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Gaunt's Ghosts: The Saint

(Gaunt's Ghosts #4-7)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  3,060 ratings  ·  48 reviews

In the blood-soaked Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the massed ranks of the Imperium battle the dark forces of Chaos for dominion. At the forefront of this conflict are the Imperial Guard - untold numbers of ordinary soldiers fighting to preserve the Emperor's holy realm. Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and the men of the Tanith First and Only are at the heart of this struggle. Force

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Published January 27th 2018 by Black Library (first published August 28th 2007)
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Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of grimdark military scifi stories. One of the finest.
Tim Maidment
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hits hard and keeps hitting. The term 'gritty' is over-used these days, but you can feel the hard surfaces and ash-blown environments in his writing. He's particularly adept at building characters enough that when/if they die (and often in the typically senseless ways of war as an aside in a sentence) it really does shock.

It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you like a good shot of testosterone with your coffee, tempered with mysticism and half an eye on historical conflicts, this is a book t
May 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as its predecessor, The Founding, but still enjoyable. The Guns of Tanith as a whole and bits of Straight Silver really stood out, and the pitched armor battles in Honour Guard are also very well done.

Sabbat Martyr is literally one long cityfight, with a small break between a skirmish at the beginning and the real battle about a third of the way in. It makes the book feel rather shorter than the previous three, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and only fitting for the climax of t
Douglas Berry
The second Omnibus covering the campaigns of the 1st Tanith Regiment of the Imperial Guard. Orphans from a dead world, they are the Tanith Only, First and Last. Led by the imposing Colonel-Commissar Ibrahm Gaunt, they serve in the Empire's endless wars against the alien, the mutant, and Chaos.

This is ripping good military fiction with great characters that make me think of some of the people I served with. Each new battlefield is fully realized, with new challenges and complications. The thrust
Paul Hebron
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In the grim dark future of the 41st century, there is only war. And war. And more war. And another war. Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts books scratch a similar itch to Sharpe, Derek Robinson's RAF books, and a multitude of lesser books with a mix of grand military strategy, technical descriptions of people being blown apart in creative ways, and warm, lively characters (of whom any could die). It's been a long time since I've been involved in the hobby, but Gaunt's Ghosts still keeps that connection ...more
Matthew Schiller
Warhammer and Warhammer 40k fluff has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. None more so than Dan Abnett’s novels concerning Gaunt’s Ghosts. To my dismay my original copies went missing following a couple house moves, I sought these stories out and found them contained in these very convenient omnibuses. Needless to say I was more than happy that these stories lost none of their enjoyment over the intervening years. If you’re a fan of 40k I don’t see how you cannot be entertained by the Ghost’s ...more
Stephen Darroch
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Saintly Ghosts

Dan Abnett continues with another excellent omnibus of Ghost novels.
The Tanith have new blood added to the regiment fresh from their pyrrhic victory at Verghast. The disillusioned verghast ghosts bring new heroes and new discord to the senior staff as the Ghosts arrive in new deadly battlezones and begin to face the archenemies elite soldiers, The Blood Pact.
James L
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Abnett really gets you involved and invested in his character's. Almost like losing a close friend when one inevitably dies ..... Final 100 pages are gut wrenching and nail-biting. ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW fantastic , very hard to put down all the way thru!!!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
keep em' coming
Stiubhart MacChoille
Favourite Gaunt's Ghosts novel? Well that's hard, but definitely this one... I think! ...more
Michael Zhou
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best of the Gaunt's Ghosts Omnnibus that are available.
Derek Weese
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say too much, if anything, more than what has already been said about this book. So I'll keep the review brief.
This omnibus contains books IV-VII of Dan Abnett's amazingly good 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series detailing the exploits of a single regiment of the Imperial Guard during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade. As I said, amazingly good. If you've not read these, even if you don't care for Warhammer 40,000, do so. They're among the best military science fiction EVER written (truly) and they all have
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Library delivers a route into the 41st Millennium far beyond that of paintbrushes and dice. Producing literature to expand, elucidate and invigorate the darkly Gothic era is both a blessing and a curse: the world is so richly drawn, with a cornucopia of historical references, that one scarcely knows where to begin; the scope of eternal conflict, however, is restricted to the point of anaemia. It is this limited purview that forms the core of The Saint, Dan Abnett’s second omnibus of hi ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd omnibus in the Gaunt's Ghosts series collects books 4-7. At the end of the 3rd book, Necropolis, Warmaster Macaroth issued the Act of Consolation: with Vervunhive burnt to ashes, any survivors who didn't want to be relocated to a nearby hive were invited to join the Imperial Guard. The scratch companies of Verghast joined the Tanith First and Only, and why wouldn't they? There certainly wasn't anywhere else for them to go. These four books document Colonel-Commissar Gaunt's difficulties ...more
Mary Catelli
The second Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus, after The Founding. I recommend reading that one first. As with that one, these works are military SF. Bad things happen in them. Good characters get killed. But they have very dramatic plots, and many vividly drawn characters. Filled with honor and friendship and valor. Ibram Gaunt is a deeply developed character, and at any time, a dozen or so Ghosts are major characters. He does a massively multi-POV that lets in him get in a large scope of the battles they ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This is the best book in the series so far.
At least, from what I can remember. The early books were great too, and subsequent novels missed the mark (Honour Guard in particular). This is a return to form.
Abnett explores issues of faith, as Chaos prepare to launch a massive attack on a tactically worthless world: why? Because Saint Sabbat has been reincarnated.
Gaunt is sceptical in the beginning. He knows in his heart the saint is an imposter, simply a pawn Lugo is attempting to use for his po
Ding Ong
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Just when i thought the first omnibus was good enough, Dan Abnett outperforms himself with his second omnibus, The Saint. Once again the most interesting and fun story to read was the last in the book, Sabbat Martyr. The first two stories were mostly preoccupied with the in-rivalry between the Tanith and Verghast troopers nad i have to admit it adds a good flavour into the stories. The rivalry was a little too over-emphasized for a little too long though, as things were starting to get a little ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Abnett could spend an evening headbutting his keyboard and I'm still pretty confident he'd nut out a great story.

