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Lemartes: Guardian of the Lost

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So with the deadline approaching, who here has completed the service stud challenge and earned themselves a copy of Lemartes: Guardian of the Lost, and what purchases did you make to earn a copy??

I earned my sixth stud today, these were my purchases in the challenge;

G&F Kinslayer and Rebirth: First Edition (1st)
The Fall of Altdorf, Wolf Hunt (CD) and Sagas of the Wolf (CD) (2nd)
The Lord of the End Times, Knights of the Imperium and Heart of Rage (CD) (3rd)
G&F Slayer, The Shape of the Hunt (CD) and Masque of Vyle (4th)
Adeptus Mechanicus: Skitarius (5th)
Archaon: Lord of Chaos, Kharn: Eater of Worlds and Howl of the Banshee/The Path Forsaken (6th)

So in the end I have not bought anything that I wouldn't have bought eventually, apart from maybe Sagas of the Wolf and (though only after listening to it) The Shape of the Hunt which was rather poor. But that's a moot point now, Lemartes will be shipped out next week and I am quite looking forward to reading it. That said though, if this thing turns out to be a novella that has been improperly labelled as a novel (like Tallarn: Ironclad) I will be livid.

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Dont remember what I ordered. But after learning of the promotion, I willfully held back on buying ebooks. Waiting until the bundles had amassed to the 60e mark to buy them.

Only the End Times I couldnt hold back on and bought them immediately as they came out. But I earned the 6 studs about a month ago.
......173 pages?! Are they fething kidding us? This is no novel at all.
Personally I thought it was a bigger book, due to it being billed as a first edition novel, which made me think of The Talon of Horus and Rebirth.

But pulling this on the reading base, certainly makes me rather uninterested in pursuing future service stud offers, if its not going to be a good thick read.

Felt so irritated that over it that Ive just sent a mail to black library about the clearly misstated novel, that in truth is a novella.
Yes, they are. Both Deathstorm and Lemartes are 173 pages long. Yet they are advertised differently.

I don't trust data that way. Too easy to lose. I have a friend who lost every single book he owed because his kindle broke. And i've lost all the data on my laptop due to a faulty hardrive.

For exactly that reason i keep a backup folder of all my kindle ebooks on my pc. so if the kindle breaks, i can easilly restore everything.
Got a response from Black Library:

Thank you for your email and your feedback. We base our definitions of our books on word counts rather than page length as it is a more accurate way of classifying our products. As a rule our novels are a minimum of 80,000 words

I hope this helps,

Had a second reply from Black Library where I asked regarding Deathstorm's status as a novella, compared to the similarilly paged Lemartes.

Thanks for your reply. Deathstorm is actually a novel and was accidentally labeled incorrectly as it is also over 80,000 words.

So clearly you cant trust Black Library 'novels' to be large reads anymore.
So whats the page count? Skimpy 137 as previously mentioned?
Finished it, found it an enjoyable read that goes deeper into the character of the blood angels. Lemartes is really an unique character!

Tbh I think it was worth it after all, even if the book wasnt as large as I had liked it to be for the effort.

The book is a direct continuation of the plot that Mephiston continued from a short.
Is said short included?
Theres a booklet with 2 shorts 23 and 24 pages

The Endless Fall is a precursor to Lemartes and should be read first. Ghosts of Rage is an epilogue and clearly setting off for more books to come.

the 2 shorts here is entirely new. But the short I was refering to, was a precursor to mephiston, lord of death. Which Lemartes continues from.
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