all round really enjoyable... only downside... the story concluded, in a very good way but was left wanting to no what happens next for Ghelsa .

hoping you don't forget about her Gav Thorpe! :D

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  • danny
  • 03-08-21

Boring

I’ve read over 100 48k and warhammer books and I’ve enjoyed the vast majority of them. This one while ok, never grabbed me and the main characters were very forgettable. It is narrated well enough. The story itself however really slow. Never given a negative review before but after slogging my way through this one I felt compelled to warn people. In conclusion narration good, characters forgettable and story not worth working through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

PRONOUNS!!!

Amateurish writing due to the usage of too many pronouns being used and the backtracking to plug holes in the story.

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  • Iain Johnstone
  • 05-06-18

Jarring at best

Well this was painful. At best this would be an okay story on par with most of Gav Thorpe's other works but the whole "gender" pronoun usage feels forced and overused, along with the mechanicus noosphere being buchered and feeling like it had been written by a five year old. As soon as any mechanicus member entered the story all sense of immersion was lost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-21

modern politics shoe horned in somewhat ruins it

modern politics shoehorned in ruins the flow pase and integrity of story, as well as breaking established lore.

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  • Chris Aequus
  • 12-27-18

Enjoyable listen

really enjoyed listening to this. appreciate the narrator's skill in differentiating the varied characters and the story itself is great.

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  • Bayne MacGregor
  • 09-18-21

Tense thriller set inside the Mechanicus’ greatest war machine!

On one level this book is an excellent tale of subterfuge and treachery, with plenty of action, almost all taking place within the confines of a single vast war machine, on another it’s a depiction of the cultures, social strata, belief systems of and some of the conflicts within the Adeptus Mechanicus of Forgeworld Metalica and a glimpse at the running of, and a little of life within, a mighty Imperator Titan.

This book gets unfair criticism by some of those who get upset at such things for simply including a non-binary gendered character, those people apparently missing that novels in this franchise have already had an Intersex member of the Mechanicus in a previous trilogy published years ago as well as Gay, Lesbian and Bi characters in a number of novels, so it’s neither surprising nor inconsistent. While not stated directly there’s also clear neuro-diverse traits to the character as well which along with their non-binary gender is handled well by the author without most of the pitfalls that others tend to fall into.

The character is frankly an absolute joy to follow and is now among my most favourite characters in this universe that I’ve been enjoying for more than 30 years! It’s a testament to the author’s skill that the other major characters aren’t overshadowed by this but each character, major and minor, carries their weight through the story and holds interest.

Having first read the book in paper form I was curious about how well the audiobook would manage the story and characters but the performance is excellent and manages to provide a superb and appropriate voice to the various characters that portrays their personalities and experiences far better than I’d hoped. It’s definitely one I’ll be enjoying listening through more than once.

This is a must-listen audiobook, particularly for fans of Forgeworld Metalica, of their Titan Legion (though those after a Titan vs Titan slugfest should note there’s more personal combat than Titan combat in the narrative), of the Adeptus Mechanicus and Warhammer 40,000 universe in general. It definitely deserves a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-21

Book comes with gender identity pre notes

Dont add your regressive gender politics into warhammer 40k, Do it and get a one star review.

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  • Gabriel
  • 06-27-20

Fantastic.

Probably my favourite 40k book.
Thrilling story.
Great characters.
Absolute best setting.
A classic from Gav Thorpe really well performed by John Banks.

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  • Khalm Down
  • 02-20-19

Solid book. Good performance.

Enjoyed this book from start to finish. Found it a bit slow at one point but it built up brilliantly.