The Horus Heresy series is a collection of novels written by some of the Black Library's best-known authors. It chronicles the history of the Horus Heresy which serves as the foundation and starting-point for most Warhammer 40,000 canon. The series began in 2006 with the publication of Dan Abnett's Horus Rising and as of October 2013 consists of twenty-eight novels written by over sixteen different authors plus many more novellas, short stories, and audio dramas. There are many more books in the series already being prepared for publication in 2014 and beyond. While the novels do deal with a continuous stream of events it is possible to approach most of them in any order one likes.
The following is a list of current titles in the Horus Heresy novels series:
The novelisation of the Horus Heresy is not strictly sequential and the story of the Heresy may be presented in a non-linear chronology from book to book; novels may concern events in the Heresy that happen earlier than their position in the series would suggest, or may include time periods already covered in other books of the series.
- 1. Horus Rising - The seeds of heresy are sown
Horus Rising details the rise to power of the Warmaster Horus, Primarch of the Luna Wolves Legion, after the Emperor of Mankind appoints him commander of the Imperial military and places him in charge of the Great Crusade. Much of the focus is on the Captain of the Luna Wolves' 10th Company, Garviel Loken, as he becomes a member of the Mournival (an advisory body to Horus), and his involvement in campaigns against Traitors and aliens at the close of the Great Crusade.
- 2. False Gods - The heresy takes root
False Gods describes Horus' fall to Chaos. In a complicated conspiracy implemented by the servants of Chaos within the Word Bearers Legion, Horus is wounded on the moon of the planet Davin by an alien, Chaos-tainted weapon. In a desperate effort by his lieutenants to see him healed, Horus is taken to a temple on Davin. However the temple is secretly in service to Chaos and both Horus' wound and its supposed healing makes him susceptible to Chaos' influence. He ultimately turns against his "father", the Emperor. The events of False Gods describe the point at which Horus sets in motion the entire Heresy, an event that will change the galaxy forever.
- 3. Galaxy in Flames - The heresy revealed
Galaxy in Flames concerns the virus-bombing of Istvaan III and the Warmaster Horus' ultimate fall into madness, which resulted in a galactic civil war where brother would fight brother. In the virus-choked wasteland of death and destruction that was once Istvaan III's Choral City, Loyalist elements of the Luna Wolves, World Eaters, Emperor's Children and Death Guard Legions fight against the Traitors of those Legions in a desperate show of defiance, as the first move of the Heresy is played out.
- 4. Flight of the Eisenstein - The heresy unfolds
Flight of the Eisenstein follows the Eisenstein, a frigate of the Death Guard Legion commanded by Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro of the 7th Company, one of the few commanders in the Traitor Legions who remained Loyal to the Emperor. The novel follows the Eisenstein's escape from Istvaan III (see Galaxy in Flames above) and its voyage across the galaxy in an attempt to reach and warn the Emperor of Mankind on Terra.
- 5. Fulgrim - Visions of treachery
Fulgrim centres around the Primarch of the Emperor's Children Legion, Fulgrim, as he and his Legion fell into corruption and eventually became the Chosen of Slaanesh, one of the Chaos Gods. Primarch Ferrus Manus and his Iron Hands Legion also play a prominent role in the novel, and the pivotal Battle of Istvaan V (the so-called Drop Site Massacre) is described in passing.
- 6. Descent of Angels - Loyalty and honour
Descent of Angels is told from the point of view of planet Caliban native Zahariel El'Zurias, who begins the novel as an Aspirant of The Order (a monastic order of techno-barbarian Calibanite knights). The first half of the novel is set on Caliban and covers the final battles of The Order under the future Primarch of the Dark Angels Space Marine Legion, Lion El'Jonson. The book's second half describes Caliban's re-unification with the Imperium of Man as well as the actions of the Dark Angels Legion during the early years of the Great Crusade. Zahariel, selected as an Aspirant Space Marine, is ultimately accepted as a Neophyte of the Dark Angels Legion. A future schism within the Legion is intimated in this section of the book.
- 7. Legion - Secrets and lies
Legion features the Alpha Legion, the XX Astartes Legion (and last to be formed), which was known as the most secretive and inscrutable of all the Space Marine Legions. It also features the Imperial Army, and a mysterious interspecies organization called The Cabal. The book describes the events that eventually lead to the decision of Alpharius Omegon, the Legion's Primarch, to support Horus.
- 8. Battle for the Abyss - My brother, my enemy
Battle for the Abyss describes the lead-up to the Battle of Calth fought between Primarch Roboute Guilliman's Ultramarines and the Word Bearers Traitor Legion. The Word Bearers plan to use an immense warship, the Furious Abyss, to spearhead their attack. The protagonists must pursue the ship and prevent it from reaching Macragge, the Realm of Ultramar's capital world. If the Ultramarines break and give way to the traitorous Word Bearers, Guilliman's Legion will suffer a blow they may never recover from.
- 9. Mechanicum - War comes to Mars
Mechanicum is about the civil war or Schism of Mars as Traitor and Loyalist forces fight to determine which side in the struggle will receive the support of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Horus obtains the secret allegiance of highly placed Mechanicus Adepts who plot and eventually carry out a coup d'etat in order to eliminate those on Mars who remain Loyal to the Emperor.
- 10. Tales of Heresy
Tales of Heresy is a collection of short stories set mostly during the Horus Heresy, but also including stories from other periods in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The collection provides a wider background to the Heresy, the Great Crusade, and the Imperium of Man. Compiled and edited by Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley.
- 11. Fallen Angels - Deceit and betrayal
Fallen Angels continues the Dark Angels story begun in Descent of Angels. The book tells two stories: one of Primarch Lion'El Johnson and a small group of Dark Angels as they try to deny a Forge World to Horus' forces on Isstvan; the other of Luther (Lion'El Johnson's second-in-command within the Legion), Zahariel (by now a full Space Marine), and a Dark Angels contingent sent back to Caliban as they fight against a growing insurgency that seeks to free the planet from under the Imperium's thumb.
- 12. A Thousand Sons - All is dust...
