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Blood of Iax

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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In the age of the Dark Imperium, Primarch Guilliman’s Primaris Ultramarines are a shining beacon in the darkness of war. 

On the Imperial Hive World of Ikara IX, Chaplain Kastor and Apothecary Polixis, brothers in blood as well as in battle, stand firm against the endless Greenskin horde. But a threat is looming. An invasion like no other assaults the broken city of Shebat, as the crazed warlord Urgork arrives to lay waste to the Imperial forces and capture a Primaris Marine for his own twisted ends. 

As Kastor and Polixis find themselves separated by the disaster that unfolds, the brothers must turn the tide of war to win the battles that rage within their very natures, as well as those upon the battlefield.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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Bolter-porn with heart

loved the connection of the two brothers, a solid 40k story with a family twist

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 14-11-2018

Great introduction to Orks and Primaris

The previous Primaris focused book was "Dark Imperium". This book blows it out of the water in its portrayal of the Primaris as well as the Orks.

On Primaris, this story shows how they have been trying to reconcile their existence within the Imperium. The Chaplin and Apothecary are blood brothers as well as Battle Brothers and this is a great theme. Both are opposites of each other with the Black and White armor of each being the most noticeable, but it delves deeper into their philosophies as well. Additionally the Reivers squad gets special mention as their practices are considered so out of place among the Marines. The author discusses the differences in combat tactics that they employ. Unlike the "Dark Imperium" novels these differences are allowed to be examined.

From the Ork perspective this is the best book since the Beast Arises as it gives the Orks character and purpose. The Warboss is a unique character on his own, but the cast of Ork characters does not end with him. His second in command Painboy is quite characterful. The various Ork Kommandos show how the Orks interpret Human culture as well as tactics. Of course from the Imperium perspective the Orks are attacking this planet just because they are war-like, but early on in the book the Warboss reveals there is a purpose. In earlier Black Library books Orks didn't have plots or goals, they were faceless hordes that were meant for the Space Marines to kill as they contemplated the grisly nature of war and philosphy.

Now we see a story that shows brotherhood and how deep family bonds go. As well as a quest for survival.

Each new book by the Black Library is a showcase for the armies it covers. This one does a good job of allowing the reader to understand more than just the clip notes version and extrapolate how these soldiers might function in their own tabletop army.

The narrator does a great job in both the Space Marine voices as well as the Orks. The Reiver Sgt has a low threatening voice, Apothecary is analytical, and the Chaplin is stoic. The Orks themselves have the brutish Warboss, cunning Painboy, and two very distinct Kommandos who you can easily tell apart. Good job, John Banks, good job indeed.

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  • Triken
  • 08-10-2018

Great story and a good reader

I've never heard of space Marines being actual blood brothers before. it definitely adds to the story and the plot is definitely unique to other 40k books I've read. would highly recommend

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  • Christopher K.
  • 01-11-2018

Good Story

I found this story to have everything you would want in a 40K book. Dives into the roles of the primaris. The main plot dominated the story and every chapter you felt the climax coming.

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  • Rooftop
  • 15-08-2019

lots of character , low on plot

great performance and a novel concept-- post human space marine battle brothers who are actually brothers. unfortunately, the novel concept is placed in a simple undeveloping setting: a straight forward battle with the bruting orks. there's some ghosts of better, more involved story that explores the nature of brotherhood, but it doesn't really come to anything.

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  • kingfish76
  • 11-05-2019

One of the best!

This book is well written and well performed. It is has some of the most dynamic characters in the series. This was a great listen. I highly recommend.

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  • sam breitenbauch
  • 08-05-2019

A great stand alone story.

This was a pleasant suprise. I had been intrigued. So I purchased thus one. And I am glad that I did. It has little bearing on the wider 40k universe as a whole. And in fact us a refreshing listen\ read due in part to its singular story type off feeling. I however would enjoy a follow up eagerly. ...

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  • Engel Boyd Becker
  • 23-11-2019

Superb Narration

The Narrator did such a splendid job I will seek out further works by him specifically. I’ve heard about 15 books and this one stands out.

