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The Horus Heresy Series is a collection of novels, novellas, short stories, audio dramas, game books, and artwork created by some of the Black Library's best-known authors and artists. It chronicles the history of the Horus Heresy era 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 July 2016 consists of forty novels, twenty-one novellas, thirty-seven audio dramas, and a large number of short stories written by over nineteen different authors. There are many more books in the series already being prepared for publication in 2016 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 the current titles in the main Horus Heresy novels series:

# Title Author
1 Horus Rising Dan Abnett
2 False Gods Graham McNeill
3 Galaxy in Flames Ben Counter
4 Flight of the Eisenstein James Swallow
5 Fulgrim Graham McNeill
6 Descent of Angels Mitchel Scanlon
7 Legion Dan Abnett
8 Battle for the Abyss Ben Counter
9 Mechanicum Graham McNeill
10 Tales of Heresy (Anthology) Nick Kyme & Lindsey Priestly (Editors)
11 Fallen Angels Mike Lee
12 A Thousand Sons Graham McNeill
13 Nemesis James Swallow
14 The First Heretic Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Prospero Burns

Dan Abnett
16 Age of Darkness (Anthology) Christian Dunn (Editor)
17 The Outcast Dead Graham McNeill
18 Deliverance Lost Gav Thorpe
19 Know No Fear Dan Abnett
20 The Primarchs (Anthology) Christian Dunn (Editor)
21 Fear To Tread James Swallow

Shadows of Treachery (Anthology)

Christian Dunn (Editor)
23 Angel Exterminatus Graham McNeill
24 Betrayer Aaron Dembski-Bowden
25 Mark of Calth (Anthology) Laurie Goulding (Editor)
26 Vulkan Lives Nick Kyme
27 The Unremembered Empire Dan Abnett
28 Scars Chris Wraight
29 Vengeful Spirit

Graham McNeill

30 The Damnation of Pythos David Annandale

Legacies of Betrayal (Anthology)

Laurie Goulding (Editor)
32 Deathfire Nick Kyme
33 War Without End (Anthology) Laurie Goulding (Editor)
34 Pharos Guy Haley
35 Eye of Terra (Anthology) Laurie Goulding (Editor)
36 The Path of Heaven Chris Wraight
37 The Silent War (Anthology) Laurie Goulding (Editor)
38 Angels of Caliban Gav Thorpe
39 Praetorian of Dorn John French
40 Corax (Anthology) Gav Thorpe
41 Master of Mankind Aaron Dembski-Bowden
XX The Crimson King Graham McNeill
XX Sons of the Forge Nick Kyme
XX Nightfall Aaron Dembski-Bowden
XX Shattered Legions (Anthology) Laurie Goulding


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. Horusrising
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. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. On the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favorite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, the idealistic Horus tries to carry out the Emperor's grand design, all the while the seeds of heresy and rebellion have been sowed amongst his brothers.

2. False Gods
2. False Gods - The heresy takes root

False Gods describes Horus' fall to Chaos. Far from Terra, the XVIth Legion continue in the Great Crusade as the Sons of Horus. Putting the debacle with the Interex behind him, the Warmaster has become more withdrawn as he struggles to deal with the jealousy of his brother Primarchs, and increasingly relies upon the council of his advisors as he plans each new campaign. Noble captain Garviel Loken harbours misgivings about the clandestine ways adopted by many of his brethren, but when then Legion is sent to reconquer the moon of Davin, it is clear that Horus has a personal stake in the matter which may have clouded his judgement. With dark forces rising against them, have the Primarch and his warriors been drawn into a trap?

3. Galaxy in Flames
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. Having made a miraculous recovery from the grievous injuries he suffered on Davin, Warmaster Horus now leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III. An unprecedented alliance between the Sons of Horus, Death Guard, World Eaters and Emperor’s Children Legions seems more than capable of overwhelming the paltry mortal defences – indeed, such a display of force almost seems unnecessary? Putting their own concerns aside, Garviel Loken and his loyal kinsmen lead their companies to the surface only to learn the full, horrifying truth, and the legendary war known as the Horus Heresy begins with the most foul act of betrayal imaginable...

4. Flight-eisenstein
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 Grand Company, one of the few commanders in the Traitor Legions who remained Loyal to the Emperor. Having witnessed the events on Istvaan III, Deathguard Captain Garro seizes a ship and heads to Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery. But the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, and becomes stranded in the warp. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to Terra in time?

5. Fulgrim
5. Fulgrim - Visions of treachery

Fulrim 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. Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor’s Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man. Loyalties are tested, and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor’s Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption – a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V...

6. Descent of Angels - Loyalty and honour
6. Descentofangelscover

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
7. Legion

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
8. Battle-Abyss

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
9. Mechanicum

Mechanicum is about the Schism of Mars as Traitor and Loyalist forces fight to determine which side in the struggle will receive the support of the Mechanicum. 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. As the flames of treachery spread outwards through the Imperium, Horus mobilises those forces who are loyal to him, and plots to subvert or destroy those who stand against him. A battle is being fought for the heart and soul of all the Imperial forces – the Astartes, the Imperial Army, the Titan Legions and more. In this epic story, author Graham McNeill tells the story of the civil war on Mars, and the genesis of the Dark Mechanicum.