A Thousand Sons is the story of Magnus the Red and the Thousand Sons Legion of Space Marines, and for the most part takes place before the Heresy begins. Following a reprimand by the Emperor of Mankind for dabbling in sorcery, Magnus and his Legion secretly continue to study sorcery despite being forbidden to do so. Magnus learns through sorcery of his brother Horus' impending betrayal, and tries, again through sorcery, to warn the Emperor hoping the news would justify his disobedience. However, Magnus overreaches with his powers and causes damage to a vital and secret project the Emperor was undertaking, endangering the safety of Terra itself in the process. The Emperor is enraged and orders Leman Russ and his Space Wolves Legion, accompanied by other Imperial forces, to bring Magnus and his Legion to Terra to account for themselves.
- 13. Nemesis - War within the shadows
Nemesis is set about two years after the events on Istvaan V described in Book 5, Fulgrim. It deals with a plan by a secret Imperial organization, the Officio Assassinorum, to eliminate Horus using an Execution Force drawn from all the "clades" (specialist assassin schools) that make up the Officio. There have been several previous unsuccessful attempts against Horus' life, and this gives a high-ranking officer of the Word Bearers Traitor Legion the idea to field a nemesis weapon of his own (a highly specialized assassin) in an audacious scheme to kill the Emperor.
- 14. The First Heretic - Fall to Chaos
The First Heretic details the fall to Chaos of Primarch Lorgar and his Word Bearers, the XVII Astartes Legion. The story is told largely from the point of view of Argel Tal, a Captain of the Word Bearers, and spans about 50 Terran years, starting 47 years before the events on Istvaan V and leading up to the time when the Word Bearers are on their way to assault Calth as related in Book 8. Following the humiliating censure of Lorgar and the XVII Legion by the Emperor himself for introducing religious worship of the Emperor as the God of Mankind on the world of Khur, Lorgar is swayed by two of his most trusted lieutenants Kor Phaeron and the the Chaplain Erebus, who were already in secret allegiance with Chaos. Eventually both Primarch and his Legion abandon the Imperium following the Pilgrimage of Lorgar into the Eye of Terror, and in full accord with Horus take part in the Istvaan V Drop Site Massacre.
- 15. Prospero Burns - The wolves unleashed
Prospero Burns is part of the story arc of Book 12, A Thousand Sons. However it begins more than a century before the Space Wolves-led assault on Prospero. It is told from the point of view of Kasper Hawser, formerly a noted Terran academic, who becomes the Oral Historian (Skjald) of the 3rd Company of the Space Wolves Legion. On the surface it is his story; however the important subplot concerns the long-term machinations of Chaos to destroy both the Space Wolves and the Thousand Sons by pitting one against the other. The book also gives some important background on the Warmaster Horus's fall to Chaos, thus providing a more coherent view of the Heresy and of its planning by the Chaotic forces.
- 16. Age of Darkness - The age of knowledge and enlightenment has ended. The age of darkness has begun
Age of Darkness is a compilation of short stories providing background information on the Horus Heresy. These stories cover the seven-year period between the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V (Book 5) and the start of the final campaign against Terra by the Traitor forces.
- 17. The Outcast Dead - The truth lies within
The Outcast Dead is the first novel in the series to take place entirely on Terra. It covers a relatively short period, from shortly before the Drop Site Massacre at Istvaan V (Book 5), to shortly after Primarch Magnus's catastrophic psychic visit to the Imperial Palace (Book 12), an event that is central to the tale. The main character is Kai Zulane, previously a gifted Astropath attached to the Ultramarines Voidship Argo. He unwittingly becomes the keeper of a secret -- how the Horus Heresy will end -- that could decide the victor in the developing galactic civil war. The Outcast Dead are a small, disparate group of Space Marines drawn from several different Legions who are suspected to be Traitors, with whom Zulane falls in during the second half of the story. In the end, the secret kept by Zulane is revealed to the one person it is actually intended for, which provides one explanation for the post-Heresy scientific and cultural stagnation of the Imperium of Man.
- 18. Deliverance Lost - War within the shadows
Deliverance Lost concerns the actions of the Primarch Corvus Corax and the XIX Space Marine Legion, the Raven Guard, during the year following the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V (Book 5). However, covert operatives and the Primarchs Alpharius Omegon of the Alpha Legion (Book 7) play prominent roles. The novel also provides some information about the developing strategies and subterfuge practiced by the different sides of the conflict, including reasons for the timetable of the conflict as prosecuted by Warmaster Horus, and for the actions of the Emperor as the Horus Heresy was initially unfolding. The story begins approximately 3 months after the Drop Site Massacre, with the unexpected rescue of Corax and the remnants of his Legion (at less than 5% strength) from Istvaan V. Apparently arriving at Terra a few months after the events described in The Outcast Dead (Book 17) had taken place, Corax convinces the Emperor to impart to him the necessary knowledge and material to accelerate the rebuilding of his Legion, including the top-secret remnants of gene-stock left over from the original Primarch Project. The second part of the novel describes the effort to reconstitute the Raven Guard, and the opposition to this by the hidden operatives of the Alpha Legion. The novel also features a reappearance of the Cabal (Book 7), and of other well-known characters from previous books in the series.
- 19. Know No Fear - The Battle of Calth
Know No Fear documents the Word Bearers' surprise assault on Calth, a world belonging to the Ultramarines and the subsequent course of the infamous Battle of Calth. The story starts close to where the timelines of Battle For The Abyss (Book 8) and The First Heretic (Book 14) converge. The invasion is planned and lead by the Traitor Primarch Lorgar, now fully and openly committed to the spread of the worship of Chaos. The story starts with the invasion force en route to Calth. The objective is to completely destroy the Ultramarines Legion, the largest of all the Space Marine Legions, and by doing so, cause the creation of Warp Storms due to the destructive energies unleashed by the war. The Warp Storms would isolate and confuse the Ultramarines forces and effectively neutralise them for the remainder of the Horus Heresy. The Word Bearers are also offering this slaughter of Loyalists as a tribute to their new Gods of Chaos. The story tracks the campaign from its opening phases and the actions of several characters. It is a bloody war with dark ritualistic undertones, scorched earth tactics, decisive use of technology, and the considerable involvement of Chaos.
