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Necropolis (Gaunt's Ghosts #3)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  2,362 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews

ON THE WAR-TORN planet of Verghast, Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his men find themselves caught up in an ancient and bloody civil war. When betrayal and treachery bring the walls of a besieged hive city crashing down, bitter rivalry and corruption surface, bringing the Tanith Ghosts to the brink of destruction. Gaunt must find new allies and recruit more ghosts if he is to sa

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by The Black Library (first published 2000)
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Nov 03, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi

The beginning of the novel is told from many perspectives - ranging from the rich nobility to low-class civilians - and tells of the opening phases of the siege on Vervunhive. The mega-city's neighbouring hive, Ferrozoica, amasses an army and marches on their former rival with an unknown agenda. The Vervun Primary militia prepares to repel the invasion forces, but as Vervunhive's High Master refuses to believe that Ferrozoica has mobilised against them, they are not given permission to
Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 Andrew Ziegler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is funny that Abnett states that he really got his groove writing about the Tanith Regiment by this novel in his introduction to the first Omnibus, The Founding. Funny because it is so true. Here the characters are matured and defined and stuck in Hell. The Ghosts don't show for the first 50 pages of the book, and when they do it is unheralded and anonymously as per usual.

Necropolis is a story of a knock dawn, drag out, to the last man defense of a city. The body count is in the 100,000s and
Feb 10, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it
Great read. Review to follow soon.
Stewart Crichton
May 30, 2016 Stewart Crichton rated it it was amazing
This is the third in Abnett's popular Ghost series. By this stage (and in his own words) he's clearly getting to grips not only with his characters, but with the 40K setting as well. Whilst later books may be better laid out, or have more diverse characterisation, for me Necropolis is the best and most gripping of the series.

Throughout the violent siege of Vervunhive by the Chaos-tainted forces of Zoica, Abnett strives to show the war from the view of civilians, guardsmen and Lords of the Hive.
Dec 26, 2015 Matimate rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
I have morbid fascination of dark future of Warhammer 40K. I am tempted to count the Ghost looses trough the book, because after reading several books about them I have strange feeling that the body count is slightly larger then proclaimed size of the First and only. However if you are not nitpick you may enjoy yourself. The huge warning of this book is that Ibram Gaunt had sex, like actual one with woman. Mercifully it was like kiss in the evening and morning with naked lady, so it is on your ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Paulius rated it really liked it
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Mar 29, 2016 ArumaGesta rated it it was ok
Necrópolis Es bastante diferente a las dos novelas que le preceden. Para mi gusto, he notado un descenso general de calidad en el estilo de escritura de Abnett. Se ha simplificado en gran medida la manera de narrar y de describir, practicamente se limita a contarnos lo que sucede. Los combates carecen de florituras, aunque a cambio se nos consigue meter en la cabeza que esto es una guerra, y que en la guerra los disparos vuelan y la gente muere sin más, o se mantiene con vida para seguir dispara ...more
Michael T Bradley
Nov 07, 2014 Michael T Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: w40k
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Mar 08, 2014 Tarl rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
This is my third time reading this book, and much like the last two, I enjoyed it cover to cover.

Abnett has mastered the ability to jump from character to character, often only after doing a few paragraphs as one character. Though this is generally warned again when it comes to writing, Abnett has managed to handle it with a skill I haven't seen in a lot of writers. Within the context of 'Necropolis', this technique works really well as it helps to draw together multiple characters over a warzo
Frank Mikes
Dec 24, 2015 Frank Mikes rated it really liked it
This is the third Gaunt's Ghosts book and it holds up just as well as the others, if not better in some places. The second book, while excellent, took me a little while to figure out - it basically is a collection of short stories featuring one of the main characters, throughout a military campaign on a planet. This book is more conventional, but as I said, just as good.