10. Tales of Heresy
10. Tales-of-heresy

Tales of Heresy is a collection of short stories set during the Unification Wars, the Great Crusade, and the Horus Heresy. It is the 31st millennium, and mankind has spread across the galaxy. When Horus the Warmaster rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across galaxy, pitting Astartes against their battle-brothers in a struggle where death was the only victor. This collection features stories of heroism and tragedy set during this turbulent time, by star Horus Heresy authors Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, James Swallow and more.

11. Fallen Angels - Deceit and betrayal
11. Fallen-angels

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...
12. A-thousand-Sons

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
13. Nemesis

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
14. The First Heretic--

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
15. Prospero-burns

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
16. Age-of-darkness

Age of Darkness is a anthology of short stories set during the seven-year period between the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V and the start of the final campaign against Terra by the Traitor forces. After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation...

17. The Outcast Dead - The truth lies within
17. The-Outcast-Dead

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
18. Deliverence lost

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
19. Know no fear

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
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. Created in the Emperor’s own image, the Primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny – they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy. Gathered within this anthology are four novellas focusing on some of the mightiest warriors and leaders that mankind has ever known – Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Lion El’Jonson and Konrad Curze – and the roles that they may have yet to play in a war which threatens to change the face of the Imperium forever.

21. Fear to Tread - The angel falls
21. Fear-to-Tread

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
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 Cover

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. Perturabo – master of siegecraft, and the executioner of Olympia. Long has he lived in the shadow of his more favoured Primarch brothers, frustrated by the mundane and ignominious duties which regularly fall to his Legion. When Fulgrim offers him the chance to lead an expedition in search of ancient and destructive xenos weaponry, the Iron Warriors and the Emperor’s Children unite and venture deep into the heart of the great star maelstrom that haunts Perturabo's dreams. Pursued by vengeful survivors from Isstvan V and the revenants of a dead Eldar world, they must work quickly if they are to unleash the devastating power of the Angel Exterminatus!

24. Betrayer - Blood for the Blood God
23. Betrayercover

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. The Shadow Crusade has begun. While the Ultramarines reel from Kor Phaeron’s surprise attack on Calth, Lorgar and the rest of the Word Bearers strike deep into Ultramar. Their unlikely allies, Angron and the World Eaters, continue to ravage each new system they come across – upon the garrison planet of Armatura, this relentless savagery may finally prove to be their undoing. Worlds will burn, Legions will clash and a Primarch will fall.

25. Mark of Calth

Mark of Calth is an anthology of short stories set during Calth's Underworld War. The Heresy came to Calth without warning. In just a few hours of betrayal and bloodshed, the proud warriors of the XIIIth Legion – Guilliman’s own Ultramarines – were laid low by the treachery of their erstwhile brothers of the XVIIth. Now, as the planet is scoured by solar flares from the wounded Veridian star, the survivors must take the fight to the remaining Word Bearers and their foul allies, or face damnation in the gloomy arcology shelters beneath the planet’s surface. A collection of stories by authors including Dan Abnett, Aaron Demsbki-Bowden and Rob Sanders. The battle for Calth is far from over...

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 XVI 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 - Thinning the veil

The Damnation of Pythos takes place during the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Istvaan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on the seemingly insignificant Death World of Pythos. The Damnation of Pythos is the thirtieth Horus Heresy novel in the main series and the debut Horus Heresy novel for David Annandale.

31. Legacies of Betrayal - Let the galaxy burn

Legacies of Betrayal is a collection of short stories that takes place during the Horus Heresy. The anthology contains nineteen short stories that were previously released as E-books, Horus Heresy Weekender exclusive short stories, or audio dramas. The anthology contains the following stories: Brotherhood of the Storm, Wolf's Claw, and Lone Wolf by Chris Wraight, Serpent, Riven, and Warmaster by John French, Hunter's Moon, and Strike and Fade by Guy Haley, Veritas Ferrum by David Annandale, Honour to the Dead, The Divine Word, and Cypher: Guardian of Order by Gav Thorpe, Butcher's Nails, and Heart of the Conqueror by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Kryptos, and Lucius: The Eternal Blade by Graham McNeill, Kharn: The Eightfold Path by Anthony Reynold, and Censure by Nick Kyme.

32. Deathfire - Into the Ruinstorm

Deathfire is the thirty-second novel in the Horus Heresy Series. Vulkan lies in stasis beneath the Fortress of Hera on Macragge, and yet many of his sons still refuse to believe that he is truly dead. After a seemingly miraculous rescue by the Ultramarines, Artellus Numeon, once captain of the Pyre Guard, urges the other Salamanders on Macragge to leave Imperium Secundus and return their Primarch's body to their home world of Nocturne - there to be reborn in the flames of Mount Deathfire. But Numeon grapples endlessly with his doubts and fears for the future of the Legion, while their foes seek to carve out new destinies of their own...

