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Brothers of the Snake (Warhammer 40,000)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,228 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
In the grim darkness of the far future, the fearless Space Marines stand supreme as the defenders of humanity. Meanwhile, the Iron Snakes of Ithaka have sworn a pledge to protect the Reef Stars from ruin, at whatever cost.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Games Workshop
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Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
What better way to start The Year of Snake then a review of Dan Abnett's Brothers of the Snake? The first thing you should know is that unlike other Space Marine novels, Brothers of the Snake is a collection of short stories following the Damocles squad of the Iron Snakes Chapter. The format is a little unusual and I had doubts at first but on the whole I thought it turned out pretty great. It's essentially a series condensed into one book.

The thing I found fascinating is the culture and traditi
Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My goodness what a fantastic novel. I loved the Chapter, the characters, the action and the conceit of the story telling through the engagements of Priad during his first 12 "years" as a Iron Snake Marine. Abnett is by far the best 40K author out there, he does his Marines perfectly. The Iron Snakes Chapter was an awesome creation, I only wish Games Workshop would create the Codex and models for them. I also hope Abnett will continue to explore this awesome chapter and this awesome character he ...more
Saleh MoonWalker
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Brother Priad of the Iron Snakes Space Marine Chapter's celebrated Damocles Squad fights in a series of engagements against the enemies of mankind, from the traitor legions of Chaos, to the vile Dark Eldar, to the ravenous Ork hordes The world of Ball Solock in the Reef Stars is attacked by the mythical Primuls, also known as the Dark Eldar. The relatively primitive weapons of the backwater world are ineffective against the beasts. The primary clerk to the High Legislator of Fuce, one of the pre ...more
Tor Gar
Libro independiente del universo Warhammer 40.000.

Es ligero y simple. Sin complicarse demasiado. Usa elementos básicos de la ciencia ficción militar donde los guerreros son diseñados genéticamente y son bestias sobrehumanas. Los enemigos son… enemigos. Da igual lo que sean y por lo que luchen. Son los malos y el libro va de repartir estopa. También se cuenta una parte de la formación y entrenamiento militar que van unidas a unas tradiciones culturales inspiradas en la época griega (o romana). Sa
Robert Mccarthy
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another golden winner from Dan Abnett in my opinion. His immense ability to weave a story and create a culture and chapter from nothing just stuns me. The story has a very good flow and includes the neat little asides of story-telling and history making that are native to all Dan Abnett's books. The book has a heavy Greek influence to it that gave this world 38,000 years in the future a warm and familiar feeling. For example the Iron Snakes homeworld is Ithaka (granted he alters the spelling sli ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
As a devotee of the English language, I'm almost embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book. Abnett's prose reads like a feverish high-school gamer's creative writing exercise, sans input from the teacher. I laughed out loud (as my wife will attest) at the hyperbole, the thesaurus abuse, and the endless run-on sentences.

Somewhere between pages 50 and 75, I stopped laughing. The technical aspects of the writing didn't improve. I simply stopped caring about them.

Brothers of the Snake takes the ic
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Warhammer 40,000 for a few years now and I've invested myself in the lore and have read several novels. This particular novel was written by Dan Abnett, the author of several Warhammer 40,000 novels that are considered by many to be some of the best in the franchise. Among his catalog include this Novel, 'Brothers of the Snake'.

This Novel is pretty unique from other Novels I'm used to (not just Warhammer, in general) as, instead of the straight forward story, it's told through
Matthew Evans
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 40k
Another first for my part. The Brothers of the Snake is an introduction to the fantastic Warhammer Universe, full to the brim with the most powerful displays of despair, horror, and hope that you will ever see, all fit neatly into one paragraph or another. I've done a lot of research on the Warhammer 40K Universe long before I started reading the books, and they are even better than I hoped. I don't even know exactly where to start except by saying that there are not very many books that I can w ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

Warhammer 40k: Brothers of the Snake

By Dan Abnett

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. The greatest defenders of the Imperium of Man are the noble Brothers of the Adeptus Astartes…The Space Marines. Throughout the galaxy, numerous Chapters defend the Imperium from all manner of threats and the Chapters themselves are as diverse as the worlds they protect. Among from the world of Ithaka are the Iron Snakes, stalwart defenders of man.