- 20. The Primarchs
The Primarchs is an anthology composed of four novellas which focus on some of the mightiest warriors and leaders that Mankind has ever known -- the Primarchs Fulgrim, Lion El'Jonson, Ferrus Manus, and Alpharius Omegon -- and the roles that they may have yet to play in a galaxy-wide civil war which threatens to change the face of the Imperium forever.
- 21. Fear to Tread - The angel falls
Fear to Tread takes place upon the war-torn world of Signus Prime. Warmaster Horus sends the Blood Angels Legion to the Signus system on a fool's errand, where a large host of Chaos Daemons awaits them. The Warmaster's plan is to exploit the flaw in the Blood Angels' gene-seed (which will later be known as the Red Thirst) in order to turn them to the worship of the Blood God Khorne. The Blood Angels are forced to fight for their very survival of both their minds and bodies. At the height of the battle, Primarch Sanguinius is confronted by the mighty Bloodthirster Ka'Bandha.
- 22. Shadows of Treachery
Shadows of Treachery is an anthology that features short stories by Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, and Gav Thorpe, along with two novella-length stories. From the battlefields of Phall and Istvaan, to the haunted shadows of Terra itself – the greatest war in the history of Mankind rages on. While the Traitor Legions continue their campaign of terror across the galaxy, preparations are made for the defence of the Imperial Palace and the final, inevitable reckoning that must yet come between Horus and the Emperor of Mankind. In the first novella, Crimson Fist by John French, we learn of the fate of Primarch Rogal Dorn and his Imperial Fists fleet originally sent to Istvaan III. In the second novella, Prince of Crows by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, the story descends deeper into the darkness of the Night Lords Legion.
- 23. Angel Exterminatus - Flesh and iron
Angel Exterminatus follows the Primarchs Perturabo and Fulgrim as they venture into the Eye of Terror in search of an ancient and destructive xenos weapon known as the Angel Exterminatus. During this journey they're pursued by a ragged band of Istvaan V survivors and the remnants of a dead Eldar world.
- 24. Betrayer - Blood for the Blood God
Betrayer follows the Primarchs Lorgar and Angron as they launch a Shadow Crusade against the 500 Worlds of Ultramar and combat the Ultramarines that were not present with the rest of their Legion during the Battle of Calth.
- 25. Mark of Calth
Mark of Calth is an anthology that features short stories by some of the Black Library's best authors, including Aaron Dembski-Boden. One story, written by Aaron Dembski-Boden, known as The Underworld War will tell the story of the Gal Vorbak who were abandoned on Calth when Kor Phaeron and the Word Bearers Legion fled after their defeat at the hands of the Ultramarines, and how they come to terms with the fact that they are going to die on that ravaged world.
- 26. Vulkan Lives - Unto the Anvil
Vulkan Lives takes place in the wake of the Drop Site Massacre at Isstvan V as survivors of the Salamanders Legion searched long and hard for their fallen Primarch, Vulkan. Little did they know that while Vulkan might have wished himself dead, he lives still. As the war continues without him, all eyes turn to Ultramar and Guilliman's new empire there, and Vulkan's sons are drawn into an insidious plot to end the Heresy by the most underhand means imaginable.
- 27. The Unremembered Empire - A light in the darkness
The Unremembered Empire takes place far out on the Eastern Fringe, where the realm of Ultramar stands alone. Having weathered the Word Bearers' attack on Calth (Books 19 and 25) and the subsequent Shadow Crusade against the Five Hundred Worlds of Ultramar (Book 24), the Ultramarines Primarch Roboute Guilliman now draws all loyalist forces to Macragge as he contemplates a new future for mankind. With the arrival of more and more fugitives from the war that has engulfed the rest of the galaxy, all distinction between friend and foe is lost – isolated from Terra by fearsome warp storms, is Guilliman making a bid for power to rival even the renegade Warmaster Horus?
- 28. Scars - A Legion divided
Scars follows the White Scars Legion, fresh from their conquest of Chondax and the discovery of Horus's rebellion, Jaghatai Khan's warriors stand divided. Long considered one of the less trustworthy Legions, many of the White Scars claim to owe their loyalty exclusively to Terra, and others still to the Warmaster and his warrior lodges. But when a distress call from Leman Russ of the Space Wolves brings the wrath of the Alpha Legion to Chondax, the Khan's hand is forced and the decision must be made – in the great war for the Imperium, will he side with the Emperor or Horus? Scars was first released as the first serialised novel by the Black Library, consisting over ten issues that all made one concluded novel.
- 29. Vengeful Spirit - The Battle of Molech
Vengeful Spirit follows the once most favoured son of the Emperor of Mankind, Horus Lupercal, his name having become a curse to the loyal defenders of the Imperium, and a rallying call to the traitor forces tearing across the galaxy. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descends upon the Knight World of Molech – home to House Devine and their feudal levies, and a principal seat of Imperial military power. Just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a strongly defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny? Vengeful Spirit is an upcoming Horus Heresy Novel and will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2014.
- 30. The Damnation of Pythos
The Damnation of Pythos focuses on the Shattered Legions in the wake of the Isstvan V Drop Site Massacre. The Damnation of Pythos is the thirtieth Horus Heresy novel in the main series and the debut Horus Heresy novel for David Annandale. The novel is set to be released in hardback during July 2014. Cover art is forthcoming.
Upcoming Novels & NovellasEdit
This list includes all upcoming novels from the main Horus Heresy Novel Series, their release dates and plots are unknown and their titles may change before their release.
- XX. The Silent War
The Silent War is an upcoming Horus Heresy Anthology Novel that is edited by Laurie Goulding. Its release date and plot is unknown.
- XX. Shattered Legions
Shattered Legions is an upcoming Horus Heresy Anthology Novel that is edited by Laurie Goulding. Its release date is unknown, although its plot follows the three Shattered Loyalist Legions, the Salamanders, the Raven Guard, and the Iron Hands.
