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Book one in the Forges of Mars series

An Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator fleet ventures beyond the borders of the Imperium in pursuit of arcane technology. Who knows what perils may lie outside the dominion of mankind?

Listen to it because: it's a novel like nothing else from Black Library. Graham McNeill crafts a tale that only he could tell, beginning a mind-bending saga of the Adeptus Mechanicus, Chaos and more besides.

The story: legend tells of a foolhardy expedition, led by the radical Magos Telok, that ventured out into the unknown space beyond the Halo Worlds in search of the 'Breath of the Gods' - an arcane device with the power to unmake and reshape the very stars themselves. Thousands of years later, the ambitious Lexell Kotov musters his Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator fleet and sets out to follow in mad old Telok's footsteps. With the might of the Imperial Guard and the Space Marines to augment his own forces, he searches for the hidden clues that will lead him to greatest power that the galaxy has ever known. But who knows what ancient perils may yet lie outside the Imperium and the dominion of mankind?

Written by Graham McNeill. Narrated by Joe Jameson.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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It ain’t Eisenhorn

Alright so let’s get one thing straight. This audiobook is for established 40k fans. It doesn’t really hand hold and assumes a lot of knowledge on your part…and that’s not a bad thing!

But there is a bad thing. There are a few formatting errors, and the narrator commits the ultimate crime of not being Jonathan Keeble. No really, he did great. I liked his voice. Performance was great!

Story… not so much. There is a lot of narrative heresy. Looking at YOU Reclusiarch “in formal wear” (I’m honestly surprised an author with this pedigree allowed a Black Templar Reclusiarch to be described as wearing “formal wear” or a “body glove” or anything that implies he allows himself to be seen outside of his armor). I’d say a third of the book is preparing to do the thing, then a third is okay we are doing the thing, then a third is okay the thing is hard to do, then it’s over. The story introduces and balances a lot of parallel stories with characters doing cameos in other stories and all together it just mashes into itself weirdly. By the end I was left saying okay…what?

That said, if you’re looking for what is essentially the fanfic variety hour from the hands of a VERY established 40k writer, pick it up! There is very little combat. But you get: oily tech priests everywhere, cool rogue trader dude, noosphere gore, AdMek nuance, hey there’s some space marines, and a bunch of cadians okay, alright a Titan legio okay….AND WTF ARE THE ELDAR DOING HERE COME ON!!!!

Good book. Fun listen. Go into it with the interest of it being a “Day in the Life” almost Tarantino-like found footage book.

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meh

The voices of the space marines are horrible. makes it hard to listen too.

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Tekboys!

My only real problem is that there are multiple repeat lines, at least 4 times. Other than that, this is grimdark 40K at its grimdarkest. While the narrator may not be to everyone's cup of tea, I still liked him. I recommend this.

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Choose another audiobook, the reader is poor choice for this book. I cannot stress enough that you should not take this one.

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Not Good

I did not enjoy this much at all. The ending is awful which makes wasting all the time prior looking forward to it very painful. There are several audio errors, repeats and etc. Not well done.

Skip this one.

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Graham knows better

I've read other content from this author. Not only was the book inaccurate or flew against established lore at every opportunity, but the story made no sense. It ended when it started.

Not impressed.

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if you just past the reader voice for the 1st hour

the reader was a bad choice take about an hour to get over him

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Gragm McNeil delivers again

One of my favorite things about Gragm McNeil is how he always finds a way to round back to characters from his other works and it was a surprise who was in this one. If your a fan of the Mechanicus this is a good one that shows their complexity beyond numbers and hard facts, though those things do play a significant role. If you've never read any of McNeills books read Storm of Iron first, it'll help. Otherwise Priest of Mars kicks off what I hope will be a great trilogy.

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This book is lacking

the poor characters and the fact that the main character is not even part of the adeptud mechanus. It just some guys.

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It seemed a little off.

