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The Emperor's Gift (The Grey Knights) Hardcover – 24 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970189X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701891
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a British author with his beginnings in the videogame and RPG industries. He's written several novels for the Black Library, including the Night Lords series, the Space Marine Battles book Helsreach and the New York Times bestselling The First Heretic for the Horus Heresy. He lives and works in Northern Ireland with his wife Katie, hiding from the world in the middle of nowhere. His hobbies generally revolve around reading anything within reach, and helping people spell his surname.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2012
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This is yet another of Aaron Demski-Bowden's superb books. I received the Emperor's Gift on Monday evening and had finished it by the end of the next day before starting another of ADB's books. This time, the focus is on the Grey Knights, the most secretive of all Space Marine Chapters to the extent that all humans that learn about their existence must be purged. As Warhammer 40k or readers of Ben Counter's Grey Knights Omnibus will know already, the Grey Knights Chapter - the Emperor's Gift - are Psyker Space Marines specialized in fighting the Daemons of Chaos across the Empire. They mostly operate in small units at the call of Imperial Inquisitors. This book is centered on one Hyperion, a young Grey Knight who joins Castan Squad and the events take place before, during and after the first war for Armageddon. There are numerous reasons for loving this story, which is told in the first person by Hyperion himself.

One is that it presents the Grey Knights in a different light than what Ben Counter has done a while ago. Gone are the super-heroïc Grey Knights who make "ordinary" Space Marines seem like children. Instead, you tend to get another Chapter of Space Marines, but a secretive one with specialized skills, and these Space Marines have their weaknesses, just like any of the others. As ADB tends to favor, his Space Marines are first and foremost human, and then super-warriors. They are not invincible, far from it, and are no stronger than other Space Marines, especially not the fierce Space Wolves of Fenris.

Another is that the book brings in the Wolves and opposes them to the Inquisition and the Grey Knights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Immortal on 15 May 2012
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Greetings!

First of all I must mention that I am still high after finishing this book, and what! a book it is..."Constant Electric Goosebumps" during much of the reading, this book is on another level and in my opinion the best 40K book yet and I've read all of them, several of them I've even read more than twice.

We follow Hyperion, a powerful young Grey Knight with a history that some of us will surely recognize and his battle-brothers battling versus enemies from without and within the Imperium, the characterization is superb all over the deck. The story is well-paced and I can't see many 40K fans putting this book down after getting in to it.

ADB's interpreation of the Wolves does not add anything extreme but It's just so well done and I enjoyed it a lot.

I wont spoil anything but there will be famous 40K characters appearing!

Ok just buy, read and enjoy and before I sign off I just wanna send out my thanks to Aaron Dembski-Bowden, you are fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2012
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As a huge reader of the Warhammer 40K universe, there are some authors whose names just demand that I pick up the latest title and devour it in as short a time as possible. One of these is Aaron and a such you know that he's going to bring heavy bloody fighting, great conflict and of course a story that challenges the protagonist to the maximum.

What this story brings to the fore is the uneasy relationship between the Grey Knights and the Space Wolves who whilst fierce and independent mistrust those they see as traitors to the Emperor's cause. Add to this dark tale differing ways of doing things, inter-character conflict and of course dialogue that brings it all to the fore and it's a solid release.

But throw into the mix that the mistrust is with allies alongside a darker mystery that requires them all to work together and all in this tale is one that really works well for this apocalyptic future. All in this tale was crafted with cunning and cleverly figured to challenge all within which when added to Arron's spartanesque no nonsense writing style makes this a book that cuts the fat keeping to a tightly woven epic worthy of both chapters. Great stuff.
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By Mr A M LEEDER on 1 July 2014
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Surprising good. Or maybe not as The First Heretic was also really good too!
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Now I read a lot of 40k fiction. The universe is superb and the quality invariably at the top of it's game.

This is one of the best.

I love Dan Abnetts amazing characterisation and action, but Aaron has proven that he is the new king of Warhammer.

The Space Wolves, Inquisition and Grey Knights walk away from this with more depth than they've ever had. And the story is full of unexpected twists and turns...it's a jaw dropper.

Look, just buy it....I promise you won't be disappointed!
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This is a gripping read, I went through it in just 2 days as I couldn't put it down. Love ADB's take on the Grey Knights, Space Marines made from the gene seed of the Emperor himself. The story starts well giving a good insight into the type of actions the Grey Knights are specialist in before the story lurches into a much deeper level as they realise that the warp tainted ship they are investigating was sent as a cry for help from a world besieged by an enemy returned from a previous era. From that point on you'll probably want to read the rest of the book in a single sitting.
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