- XX. Master of Mankind
Master of Mankind is an upcoming Horus Heresy Novel by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Its release date is unknown.
- XX. Nightfall
- XX. The Crimson King
The following novels and anthologies were released as Horus Heresy Weekender Exclusives or as other Exclusives, it is unknown when they will be made available for normal purchase:
- 1. The Imperial Truth
The Imperial Truth is a Horus Heresy Anthology Book that was released as a Horus Heresy Weekender Exclusive. The book contains the following short stories: Hands of the Emperor by Rob Sanders, The Phoenician by Nick Kyme, By The Lion's Command by Gav Thorpe, The Devine Adoratrice by Graham McNeill, Lord of the Red Sands by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and All That Remains by James Swallow. The only short story within this book that has been published elswhere is the Lord of the Red Sands by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, which is also part of the Angron special edition anthology book.
The following are all limited-edition, limited-time, print-on-demand novellas that were printed in limited quantities. Each book will be later re-released as a standard hardcopy book and as an audio book sometime after its initial release:
- 1. Promethean Sun - Into the fires of war
Promethean Sun is set during the Great Crusade upon the newly discovered Feral World designated as One-Five-Four-Four. The forces of the Imperium arrive to deliver the primitive natives from enslavement at the hands of the alien Eldar. The Iron Hands of Primarchs Ferrus Manus and Mortarion’s Death Guard Legions fight in theatres of war across the planet, but the most vicious combat takes place in the deep jungles, where Primarch Vulkan and his Salamanders bring the Emperor’s wrath to the heathen xenos. Vulkan and his sons must brave the deadly jungles, battle monstrous reptilian beasts and contend with the vile sorcery of the Eldar if they are to liberate this world and bring the Emperor’s light to its backwards inhabitants. Promethean Sun was later re-released as an unabridged MP3 Audiobook.
- 2. Aurelian - The eye stares back
Aurelian begins following the infamous Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V. The Traitor Primarchs have assembled to deliberate their next move. Primarch Lorgar of the Word Bearers, however, disrupts the meeting with his accusations that Fulgrim of the Emperor's Children is not who he appears to be. His uncharacteristically confident and aggressive demeanour prove no less surprising and disruptive than his claims. The meeting is swiftly adjourned by the Warmaster Horus. In the aftermath, Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons confronts his brother Lorgar not only about his new attitude, but also his blossoming psychic powers and knowledge of the events that have led them all to their current straits. Lorgar chooses to reveal to his brother a tale of a pivotal moment in his life; what happened when he entered the Eye of Terror some forty-three years earlier during the Pilgrimage of Lorgar. Guided by the Daemon Ingethel, he undertook a spiritual journey into the heart of Chaos itself and saw that the entire destiny of Mankind and the Imperium rested upon a few choices made by the Primarchs.
- 3. Brotherhood of the Storm - The Khan rides to war
Brotherhood of the Storm takes place during the Horus Heresy where the V Legion, the White Scars, have been fighting against the Orks of Chondax since the Triumph at Ullanor. As the campaign against the Orks comes to an end the sons of Jaghatai Khan look to the stars and find that everything that they had once known has changed.
- 4. Scorched Earth - From the ashes of Isstvan
Scorched Earth takes place after nearly a quarter of a million loyal Space Marines lost their lives on Isstvan V – the Drop Site Massacre lasted only a few hours, and yet the Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders were slaughtered by those they had once called kin. With the disappearance of their primarch weighing heavily upon their hearts, Ra'stan and Usabius of the XVIIIth Legion leave behind their fellow survivors and strike out into the Urgall Depression. Their mission: to find what, if anything, remains of mighty Vulkan...
- 5. Corax: Soulforge - Victory is vengeance
Corax: Soulforge follows the Raven Guard and their Primarch, Corvus Corax. In spite of the corruption of Corax’s plans to rebuild his Legion after the Drop Site Massacre, the surviving Raven Guard remain defiant. Happening upon a stricken Word Bearers vessel far behind the front lines, they find evidence of a new alliance between the traitors and the Forge World of Constanix II – with rumours of terrifying new war machines stalking battlefields across the sector, it is a threat too great to ignore. The Primarch Corax must infiltrate the heart of the Mechanicum priesthood on Constanix if he is to win any allies for the war to come, though he will likely be forced to confront the truth of his own mysterious nature along the way...
- 6. Tallarn: Executioner - The battle begins
Tallarn: Executioner takes place during the Battle of Tallarn. As one of the Imperium’s many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the survivors must fight to defend what little remains of their home. The remnants of the once mighty Jurnian 701st Armoured Regiment emerge from their underground shelters, and the opening movements of the Battle of Tallarn begin…
- 7. The Angel's Guardian
The Angel's Guardian is an upcoming Horus Heresy Novella, its release date and plot is unknown.
- 8. Cybernetica
Cybernetica is an upcoming Horus Heresy Novella, its release date is unknown. Cybernetica follows after the events of Mechanicum, and features the loyalist Mechanicum forces fight against the forces of the Dark Mechanicum.
Short Stories and E-StoriesEdit
This list does not include stories that are part of Anthology Novels, only stories that are released as stand alone stories. These stories may one day be included in an upcoming anthology.
- 1. Army of One - A Horus Heresy short story
Army of One takes place during the Horus Heresy, the civil war that blazes across the galaxy. The Hive World of Proxima Apocryphis turns Traitor and Malcador the Sigillite despatches punishment in the form of a living weapon -- an Eversor Assassin - the ultimate weapon in the living arsenal of the Officio Assassinorum. The responsibility has fallen to the Imperial Assassin to decimate Proxima Apocryphis' heretical command structure and rip the traitorous heart from the defecting forces.
- 2. Kryptos - The voice of Chaos
Kryptos is a short-story involving two Raven Guard and Iron Hands survivors from the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V. On the doomed Forge World of Cavor Sarta, these two veteran warriors of the Imperium strike deep into the heart of a Dark Mechanicum seeking out the enemy’s most valued asset: the mysterious ‘Kryptos’...
