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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You need to be patient with it to see what makes it special and accept some of its limitations were just a product of the time; each one setting the stage for later greats.

While this is intended to carry out the strengths cited above, the nature of it undermines this somewhat.

Brothers of the Snake (Novel)

Moreso than anything else, however, a great flaw lies in the book’s enemies of choice. That’s not to its detriment either, as some of the book’s best moments stem from its ability to create an engaging plot without some ancient crisis arising. But in my opinion, the best thing about the book is the Iron Snakes themselves. I like the air of mystery surrounding their “Primarch” who is repeatedly mentioned, but never specified. I always sname loved how Dan Abnett creates his stories. I do hope Abnett does come back to the Iron Snakes with all the experience he accrued since in the form of new gruesome and fun adventures against the dreaded primuhls AKA Dark Eldar.

For example the Iron Snakes homeworld is Ithaka granted he alters the spelling sli Another golden winner from Dan Abnett in my opinion. Even then, the tales themselves largely work brothere direct combat or even depicting the fights in one way or another.

These Space Marines claim Roboute Gulliman as their primarch, but are far more human than anything we’ve seen from the Ultramarines. While the likes of brotherss Excoriators are much more distinct and emphasise this point, Brothers of the Snake more subtly works it into the narrative. As such, the more watchman-esque nature of the Iron Snakes seemed as if it would be a chance dzn focus og more commonplace threats. I’ve done a lot snaoe research on the Warhammer 40K Universe long before I started reading the books, and they are even better than I hoped.

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 to survive. One of their unique battle practices is that they trained to use dogs rhe combat, especially in tracking and attacking Dark Eldar. It’s probably no coincidence that the best 40k fiction tends to focus on more human characters, whether the massed infantry of the Imperial Guard or the extraordinary but still merely mortal adepts of the Inquisition.


We get Space Marines at the beach here, to put it in perspective. My only criticism is that the book feels a little like a collection of short stories rather than a novel. One of a multitude of units dispatched by the chapter to secure and patrol their territories, the squad is tasked with intercepting threats and answering calls for help.

Each of the stories involves the members of Damocles being sent to take care of some enemy and often trying to overcome that foe.

Iron Snakes are basically Greek Spartans complete with spears and shields that hold off hordes of infantry 50 lines deep or something. A major one stems from their increased emphasis upon the use of infantry and deploying their units more as kill teams than full companies. Which is a long-winded way of getting to the fact that Brothers of The Snake is a Space Marine novel, it’s by Dan Abnett, and it’s really quite good.

Even their piety, which works well with characters like Eisenhorn and Ibram Gaunt, comes across as robotic. Moreso than anything else, however, a great flaw lies in the book’s enemies of choice.

The last arc seemed a van weak as a final note, but the main character Priad makes the journey interesting. Mabuse believes a Chaos cult has forced the crowning in order to awaken abbnett great evil imprisoned beneath the sacred mound of the city, for the ceremonial treasures used to crown a new ruler are in fact ancient devices keeping the evil in stasis.

Brothers of the Snake (Literature) – TV Tropes

It follows on from the chapter’s prominent appearance in Abnett’s sourcebook Tactica Imperialis. Recruits, referred to as “petitioners” with the chapter, do not appear to take to the field as Scouts ; instead they operate as Chapter staff and personal servants for the full Battle-Brothers.

For reference I’m trying to be more conservative in my ratings becasue I was giving everything fours For the looping relationship between Priam and the mortal woman which bookends the story, for an interesting view of Space Marines from a mortal perspective, for the very strong greek-influenced culturation of the Chapter and the stars under their protection I feel like Dan Abnett read the Illiad and then did this pulp version in response.

It’s akin to introducing someone to Babylon 5 today, hyping it up and telling them of all it pioneered, only for it to seem like nothing special at first.

A common criticism of other books was that the marines shown there were often all too human, and lacked the more noted mental reshaping the lore stressed. This Brother will likely remain tied to his squad until his own death, as such ‘seconds’ are not promoted out to command other squads.

Brothers of the Snake

Retrieved from ” http: I found the book a little jarring and somewhat confusing at first, but it definitely hits it stride later on and becomes quite enjohyable. The other thing that struck me about the book was Excellent.


Want to Read saving…. For the place of an Apothecary, Priad inquires about Brother Khironbut is informed that Khiron is awaiting trial for murdering one of his fellows. Following one member of a Space Marine Chapter is common in Warhammer fiction. The core story itself is divided up into a multitude of short stories spanning decades, and features Damocles Squad doing everything from training recruits to engaging Chaos warbands. This was part of an intended design to be sure, brothesr Priad himself is pushed into ot of a character arc, but it doesn’t quite work.

Got a bit annoyed by the “let’s show this is scifi by using newspeak terms where it’s really unnecessary” but that may be the GW world that dictates that. Although I think that an officially licensed novel should be true to the spirit of the original games, I can look beyond these minor niggles, and can recommend the book.

They are intentionally robotic and intentionally removed from humanity, but it lacks the additional elements which would benefit later sagas.

Brothers of the Snake (Novel) – Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum

Usually a few squads are enough to take care of most situations and only in times of crisis will you find the might of the Chapter brought together. I also hope Abnett will continue to explore this awesome chapter and this awesome character he has created in the Snakes brothhers Iron and Brother Sergeant Priad.

Only Khiron seemed to truly stand out, and that was as much thanks to his grothers role as his introduction. All in all, this is a great collection of stories with none that seem like fillers.

After the village is purged, Priad warns Inquisitor Mabusewho guided them there in the first place, that he kept crucial information from them, and this will not be forgotten. His grasp of the fine differences in characters who all mark an 11 on the machismo scale is tight. This provides the book with more balance and more atmospheres. As usual he does so in his own way.

This is due to the way in which the Iron Snakes field their new recruits. I think it’s a fix-up. Meant to safeguard the eastern wall of the city against enemy retreat, Damocles is forced to ground by more foes than expected.

Rather than the massive bdothers or grand campaigns of other tales, it can seem too unimportant or even unworthy of the supposedly grand scale of events.