The action this time takes place in a massive hive city known as Vervunhive and it is being attacked by a nearby hive city whic
Appy Apperson
May 11, 2016 Appy Apperson rated it really liked it
Another great story of the Ghosts of Tanith, Gaunt's Ghosts. Unlike the previous two books, this one wasn't a collection of shorter parts, but a cohesive whole. The story introduced many great characters and explained how a regiment with so many losses can still exist after however many books they're up to now.

I began the Gaunt's Ghosts series by borrowing Only In Dead from my local library, and this book introduced several of the characters I liked from that book. It was interesting to see them
Sep 10, 2016 Lokidm rated it really liked it
Este libro llega a niveles increíbles de epicidad. Devore el libro, y nada más terminar empecé el siguiente.
Cold Winter
Dec 30, 2007 Cold Winter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi (40K) fans
The third book in the Gaunts Ghosts series "Necropolis" is one of the most exciting sci-fi books I have read yet, with only the later Gaunts Ghost novels having a chance to beat it. Dan Abnett has a rare skill, he is able to catch your attention and hold it from the very beginning. Notorious for killing characters he is able to introduce a character, make you feel like you know this character, make you think this character might have some significance and then kill that character off all in less ...more
Sean McBride
Jul 15, 2015 Sean McBride rated it really liked it
This, the third of the Gaunt's Ghosts novels, was a great addition to the previous two. It gives you everything you want in a sci-fi action war novel and surprisingly more. Abnett infuses more humor into this novel than any of the previous and focuses more on the characters than the enemies than the previous novels. At first i was surprised, then I realized that he had already established the chaos horde in the previous two and only needed to mention them to give the reader the danger of the ...more
Peter De Klerk
Apr 27, 2016 Peter De Klerk rated it it was amazing
This was an EXCELLENT follow up to the first Gaunt's Ghosts novel! It follows the adventures of the unit from Tanith under Gaunt, this time to Berghast to help in the defence of the hive city Vervenhive.

This book was just fast paced and unrelenting from the start, but also managed to flesh out the different characters thoroughly (and there were many great ones!). The action and battle scenes were harrowing and intense and you really felt at times like you were there witnessing the siege.

I high
Dan Cowden
Dec 06, 2013 Dan Cowden rated it really liked it
Third of the Gaunt's Ghosts novels, this is the most gripping story yet. Gaunt and his unit have been sent to rescue a city on a planet in the safe rear areas of the enormous campaign to recapture the Sabat worlds. This city was unexpectedly attacked and besieged by a neighboring town corrupted by evil elder powers. The Tanith First-and-Only, as light infantry scouts, are ill-suited to siege warfare, but Gaunt seems to be in his element as a senior officer working against short-sighted ...more
A bit weird book. On one hand, it had the most boring scenes on the trilogy. Up to 1/4 of the book were characters of Vernunhive, not Ghosts. Not that it would be bad, but the whole "intrigues" of the Hive portrayed there and everything else was BORING. Things looked up when the Ghosts arrived (finally!) after almost 1/5 of the book. Then it became better with Gaunt taking the lead in chapters and we saw fighting. I have to say that the best moment for me were a couple pages describing an armour ...more
May 26, 2009 Dylan rated it it was amazing
To most Warhammer Fan's, Dan Abnett is the best weapon in BL's stockpile.
Of all his great works, one Story Arc stands out, Gaunt's Ghosts.
This is normally agreed on, but to most people, it is hard to put down which of his works is the "best"
To me that honour falls on Hecropolis.
No Spoilers so I have to be careful, but it is like the half way point in the overall story of the Ghosts, Gaunt and the Sabbett crusade as a whole.
It brings in fresh new faces, a whole new style of battle you normally do
Ren the Unclean
Sep 14, 2008 Ren the Unclean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci fi/space warfare fans
Shelves: sci-fi
Third book in the Gaunt series. This one is a little heavier on the political intrigue that is interstitially spread throughout the other two books. It does, however, still deliver on the action and ridiculous violence that you should be accustomed to by now from this series.