- 3. Distant Echoes of Old Night
Distant Echoes of Old Night follows Death Guard Chaplain Murnau as he hunts a small force of Imperial Fists on a forest moon. As his foes elude him, he unleashes one of his Legion's most terrifying weapons: the Destroyers. Distant Echoes of Old Night was later made part of the Games Day Anthology 2012/2013, as its only short story pertaining to the Hours Heresy.
- 4. Death of a Silversmith
Death of a Silversmith is a Horus Heresy Short Story that takes place before the fall of Horus where a lone remembrancer meets an unfortunate end at the hands of the Luna Wolves. Death of a Silversmith was originally published in the Games Day Anthology 2011/2012, it has since been re-released in the Shadows of Treachery anthology. Death of a Silversmith is written by Black Library author Graham McNeill.
- 5. The Kaban Project
The Kaban Project is a Horus Heresy Short Story that takes place on Mars where the Mechanicum has recreated one of humanity's greatest sins: an artificially sentient machine known only as Kaban. The Kaban Project was originally published in the Horus Heresy: Collected Visions artbook and again in the Shadows of Treachery anthology, and now is available for the first time as a stand alone e-book. The Kaban Project was written by Black Library author Graham McNeill.
- 6. Lost Sons
Lost Sons takes place five years after Sanguinius and the majority of the Blood Angels Legion departed for the Signus Cluster, on the Warmaster's order. Since then, the Horus Heresy has been revealed and is sweeping across the galaxy. Only twenty Blood Angels stand guard on Baal, desperate for news of their brothers, but all travel and communication with the Signus system has been blocked by the malignant ruinstorm between the two systems. Warden Arkad is surprised by the arrival of Tylos Rubio, an agent of the Sigillite, bearing an unfortunate message: with their Primarch and the majority of their Legion lost and presumed dead, the Sigillite has ordered the Blood Angels disbanded, and their fleet and armoury distributed to other loyalist factions. Lost Sons was later made part of the Black Library Weekender Anthology, as only one of two short stories pertaining to the Horus Heresy, but can also be purchased separately.
- 7. The Divine Word
The Divine Word follows Praefector Marcus Valerius as he is beset by disturbing dreams and in the midst of a brutal war, will he find salvation in the so-called holy truths of the Lectitio Divinitatus? The Divine Word was later made part of the Black Library Weekender Anthology, as only one of two short stories pertaining to the Horus Heresy, but can also be purchased separately.
- 8. The Gates of Terra
The Gates of Terra takes place as the Heresy spreads across the galaxy and confusion reigns, only one thing is certain: Horus and his traitor Legions will eventually strike at Terra. But he will not find it unguarded - the Ardent Reef, an encircling ring of gun bastions and asteroid bases, is but one amongst many such lines of defence. Captain Arcadese of the Ultramarines finds himself in command of a host of his battle-brothers, as the renegade Warmaster's fleet launches its final assault on the Throneworld. Will he hold the line even in the face of almost certain death, or will his own loyalty waver in those final moments? The Gates of Terra was first published in the French Games Day Chapbook 2012, but is now available in English as an E-Book.
- 9. The Shadowmasters
The Shadowmasters is a Horus Heresy Short Story that first appeared within the dusk jacket for the hardback release of the Horus Heresy Novella Corax: Soulforge. The Shadowmasters is written by Black Library author Gav Thorpe.
- 10. Serpent
Serpent is an event-exclusive Horus Heresy Short Story that was printed upon the programme for the Horus Heresy Weekender held in Nottingham, UK, on the 18-19/5/2013. Serpent is written by Black Library author John French.
- 11. Luna Mendax
Luna Mendax is a Horus Heresy Short Story that was first released at the 2013 Black Library Weekender Event in November 2013 as part of the The Black Library Anthology (2013/14). Luna Mendax is written by Black Library author Graham McNeill and takes place on Luna, where former Sons of Horus Captain Garviel Loken has become a recluse. His mind having not fully recovered from the horrors he witnessed during the Istvaan III Atrocity. After returning from his failed mission to Caliban, he has since ignored all of Malcador the Sigillite's summons and devoted himself to restoring a garden in a forgotten biodome of the Somnus Citadel. While waging an aggressive "war" on the aphids plaguing the garden, he is visited by an unexpected soul: Tarik Torgaddon, slain months ago on Istvaan III. Torgaddon cheerfully remembers being killed, yet insists he is there on Luna.
- 12. Riven
Riven is a Horus Heresy short story that follows Brother Crius, a member of the vaunted Crusader Host, who stood as the representative of the Iron Hands upon the soil of Holy Terra. When he learns of the death of his beloved Primarch, Ferrus Manus, at the hands of the Traitor Legions, his grief imbues him with the strength and resolve to undertake a special mission on behalf of Rogal Dorn himself. Striking out into the stars, he searches for any signs of his lost brethren, hoping to bring them back to Terra to aid in the final defence of the Imperial Palace. The question remains – just who has survived the slaughter on Istvaan V, and what yet remains of them? Riven was released by the Black Library as part of their Digital Mondays e-book releases, and was written by author John French.
- 13. Bjorn: Lone Wolf
Bjorn: Lone Wolf is a Horus Heresy short story that follows Lone Wolf Bjorn The Fell-Handed while he seeks vengeance against a certain foe on the Daemon infesting battlefield of Velbayne. While Leman Russ and the rest of the Rout fight against the daemonic masses, Bjorn stands alone. Bjorn: Lone Wolf was written by Black Libaray author Chris Wraight and was released as part of the 2013 Christmas Advent Calendar, it was released on the first day, December 1st.
- 14. The Wolf of Ash and Fire
The Wolf of Ash and Fire is a Horus Heresy short story that takes place during the Great Crusade, before the outbreak of the Horus Heresy. The Wolf of Ash and Fire follows Horus Lupercal, fighting alongside the Emperor Himself, as the Luna Wolves fight for control of the Ork-held planetoid of Gorro. The Wolf of Ash and Fire was released as a free e-book with every copy of Macragge's Honour.
