Brothers of the Snake is a novel by Dan Abnett composed of seven short stories featuring the Damocles Squad of the Iron Snakes Space Marine Chapter. Iron Snakes . in Know No Fear by Dan Abnett; the insignia of Damocles’ company, the 6th, is a white figure-eight serpent, similar to the Iron. Brothers of the Snake Type Novel Series Iron Snakes Author Dan Abnett Publisher The Black Library Binding Hardcover Released June 26 Pages

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Brothers of the Snake (Novel)

The series also includes works by other Black Library authors. Damocles squad along with Mabuse take the treasures sna,e venture into the maze tunnels of the sacred mound, assaulted by glamours and tricks of chaos along the way. After reading Wrath of Iron by Wraight, I’m used to unquestioned and intimidating bastards in ceramite.

His immense ability to weave a story and create a culture and chapter from nothing just stuns me. A particular problem is how the final crisis in question is very, very loosely linked to the initial story, but there is no narrative thread or suggested connection between the start and finish.

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This theme turned out only to appear in ssnake couple of the short stories cobbled together to make this novel, and the rest of it was just standard issue chest thumping bolter porn. It creates more of a stark contrast, especially with the Chief Librarian, and it’s only further enhanced by the presence of Dreadnoughts in the final story. Personal tools Log in Request account.

I simply stopped caring about them. Written in an episodic ddan, Abnett manages to make each episode unique, but also maintains a sense of the whole and keeps up forward momentum. This is very evident if the first story, which is largely told through the eyes of an administrator on a semi-feudal world, and the surprising contrasts in technology there. A Daemon withdraws from the ddan body, and Priad, witnessed by all, incinerates it.

When the force arrives at the last known location of the frigate transporting the general they find a ship graveyard circling a world that is no longer responding to any hails.

Meant to safeguard the eastern wall of the city against enemy retreat, Damocles is forced to ground by more foes than expected. For the place of an Apothecary, Priad inquires about Brother Khironbut is informed that Khiron da awaiting trial for murdering one of his fellows.

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When Praid is forced into the role of Sergeant, he must rise to the occasion and adapt to his new role within the chapter.

Brothers of the Snake

The action romps along in a very satisfactory manner. Warhammer 40, 1 – 10 of books. Damocles pushes onward into the inner chamber to find themselves swarmed by millions of insects. In retrospect it turns a collection of short stories into a circular arc in which the warrior brotherhood is enshrined – regardless of the setting -its as much a paean to the Spartans as it is to the space marines.

I always have loved how Dan Abnett creates his stories. The fact that the Iron Snakes aren’t an “established” chapter such as the Blood Angels, Space Wolves or Ultramarines gives him free reign to create a rich history and tradition for them, and brothsrs individualise the characters.

The book has a heavy Greek influence to it that gave this world 38, years in the future a warm and familiar feeling.

The depiction of the Astartes, and the chapter itself. I do prefer Ragnar Blackmane’s story, however, over the protagonist whose name I’ve forgotten in the past week in Brothers of the Snake Apparently this is Abnett’s first book he wrote about Space Marines and from their perspective, and I have to say he does a good job coming up with his own Space Marine chapter, the Iron Snakes, who are very distinctive.

This would be enough on its own, but the book also works in a number of additional factors to further flesh out their culture. Diligent and focused to the point of being almost robotic, the book manages to depict them as Knights Templar taken to an extreme without crossing over into outright camp.

Yet during the act the Daemon stays still long enough for the Iron Snakes to rip into and kill it with bolter fire. The forgetting when fighting of a place they have photographic memory. This Novel is pretty unique from other Novels I’m used to not just Warhammer, in general as, instead of the straight forward story, it’s told through Episodic Short Stories.

While this is often leveled against books which didn’t deserve such complaints, Brothers of the Snake took this as far as it could be taken.

Of course, the petitioners that manage to win a place in a Notable squad are likely to be the best of their generation. Retrieved from ” http: There is a much closer link between the upper echelons and standard marines than you might expect, but Abnett manages to make this work.


For help on citation see the citation guidelines. Many of the later turns within the book also work to better build upon the hierarchy of the chapter. I have read some other books depicting Space Marines and they are apart from Humans Iron Snakes are basically Greek Thd complete with spears and shields that hold off hordes of infantry 50 lines deep or something.

The actions scenes are great as always and really give a feeling of being in the chaos of battle. Open Preview See a Problem? Priad attacks Captain Skander, and the fight quickly escalates till Priad sets a snske on Skander. The Iron Snakes chapter itself also notably diverts from many expected tropes. Dec 20, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Originally posted at http: In cases of responding to general aid requests from the worlds of the Reef Starsit is customary to dispatch only one Battle-Brother from the closest squad to investigate.

Just like how different the Mortifators are from the Ultramarines, the Iron Snakes too have their quirks.

Jul 13, Matthew Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: They are particularly skillful with the sea-lance, as part of a petitioner’s training on their homeworld of Ithaka involves the hunting and slaying of the large, predacious sea-wyrms native to the planet.

Abnett can do better.

The style is slightly forced and the narrative constrained by the fact that superhuman warrirors are perhaps too perfect. As the crowning nears, a storm accompanied by strange occurrences and visions engulfs the city. The areas of their minds given to that sort of subject matter have been replaced by sleep taught combat doctrines and weapons training.

Although I think that an officially licensed novel should be true to the spirit of the original games, I can look beyond these minor niggles, and can recommend the book. When a mission, referred to within the chapter as an “undertaking,”is decided upon the Chapter Master announces how many squads he believes are required to ensure its success. Also instead of working as a company, each 10 men squad operate independently of each other.