To start off, I had low expectations, as most Commisars I have read in books tend to be essentially the same character, stiff, execution happy, and fairly unhinged, with different names and was worried that Mr. Cain would simply fall into the same cliche. However I could not have been more wrong. The writing has a lot of good humor in it, and Cain is a likeable character. Being a self centered commisar simply trying to make it to retirement but keeps ending up looking like a hero and his reputation then puts him into further harms way adds a lot of humor and you get the feeling that Cain isnt as self centered as he calls himself.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — For the Emperor by Sandy Mitchell. Commisar Ciaphas Cain - hero of the Imperium and renowned across the sector for his bravery and valour - is sent to help maintain order on an outpost world on the borders of Tau space. But when the alien ambassador is murdered and the situation quickly spirals out of control, Cain and his regiment of Valhallans find themselves in the middle of a war.
As the Imperial Guard Commisar Ciaphas Cain - hero of the Imperium and renowned across the sector for his bravery and valour - is sent to help maintain order on an outpost world on the borders of Tau space. As the Imperial Guard struggle to contain worldwide civil insurrection, can the wily Commisar Cain identify the real villian before the planet is lost to the Imperium forever? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Ciaphas Cain 1 , Warhammer 40, Ciaphas Cain.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of For the Emperor Ciaphas Cain 1. It is the 41st Millennium. He is the Master of Mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies.
He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that he may never truly die.
Yet even in his deathless state, the Empero It is the 41st Millennium. Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in his name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors.
Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants - and worse. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions.
It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.
This is my first Warhammer experience, and the intro listed above gives one a much different feeling than what would follow and yes Warhammer fans, I know the Cain series is an oddity in that regard. Those looking for something truly grim need not apply… though those looking for a total light hearted read should possibly avoid as well. As I mentioned above, this is my first Warhammer experience. My knowledge of the universe is thus very limited.
I bring this up because people in the same situation as me may like to know that several alien races are introduced with little to no description. Knowledge of the universe is very much assumed. If you are wanting to read this, I suggest bookmarking the Warhammer wiki So, some may ask after reading the above, why should I bother with a book that I'm going to be frequently checking references to understand?
Well, because it is damn fun for one reason. The plot follows Commissar Ciaphas Cain, well known hero of several campaigns; he's become a legend in his own time and his name opens doors throughout the universe The book takes the form of his memoirs, in which he reveals that his heroic acts are mostly being in the right place or wrong place from his point of view at the right time.
For example, the heroic act of going back for a fallen soldier seems a lot less heroic when you find out that from his view point, he saw something horrible ahead, retreated and decided a human shield was the appropriate way of keeping himself alive. He is a coward, a combination of Blackadder and Flashman, placed in a grim military science fiction setting, who is supposedly know for his heroic acts; through this Mitchell is able to deconstruct the entire Warhammer setting, playing it completely tongue in cheek.
Though very humorous, it doesn't completely take away the darker aspects of its setting. People die, sometimes abruptly and in rather terrifying ways. Some of the aliens presented are the things of nightmares and there are a few moral decisions that make even Cain rather shellshocked. While this is not the grim dark novel that one may expect from the series, it is still very much in its setting and doesn't dismiss that to keep its humorous tone. One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is that we can't actually trust Cain entirely about how he presents himself.
We are told at the beginning that these are his own personal journals found and footnoted by an inquisitor after his death. Through footnotes and chapter breaks from "historic sources" we are given a view about how people perceived Cain and how others saw his actions, sometimes outright conflicting with his report. He is caught in lies throughout the footnotes, making it seem that Cain may perhaps be exaggerating his own cowardliness That, at least in the first novel, is not resolved, but it creates a character that you are constantly given two alternate interpretations.
Through these two extreme interpretations we are given a shockingly 3-dimensional character, who most likely falls somewhere between to two takes. While the novel suffers from some pacing issues, and newcomers to Warhammer will no doubt need references to the material, For The Emperor is a constantly entertaining read with a shockingly fascinating lead.
Recommended for Warhammer fans and those looking for a grim but humorous read. A solid three out of five. View all 4 comments. Dec 07, Mikhail rated it it was amazing. I adore this book and I adore this series, and I keep coming back to it time and time and time again. I first read it about a decade ago, when I was in college, and I just reread it for at least the seventh or eighth time, and still love it. The basic premise is that Commissar Ciaphas Cain is a renowned far and wide as a great and noble hero It's basically a sci-fi version of Flashman, which is a deserved classic, except I a I adore this book and I adore this series, and I keep coming back to it time and time and time again.
It's basically a sci-fi version of Flashman, which is a deserved classic, except I actually think Mitchell one-ups the originals in certain ways. The setting is that of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40k, and yes, this is a tie-in novel. Mitchell also avoids the excesses that plague some of Warhammer 40k's less subtle works. Within the context of the story, this is mostly an adventure story, with plenty of military-style action and an enormous amount of comedy derived from Cain's constant flim-flam.
For the Emperor, unlike most of the series, also has an element of mystery and intrigue, with a Sinister Conspiracy trying to pit our heroes and some aliens against each other in a war -- for this reason, For the Emperor is one of my favorites of all of Mitchell's work. So, action, comedy, intrigue, mystery, gorgeous sci-fi settings, a dash of amusingly sweet romance To be fair, most other characters are fairly static in comparison. It's also interesting that Mitchell is, in his own quiet way, one of the more feminist authors to work in what is technically Military-SF.
Inquisitor Amberley Vail, Lt. Jenit Sulla, and Colonel Regina Kasteen are all wonderful characters, massively different from each other, and a joy to read about.
The sum result is that these are wonderful books to read when you want something fun, and exciting, and funny, with maybe a touch of genuine drama for spice. For the Emperor is probably my absolute favorite, but I'd say all of the first six books are quite good Books 3 and 5 have the same elements of intrigue, Book 4 has the best adventure aspect, Book 6 the best drama.
Afterwards I think Mitchell gets tired of writing them and they get weaker, so I tend to think of Book 6 as the grand finale. Highly recommended to all and sundry. View 2 comments. May 18, Juho Pohjalainen rated it it was ok.
For the Emperor
The Ciaphas Cain series is a collection of science fiction novels set in the Warhammer 40, universe. They center on the eponymous character, an Imperial Commissar of the Imperial Guard , and his varied and colorful career. Cain is the main character of Sandy Mitchell 's novels published by the Black Library. The Cain series currently stands at ten titles:. The novels are presented as Cain's personal and often rambling notes. After his death, a third party edited them into a more coherent form, interspersed them with footnotes or snippets of other accounts where Cain's first-person and self-centered perspective does not provide sufficient context, and made them available for use by the Holy Inquisition.