I've read several other books featuring the Admech. The ones in this book were far more "human" than in the other ones I've read.
Bah, maybe it's just me, but a novice space marine shouldn't be easily defeating a combat magos in single combat. And maybe I misunderstood it, but a Black Templar Ecclesiarch feeling doubt and a loss of purpose (if even for a moment) while fighting aliens seems off.
But what do I know? This guy writes for Black Library and I'm just some dude that paints minis!

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  • paul sparks
  • 11-03-21

Great story awful narration

As much I enjoyed the story it was ruined for me by the awful narrator, I am sure there is an audience for his talents but I am not it and it made me want to stop but I had been told what a great story this is (and it is) so I continued but I am going to have to but the ebook because the only thing I retain is that annoying narration. BL. Please don’t use him for any other books

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  • Matthewas123
  • 11-11-21

wasn't the best narration but story was ok

wasn't the best narration but story was ok the space marines where underwhelmingly voiced

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  • Stuart Hobbs
  • 11-10-21

Great book, unsuitable narrator

Black Library books have been blessed with some incredible narrators, that truly elevate the stories being told. Sadly, this is not the case here.

The narrator is certainly not bad at his craft, just wholly inappropriate for this book and unconvincing. I found it difficult to enjoy as a result, particularly having recently listened to the Ciaphas Cain and Gaunt’s Ghosts stories, where the narration was superb and really added to the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

book of setup

a lot of setup in this book, will see what they do with it.

no real arks completed as a lot of things just happen to characters.

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  • Ben
  • 11-11-21

Great story!

Read this years ago, forgot what a good story it was! Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Vittorio Vallesi
  • 01-20-22

AWFUL narrator

Imagine waiting for a long time for the first book of this trilogy to be put on audiobook, waiting and waiting...
Finally it get on sale on Audible, you buy it (for a hefty price) and then realise that instead of a good narrator like Keeble or Longwoth, they had put this one, who cannot (or wouldn't) make a different voice even on death threat and make all the characters of the book sound like they have some sort of mental retardation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

Good story, and a somewhat good narritor

The story is great, tho it does lack some explanation for the ending. Not going in to deep in the story its a solid one that senters around alt of well writhen people. The one thing holding the book back is the narrator. He does a good job on some of the people, but everything melts tougher as one big blob of voices. Until the names of the people that spoke I often had to guess who was talking. Not saying he did a bad job, but more a semi good one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-20-21

A good start.

A good start to this story that seemed to stop as is got where it was going. Interesting characters that I want to know more about.

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  • Joseph
  • 11-25-21

A good mechanicus book for sure!

A lot of people don’t like the mass profusion of space marine books BL comes out with. Although I don’t mind it too much even I found this book to be a breath of fresh air.

The only issue I had was it felt like a beginning all the way through; not a big deal since it is the first of a trilogy, and I loved the entire journey involved, but the drama getting there was pretty entertaining.

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  • Tobias Berglund
  • 11-22-21

Good story but without a proper ending.

Interesting story, but the ending is not satisfactory, unless there will be more books in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-21

stories decent

stories decent and the narrator does really well with female voices but just isn't believable when it comes to anyone else. the base male humans sound labotomised as do the space marines and mechanicus characters just sound like regular humans

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  • Kael
  • 11-22-21

One of the better 40k books

If you liked the books Mechanicum and Eisenhorn then I would say you will like this book. The story has a good mixture of Mechanicus and non-Mecanicus characters and factions who all have a good back story and interact well. The narrator does a great job, but there are occasional editing errors. I've listened to a lot of 40k books and this is the first book I've been hooked on in a long time. The story is clearly building to be a series of books so this book doesn't feel like it goes far, but where it takes you - You WILL enjoy it.

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  • Dave
  • 11-14-21

Disney's 'Atlantis' meets 40k

The plot is fantastic. Lots of humorous moments, action is great. The first story I've "read" that has a decent amount of lore about the Golden Age of Technology (or Dark age if you're feeling edgy).
Joe's done a good job narrating, the first one who does a good impression of women in the universe. Space marines, however, I'm sure don't sound like they've been lobotomised.