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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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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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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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The Rogue One of 40k books

Beep boop the robots are going to war. At a glance an Ad Mech book may seem unappealing but I've got to say this book was more emotional than some of the space marine books I've listened too over the years mainly because its very easy to forget that these are people, sure they've got some extra bits, but they're still people at the core and surprisingly emotional for cyborgs. All in all, great read.

-Soft Spoilers-

This book really reminds me of Rogue One in a good way as it follows a similar-ish plot line of find thing, debate the use of said thing, use thing to get other thing, die, sacrifice allows allies to win the war. While that sort of spoils things and is kind of simplified I felt that I had a better connection with the main character, a skitarii commander who cares about his men and gets redeployed with a magos who doesn't care about the risk to his men's lives. Books like this are few and far between and if you've got a spare credit or are looking for something to read pick this up.

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sadly disappointing...

This book fell into the trap that I feel many 40K books fall into. The character development was lacking, primarily because the main character was an emotionless cyborg. While Sanders did a good job in making us understand that, there just wasn't enough done to make the main character relatable, and thus there was very little buy in on my part to listen to and care about what was happening to him. The story line could be summed up as "Skitarii went to a place, fought a lot, the end." It wasn't until the very last chapter or two of the book that I really was drawn in to see what was going to happen. Overall it wasn't horrible, but just didn't draw me in. I won't be listening to the next one.

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Paper thin characters

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

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A truly epic story!

An absolutely epic story! If you like Ad Mech, do yourself a favor and give this a listen.

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Amazing Battles and Critical Logic!

By far the best audibles I've heard! Amazing action of the Primus. Good introduction of the Adeptus Mechanicus! You won't regret your purchase!!!

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Good listen

Solid audio book. Thematic and interesting, definitely leads you to listen to the sequel.

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Interesting but shallow

This is a good read if you are at all interested in the Adeptus Mechanicus, particularly the Skitarii side (shocking I know).

However, if you don't enjoy listening to detailed battle scenes about Radium Rilfe slugs slamming into enemies or how Transonic blades vibrate so fast they can peirce armor, you're not going to enjoy a good 80% of the book.

If you do like detailed battle scenes, this is a very fun read that explores the weird weaponry and tactics of the Skitarii. It also has plenty of the requisite 40k "grim darkness" to it if you need that to enjoy a story.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I also really enjoy the AdMech as a whole, I think someone listening to this without prior interest in them would find it a bit of a slog.

Toby is great as always though.

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Good

Greatly enjoyed, listened through to the end during my shift. Looking forward to book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-20

Sensational

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

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  • Shane sanderson
  • 10-18-17

brilliant audio book.

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

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  • Stromberg Katarina
  • 10-04-21

A must listen!

Brilliant story narrated by the awesome Toby Longworth. Can't wait to listen to the next part.

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  • Weldon C.
  • 08-06-21

great if you like this stuff!

enjoyed this book,hard to follow the names and technical sounding bits but great story and read well.
maybe a bit of an eager first audio book but now ive had a go im definately going to be "reading" more titles on here besides my paper back reads.

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  • Kenny
  • 07-13-21

slow burn

sometimes the authors in 40k audiobooks go on a tangent and describe things ad nauseum, my poor peanut brain can't make a mental image that precise. this happens at times, you need to listen intently. the story really picks up the end.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 05-29-21

Still can't make them interesting

I picked Skitarius up as it was recommended to me by a friend who claimed it was better than your average outing of the Mechanicus. Having found most things related to the Mechanicus to be quite tedious, the thought that something stood out above those got me a little bit excited.

In a sense, Skitarius does, indeed, stand above other works featuring the cog boys ... but not for depth of story or interesting characters (that seems to be something quite out of the question as far as Mars goes). It stands out because it keeps the reader interested with battle scenes. An unfortunate amount of them.

I almost feel like they've tried to boost the appeal by going balls to the walls as far as action goes and, much like your average adept dreams of cutting away their flesh and replacing it with machine parts, Black Library have cut away all thought of a deep, meaningful story and replaced it with lots of gun-fights. I genuinely had high hopes as it started with a good premise, but I lost interest to the extent I forgot what was going on at times. There's only so many battles you can sit through before that happens. Especially when they feel like they're there simply as filler rather than anything of true substance. Any time I tried to hold onto the meat of the story, conversations about in-depth probability calculations etc ... had me tuning out and treating this as background noise for good portions.

I think, other than those in the Horus Heresy series, my hunt for an enjoyable Mechanicum novel may have to be shut down. The characters always seems to be devoid of anything that makes them interesting and possessive of utterly annoying, throwaway names that, especially when listening to an audio renders things pretty meaningless.

My overall opinion is that yes, it's pretty good to an extent, but never really threatened to be great. I understand that, with a short novel/novella such as this, you could hardly ask for epic story lines. But a meaningful one that makes the battles feel as though they aren't just Games Workshop battle reports can't be too much to ask?

Toby Longworth's narration suits the Mechanicum very well. So, if I were Black Library I'd certainly be grabbing him for future projects featuring them.

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  • giles tingley
  • 05-28-21

okay

okay story that is slow in places but has a naff ending could be more exciting






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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-21

Mediocre story and bad voice acting

One could argue that the lack of emotion would be fitting in a mechanicus audiobook but even tho i find it fitting storywise it’s very boring to listen to in my own opinion.
Storyline is very meh and i did not find this book too good. But then again that’s just my own opinion, hope you enjoy it if you decide to listen :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-20

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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  • James Standard
  • 06-26-19

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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  • Erich Ung
  • 01-30-19

really enjoyed

I really enjoyed it. However a little confusing at times. Definitely a great listen tho!!!

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