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Brothers of the Snake is a novel by Dan Abnett composed of seven short stories featuring the Damocles Squad of the Iron Snakes Space Marine Chapter. Iron Snakes . in Know No Fear by Dan Abnett; the insignia of Damocles’ company, the 6th, is a white figure-eight serpent, similar to the Iron. Brothers of the Snake Type Novel Series Iron Snakes Author Dan Abnett Publisher The Black Library Binding Hardcover Released June 26 Pages

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Brothers of the Snake (Novel)

With each story we learn just a little more about this lesser known Chapter. Priad speaks with Khiron in his cell, and Khiron swears that a Daemon was inhabiting the murdered brother, and worse, it escaped into another body and is hiding among the brothers in the fortress. Near to drowning in the living cloud, Priad finally replaces the artifacts teh traps the evil again, just as it began to manifest into physical form.

The Iron Snakes definitely deserve more stories devoted to them. The Chapter armory is vrothers to issue Combat Shields short-swords, and sealances javelin-type fighting spears to abnftt brothers, enabling them to close up and use phalanx-style tactics.

But Chaos is not so easily undone and as the fissure’s insidious influence spreads it falls to the Iron Snakes of Ithaca to end a threat most foul.

Insight into the rites and personalities of a single squad give it continuity through the short stories, while the action is taut and gripping. Brothers of the Snake is still a classic with good reason, but there’s no abntt that the lessons it laid down have become so commonplace they can easily be taken for granted. The experimental style of writing the book was something which would be better refined with later tales, and as such at least ths of this can be put down to adjusting to writing superhuman Knights Templar.

The way he bcomes a sergeant too quick.

I don’t even know exactly where to start except by saying that there are not very many books that I can wholeheartedly give a 5-star rating to, but considering the fact that at many points in time I was quite literally shouting at the book, I’d say it earned it.

In cases of responding to general aid requests from the worlds of the Reef Starsit is customary to dispatch only one Battle-Brother from the closest squad to investigate. Abnett is by far the best 40K author out there, he does his Marines perfectly. Petrok convinces Seydon to hold his decision in abeyance for a week, while they investigate whether there is another way to defeat the orks. Each squad-leader is expected to eventually nominate a successor from within his squad, who will be chosen to accompany him to officer-level briefings and take over command in the event of his death.


As such, the more watchman-esque nature of the Iron Snakes seemed as if it would be a chance to focus on more commonplace threats.

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I love the connection between the short stories; especially how the first and last story wrap things up to give bbrothers satisfying conclusion. This was part of an intended design to be sure, and Priad himself is pushed into something of a character arc, but it doesn’t quite work. While Damocles is undergoing punishment of a month of hard training, Librarian Petrok has dreams of Seydon’s force in danger and sets about building a relief force with Damocles squad at its head.

I was waffling between 3 and 4 stars and went with 4 since my copy is signed by Dan Abnett. Abnett brilliantly conveyed the relationship and camaraderie between battle brothers. They provide some excellent action scenes but also a lot of interesting background about the chapter, the squad and the individual marines. While largely Greek inspired, it retains hints of New Zealand and Indonisia in its nature, and you can easily see hrothers how their world has shaped them over time.

Yet, life is rarely simple for members of the Adeptus Astartes, and Praid finds that the Reef Stars hold many secrets which must be confronted if they are rbothers survive. Only Khiron seemed to truly stand out, and that was as much thanks to his unique role as his introduction.

But Priad refuses to deem Damocles squad battle-ready after learning that the brothers under his command had undertaken a forbidden test – free-diving into a deep ocean trench. This is easily one of the best novels in the setting to explore the futuristic feudalism which dominates large chunks of the Imperium, and the stark contrasts there.

Now, it is wired with explosives. It’s definitely one of the better Space Marine titles released by the Black Library, and stands with some of Abnett’s best work. I simply stopped caring about them. This a brilliant one off Space Marine novel with epic action and timeless characters. This snzke, however, the rituals and internal nsake of the chapter still feels like something from another age.


Antoni follows as a witness to Priad’s cleansing mission and together they defeat snzke Dark Eldar, with Antoni even killing two herself, being one of the only souls in the Reef Stars beside an Iron Snake to have killed a Dark Eldar. Amongst the battles fought in snaks Crusade were: You brothrrs almost be certain that Chaos will be the ultimate villain of the work, forsaking Xenos threats or even civil wars.

This is a collection of short stories that tie up very nicely. Out of curiosity, Antoni asks to see the faces of the rest of Damocles, under their helms.

Most marines show completely lack a sense of human social niceties, style of humour or even basic subtleties thanks both to their long lives and internal programming. While this is intended to carry out the strengths cited above, the nature of it undermines this somewhat. Main characters are members of Damocles squad of Iron Snakes Chapter. Their primary mission is the safeguarding of the area of Imperial space referred to as the Reef Stars [1]although they are also known to have contributed forces to wider conflicts, such as the Sabbat Worlds Crusade [2] and the Imperial response to the 13th Black Crusade.

Most marines show completely lack a sense of human social niceties, style of humour or even basic subtleties thanks both to their long lives and internal programming. Searching out the Daemon again, Brother Illyus is killed in another encounter. The experimental style of writing the abnstt was something which would be better refined with later tales, and as such at least some of this can be put down to adjusting to writing superhuman Knights Templar.

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 snakr area of space Iron Snakes protect. The book is a collection of short stories revolving round the career of one of these Superwarriors from its beginnings.