Fantastic omnibus. I'll admit I find it hard at times to adapt to the whole idea that, for all their awesomeness, the Ghosts aren't the heroes of the war (yet, anyway). Each book tends to end rather suddenly, usually with an epilogue that ties up the current conflict in a few pages, a conflict that's won by, well, everyone else.

It's more about the soldiers than the war, how the ac
Locked Out
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guants-ghosts
The second installment in this warhammer sega finds Gaunt and his ghosts once again called into aciton during the Sabbat world crusade. In these three installments Gaunts ghosts find themselves in a trench war, involved in an air operation, finally leading to a desperate defence of the holy Saint Sabbat's city. These adventures are a blast and the action is adrenaline fueled as well! The twists and turns keep you guessing throughout and by the end of it you feel the need to keep reading! I enjoy ...more
Charlie Chute
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes it is fantasy and yes you probably want to have some knowledge of the warhammer theme's to understand some of the references, however. As a piece if writing it is fantastic, as a war themed book it delivers and makes you want to keep reading..

Very good, would recommend..
I have jjust bought the next series, the Lost and was laughed at a lot by my wife who noticed the 'Geek chic' sign right above the books...ok yes I may have got involved with the warhammer world about 20 years ago and am now
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Dan Abnetts tour de force story 'arc' with the ghosts. Extremely well tied together with the finale novel - Sabbat Martyr tying together all the themes and plots explored into an climactic encounter that will have you grinning at the battle sequences as much as on the edge of your seat.

The best thing about The Saint is that I never felt like anyone had too much 'plot armour.' There was always enough risk to your favourite characters to feel, y'know, actually dangerous. After all they're only the
Wrong Way
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of World War Two novels you might want to give this book a try. The world it is set in is far in the future, but it has a very real and accurate take on military tactics. That said if you are a fan of character interaction this is also a good book to read. Some of the main characters die later in the series, but for a reason. This book kicked off a multi book series that stunned me with the author's ability to sacrifice his characters on the alter of war. ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Dan Abnett utilizes a very intense and engaging universe to hook you in and keep you there until the final page turns. Using a lot of different characters, at first it may seem overwhelming, but they all develop rather deeply and you'll find yourself wondering whats going to happen to all your favorites. This is the second omnibus in the series and only adds to the engaging story the first one began. ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book, my first from the Black Library. It's the 2nd Omnibus (a collection of three books in the same story line) of three, so after getting hooked on the characters you have to buy 5-6 more of these books. There is really nothing I don't like about this book (except the end: it has one) and it is not a bad book (as in PG-13) and is by far the most "kid-friendly" of all the Dan Abnett books. ...more
John Scott
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The saint was just awesome as the first omnibus, full of twists and turns not even nostradamus could predict! Honour Guard and Sabbat Martyr, the first and last of the omnibus, are my favourites, mostly for the armour action in Honour Guard, and the sheer scope of the battle to protect herodor and the saint in Sabbat Martyr. Also, Honour Guard begins the Lijah Cuu/Larkin storyline with its heartbreaking conclusion in Martyr (I'll never forgive Abnett for that one *sniff*). ...more
Johannes Marks
Though I still like Mr. Abnetts style and stories even years after I´ve first read them and even thought myself maybe to old for them, the only thing not quite satisfying about his novels is his urge to always plot his works to be self-contained (if that´s the word called for here). In my opinion, it reduces significantly the fun of reading them all in succession because they feel like a collection of single novels and not like an ongoing story.
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The massive tank-battle in Honour Guard makes me want to start an Imperial Guard mechanized company... Too bad I cannot currently afford to.
Wondering if Dan Abnett has spent time in New Zealand - some of the language he uses certainly seems to indicate as much.
Bloody good novel thus far, anyway. Now up to Straight Silver.
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While darker than the first omnibus (and that is saying something in the Warhammer 40,000 universe) this is a more involved series of books with well-developed characters (even the ones who only appear briefly.)
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