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Summary

In the age of the Dark Imperium, Primarch Guilliman’s Primaris Ultramarines are a shining beacon in the darkness of war. 

On the Imperial Hive World of Ikara IX, Chaplain Kastor and Apothecary Polixis, brothers in blood as well as in battle, stand firm against the endless Greenskin horde. But a threat is looming. An invasion like no other assaults the broken city of Shebat, as the crazed warlord Urgork arrives to lay waste to the Imperial forces and capture a Primaris Marine for his own twisted ends. 

As Kastor and Polixis find themselves separated by the disaster that unfolds, the brothers must turn the tide of war to win the battles that rage within their very natures, as well as those upon the battlefield.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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Amazing

One hell of a book, john banks once again narrates perfectly, plenty of different voices all so suiting to their respective characters and as always he brings the feelings and the action to life.

The story itself is so good you get to hear of feelings from the space marines which make them more than just objects of war, you will burst out laughing at some of the antics from the orkz, almost cry from some of the adeptus scenes and also stand tall and proud (if you are a adeptus fanboy) from some of the scenes.

Plenty of action, back story and edge of the seat wanting more moments. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good listen and a old school (with new marines) bout between xenos scum and umiez

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Solid 40K novel

Good story and great voice acting by John Banks. A solid 40K story giving more insight into Primaris abilities.

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Ork fun

Superb narration by John Banks including my first listening to him narrating the ork perspective which was hilarious, I would love a full book told from their viewpoint and voiced by Mr Banks, the space marines chapters were good and gave some indication that maybe and just that maybe they have more emotions than previously seen, overall a pretty good book

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Great

Great book listen to it much better than horus heresy after 18 books they finally win something

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Excellent

Good view of new primaris units. Also, it was very refreshing to see chapters written from the ork perspective. Excellent narration, would definitely recommend this audio book.

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Get it read! 40k THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

good all out war, 40K style with a great story
really get to know the Primarus
the orks were bloddy zogging great you git
read my other reviews to see do you like the same taste as me in 40K there is a lot of chaff to go through!

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Surprisingly excellent

I've just finished the Nightlords trilogy and was riding on a high of Traitor Legions and a darker type of book.

Blood of Iax is a really good book, Kept me engaged from the start.

I feel there needs to more books on the Ork point of view, The few chapters of dedicated to the Orks were the best in the book. John Banks was outstanding in the narration. Orks love if WAAA and sound like they are from inner city London with similar education as if it all just a bit of fun.

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Unique look at an Ork V Ultramarine war.

A more unique look at the Brotherhood of Space Marines, as well as some interesting Ork perspectives.

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Would be better if the Orks had been protagonists

Should of been about the Orks, the book shows the problem of them being way better protagonists than "Da Bekkies"

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John Banks at his finest

The story was engaging and very well written.
found myself not wanting to get out of the car due to being so drawn in by the story.
John Banks is to 40k what David Attenborough is to nature shows a true national treasure.
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  • 14-11-18

Great introduction to Orks and Primaris

The previous Primaris focused book was "Dark Imperium". This book blows it out of the water in its portrayal of the Primaris as well as the Orks.

On Primaris, this story shows how they have been trying to reconcile their existence within the Imperium. The Chaplin and Apothecary are blood brothers as well as Battle Brothers and this is a great theme. Both are opposites of each other with the Black and White armor of each being the most noticeable, but it delves deeper into their philosophies as well. Additionally the Reivers squad gets special mention as their practices are considered so out of place among the Marines. The author discusses the differences in combat tactics that they employ. Unlike the "Dark Imperium" novels these differences are allowed to be examined.

From the Ork perspective this is the best book since the Beast Arises as it gives the Orks character and purpose. The Warboss is a unique character on his own, but the cast of Ork characters does not end with him. His second in command Painboy is quite characterful. The various Ork Kommandos show how the Orks interpret Human culture as well as tactics. Of course from the Imperium perspective the Orks are attacking this planet just because they are war-like, but early on in the book the Warboss reveals there is a purpose. In earlier Black Library books Orks didn't have plots or goals, they were faceless hordes that were meant for the Space Marines to kill as they contemplated the grisly nature of war and philosphy.

Now we see a story that shows brotherhood and how deep family bonds go. As well as a quest for survival.

Each new book by the Black Library is a showcase for the armies it covers. This one does a good job of allowing the reader to understand more than just the clip notes version and extrapolate how these soldiers might function in their own tabletop army.

The narrator does a great job in both the Space Marine voices as well as the Orks. The Reiver Sgt has a low threatening voice, Apothecary is analytical, and the Chaplin is stoic. The Orks themselves have the brutish Warboss, cunning Painboy, and two very distinct Kommandos who you can easily tell apart. Good job, John Banks, good job indeed.

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  • Triken
  • 08-10-18

Great story and a good reader

I've never heard of space Marines being actual blood brothers before. it definitely adds to the story and the plot is definitely unique to other 40k books I've read. would highly recommend

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  • Charles E Valdyke
  • 16-12-20

Mediocre Story, Poor Command Decisions

Run of the mill bolter and blade fare. Hard to believe some of the Space Marines as characters because of decisions they make counter to the typical nature of Astartes, particularly Ultramarines. Even the Orks do not feel particularly "orky". The insight into the Rievers is one of the few highlights of the book, and the performance isn't bad. But overall a forgettable story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-08-19

boring, inch deep and a mile wide

So if you want story and intrigue and depth of character this book is not for you. It's just bolter trash. It's very difficult to stay engaged when it feels like the story is written by an amateur.

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  • Rooftop
  • 15-08-19

lots of character , low on plot

great performance and a novel concept-- post human space marine battle brothers who are actually brothers. unfortunately, the novel concept is placed in a simple undeveloping setting: a straight forward battle with the bruting orks. there's some ghosts of better, more involved story that explores the nature of brotherhood, but it doesn't really come to anything.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 01-11-18

Good Story

I found this story to have everything you would want in a 40K book. Dives into the roles of the primaris. The main plot dominated the story and every chapter you felt the climax coming.

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  • kingfish76
  • 11-05-19

One of the best!

This book is well written and well performed. It is has some of the most dynamic characters in the series. This was a great listen. I highly recommend.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 08-05-19

A great stand alone story.

This was a pleasant suprise. I had been intrigued. So I purchased thus one. And I am glad that I did. It has little bearing on the wider 40k universe as a whole. And in fact us a refreshing listen\ read due in part to its singular story type off feeling. I however would enjoy a follow up eagerly. ...

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  • Stayathomemama
  • 21-12-21

Very cool but different twist on “brothers”

Good story and performance. It was very cool seeing two actual blood brothers fighting side by side.

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  • Patrick G. Morton
  • 15-10-21

Seems like I read a better version of this before

"Mom, please buy me the book Armageddon!" "We have Armageddon at home son." From the unstoppable ork menace, to the chaplain giving the pep talk to the Imperial Guard. Well this book was exactly that, a cheap, not nearly as good version of Armageddon. Robbie MacNiven is no ADB, and this book is no Helsreach.

This felt like a 9 hour Ultramarine and Primaris commercial. It was quite ridiculous how over the top the author went to praise the UMs and injected the word "Primaris" into every sentence possible It seems that even the faults of the marines were actually hidden compliments (kinda like saying during an interview "my area of improvement is that I work to hard and care too much."

The only saving grace was the short Ork chapters. Orks were well written, just not enough of them.

The narrator was ok, given what he had to work with.

Note: I collect Primaris, not first born, so I am no Primaris hater. Never have been a big Ultramarine fan for reasons exactly like this book.