33. War Without End - Heresy begets retribution

War Without End is the thirty-third novel in the Horus Heresy Series. The Emperor’s vision of Mankind ascendant lies in tatters. The Great Crusade is naught but a fading memory. The dream of Unity is no more. But with Horus’s rebellion spreading to every corner of the Imperium and war engulfing new worlds and systems almost daily, there are some who now ask: were the signs there to be seen all along? In these dark times, only one thing is certain – the galaxy will never know peace again, not in this lifetime or a thousand others... War Without End is an anthology and contains twenty-one short stories from various authors. All the stories contained within this anthology were previously published in the limited edition anthologies The Imperial Truth, Sedition's Gate, and in the novella anthology collections Death and Defiance & Blades of the Traitor.

34. Pharos - The dying of the light

Pharos is the thirty-fourth novel in the Horus Heresy Series. With the noble Emperor Sanguinius ruling from Macragge, Imperium Secundus stands as a lone beacon of hope even as the Warmaster’s forces continue to ravage the rest of the Galaxy. Roboute Guilliman, still Master of Ultramar, has convinced his brother that Terra has fallen and that the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha now holds the key to mankind’s future. But the Night Lords, the cruel and pitiless sons of Konrad Curze, have been watching from the shadows, and make ready to launch their long-planned attack on Pharos itself…

35. Eye of Terra - I am the Emperor's vigilance

Eye of Terra is the thirty-fifth novel in the Horus Heresy Series. The galaxy burns at Horus’s command, and a billion more lives are lost with each passing moment – though it was not always so. Once, the title of Warmaster stood for honour, loyalty, and a fierce pride in the strength of the Space Marine Legions. But perhaps by following the myriad lines of destiny and defiance that were already woven around the Primarchs and their sons, we may yet come to understand the bitterness that can eat away at even the most steadfast of souls… This Horus Heresy anthology contains fifteen short stories by authors such as Graham McNeill, Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe and many more. Also, Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s acclaimed novella Aurelian revisits Lorgar’s pilgrimage within the Eye of Terror, and examines just what could convince a true servant of the Emperor to embrace the powers of Chaos once more.

36. The Path of Heaven - Riding out from the storm

The Path of Heaven is the thirty-sixth novel in the Horus Heresy Series. For far too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster’s rebellion and the war that inevitably followed. Only once their Primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion’s unfettered spirit has been broken by a relentless war of attrition against the Death Guard and the Emperor’s Children – the Khan’s Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

37. The Silent War - Chosen of the Sigillite

The Silent War is the thirty-seventh novel in the Horus Heresy Series. The Silent War is an anthology novel of short stories chronicling the myriad of secret missions that underpin the entire Horus Heresy. While loyalist and traitor forces clash on a thousand battlefields across the galaxy, a very different kind of war is being fought in the shadows. Rogal Dorn and his Legion prepare to defend the Sol System against the armies of Warmaster Horus, even as Malcador the Sigillite charges his many agents and spies with missions of the utmost secrecy. The future of the Imperium is being shaped by unseen hands... This Horus Heresy anthology contains fourteen stories by some of Black Library's top authors, including James Swallow, Chris Wraight, John French, Anthony Reynolds and many more.

38. Angels of Caliban - Emperors and slaves

Angels of Caliban is the thirty-eighth novel in the Horus Heresy Series. With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, Primarch Lion El’Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar – though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten to tear the Legion in half. But when word comes of the Night Lords’ attack on Sotha, the Lion’s brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once again to the brink of civil war. Not even the most fearsome warriors of the Dreadwing, nor any arcane secret of the Order, can guarantee victory if he sets himself against his loyal brothers.

39. Praetorian of Dorn - Alpha to omega

Praetorian of Dorn is the upcoming thirty-ninth Horus Heresy Series novel by Jon French. Recalled from the Great Crusade after Ullanor, Rogal Dorn and the VIIth Legion were appointed as the Emperor's Praetorians but only after the Warmaster's treachery was revealed did the full extent of that sacred duty become apparent. Now, as the Sol System comes under attack for the first time since the war began, and many of the seemingly impregnable defences wrought by the Imperial Fists prove inadequate. With all eyes fixed firmly upon this new threat beyond the gates of Terra, who will protect Dorn from the enemy within? Book cover currently not finalized.

40. Corax - Nevermore

Corax is the upcoming fortieth Horus Heresy Series novel by Gav Thorpe. After Istvaan V, after Deliverance, the Raven Guard Legion still endure. Their Primarch, Corvus Corax, has rallied countless warriors to his banner, striking back at the forces of Warmaster Horus on every front – from the degenerate Hereteks of the Dark Mechanicum to the cruel legionaries of the Sons of Horus themselves, none shall escape his wrath. But although Corax has managed to stall the physical corruption of his own Space Marines, what of their spirit? And what sinister end must await those who dwell forever in the darkness?

