Taunris He then joins battle with Damocles squad after sensing they face great danger. Others, such as the surprising ease in which a daemonic infestation enters a highly secure location without adn detection of multiple highly trained psykers, never quite seem to work. Abnett is great at getting into the minds of his post human characters and exposing just how different from us they would be. Brothers of the Snake Refresh and try again. Of course, the petitioners that manage to win a place in a Notable squad are likely to be the best of their generation. The chapter he has chosen to write is a new one — the Ithacan Brothers of the Snake — all styled after the ancient Spartans.
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The first thing you should know is that unlike other Space Marine novels, Brothers of the Snake is a collection of short stories following the Damocles squad of the Iron Snakes Chapter. The format is a little unusual and I had doubts at first but on the whole I thought it turned out pretty great.
The thing I found fascinating is the culture and traditions of the Chapter and how much they have diverged from their progenitors. Since Iron Snakes is such a little known chapter, this book allows Abnett full rein on making this Chapter truly his own.
Just like how different the Mortifators are from the Ultramarines, the Iron Snakes too have their quirks. Before each mission, the marines would hold ceremonies to share and anoint themselves with the sacred water.
Also instead of working as a company, each 10 men squad operate independently of each other. 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.
So I was thrilled to read about the "cheese run" that the initiates have to undertake and in order to become a full-fledged squad member, the initiates must first best the existing squad members in one-on-one duels. Even though Priad was promoted to the rank of Sergeant a little too quickly, he did make a brilliant leader. His unwavering sense of honour and selflessness is very reminiscent of the Ultramarines.
Despite suffering from heavy losses which resulted in frequent replacement of squad members, the squad never lost the bond between brothers. Abnett brilliantly conveyed the relationship and camaraderie between battle brothers.
New members are welcomed into the squad and given plenty of opportunity to prove their worth. I love the connection between the short stories; especially how the first and last story wrap things up to give a satisfying conclusion. With each story we learn just a little more about this lesser known Chapter. This a brilliant one off Space Marine novel with epic action and timeless characters.
The Iron Snakes definitely deserve more stories devoted to them.
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