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…
This week’s Digital Monday short story continued the Inquisition theme over from last week, with Fearful Symmetries by Rob Sanders (£2.49 in ebook). Like many of the Monday short story releases this had been previously available in an anthology – Deathwatch: Xenos Hunters in this case – but is now available as a standalone ebook as well. Unlike a lot of other similar releases, I suspect this story hasn’t been consumed all that widely before, as the anthology started off life as a Print on Demand title and was then made available as a digital-only release. As such, it’s cool to see another of its stories see a wider release!
It was another one of those very quiet midweek periods, with no upcoming releases to be featured, or exciting limited editions released. It brought a single piece of news, which was the a digital-only bundle – the Hall of Fame: Year One bundle featuring the twelve titles nominated for inclusion in the Hall of Fame over the last twelve months. You can pick this up now, for £79.99 – which feels like a lot of money, although it averages out as under £7 per title.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Hall of Fame you can take a look at (most of) the titles and the thoughts of the authors who nominated them here, or if you just want to see the list of what’s included in the bundle then you can take a look below:
- Double Eagle by Dan Abnett
- Know No Fear by Dan Abnett
- Riders of the Dead by Dan Abnett
- Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
- Headtaker by David Guymer
- Death of Integrity by Guy Haley
- Space Wolf by William King
- The Ambassador by Graham McNeill
- Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe
- The Siege of Castellax by CL Werner
- Parting of the Ways by Chris Wraight (MP3 audio drama)
- The Emperor’s Will (art book)
Last week I suggested that, while the Black Library website was showing both The Horusian Wars: Resurrection and Shroud of Night as being released on the 22nd, it seemed likely that one of them would get bumped forward to this weekend. That didn’t happen – instead we got a surprise release…Glory Imperialis, an Astra Militarum omnibus available in paperback (£15) or ebook (£14.99).
Not to be confused with the existing Honour Imperialis (2014, featuring stories by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Steve Lyons and Rob Sanders) this features three novels and three short stories:
- Iron Guard by Mark Clapham
- The Siege of Fellguard by Mark Clapham (short story)
- The Hour of Hell by Mark Clapham (short story)
- Monolith by Chris Dows (short story)
- Commissar by Andy Hoare
- Imperial Glory by Richard Williams
I’ve read a grand total of two of those stories, so can’t comment too much on the standard of the omnibus as a whole, but as always the £15 price tag looks like pretty good value. For me it seemed a little strange to include Chris Dows’ Monolith in there, until I realised that his previous Elysian Drop Droops story – The Mouth of Chaos – is still included in the Honour Imperialis omnibus…so that makes a bit more sense.
That’s it for releases, just that omnibus this weekend. Now you’re wondering what the ‘excellent news’ is that I mentioned earlier, right? Well…
That’s right – veteran Black Library author Gav Thorpe has won the Legend Award for his Age of Sigmar novel Warbeast at the 2017 Gemmell Awards! Not only that, but artist Alessandro Baldasseroni’s beautiful cover art for Josh Reynolds’ Age of Sigmar novel Black Rift also won the Ravenheart Award…so that’s two for two on the night for Black Library!
Massive congratulations to Gav and Alessandro for the awards – great achievements for both of them! For Gav in particular, I feel like this is a fitting way to recognise his twenty (!) years of writing for Black Library. I finished reading Warbeast the night before the awards, so keep an eye out for a review of that coming soon…
Thoughts on the week
I would say that this week has been fairly quiet, but solid nonetheless. There hasn’t been anything too exciting in terms of releases – although everything that has come out is certainly worth having – although the two wins in the Gemmell Awards are just brilliant. It’s a clear reminder of the power that the Black Library fan base has!
There’s not much else to say really, other than watch out 2018 Gemmell Awards – it’s been a few years since a Black Library author last won one (sadly David Guymer’s worthy nominations didn’t scoop the awards in previous years), but hopefully there will be another Black Library entrant in the list next year. I’m thinking Josh Reynolds, maybe?!
With the surprise release of Glory Imperialis this week, it looks like next week is going to be a bumper one for new releases. First off, it appears that the Warhammer Community team have got a little over-enthusiastic with their posts, as they’ve already announced tomorrow’s Digital Monday short story – Signal to Noise by CZ Dunn. Oops.
As for the weekend’s new releases, it looks like we should be getting The Horusian Wars: Resurrection by John French and Shroud of Night by Andy Clark. We’re being spoiled! I’ve also got a couple of treats lined up for you guys, so check back during the week to see what’s coming…
As always, if you’ve got any thoughts on the week’s news and releases please do give me a shout to let me know!