Upcoming ReleasesEdit

This list includes all known upcoming, as of yet unreleased novels, Novellas, and Audio Dramas from the Horus Heresy series. The details of their release dates and plots are based off of various sources, mostly from information provided by the Black Library authors of the listed materials themselves, and their titles may be subject to change before release:

Master of Mankind - War in the Webway

Master of Mankind is the upcoming Book 41 of Horus Heresy novel series and is written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Its release date is late 2016 and will be available at Black Library Live 2016 in November. The plot details the Emperor's actions on Terra after the disaster accidentally caused by the Primarch Magnus the Red and will detail the War in the Webway.

The Crimson King

The Crimson King is an upcoming Horus Heresy novel by Graham McNeill, and is known to follow the Primarch of the Thousand Sons Legion, Magnus the Red, after his escape from Prospero. The story will detail Magnus' fall to Chaos and his willingness to aid Horus in overthrowing the Emperor. Its release date is unknown.

Shattered Legions

Shattered Legions is an upcoming Horus Heresy anthology 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 after the Dropsite Massacre of Istvaan V.


Nightfall is an upcoming Horus Heresy novel by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and is believed to take place on the Nightfall, the Night Lords' flagship. Its release date is unknown, and the novel is a sequel to the novella Prince of Crows.

Sons of the Forge

Sons of the Forge by Nick Kyme follows the Salamanders Legion and is possibly the sequel to Deathfire. Its release date is unknown.


Weregeld is an upcoming Horus Heresy novella by Gav Thorpe. Weregeld is the final book of Gav Thorpe's Corax story arc and is being released as part of the anthology novel Corax. Plot details are unknown at this time, it is also unknown if Weregeld will be sold separately as a stand alone novella.

The Angel's Guardian

The Angel's Guardian is an upcoming Horus Heresy Novella, its release date and plot is unknown.

Weapon of Fate

Weapon of Fate is an upcoming Horus Heresy novel by James Swallow and collects all of the various Nathaniel Garro audio dramas and short stories including unreleased materials, its release date is unknown.

Death Guard (Working Title)

An upcoming novel by James Swallow featuring the Death Guard Legion and their unwilling fall to Chaos. Its release date is unknown. Deathguard is a working title.

The Thirteenth Wolf

The Thirteenth Wolf is an upcoming Horus Heresy audio drama by Gav Thorpe.

Exclusive Anthology NovelsEdit

The following anthology novels were released as Horus Heresy Weekender Exclusives or as other Exclusives. It is unknown when or if they will be made available for normal purchase, however, many of the short stories contained within these anthologies have later been republished either as stand alone stories or parts of normal Horus Heresy Series novels, usually with other stories relating to relevant material. (Graham McNeill's The Devine Adoratrice was republished as a stand alone short story when Book 29 Vengeful Spirit was released, both involving the Battle of Molech).

1. The Imperial Truth

The Imperial Truth is a Horus Heresy Anthology Book that was released as a Horus Heresy Weekender Exclusive in 2013. 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. Several short stories within this book have been republished elsewhere, such the Lord of the Red Sands by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and The Devine Adoratrice by Graham McNeill.

2. Sedition's Gate - No forgiveness, no respite

Sedition's Gate is a Horus Heresy Anthology Book that was released as a Horus Heresy Weekender Exclusive in 2014. The book contains the following short stories: Artefacts by Nick Kyme, The Harrowing by Rob Sanders, Allegiance by Chris Wraight, The Laural of Defiance by Guy Hayley, and Sermon of Exodus by David Annandale.

3. Meduson - The Shattered Legions Rise

Meduson is a Horus Heresy Anthology Book that was published in May 2015 and is exclusive to the Games Workshop Headquarters in Nottingham. Driven almost to the brink of self-destruction by the death of Ferrus Manus, the Iron Hands now seek vengeance for the many horrors of Isstvan V. Gathering survivors from the Raven Guard and the Salamanders aboard any vessels capable of warp travel, they wage a new campaign of annihilation against the traitor forces across the Galaxy - a campaign masterminded by legendary warleader Shadrak Meduson.


The following list contains all novellas first released as stand alone publications, including limited-edition, limited-time, print-on-demand, exclusives, or event only exclusive titles. Most were first published in hardback and later released are e-books, audio books, or as part of an anthology novel:

1. Promethean Sun - Into the fires of war
16a. Promethean-Sun

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
17b. Aurelian

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. Brotherhood of the Storm was later released as an e-book and a hardback, non-limited-release novella. This story is also included in the Legacies of Betrayal anthology (Book 31).

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. Ravenlord - Freedom bought with blood

Ravenlord follows the Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion, Corvus Corax, and the remnants of his once mighty Legion as they wage an entirely different type of war against the traitorous Warmaster Horus - liberating worlds oppressed by traitor forces, as they gather more and more followers, and disrupt the Warmaster’s influence wherever they can.

