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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.
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By George Vanderslice on 06-09-18
[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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By Matthew on 06-22-18
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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By HomeBirthAddict on 07-11-18
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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By Anonymous User on 08-10-18
well worth listening too, great story for 40k especially for fans of the adeptus mechanicum