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The Blood Angels omnibus (Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) Paperback – July 8, 2008

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About the Author

James Swallow has written several books, including Star Trek: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers and Seeds of Dissent (from Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism); the Sundowners quartet of ‘steampunk’ science fiction Westerns (Ghost Town, Underworld, Iron Dragon and Showdown); the best-selling novelization of The Butterfly Effect; The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith and Fire and Jade Dragon; the 2000AD tie-ins Eclipse, Blood Relative and Whiteout; Stargate Atlantis: Halcyon; and the Blood Angels duology Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius.

In addition, Swallow’s short fiction has appeared in Inferno! and Stargate magazine, the anthologies Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores, the Doctor Who Short Trips collections Dalek Empire and Destination Prague, Something Changed, Collected Works, What Price Victory and Silent Night.

His non-fiction includes Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher and books on writing, genre television and animation; he has also written for Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who and Space 1889, along with several scripts for audio and videogames.


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; paperback / softback edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Nonimowse. on October 29, 2008
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I wasn't too sure about this book when I purchased it. I had heard that, canon-wise, it was pretty thin. I will say that I agree with that assessment. While the story, in and of itself, isn't bad I would say that it doesn't fit super well into the WH40K universe. Yes, it has all the elements, but there is just something about the dynamics... the specifics... the execution of the story that make it sorta out of step.

On its own merits it isn't a bad book. It has some slow parts, but for the most part the author does a good job of bringing a very vivid story to life. There are more than a few parts where you might scratch your head and go, "That is a bit of a stretch", but it isn't anything that will make you put the book down. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into specifics. If you are a real stickler about canon and plots with plausible events you may want to approach this book with an open mind.

One last note: It is an omnibus, and it contains two books plus a really good connecting story. It really is as if the two books and the connecting story were written intentionally to be packaged like this. Packaging them as separate entities would do this story a disservice.

Overall, a decent read. A person fairly new to WH40K might want to put this one on the back burner so as not to confuse their developing view of the WH40K universe. For those of us who are seasoned, salty, and have stacks of Black Library books: it wouldn't be a bad addition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on December 23, 2008
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The Blood Angels, by order of Dante, Chapter Master, are holding on the wargrave planet Cybele. The Dark Apostle, Iskavan, leads the Word Bearers on Cybele in battle against the Blood Angels. Just as the Sons of Sanguinius believe they may perish by the tainted hands of Chaos Space Marines, help comes in the form of a ship named "Bellus". Brother Rafen is one of the few to survive the battle and welcomes the new arrivals. Inquisitor Ramius Stele declares Cybele under his stewardship and places Sanguinary High Priest Sachiel in command on the surface. Brother Rafen is pleased to find his younger brother, Arkio, is alive and among the new arrivals.

In what can only be described as a miracle, Arkio survives a mortal wound. All begin to believe Arkio has been blessed by Sanguinius. Arkio is also able to wield and use the legendary Spear of Telesto. Disobeying Dante's direct orders, Inquisitor Stele orders all to leave Cybele and follow the retreating Word Bearers to the fortress Ikari on the planet of Shenlong. It seems to Rafen that the spear is changing Arkio, but not for the better.


A thirty-six page story that takes place several years before the events of "Deus Encarmine" and the Third Armageddon War. The main character is Inquisitor Ramius Stele. Readers see how he becomes a traitor and of the horror he unleashes that destroys an entire world - before moving into space. Then readers see how the blood debt forms from the lies and betrayals.


The story begins on the planet of Shenlong. All believe Arkio to be the New Blood Lord and he has supplanted the Emperior (UK spelling) in chapels all across the forge-world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jordan T. Brantley on July 26, 2014
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Bookworm Speaks!

The Blood Angels Omnibus

by James Swallow


Similar to anthologies, omnibus’ can be hard to review accurately, at least in a concise manner, due to the fact that they are made up of several stories that can vary in quality both in writing and the fact that are different stories.

Thankfully, in the case of the Omnibus of the Blood Angels, there are only two novels plus and short story contained within and all form a consistent story and plot.

The Story

The Blood Angels Omnibus contains two novels. Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius and the short story Blood Debt. The Blood Angels are a First Founding Chapter of the Space Marines descended from the Primarch Sanquinius. Rafen and his brother Arkio are both loyal Battle Brothers. Rafen and Arkio are biological brothers thus care for each other deeply. Yet in the midst of fulfilling a Blood Oath to the Inquisitor Stele against the Traitor Legion of the World Bearers, Arkio comes into possession of ancient weapon and becomes convinced that he is the reincarnation of the Primarch Sanquinius. All other Blood Angels fall under his sway save for Rafen and he knows that he will have to confront his brother in order to save his Chapter.

The Good:

Where this book shines is in its main character: Rafen. Rafen is at war with his own loyalties, to his brother and his battle brothers. He does not want to to raise his hand against either of them but he knows in his heart he must but he has to be careful, lest they kill him for his heresy. The lone wolf in exile story is a very compelling one. The only loyal one left being pursued by former allies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raider on January 17, 2011
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The Blood Angels Omnibus collects the two novels Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius along with the short story Blood Debt. Following the Blood Angels chapter in the dark and gothic Warhammer 40K universe, the reader is introduced to the loyalist legion who has vowed to protect the Imperium of Man.

In the first book we are introduced to the hero Rafen, a battle brother in the Blood Angels chapter. Stationed on the planet Cybele they are attacked by the traitor legion Word Bearers, where he meets up with his biological brother Arkio. After the Blood Angels win the day, under conspicuous circumstances no less, we are introduced to Inquisitor Stele who, despite being owed a blood debt by the Blood Angels is not all that he seems. Stele, having greater authority than any present chapter member, begins steering the Blood Angels onto a quest for damnation to their unknowing, harboring his own dark secrets and designs for the chapter. He makes Rafen's brother Arkio out to be a divine chapter figure as the reincarnation of their primarch Sanguinius, using the Blood Angel's own faith to bend them to his will as his brother begins a physical and emotional transformation.

The short story Blood Debt provides background on Inquisitor Stele, including the origin of his dark ambitions and how he came to be owed a debt by the Blood Angels. It serves as a good supplement to the character on how far he is willing to go in order to reach his desires.

In the second book Stele continues his manipulation of the Blood Angels under his command and Rafen, who had been reluctant to go along with Arkio's supposed ascension as the primarch reborn openly rebels much to Arkio's dismay. Rafen vows that he must undo the plans of Stele who is steering his chapter towards damnation and civil war.
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