8. The Purge - Behind a loyal mask

The Purge is a Horus Heresy novella. The Shadow Crusade spreads across Ultramar, with the Word Bearers 34th Company falling upon the isolated world of Percepton Primus. As the fighting draws out into a programme of extermination, embittered commander Sor Talgron begins to question his part in Lorgar’s grander scheme – for one who stood beside Primarchs and high lords in the grand halls of the Imperial Palace, what glory can there now be in punishing Guilliman’s upstart sons? But the price of doubt is known all too well, and if the Word Bearers are ever to return to Terra in triumph then they must purge the last remnants of such unbelief from the face of the galaxy...

9. Death and Defiance - The Traitor's Gambit

Death and Defiance is an anthology novella of short stories set during the Horus Heresy. Included in this anthology are the short stories Imperfect by Nick Kyme, Howl of the Hearthworld by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, A Safe And Shadowed Place by Guy Haley, Virtues of the Sons by Andy Smillie, and Gunsight by James Swallow. All of the short stories contained within Death and Defiance are available separately as e-books.

10. The Seventh Serpent - Cut off the head and the body dies

The Seventh Serpent is a limited edition Horus Heresy novella by Graham McNiell that was released in 2014. The crew of the Sisypheum , Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders survivors, seek to strike a decisive blow against the Traitor Legions. Their target: a heavily defended Alpha Legion outpost. Aided by some unlikely allies, they take their vengeance against the Sons of Alpharius. But as with anything involving the XX Legion, what awaits them on the station is not what they expect, and as the true architect of the battle reveals himself, the warriors of the Shattered Legions face a deadly opponent unlike any other.

11. Blades of the Traitor - Heed the Warmaster's call

Blades of the Traitor is a Horus Heresy Series novella anthology. The novella contains five short stories by several Black Library authors, including the following: Black Oculus by John French, Daemonology by Chris Wraight, which were both previously released separately as ebooks, and Twisted by Guy Haley, Chirurgeon by Nick Kyme, and Wolf Mother by Graham McNeill..

12. Tallarn: Ironclad - The darkness beneath

Tallarn: Ironclad is a Horus Heresy Series Novella. The battle for Tallarn rages between the traitor Iron Warriors and the Imperial Army. A carpet of armour covers the surface of the toxic planet: Dreadnoughts versus tanks versus Titans. But what secret purpose drives the Iron Warriors onwards to war? Tallarn: Ironclad is written by John French and is the sequel to the novella Tallarn: Executioner. Although Tallarn: Ironclad was marketed as a full length novel it only contains 240 pages, more than a novella yet less than a full novel.

13. Cybernetica - Mars must be purged

Cybernetica is a Horus Heresy Series novella. Soon after word reached Terra of Horus's nascent rebellion, Mars fell. Rogue elements within the Mechanicum priesthood, stirred by the Warmaster's promises of independence and prosperity, turned against the Imperium and forced the Primarch Rogal Dorn to order an impenetrable blockade of the Red Planet. Now it has become clear that the corruption has spread too deep, and that more drastic measures must be taken if the Forge World Principal is to be reclaimed. Calling upon the expertise of those who witnessed the so-called 'Death of Innocence' firsthand, Lord Dorn and Malcador the Sigillite consider their final solution - the complete extermination of all life on Mars.

14. The Honoured - Betrayal at Calth

The Honoured is a Horus Heresy Series novella. In the immediate aftermath of the Word Bearers’ attack on Calth, survivors from both sides were driven into the subterranean arcology shelters by the tortured Veridian star. While their Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, had planned for many seemingly unthinkable eventualities, the Ultramarines now face a new war in the underworld – could Steloc Aethon, renowned captain of ‘the Honoured 19th’ Company, be the one to lead them to ultimate victory over the traitors? Perhaps, if he can master his own bitter desire for vengeance…

15. The Unburdened - Betrayal at Calth

The Unburdened is a Horus Heresy Series novella. Long considering themselves persecuted by the rest of the Imperium, the apostles of the Word Bearers Legion have courted sedition, betrayal and even open heresy for decades. But for Kurtha Sedd of the Third Hand Chapter, the Word Bearers’ assault on Calth has proven to be troubling. Drawn into the haunted shadows of the planet’s underworld, the Chaplain and his devout brethren must now put aside all other concerns and continue to wage war against the Ultramarines, no matter the ultimate cost.

16. Wolf King - The Lord of Winter and War

Wolf King is a Horus Heresy Series novella. The Space Wolves were set upon by the forces of the Alpha Legion before they had even recovered from the Scouring of Prospero – hounded to the edge of the Alaxxes Nebula, in desperation Leman Russ called out to his Primarch brothers for aid. None came. Now, with their fleet stranded and supplies dwindling, the warriors of the Rout face almost certain death amidst the rust-red clouds of the nebula. But what a glorious end it shall be, worthy of the sagas of old, and Alpharius's sons will soon learn that a cornered wolf is always the most deadly.

