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The Emperor's Gift (Grey Knights) [Hardcover]

Aaron Dembski-Bowden
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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29 May 2012 Grey Knights (Book 1)
The Grey Knights are all that stands between mankind and the ravages of Chaos. Since their secretive beginnings during the Horus Heresy, these legendary Space Marine daemon hunters have journeyed into the dark realms of the warp - and beyond - in pursuit of their supernatural enemies. Through an intensive regime of psychic training, new recruits are brought to the clandestine fortress of Titan to join the hallowed and vaunted ranks of the 666th Chapter. More than ever, these legendary battle-brothers must be vigilant and ever ready to defend the Imperium for the forces of Chaos are never truly defeated, and Armageddon beckons -
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (29 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701907
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,902,948 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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph? 10 May 2012
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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-heroc 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ADB did it again 15 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Aaron's magic shines through 28 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Surprising good. Or maybe not as The First Heretic was also really good too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure 40k joy..especially for Space Wolves fans 5 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sold 5 stars from me... 23 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Uhm, no.
I was really looking forward to this, ADB's work in the HH series is largely unblemished by lacklustre plot lines or poor dialogue. Sadly, both are present within this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Renzakuken
1.0 out of 5 stars How dare to rape Dan Abnetts legacy!
If you ever like reading through the Ravenor books, fell in love with the deep and ethically conflicted behaviour of the retinue of ravenour and their struggle through their... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sanius
5.0 out of 5 stars Hes as good a writer as..
.....Abnett. And thats high praise indeed. More delicate prose and really fleshes out his characters. Very rounded 40k book. Faultless.
Published 11 months ago by D. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
well written with ties to the horus heresy in subtle way.

what more could you want? The wolves and the knights fighting side by side and then blade against blade. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars not a good introduction to the setting but...
The Emperor's Gift By Aaron Dembski-Bowden....

It's a great book but pacing is all over the place the first 1/3 of the book is so slow... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Legacy Edition ???
So, what is with Warhammer using the bigger format now for their future publications ??? Is it to make it easier to handle, cheaper to print or easier to read ..... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent read, ADB does it again, a must for any die hard Space Wolves fan, (yes i know its a Grey Knights book) but the Space Wolves feature
Published 17 months ago by hissan ansari
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding and fresh
This novel gives us a completely new and original take on the Grey Knights, an epic story where there are no goodies or baddies (except Angron of course). Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mattwho81
4.0 out of 5 stars a look at the secret astartes...a fine read
I wasnt sure if i was going to like this as im more imperial guard but i was pleasantly surprised i can tell you. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robin G. Symons
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch and go
I read the enthusiastic appraisals of this new franchise and I could not wait to get it. Maybe that is why I have a lingering sense of anti climax. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Trotski
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