Every two weeks we read a new book in the WH40k universe and discuss it on our podcast. We invite you to read along with us and join in on our conversation via comments, Twitter, email, or vox cast.
From the back of the book:
The scattered worlds of the Elara’s Veil nebula were once protected by the oath of unity sworn by three mighty Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes. The Star Scorpions were undone by flaws in their genetic coding. The Celestial Lions were ravaged by the Inquisition for sins they did not commit. Now, after hundreds of years, only the Emperor’s Spears still keep their vigil. They are barbarian watchmen against the Outer Dark; bloodied but unbroken in their long duty.
Amadeus Kaias Incarius, a brother of the Mentor Legion, is commanded to cross the Great Rift and assess the Spears’ war-readiness, only to be drawn into the chaotic plight of a depleted crusade on the Imperium’s benighted frontier. The decisions he makes, far from the God-Emperor’s light, will decide the fate of the war-torn Chapter.
Questions to consider during and after reading:
- Did you like the book?
- Which parts really stood out to you?
- Aaron Dembski-Bowden has written a lot of traitor legion novels. Does this affect the way he depicts the Imperium and/or loyalist legions?
- Guilliman, apparently, has plans for the Dark Imperium. What do you think of them?
- Amadeus and Breac are very different space marines. Do you like them?
- What could the Lions have questioned the Inquisition about?
- Do you like Anuradha? On a scale of 1-Lotara, how much of a badass is she?
- Spoiler question (highlight to read the spoilery parts): This book establishes 3 important concepts: 1. Primarus marines are on the other side of the rift, which means Chaos most likely has Primarus now; 2. The Calgarian Rites are a thing, and Marneus Calgar has been hashtag-upgraded; 3. Guilliman is preparing to sacrifice 1/2 the Imperium. How does this change the world of WH40k?
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