17. Garro: Vow of Faith - The Emperor Protects

Garro: Vow of Faith is a Horus Heresy Series novella. Long has been the road of Nathaniel Garro. After escaping the treachery of Isstvan III aboard the Eisenstein, he was gifted with new purpose as the Agentia Primus of the Knights Errant – and yet, Garro has become listless as the full extent of Malcador the Sigillite’s plans for the future are revealed, questioning his place in the galaxy once more. Even as the armies of the Warmaster draw near, Garro strikes out into the wastes of holy Terra. The object of his search? None other than the Living Saint, Euphrati Keeler herself.

The Primarchs SeriesEdit

The Primarchs is an upcoming series of Horus Heresy Novels that focuses on each of the 18 known Primarchs, the series will begin publication in May of 2016, starting with Roboute Guilliman. The novels will first release as limited editions and only on The series is projected to last for 4 years.

1. The Horus Heresy - Primarchs Book 1: Roboute Guilliman, Lord of Ultramar

The first book in The Primarchs Series, Roboute Guilliman - Lord of Ultramar, contains information on Roboute Guilliman and the Ultramarines Legion. Long before the coming of the Imperium, the realm of Ultramar was ruled by Roboute Guilliman, the last Battle King of Macragge. Even after learning of his true heritage as a Primarch son of the Emperor of Mankind, he strove to expand his domain as efficiently and benevolently as possible, with the XIII Legion Ultramarines as his alone to command. Now, facing a rival empire on the Ork-held world of Thoas, Guilliman must choose his weapons carefully – otherwise his dream of a brighter future could be lost forever... Book cover currently not finalized.

2. The Horus Heresy - Primarchs Book 2: Leman Russ, The Great Wolf

The second book in The Primarchs Series, Leman Russ - The Great Wolf, contains information on Leman Russ and the Space Wolves Legion. Many are the sagas of Leman Russ, Lord of Winter and War, most fearsome of the Emperor's Primarch sons. At the height of the Great Crusade, his Space Wolves fight to bring the rebel world of Dulan to compliance. Enraged by the defiance of the tyrant Durath, Russ has pledged to strike him down personally but his brother Lion El'Jonson, Primarch of the Dark Angels Legion, advises more caution. With the might of two Legions arrayed against Durath, tensions nevertheless run high, and the rivalry between the Wolf and the Lion threatens to engulf them all. Book cover currently not finalized.

3. The Horus Heresy - Primarchs Book 3: Magnus the Red, Master of Prospero

The third book in The Primarchs Series, Magnus the Red - The Master of Prospero, contains information on Magnus the Red and the Thousand Sons Legion. Lord of the mystical and uncanny, Magnus the Red has long studied the ancient crafts of sorcery. A Psyker without peer, save only for the Emperor himself, he commands his loyal followers of the Thousand Sons Legion in the Great Crusade, always vigilant for any lost knowledge they might recover from the remains of dead human civilisations. Now, fighting alongside his brother Perturabo of the Iron Warriors Legion, Magnus begins to foresee an approaching nexus of fate. Will he remain true to their mutual aims, or divert his own efforts towards furthering his own mastery of the warp? Book cover currently not finalized.

Omnibus CollectionsEdit

The following are Horus Heresy Series Omnibus books, each collecting several main series novels, novellas, short stories, and printed versions of audio dramas.

1. Crusade's End

Crusade's End is the very first Horus Heresy Series Omnibus. It was to be the dawn of a glorious new age. Following countless millennia of darkness and strife, the armies of the Emperor of Mankind had reconquered world after world in a Great Crusade, the like of which the galaxy had never seen. Having established themselves as the most powerful military force ever to march under a single banner, the Space Marine Legions were each led by a god-like Primarch – those apparently immortal sons of the Emperor himself. Humanity seemed set to rule the stars once more. And then came Horus Lupercal. The noble Warmaster, and reviled arch-traitor. Crusade's End contains three novels and three short stories.

2. The Last Phoenix

The Last Phoenix is the second Horus Heresy Series Omnibus. Only in perfection can evil flourish. With the Space Marine Legions falling upon one another in open battle, the most flawed of the mighty Primarchs began to pursue their own agendas, seeking out whatever destinies they imagined for themselves under Horus’s new order. Fulgrim, the Phoenician lord of the Emperor’s Children Legion, had always striven to outshine his brothers – but even he could never have guessed the depths of betrayal to which he would eventually sink in pursuit of greater power. In strength, there is weakness. In beauty, horror. The Horus Heresy continues in this omnibus, with the fall of the III Legion to Chaos. The Last Phoenix contains two novels, five short stories, and two novella length short stories.

3. The Razing of Prospero

The Razing of Prospero is the third Horus Heresy Series Omnibus. Not all of the Primarchs were created equal. Long persecuted for his Legion's sorcerous ways, Magnus the Red nevertheless considered himself among the most loyal of the Emperor's Sons. It was he who first learned of Horus's corruption, but in trying to warn his father he earned the wrath of Leman Russ - Primarch of the Space Wolves and self-styled Imperial Executioner. Word of the subsequent attack on Prospero blurred the lines between ally and enemy, friend and foe, throughout the Legions. Seeking only unity, the Imperium engineered its own downfall. The Razing of Prospero contains two novels and four short stories.