This is their story.

The G
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Space Marines. The bread and butter of the Warhammer 40'000 setting. Seven foot tall biological killing machines in armour. The subject of so much of the Black Library's output.

Space Marines generally don't interest me much. They're a cool concept, and they look cool, and everything about them is just really cool. They don't usually make for good protagonists, though. When your hero is a nigh-invulnerable god of war, there isn't much room for drama. It's probably no coincidence that the best 40
Andy Phillips
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 and Games Workshop in general then you'll probably love this book as you'll be familiar with the background to the stories before the action starts. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you'll probably still like the book, but you might not enjoy it quite so much. That said, the author stays away from too much terminology that won't be familiar to the casual reader.

This book is essentially a series of short stories that all feature the same squad of s
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Mary Catelli
I think it's a fix-up. Not just because it's a series of episodes, neatly marked off by the "undertakings" they are about, but because at some points, the characters are info-dumping stuff that we just read in the last episode, albeit very neatly. And I think he was still finding his voice for Priad in the first few stories, but he has the voice down pat for the rest.

Priad is a Space Marine, a superhuman warrior in the far future, and the book opens with a world that summoned an Iron Snake to he
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
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Dan Cowden
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While on the surface just another of Dan Abnett's many, many entries into the Warhammer 40k universe, Brothers of the Snake is an excellent example of what a talented author like Abnett can do even within the confines of an existing setting when left to chart his own course.

The Iron Snakes of Ithaka are a chapter of the fabled Space Marines, and while they, like all other Space Marines, are responsible for slaying the enemies of the Emperor of Mankind, they have taken a small sector of space kno
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The book Brothers of the Snake by Dan Abnett is definetley one of my favorite books of all time. This book is a collection of short stories about a group of Space Marines (superhuman soldiers) who are constantly being sent on perilous missions to tackle impossible odds.What I love about these stories is that even though they're only short stories, they are filled to the brim with action. With only mere pages seperating each fight scene , the action in this book would be enough to satisy even the ...more
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wh40k
Dan Abnett (Gaunt's Ghosts, Eisenhorn & Ravenor, Horus Heresy) does Space Marines. This series of short stories doesn't have the scope or depth of his Guard & Ordos pieces, but as a bright flash, it reveals Abnett as the outstanding talent in the genre.

I consider it to be the best novel about Space Marines in the 40k canon that I've read, particularly because it is not about one of the 'standard' chapters and doesn't carry the strictures of the Heresy setting. That gives Abnett abit of c
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dan Abnett finally tackles the core of the warhammer 40k universe the Adeptus Astartes - the genetic supermen of the Imperium. As usual he does so in his own way. The book is a collection of short stories revolving round the career of one of these Superwarriors from its beginnings.

The chapter he has chosen to write is a new one - the Ithacan Brothers of the Snake - all styled after the ancient Spartans. The style is slightly forced and the narrative constrained by the fact that superhuman warri
Oct 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dan Abnett fans, WH40K fans
Shelves: wh40k
This is a solid 40K marine story from Dan Abnett. I was waffling between 3 and 4 stars and went with 4 since my copy is signed by Dan Abnett.
What I like is that Abnett does Space Marines better than anyone else. In this book and also in the Heresy series, he is able to convey the super-human nature of the Marines that is sometimes missing in other authors portrayals. The actions scenes are great as always and really give a feeling of being in the chaos of battle.
My only criticism is that the bo
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is a collection of short stories that tie up very nicely. Main characters are members of Damocles squad of Iron Snakes Chapter. We follow them as the main character advances from the Battle Brother to full Space Marines squad commander and fights numerous foes to save humanity in the area of space Iron Snakes protect.

