Warhammer 40,000 Legends – Overview

On the off chance that you haven’t heard (perhaps your head’s been in the sand for the last few months), Hachette and Black Library have teamed up to create a partwork series of Black Library 40k novels called the Warhammer 40,000 Legends Collection. Every fortnight a new book is released, and over time you can build up an awesome collection of 40k novels in lovely hardback format, complete with spine artwork that fits together to create (eventually) an original piece of art featuring all manner of famous 40k characters.

We're going to need a bigger bookshelf!

We’re going to need a bigger bookshelf!

On this very blog I’ve posted a few times (so far) about the collection, looking at the standard of production and the choice of titles – I’ve even run a competition which gave one lucky fan the chance to win a full subscription to the collection. I’ll keep posting about the new titles as much as I can, but I also wanted to have a single place where I can link out to individual posts and also keep track of which books have been released as part of the series.

That’s what this post is for. There’s a list below of which book corresponds to which issue of the collection, along with that book’s spine number – strangely enough the spines don’t use the same order, so for instance while issue 1 has 01 on the spine, issue 2 actually has 69. Go figure.

If there’s anything else to add, I’ll either add it here or provide links out. So without further ado, here’s the list…it’s going to be long!

Issue 1: The First Heretic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (01)
Issue 2: Xenos by Dan Abnett (69)
Issue 3: Warriors of Ultramar by Graham McNeill (10)
Issue 4: Fifteen Hours by Mitchel Scanlon (49)
Issue 5: Horus Rising by Dan Abnett (13)
Issue 6: Crossfire by Matthew Farrer (78)
Issue 7: Blood of Asaheim by Chris Wraight (24)
Issue 8: First and Only by Dan Abnett (45)
Issue 9: Angels of Darkness by Gav Thorpe (30)
Issue 10: Ultramarines anthology (05)
Issue 11: Mechanicum by Graham McNeill (53)
Issue 12: Architect of Fate – Sarah Cawkwell, Darius Hinks, Ben Counter & John French (61)
Issue 13: Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill (64)
Issue 14: Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (41)
Issue 15: Know No Fear by Dan Abnett (2)
Issue 16: Faith & Fire by James Swallow (76)
Issue 17: Malleus by Dan Abnett
Issue 18: Heroes of the Space Marines anthology
Issue 19: False Gods by Graham McNeill

I thought it might also be fun to run a tally of which authors have been included in the collection, and how many books of theirs have been featured. So far, Dan Abnett is still in the lead, closely followed by Graham McNeill…

Dan Abnett: 5
Graham NcNeill: 4

Aaron Dembski-Bowden : 2
Matthew Farrer: 1
Mitchel Scanlon: 1
James Swallow: 1

Gav Thorpe: 1
Chris Wraight: 1

If you’ve got any thoughts or comments about the series so far, feel free to drop me a line and let me know!

4 comments

  1. I’m toying with the idea of jumping on this bandwagon, though not keen on repeat copies of The Horus Heresy volumes; I wish it was made known what titles will be included. Any plans to add to this page moving forwards still? Thanks 🙂

    1. Yeah, it would be great if there was a list of titles to come. I’ve been really enjoying it so far though, and yes absolutely – I’ll be adding to the page! I’ve fallen behind a little, but should be able to catch up soon. There have been a couple recently that I either never read back in the day or haven’t read for AGES so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into those 🙂

  2. Looks like the big names missing (so far) are Kyme, Counter (except for the AoF contribution), King, French, Sanders, Parker and Mitchell. Also be interesting to see if any of the Ian Watson stuff is included, although I bet not.

    1. Yep, that sounds about right. I’m sure most of those names will crop up in due course, although I’d have to agree about Ian Watson. It would be brilliant if some of his books were included, but they’re so far off being canon these days, I’m not sure it’ll happen. If they do go that far back though, we might get things like Gordon Rennie’s Execution Hour/Shadow Point, which would be awesome!

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