Short Stories and E-StoriesEdit

This list does not include stories that were originally released as part of an Anthology Novel or Novella, or released first as an audio drama, only stories that are first published as stand alone quick reads, e-shorts, or included in special edition releases. Currently most stand alone short stories are later re-released as part of an anthology.

1. Army of One

Army of One is a short story that takes place during the Horus Heresy, the civil war that blazed 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’... Kryptos was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. The Divine Word was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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 and later released as an audio book. The Mor Deythan stand apart from their brothers of the Raven Guard Legion - indeed, there are many who would claim that they do not even exist. Blessed with the same powers of stealth and subterfuge as their Primarch Corvus Corax, the self-styled Shadowmasters may slip through any battlefield, unseen and unheard, until they are ready to strike. Now, as the Legion mounts its attack on the Forge World of Atlas, Brother-Sergeant Chamell leads his warriors on a vital, clandestine mission to strike at the enemy's heart. Cover art taken from audio book release.

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 and is written by Black Library author John French. Serpent was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology and as an audio book. Stranger things than xenos and mutants dwell in the dark places between the stars - things known only too well to the inhabitants of Davin. Cult priest Thoros calls upon the favour of his patron gods to aid him in casting out the pretenders and non-believers, for only the true disciples of Chaos can be allowed to rule the galaxy...

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. Riven was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. Bjorn: Lone Wolf was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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 and later released as a stand alone e-book.

15. Heart of the Conqueror

Heart of the Conqueror is a Horus Heresy short story that takes place after the events of the main series novel Betrayer, and follows the World Eaters Legion and their now Daemonic Primarch, Angron. Angron is chained in the deepest dungeon aboard the Conqueror, his own flagship. Meanwhile the ship's only Navigator takes her own life after no longer being able to be part of the Legion's insanity and bloodlust, ripping the ship violently out of the Warp and into realspace, where they are then stranded and lost, with the Daemon Primarch beneath their feet. Heart of the Conqueror was released as a Horus Heresy Weekender exclusive, and is also included in the Legacies of Betrayal anthology. This short story was later released as an e-book.

16. Child of Night

Child of Night is a Horus Heresy short story. In the dark hive sumps beneath Terra, Chief Librarian Fel Zharost of the Night Lords Legion is being hunted. Having abandoned his insane Primarch and brothers many years ago, he doesn’t know what he’s done wrong, but he’s sure he doesn’t want to be captured. What will happen when he discovers that his Legion has fallen into heresy? And where will his loyalties lie?

17. Daemonology

Daemonology is a Horus Heresy short story that follows the Death Guard Legion and their Primarch, Mortarion. Chagrined by his defeat at the hands of Jaghatai Khan, Mortarion abandons the pursuit of the White Scars Legion and instead leads the Death Guard in a spiteful, punitive rampage across the systems of the Prosperine Empire. World after world has fallen to this horrific onslaught, and yet the insular and secretive Primarch seems preoccupied by some other, unspoken goal. Finally, on Terathalion, the truth of Mortarion’s sinister heritage will be exposed, and the future of the XIV Legion will be written...Daemonology was originally released as an ebook but was later released as part of the Blades of the Traitor novella anthology.

19. The Final Compliance of Sixty-Three Fourteen

The Final Compliance of Sixty-Three Fourteen is a Horus Heresy short story. As Horus grinds the Imperium beneath his boot, emissaries from the XVIth Legion return to worlds sworn to the Warmaster during the Great Crusade to have them renew their fealty. With the Sons of Horus already at battle readiness over Sixty-Three Fourteen, a grim decision must be made...

19. Vorax

Vorax is a Horus Heresy short story. The Ring of Iron encircles Mars like a broken halo, standing as the last contested outpost of the Dark Mechanicum inside the Imperial Fists’ blockade. But those rogue priests and adepts lurking in the depths will soon face a new enemy, and the hunters shall become the prey...

20. Brotherhood of the Moon

Brotherhood of the Moon is a Horus Heresy short story. In the aftermath of the rebellion within his Legion, Jaghatai Khan ordered the trials of his wayward sons to determine whether or not they would atone. The proud Terran legionary Torghun Khan now stands before his accusers, and must account for the events that could have led him into outright heresy...

21. The Value of Fear

The Value of Fear is a Horus Heresy short story. The Raven Guard under Corax continue to gather all leaderless loyalists to their banner, determined to take the fight to Horus and his heretics. In the industrial nightmare of the underhive, the XIXth Legion receive a lesson in terror tactics from the most unlikely of allies – the Night Lords...

22. Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father is a Horus Heresy short story. As Azkaellon and Amit duel in the ritual Tempest of Angels, the two favoured sons of Sanguinius learn something about their virtues and their weaknesses, of both themselves and each other. This Short Story is also included in the First Edition Version of the Warhammer 40,000 novel Sons of Wrath.

