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Gods of Mars (Adeptus Mechanicus #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Beyond the edges of the galaxy, Archmagos Kotov's great voyage is over. He has achieved his goal - to find the resting place of the long-lost Vettius Telok. But Telok yet lives, and as the brave explorators of Kotov's fleet marvel at the wonders laid before them, darker plans unfold. As reality itself is threatened by impossible technologies from the dawn of time, it falls ...more
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Published October 18th 2014 by Black Library (first published October 17th 2014)
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Tim
Nov 30, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
It seems to me that the whole Warhammer book franchise is now all about taking as much money as possible from its fan base. 30 or so books and counting in the Horus Heresy saga and three books for this story (set long after the heresy).

The story was acceptable in its own right, however I don't think it needed three books to tell it and for me (if we are to put it into the Warhammer universe) it has a major issue.

The characters were not particularly engaging and here was the strange thing. Someth
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Callum Shephard
Nov 17, 2014 Callum Shephard rated it it was ok
Following directly on from the bombshells left in the wake of Lords of Mars, the latest novel by McNeill is a very strange tome indeed. On the one hand it’s the perfect example of a possible angle for Warhammer 40,000 novels to approach, focusing away from the battlefields in favour of a space opera and ongoing tale of conflicting agendas and secrets. Brighter than the average setting of the universe, more akin to Gotrek and Felix than the Ultramarines series, the Adeptus Mechanicus books are a ...more
Michael Da Silva
Sep 15, 2015 Michael Da Silva rated it it was amazing
Gods of War closes off what was, in my opinion, the second best Warhammer 40,000 series of all time. Second only to the Eisenhorn trilogy in terms of setting, mood, plot, and overall feel.

It has enough Space Marines to get your bolter porn fix. It has Guardsmen, Titans, Necrons, Eldar, Hrud...

It mixes all of these elements in a believable adventure that was a blast from start to finish. I loved how it took the setting out of the war-torm Imperium and went beyond the edge of the galaxy, where al
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Jody Ellis
Apr 12, 2015 Jody Ellis rated it liked it
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Jonathan Ensor
The concluding book of what is essentially a three part space opera, Gods of Mars does things right and wrong.

The number of interesting characters, who have received two books worth of development, becomes a weakness as their stories are cut short, presumably to save time. Some, like the Legio Sirius, appear to disappear all together. Those that are left remain engaging, but you're left wondering what happened to the others.

The antagonist of the novel, Archmagos Telok, is disappointingly flat. P
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Andy
Aug 14, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third volume of Graham McNeill’s Adeptus Mechanicus trilogy and also one of the more complicated and sort of all encompassing WH40K novels I've read. Of note is how most of the plot takes place out of the reach of the Emperor and his perpetual Astronomicon beacon, thus making it kind of a rogue novel in this WH40K galaxy. Many WH40K characters are involved in the battle to stop the long lost Telok from executing his plan of destroying Mars and ultimately the Emperor.

The highlight of
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Iver
Dec 20, 2014 Iver rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the Warhammer 40K universe and have deeply enjoyed everything I've read from there. But I think this trilogy and this final volume of it is my absolute favorite to date. Epic in scope and utilizing a variety of factions from within the universe (Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Adeptus Mechanicus, Eldar). Plus, it' a Quest story, and I love a good Quest story.
Rob
Feb 09, 2016 Rob rated it liked it
Disappointing conclusion to a decent series. The book feels dragged out, like the author ran out of material halfway through. The epilogue was bland and felt tacked on for the sake of setting up future books. Overall, it was an okay read but nowhere near as good as the first two
Jared
Aug 26, 2015 Jared rated it really liked it
Excellent conclusion to the trilogy. Just a tiny bit disappointed that the "workers rights" mini-arc didn't really go anywhere. That said, it was really an excellent read.
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Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in surveying to work for Games Workshop as a games designer. He has a strong following with his novels Nightbringer, Warriors of Ultramar, Dead Sky, Black Sun and Storm of Iron.
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