The story was unique as it is a first of relatable feelings coming from Space Marines. Usually the characters are too stoic but having blood brothers in the actual same unit made this unique.

Highly recommend for Space Marine and Orc lovers

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-08-2019

boring, inch deep and a mile wide

So if you want story and intrigue and depth of character this book is not for you. It's just bolter trash. It's very difficult to stay engaged when it feels like the story is written by an amateur.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-06-2019

fun story of orks versus ultramarines

very good story outlining the functions of specialized units in the ultramarines and brotherly loyalty even after post human transformation.

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  • Michael Jones Jr
  • 10-03-2019

Band of brothers

it was a great book with really in-depth character development and a riveting storyline. It was well pace for the length of the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2019

Amazing

One hell of a book, john banks once again narrates perfectly, plenty of different voices all so suiting to their respective characters and as always he brings the feelings and the action to life.

The story itself is so good you get to hear of feelings from the space marines which make them more than just objects of war, you will burst out laughing at some of the antics from the orkz, almost cry from some of the adeptus scenes and also stand tall and proud (if you are a adeptus fanboy) from some of the scenes.

Plenty of action, back story and edge of the seat wanting more moments. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good listen and a old school (with new marines) bout between xenos scum and umiez

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  • Eilidh Stanfield
  • 13-11-2019

Excellent all round

Enjoyable listening. Very talented author and voice actor. So many different voices in there! Loved the story.

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  • Stephen
  • 17-09-2019

Excellent book and performance

Great book if you want to read post-fallen Cadia as it follows that story but is a standalone book.

Excellent if you want a break from long arching stories and just want a short concise tale.

But can I just say that the performance by John Banks like always is absolutely stunning. He brings every character to life and I’m so glad he has narrated so many WH40K books.
He’s one of the best voice actors I’ve had the pleasure to listen to and I cannot sing this mans praises enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-2019

Good story but much too hard to get through.

I like the dynamics of the two blood brothers but the writing is too monotonous for me to get through. It was a struggle but I did manage while putting together my Aggressors. My tip is try having it in the background while doing something. Makes it much easier to enjoy.

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  • ,Daniel Harris
  • 05-06-2019

Just really really dull

Try as I may I could not get to the end. It is just far too boring and falls far short of what I have come to expect from Black Library. The characters are 2 dimensional, the action predictable and repetitive, it brings nothing new or interesting to the 40k universe. Sometimes some basic baolter action is all you want but this doesn't even do that well. Much better out there and the author has done far far better work, so I was a little suprised by this.

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  • Cerus
  • 07-02-2019

Like an ork's aim this failed to hit the mark

The book had a few enjoyable parts but overall it came across as a very simple, clichéd story. The the kind of which we have seen 100 times, with nothing really new added and no real further insight into the Primaris (I'd have loved to hear more about those that came from Mars and how their integration into the chapters has been taken).

The ork warboss was initially interesting and I was really hoping for some sort of twist or reason behind the orks' motivations as to why they wanted the primaris apothecary alive. But it felt like a missed opportunity that was never really fully explored and they ended up just being a mustache twirling enemy that just captures the main character to tell him their plans before the inevitable escape. The orks ended up being nothing more than a background device for the marines to fight with no real depth or character development.

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  • John
  • 30-01-2019

loved the story and the storyteller

This is a great story bought to life by a great reader. a****.
would recommend

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  • Jake Dootson-whelan
  • 29-10-2018

good story from the primaris

makes them feel a little more human, follows a chaplain and an apothecary, they seem more relatable after hearing that they have quite human emotions and arnt just crash test cannon fodder :P

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  • johnmaxwell
  • 02-10-2018

Some rare sentimentality in a 40k novel

Or close to it.. At least. I think it really added to the character of the primaris marines. Not so wooden as other novels. Really enjoyed the book as a whole. But would of liked to know what Happened to the female infantry after being stamped on.. Didn't sound like a concrete end..

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  • jaydunner
  • 28-09-2018

brilliant

best warhammer 40k audio by far! loved it from start to finish x x x