What I like the most is the way Marines were portrayed - more humanly then usual, using actual tactics to engage their enemies and training, training .... ever training for the
Edoardo Albert
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Abnett is the most consistent of writers, delivering book after book of carefully plotted, well characterised, SF military mayhem. Which makes the relative failure of this book all the stranger. His normally sure touch in the Warhammer 40k universe seems to desert him when dealing with Space Marines as heroes. Normally, Abnett achieves characterisation through action and dialogue, but the Space Marines that figure in this book never really become more than armoured caricatures, perpetually brave ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was the second time reading this collection of novellas. Dan Abnett is one of the best Black Library authors, although somewhat uneven. This was the second novel I read by him, the first being Horus Rising. "Brothers" takes place 10,000 years after Horus Rising, and the book presents the Greek-influenced Space Marines of planet Ithaka. These Space Marines claim Roboute Gulliman as their primarch, but are far more human than anything we've seen from the Ultramarines. We get Space Marines at ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gw-sci-fi-read
Excellent action from an underrated writer

I have loved Dan Abnett's work for a few years now (Gaunt's Ghosts, Horus Rising) amongst some others, and I know no-one who does dark, gritty battle scenes like him, this is shown in here with a new set of characters in the 40k universe, we see the members of a squad of space marines from their beginnings through to the upper reaches of the legion, through their main battles of their careers and their darkest moments, all done with aplomb, highly satisf
Max Nemura
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dan Abnett's Brothers of the Snake! this edition of Space Marine novel, known as Brothers of the Snake is a collection of short stories following Damocles squad of the Iron Snakes. At first i kept a low interest on the book, but when i started to keep reading until i finished it, my opinion on the book changed and the only thing i can say is that "It turned out Great!". It's entirely a series condensed into one book.

Dan Abnett sure brought out one of his greatest stories and made it into a Maste
Después de un libro denso y con mucha chicha, además del estrés del máster… Pues viene bien algo ligerito y entretenido. Y qué mejor que un oneshot de Wh40k: acción sin complicaciones, sin complejos argumentos ni reflexiones profundas. Para leer y desconectar, vamos. El conjunto es una novela intrascendente, pero diferente y entretenida. Ideal para desconectar un rato y ver un punto de vista inusual de los Marines.

Crítica completa aquí ;)
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. This was my first foray into the universe of Warhammer 40,000, but Dan Abnett has made sure it won't be the last. I've been a fan of his comic work for many years, but never delved into his novels until now - I feel as if I've truly missed the boat, if this book is any indication. Excellent character work, excellent plotting, and a sense of the universe tying its events up neatly with a bow made from strands of fate that only a man as patently British as Mr. Abnett could have devise ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Typical excellent Abnett writing with interesting characters the reader can connect with interacting with each other in a fast moving collection of short stories. The Iron Snakes Damocles Squad battle against Dark Eldar and Orks in the Reef Stars suffering grievous losses that only pull the reader into the mental and spiritual lives of the Adeptus Astartes. The dialogue is often clever, straight forward, intimate and understatedly funny.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So far... Its only 40k book which doesnt need sequel... Its perfect. Cover to cover, complete both self contained yet fits into the daniverse perfectly, makes me love ghost return even more, and as far as marines goes... One of my fav portrayals, they are human in that they have traditions, yet they are warriors of emperor, but they have unique routines due to their locations... Also no relying on legacy of parent chapter/legion
Dylan Murphy
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall the novel was amazing.
Abnett, I think, did an amazing portrayal of the Iron Snakes, and showed a lot of their history and culture, while keeping them somewhat mysterious.
The action bits were always amazingly well done, and I fell in love with many of the characters!
My favourite part was towards the beginning, when the story was told more so from Antoni's perspective. It added an interesting, mysterious and awe filled bit of the story.
I would recommend it to any Space Marine fan!
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertains
In Form von Kurzgeschichten begleitet Dan Abnett den Space Marine "Priad" und seine Kameraden vom Orden der Iron Snakes durch Höhen und Tiefen. Dabei liefert er einen tollen Blick in das Warhammer 40k Universum und den "Alltag" der Space Marines.

Die Atmosphäre dabei ist dicht, das Buch mal lustig, mal gewalttätig, mal hochtrabend, mal hektisch - wie eine gute Kampagne Warhammer eben.

Kurz: Großartiger 40k Roman, tolle Military Science Fiction und gut zu lesen.
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