This book was specifically interesting because Gaunt's role as a political officer is made more apparent and what it is that he does also becomes clearer. The introduction of a character with the same rank as Gaunt but very
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gw-sci-fi-read
Warhammer 40k at their best, most own for all SF fans
Posted: 19/06/2009
May I make it clear from the off, those people who think just because this is a warhammer novel it's not worthy of reading, you are so wrong !, this is one if not the best science fiction series I have ever read, and I’ve read lots with the best included, dan abnett simply does action brilliantly, I’ve not come across a sf writer who does it better, also his character building is up there with the best also, this series grips
Student Teacher
Jun 20, 2010 Student Teacher rated it it was amazing
Regardless of what the title says on this page, this is the third book of the Gaunt's Ghosts series, and in my opinion, it is the best. I use this book as the standard of what a 5-star book is.

This book tells the story of the siege of Vervunhive, but this time it is Chaos assaulting the Imperium. This book has it all. awesome fight scenes, touching tragedy and everything in between. This book sets up so many of the books to follow that it is only upon subsequent readings that I have really unde
I'll admit it, I was pretty uninterested in this for the first few chapters. Pretty much if it's not some sort of interaction between Rawne and Gaunt, I don't care all that much. That's definitely the spice of the series for me, and without it, it's a little bland. I love rivalry, especially the murderous kind. Okay, I like some of the other characters that are completely unrelated to that, but my attention starts to waver if I don't get what I want.
Nov 11, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Another Gaunt's Ghosts novel. A gritty defense of a city under siege on a massive, almost unimaginable scale. Seamlessly transitioning between poignant vignettes of individuals caught up in the war, treachery from within, political machinations, and of course our hero Gaunt and his men. One of the best I've read to date capturing some insight into the economy and politics of the nonmilitary part of the Warhammer universe.
Dec 28, 2012 Quintox rated it it was amazing
Necropolis is one of my most favourite books of the series. In Necropolis Gaunts Ghosts made the jump from an shady mixture of short story characters into a real Novel. I think this is the case because aside from the well known warfare parts of the story we also get a look at the civilian side of the warhammer 40k universe espeacially into several parts of social stratifiaction of Vervun Hive Society.
Jan 18, 2014 Razael rated it it was amazing
It is the Sabbath World Crusade. The Vergast hive city of the imperium is under seige by chaos forces, and Warmaster Maccaroth, who leads the crusade, send his forces to aid the city. Among them are Gaunt and his Tanith Ghosts. Best book of the series so far. Basicaly, one huge siege battle of a hive city. I never read anything like it.
Nov 08, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I needed something different after the last in the Ice and Fire series. Something fast paced and exciting, something that would make up for the anti-climatic finale of Feast of Crows. Colonel-Commissar Gaunt was just the answer. This was a really good read, what more needs to be said? Dan Abnett is the reason I love Warhammer 40k so much.
Mario Polytaridis
Apr 15, 2012 Mario Polytaridis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Incredible violence and warfare: yes. Excellent plot full of twists and intrigue: yes. Deep well defined interesting characters: yes. Easily one of the best sci-fi books on the market and a great depiction of mankind and the horrors of the 41st millennium.
Jul 30, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Great book, love his work. He's very detail and injects so much action into his writing that I cannot put down his books. I literally spend nights reading until I finish the book. Does an amazing job of balancing detailed descriptions as not to over exaggerate or make things dull and cheesy
Mike Stuchbery
Jul 17, 2014 Mike Stuchbery rated it really liked it
Third of the military sci-fi series by Dan Abnett. This one essentially involves the Ghosts in a kind of Space-Stalingrad battle. Grim, baroque and vivid, it also has a thick human element. The characters are gelling, Abnett is developing a groove, this series is really starting to work for me.
The 40K equivalent of the Battle of Stalingrad. Awesomesauce action, intrigue and a nice twist at the end with some humour and poigniancy sprinkled throughout. A bloodbath of a battle. This is Apocalypse.
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