Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library (I feel like I really need a new intro to these articles…#brokenrecord). The weeks in the middle of each month can sometimes feel a little less exciting than those at the start, but this week has broken that mold with some great new releases and exciting news. Lots to talk about, so I’ll jump straight in as usual…
If you’ve been keeping an eye on recent releases, it won’t have escaped your notice that John French is working on a new series for Black Library – the Horusian Wars. I’m a massive fan of John’s writing, so I’ve been really looking forward to learning more about this series, and what it’s going to involve. I thought it might be useful for anyone else who’s interested in this series if I gathered together all of the information that’s available into a single place – so that’s what this article is for.
Back in August 2016 I did a bit of research and came up with some early speculation regarding the series, including snippets of background text from the Inquisitor rulebook and a couple of the Dark Heresy roleplaying books. Here’s a link to that article, but bear in mind it was written WAY before a lot of the subsequent information came to light:
For something a bit more official, try this great post from John’s own blog where he talks a little about what the series is, and what it will be:
You might also check out this post on the Warhammer Community site:
Lastly, here’s an interview I did with John about this series, his inspirations, how it compares to/is influenced by his Ahriman series, and lots more:
Here’s a list of everything in the series that’s been published or confirmed so far, in publication order, along with links to my reviews where appropriate and either a snippet of each review, or a little bit of the blurb:
The Purity of Ignorance (short story)
“Leading his warband in an airborne insertion, Covenant is joined by Lieutenant Ianthe of the Agathian Sky Sharks, seconded to Inquisitorial duty.”
The Maiden of the Dream (short story)
“Mylasa is a powerful psyker who, as one of Inquisitor Covenant’s acolytes, uses her gifts to interrogate prisoners of the Inquisition and purge their memories.”
The Absolution of Swords (short story)
“…continues to build familiarisation with Covenant’s warband, introducing new characters and particularly focusing on the Rogue Trader Cleander, but this time it also sets the narrative up for the novel, Resurrection.”
The Horusian Wars: Resurrection
“Complex and uncompromising, this isn’t your usual easy Black Library read, although it nails the fundamental tone and vibe of 40k in a way that few others do.”
The Blessing of Saints (short story – included in the limited edition of Resurrection)
TBC – I’ll let you know once I’ve got hold of the limited edition and checked this out…
Agent of the Throne: Blood and Lies (audio drama)
“A former Imperial Guardswoman’s first mission for the Inquisition pits her against shadowy foes, not to mention the local Enforcers, as she investigates a cult…” (From the blurb on the Black Library website)
I asked John if there was a recommended reading/listening order for the stories so far, but it looks like things are a little more complicated than just a simple linear order, with John describing things as “a patchwork, or lattice”. Certain stories feed into each other but aren’t necessarily directly linked to others, while characters crop up in multiple stories even if they’re not the main protagonists…
For example, while The Absolution of Swords is a pretty direct prequel to the novel Resurrection, The Purity of Ignorance relates more to Agent of the Throne: Blood and Lies.
That being said, while there’s no problem reading/listening to these stories in ‘any order’, here’s what John suggested if you want something a bit more concrete:
- The Absolution of Swords
- The Horusian Wars: Resurrection
- The Blessing of Saints
- The Maiden of the Dream
- The Purity of Ignorance
- Agent of the Throne: Blood and Lies
That’s everything so far, but there’s definitely going to be more to this series. As soon as anything is announced I’ll add it to this page, and I will of course review everything that’s released. Drop me a line if I’ve missed anything!
If you’ve got any questions or comments, do let me know.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. This week has been relatively quiet in terms of releases, with ‘just’ a couple of re-releases in new formats, but there’s also been some excellent news towards the end of the week that’s definitely worth talking about. As always, I’ll start at the top of the week…
I’ve been making a concerted effort of late to catch up on Black Library’s Age of Sigmar fiction, of late. I’d previously read the first few in the Realmgate Wars series, and all of the short stories that had been released over various Advent Calendar campaigns, but then I’d rather let things slip in favour of 40k and the Horus Heresy. I’m now making good progress with the Realmgate Wars, and looking forward to the books set away from that particular campaign, but there’s something that I’ve been rather struggling with – remembering which Stormcast are which.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. This week has brought with it the Inquisition, the Warmaster of Mankind, and another tranche of newly-announced titles coming later in the year…it’s been pretty damn good, in fact! Let’s have a quick look then, shall we?
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. There’s not been anything huge happening this week, but there’s still plenty to talk about…especially for fans of a certain young and vibrant race in the 40k universe. Let’s take a look…
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. After the excitement of that last couple of weeks’ #new40k goings on, things are starting to get back to normal – as such it’s been a pretty quiet week, but there are a couple of interesting things to talk about. Let’s get straight down to it…
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. It’s new 40k week for Games Workshop, but there’s been a few cool releases and bits of Black Library-related news, so let’s have a look at what’s been happening.
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. With the release of Games Workshop’s new edition of 40k fast approaching, there’s been a sense of anticipation all week. In Black Library terms that’s translated into some excellent news midweek, but a pretty quiet weekend. Let’s take a look…
Hello and welcome to another instalment of Black Library Weekly, my regular look at what’s been happening in the world of Black Library. Things started off a little slowly this week, but with hype building for the release of the new 8th edition of 40k, it built up into something pretty spectacular by the time the weekend came around! Let’s start at the beginning like we always do…