Short Story CollectionsEdit
The following are Horus Heresy Short Story Collections, containing short stories from the Horus Heresy:
- 1. Angron
Angron is an e-book collection of short stories that center around the Primarch Angron. Contained within this collection are the short stories After Desh'ea, a new micro-short tited The Lord of the Red Sands, and the audio drama Butcher's Nails is presented for the first time in prose rather than script format.
Full Size CollectionsEdit
The following are Horus Heresy Full Collections, containing ebook versions of full novels, novellas, and short stories from the Horus Heresy:
- 1. The Horus Heresy E-Book Bundle 2012
The Horus Heresy E-Book Bundle 2012 is an e-book collection of full novels, novellas, and short stories from the Horus Heresy Series. Contained within this collection are nineteen novels, four novellas collected in The Primarchs, two stand alone short stories, and sixteen short stories as part of anthologies. This is effectively the entire Horus Heresy Series released up to Christmas 2012, from Horus Rising to Angel Exterminatus.
- 2. The Horus Heresy: The 2013 Booster
The Horus Heresy: The 2013 Booster is an e-book collection of every Horus Heresy Series entry released in 2013, this was released as a way for people who own every Horus Heresy entry up to thoese released in 2013 to quickly catch up on the series. This collection includes four novels, two novellas and eight short stories. All released in 2013.
- 3. The Horus Heresy Complete Collection E-Book Bundle 2013
The Horus Heresy E-Book Bundle 2013 is an e-book collection of full novels, novellas, and short stories from the Horus Heresy Series. Contained within this collection are twenty-three novels, six novellas, and 28 short stories all in eBook format. This is effectively the entire Horus Heresy Series released up to Christmas 2013, from Horus Rising to The Unremembered Empire.
- 1. The Horus Heresy Collected Visions
The Horus Heresy: Collected Visions consists of four "Horus Heresy: Visions" volumes, published between May 2004 and July 2006, included within are Visions of War, Visions of Darkness, Visions of Treachery, and Visions of Death. They contain original art as well as images derived from the Horus Heresy Card Game. The volumes also collect edited, previously published Heresy-related magazine articles, and select rulebook information; in addition, original annotations, information, and short stories. The text, along with the art, greatly expanded the Heresy material. The series outlines the entire Heresy history, while providing additional background on it and the wider Warhammer 40,000 universe.
- 2. Visions of Heresy: War, Darkness, Treachery, and Death
Visions of Heresy: War, Darkness, Treachery, and Death is a re-release of The Horus Heresy: Collected Visions Artbook that contains additional artwork and lore. All caption mistakes from the original have been fixed and the book is considered canon up to the latest released novel in the main series, The Unremembered Empire. Visions of Heresy was released as a limited edition hardback release.
The following is a list of all Horus Heresy Graphic Novels:
- 1. Macragge's Honour
Macragge's Honour is the first Horus Heresy graphic novel in the series, written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by Neil Roberts. The book deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Calth, as chronicled in Abnett's novel Know No Fear - specifically, the naval battle between the Ultramarines' flagship Macragge's Honour and the Word Bearers' flagship Infidus Imperator.
The following contains all released Horus Heresy Game Books released by Forge World for their Horus Heresy Tabletop Gaming Series:
- 1. The Horus Heresy: Book One - Betrayal
The Horus Heresy: Book One - Betrayal is the first book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. Betrayal spans events from the end of the Great Crusade to the beginning of the Horus Heresy, mainly the Istvaan III Atrocity. The book contains rules and special characters for the pre-Heresy Sons of Horus, World Eaters, Emperor's Children, and Death Guard Legions as well as a Space Marine Crusade Legion army list. Betrayal is part of a trilogy that spans the events that make up the beginning of the Horus Heresy, including the Istvaan III Atrocity, the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V, the Battle of Phall, and the War for Paramar.
- 2. The Horus Heresy: Book Two - Massacre
The Horus Heresy: Book Two - Massacre is the second book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. Massacre is the first book that involves the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V. The book contains rules and special characters for the pre-Heresy Iron Hands, Salamanders, Night Lords, and Word Bearers Legions as well as a Space Marine Crusade Legion army list. Massacre is part of a trilogy that spans the events that make up the beginning of the Horus Heresy, including the Istvaan III Atrocity, the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V, the Battle of Phall, and the War for Paramar.
- 3. The Horus Heresy: Book Three - Extermination
The Horus Heresy: Book Three - Extermination is the third book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. Extermination is the second and final book that involves the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V. The book contains rules and special characters for the pre-Heresy Iron Warriors, Raven Guard, Alpha Legion, and Imperial Fists Legions as well as a Space Marine Crusade Legion army list. Extermination is part of a trilogy that spans the events that make up the beginning of the Horus Heresy, including the Istvaan III Atrocity, the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V, the Battle of Phall, and the War for Paramar.
The following are original audio dramas, including some dramatisations of stories previously published in text media. Released in disc or audio file format, their durations range from over one hour to over two hours. They employ a number of scriptwriters, narrators, voice actors, and directors:
- 1. The Dark King & The Lightning Tower
The Dark King is a novella about Konrad Curze, the Primarch of the Night Lords Legion and his dark visions of a galaxy in flames where brother is set against brother, and the Emperor of Mankind sits dead upon a throne of gold. As Curze becomes increasingly consumed by these visions and the apparent rejection of the brutal tactics he employed during the Great Crusade by his peers, he must decide if he should remain loyal to his father the Emperor or once more take up the mantle of the monster known as the Night Haunter. In The Lightning Tower, word of Warmaster Horus's treachery has reached Terra, and one man is placed in charge of organising the defences of the Emperor's Imperial Palace. For Rogal Dorn, Primarch of the Imperial Fists Legion, it is a difficult and demanding task. He discovers that an even greater one remains: facing his greatest fear. Both of these stories were later published as part of the Shadows of Treachery Anthology Novel.
- 2. Raven's Flight
Raven's Flight follows the desperate Raven Guard Legion after their betrayal during the Drop Site Massacre of Istvaan V. The Raven Guard find themselves with only 3,000 Astartes remaining out of the 80,000 that once comprised the Legion. Meanwhile, on the Raven Guard's homeworld Deliverance, Praefector Marcus Valerius is haunted by a dream of dying ravens. Believing these nightmares to be significant, he attempts to convince his superior, Commander Branne, to send support to Istvaan V, fearing for the rest of the Legion and their Primarch Corax. Ordered by his Primiarch to remain on Deliverance, Branne is skeptical of Valerius' dreams, at first dismissing them outright. But after much deliberation he makes due course for Istvaan V to determine the fate of his Battle-Brothers. Raven's Flight was later re-released as part of the Shadows of Treachery Anthology Novel, but can still be bought as a stand alone audio drama.
- 3. Butcher's Nails
Butcher's Nails follows the Primarchs Angron of the World Eaters and Lorgar of the Word Bearers as they begin a clandestine mission together, but soon the World Eaters’ berserk fury attracts the attention of xenos raiders who will not allow Angron to pursue his bloody path. Butcher's Nails was later published in the Angron E-Book Collection and in The Scripts: Volume One.
- 4. Wolf Hunt
- 5. The Sigillite
The Sigillite explores the mysterious past of the Regent of Terra, Malcador the Sigillite. The galaxy is divided, but while his armies prepare for battle the Emperor himself remains curiously absent. In his place stands Malcador – legendary Sigillite, First Lord of Terra and regent to the throne – now arguably the single most powerful man in the Imperium. Army officer Khalid Hassan reports back to the Palace after a disastrous secret mission into the wastelands of Gyptus, but soon learns an awful truth about the destiny of mankind. Where do Malcador’s true loyalties lie?
- 6. Honour to the Dead
Honour to the Dead takes place during the Battle of Calth. As Calth burns, the Battle Titans of the Fire Masters legion take to the streets of the city of Ithraca, ready to massacre the fleeing civilian population in the name of their new, dark masters. But the remaining loyalist engines of the Legio Praesagius - the True Messengers - still stand ready to defend the Imperium, even in the face of almost certain death. With the nearby Ultramarines forces scattered and lost, the people of Ithraca must fend for themselves as gigantic war machines unleash apocalyptic weaponry across the ravaged skyline...
- 7. Censure
Censure takes place during the Battle of Calth. In the depths of Calth’s arcology network, the Underworld War has raged for years. Aeonid Thiel, previously an honoured sergeant of the Ultramarines, once again finds himself in trouble – pitted against the daemonic forces of the Word Bearers, he has no choice but to venture back to the ravaged surface and brave the deadly solar flares that have scoured all life from this world. With a lowly Imperial Army trooper as his only companion, it falls to him to drive the maniacal Dark Apostle Kurtha Sedd and his warband from the overrun XIII Legion stronghold.
- 8. Thief of Revelations
Thief of Revelations Follows the Thousand Sons – a Legion whose destiny was irrevocably altered at Prospero, and yet who now seem to dance only to fate’s tune. Ahzek Ahriman and Magnus the Red cast their psychic sight over the galaxy, seeking any clue as to what the future might hold and where their true allegiance should ultimately be placed. Thief of Revelations was written by Graham McNeill.
- 9. Kharn: The Eightfold Path
Kharn: The Eightfold Path Follows Kharn of the World Eaters Legion. In the fighting pits of the Conqueror, Khârn and his fellow World Eaters compete in ever-bloodier contests of carnage and mayhem. As the Butcher’s Nails dig ever deeper into their brains, the Legion have forsaken the Crimson Path. Now they walk a darker, more dangerous road: the Eightfold Path.
- 10. Lucius: The Eternal Blade
Lucius: The Eternal Blade Follows Lucius of the Emperor's Children Legion. Renowned as one of the finest duelists the galaxy has ever known, Lucius seeks ever greater challenges against which to test himself. After the Emperor's Children Legion scattered in the wake of their Primarch's apotheosis on Iydris, he finds his way into the domain of a similarly legendary swordsman - Sanakht of the Thousand Sons. But which of these infamous warriors carries the greater favour amongst their new masters?
- 11. Cypher: Guardian of Order
Cypher: Guardian of Order Follows Lord Cypher of the Dark Angels Legion. For a select few amongst the First Legion, the Northwilds of Caliban hold a particularly dark secret. At the command of Luther himself, young Librarian Zahariel accompanies the Lord Cypher on one of his mysterious forays into the unknown depths. But an ancient evil is stirring once more and, with rumours of galactic civil war creeping back to their home world, it may have already sunken its claws into the Dark Angels Legion...
- 12. Hunter's Moon
Hunter's Moon is an upcoming Horus Heresy audio drama that follows the Space Wolves Legion after the Scouring of Prospero. As sanctioned executioners, the Wolves of Fenris were tasked with rooting out treachery at the heart of the Legions... but would they be capable of carrying out a death sentence upon one of the Emperor’s own sons? Now, a stolen Alpha Legion dropship crashes on the primitive oceanic world of Pelago, bringing news of a terrible war that has erupted out among the stars. Will the pursuing Traitors, thirsty for vengeance, reach the lone survivor before his own Battle-Brothers can?
Audio Dramas ShortsEdit
The following audio dramas range in duration from under ten minutes to about half an hour, and are released in downloadable MP3 file format only:
- 1. Grey Angel
Grey Angel takes place on a distant world of the Imperium, an agent of Rogal Dorn finds himself the prisoner of a Legion whose loyalties may be divided. Shackled and bound, the former Luna Wolf must fight a battle of wits with his captor, lest the course of the Horus Heresy take an unexpected turn. Will his very presence drive his erstwhile allies into the arms of the Warmaster or will maintaining the status quo prevent another Legion from turning traitor? And just who is the mysterious Space Marine aiding him from the shadows?
- 2. Burden of Duty
Burden of Duty follows former Death Guard Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro as he infiltrates the Imperial Fists' mighty Starfort, the Phalanx, in order to recruit another member to his elite band of warriors. Meanwhile, on distant Caliban, former Sons of Horus Garviel Loken and Iacton Qruze undertake a mission to ascertain the true loyalties of the I Legion, the Dark Angels.
- 3. Sister of Silence - Silence is golden
Sister of Silence is an exclusive short audio drama, revolving around the Sisters of Silence. Released by the Black Library on April 1, 2012 this download was limited to those readers who subscribed to the Black Library's newsletter. Released as an April Fool's gag, after a brief introduction there is nothing but silence that follows for thirteen full minutes.
- 4. Warmaster
Warmaster is an exclusive short audio drama, revolving around the Warmaster, Horus. In the strategium of the Vengeful Spirit, Warmaster Horus sets up his assault on his father’s Imperium. But just who is Horus talking to as he lays out his plans for galactic domination? Warmaster was released as part of the Black Library Advent Calender event.
- 5. Veritas Ferrum
Veritas Ferrum is an exclusive short audio drama, revolving around the Iron Hands warship Veritas Ferrum. The Iron Hands warship arrives in the Isstvan system in the second wave of Imperial forces. Battered by the foes and forced to retreat, the crew must make a difficult choice when survivors of the massacre ask for aid. Veritas Ferrum was released as part of the Black Library Advent Calender event.
- 6. Strike and Fade
Strike and Fade is an exclusive short audio drama, taking place after the Drop Site Massacre on Isstvan V. In the aftermath of the Isstvan V Massacre, a group of Salamanders survivors lay a trap for their foes, a group of unwary Night Lords on the hunt for easy prey. Strike and Fade was released as part of the Black Library Advent Calender event.
Garro Audio Drama SeriesEdit
The following are part of an audio drama‑only series based on Horus Heresy character Nathaniel Garro. The series is a sequel to The Flight of the Eisenstein, Book 4 in the book series.
- 1. Garro: Oath of Moment
Upon returning to Terra the acting Regent of Terra, Malcador the Sigillite despatches former Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro upon a mission of great importance and singular purpose. Garro undertakes a holy quest to find other Space Marines like himself, who have remained loyal to the Emperor despite the chaos of the civil war that has engulfed the galaxy -- whether they be of the Loyalist or Traitor Legions. His quest will first take Garro to the war-torn world of Calth, where the Ultramarines Legion is fighting a desperate battle for their very survival against the treacherous Word Bearers Traitor Legion.
- 2. Garro: Legion of One
Garro: Legion of One finds Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro continuing his sacred quest across the war-torn galaxy in pursuit of those worthy of serving the Emperor in a new, secret undertaking. Garro and his companions Tylos Rubio, a former Ultramarines Librarian and Mesa Varren, a former Captain of the savage World Eaters, soon find themselves amongst the ruins and mass graves of the ravaged world of Istvaan III. They have been ordered by the Sigillite to seek out the last of the seven warriors of their new fellowship in order to fulfill his quest. Upon their arrival they encounter what appears to be a handful of human survivors. They speak of a savage beast that hunts them. Taking matters into his own hands, Garro seeks out the lair of this so-called beast, to discover who, or what, this creature truly is.
- 3. Garro: Sword of Truth
Upon his return from the war-torn world of Calth, Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro finds himself undertaking a new mission on behalf of the Sigillite. A ragged fleet of supposedly lost legionaries from several different Legions linger at the edge of the Segmentum Solar requesting sanctuary. With the presence of Space Marines from the traitorous Emperor's Children and World Eaters a cause for concern, it is up to Garro to determine who is friend and who is foe.
Audio Drama CollectionsEdit
The following is a list of Horus Heresy e-bundles or collections that contain various Horus Heresy audio dramas, audio shorts, and short stories:
- 1. Advent Calender 2012 Ebundle
Advent Calender 2012 Ebundle is a collection of short stories and short audio dramas from various Black Library authors. Contained within this collection are the Horus Heresy short audio dramas Warmaster, Veritas Ferrum, and Strike and Fade. Also contained within are twenty-one short stories from the Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Fantasy, and The Time of Legends universes.
- 2. The Horus Heresy: The Complete Audio Drama Collection 2013
The Horus Heresy: The Complete Audio Drama Collection 2013 is a collection of audio dramas from various Black Library authors. Contained within this collection are all sixteen audio dramas released so far for The Horus Heresy Series, from The Dark King to Thief of Revelations, including the Garro series of audio dramas. This collection however does not include the Christmas 2013 Advent Calender audio dramas or the 2012 April Fools day audio drama Sister of Silence.
The following is a list of Horus Heresy Script Books that contain the scripts for various Horus Heresy audio dramas and audio shorts:
- 1. The Scripts: Volume One
The Scripts: Volume One contains the scripts for the audio dramas The Dark King, The Lightning Tower, Raven's Flight, Garro: Oath of Moment, Garro: Legion of One, and Butcher's Nails. With full soundtrack direction, character notes, and an exclusive introduction from editor Christian Dunn, The Scripts takes a look behind the scenes of Black Library’s most popular series.
All Horus Heresy novels have been made into or will be made into Audiobooks, these currently include:
- Horus Rising by Dan Abnett (Abridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
- False Gods by Graham McNeill (Abridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
- Galaxy In Flames by Ben Counter (Abridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
- Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Fulgrim by Graham McNeill (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Fallen Angels by Mike Lee (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Age of Darkness Edited by Christian Dunn (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
- A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
- Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
- The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeill (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
- Know No Fear by Dan Abnett (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- The Primachs Edited by Christain Dunn (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Fear to Tread by James Swallow (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Angel Exterminatus by Graham McNeill (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Betrayer by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Mark of Calth edited by Laurie Goulding (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Vulkan Lives by Nick Kyme (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- The Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- Promethean Sun by Nick Kyme (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
- The audio releases of Horus Rising, False Gods, and Galaxy In Flames have also been released as a limited-edition audio box set that contains all three audiobooks and an extra bonus disc.
- Horus Rising (Anniversary Edition) – Dan Abnett – April 2011. "5th Anniversary Edition" to mark the 5-year publishing history of the Horus Heresy Series. "With titanium-blue foiling and a specially commissioned introduction from author Dan Abnett."