23. Black Oculus

Black Oculus is a Horus Heresy short story. After Fulgrim’s ascension to daemonhood at Iydris, Perturabo and his Legion were trapped by the singularity at the heart of the so-called ‘Eye of Terror’. Their only option? To thread the needle, and dive into the heart of the black hole. Perhaps by sheer blind luck, they were transported far across the warp to the Tallarn System – but the Navigators in service to the Iron Warriors fleet were irreversibly corrupted by that harrowing experience. Now they serve a new purpose, and Perturabo’s plans for revenge come closer to fruition...Black Oculus was originally released as an ebook but was later released as part of the Blades of the Traitor novella anthology.

24. Tallarn: Witness

Tallarn: Witness is a Horus Heresy short story. After a somewhat unexpected Imperial victory against the Iron Warriors upon the dead wastes of Tallarn, the world’s new governor-militant Susada Syn takes to the battlefield. With the wreckage of a million tanks and war machines spread across the planetary surface, Syn and his allies in the Space Marine Legions and Imperial Army survey the carnage, and consider the price that they have paid in blood...Tallarn: Witness was originally released as a short story in the 2015 Horus Heresy Weekender, but was later released as an e-book.

25. Ironfire

Ironfire is a Horus Heresy short story. His body broken by the fall of the Schadenhold, the Iron Warriors Warsmith Idriss Krendl is nonetheless far from defeated. Now commanding two of the mighty siege guns stolen from the forge world of Diamat, he seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of his Primarch by bringing down the Great Selenic Palace on Euphorus, and gather invaluable tactical data for the eventual assault on Terra. His plan? To utilise a strategy of his own devising - the glorious Ironfire Protocol.

25. Massacre

Massacre is a Horus Heresy short story by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Massacre is a preqel to the Night Lords series of Warhammer 40,000 novels by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and follows the Night Lords 10th Company during the Dropsite Massacre of Istvaan V. This short story was released for free over the course o five days only through the Warhammer App.

27. Ghosts Speak Not

Ghosts Speak Not is a Horus Heresy short story. When Nathaniel Garro carried word of the Warmaster’s treachery to Terra, he also brought with him seventy loyal sons of the Death Guard Legion. Distrusted by their kinsmen, they languished in seclusion on Luna... until now. Written by James Swallow, this short story is included in the novelette 'Ghosts Speak Not & Patience'.

28. Patience

Patience is a Horus Heresy short story. Amendera Kendel, once a Sister of Silence but more recently in service to the Sigillite, gives Helig Gallor of the Death Guard a new purpose, and a new duty – one that will ultimately see him reunited with his former battle captain on the field of war. Written by James Swallow, this short story is included in the novelette 'Ghosts Speak Not & Patience'.

29. Inheritor

Inheritor is a Horus Heresy short story. On the world of Kronus, deep within the grand realm of Ultramar, Torquill Eliphas of the Word Bearers brings his grand designs to fruition. As part of Lorgar’s Shadow Crusade, the Ark of Testimony Chapter has fought alongside their berserker allies from the World Eaters for many months. But the slaughter of Ultramarines is not their only goal – Eliphas seeks to harness the power of the Warp, in the construction of the mighty Templum Daemonarchia...

30. Tallarn: Siren

Tallarn: Siren is a Horus Heresy short story. In the immediate aftermath of the Iron Warriors' attack, the loyalist forces on Tallarn mount a desperate mission to locate the last surviving Astropath on the planet, so that they can send a distress call to the rest of the Imperium.

31. Blackshield

Blackshield is a Horus Heresy short story. Even within the dread annals of the Horus Heresy, few events have provoked as much horror as the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V, when the Space Marines turned on their brothers in an orgy of slaughter. The Legions were torn apart, the civil war spiralling outwards to all corners of the Imperium, shattering the trust that once bound them together. Along with a handful of other renegade Death Guard legionaries, ex-Deathshroud Terminator Sergeant Khorak has begun to raid the fringes of the Imperium - until they are cornered by mysterious warriors in crudely painted black armour, led by another fallen son of Mortarion, the Blackshield Crysos Morturg. Can the two gene-brothers set aside their differences, or is history deemed to repeat itself?

32. Myriad

Myriad is a Horus Heresy short story. Mars, the Red Planet, home to the Mechanicum, a mysterious cult dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the universe. In this sequel to Cybernetica, a loyalist resistance – made up of rag-tag survivors from a Titan crew, enginseers and tech-adepts – conducts guerrilla raids on the Dark Mechanicum forces of Kelbor-Hal. Out in the wastes, they discover a Kastelan robot that carries inside it a rare secret: a technology that has the power to break the stalemate and swing the war in the loyalists’ favour. But what is the cost of deploying such a power? The loyalists now face a hard decision – just because they can, does this mean they should?


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 dual hardback release.

3. The Horus Heresy Cover Art Collection

The Horus Heresy Cover Art Collection is a deluxe, oversized coffee table book is presented in landscape format and features over 75 pages of full page Horus Heresy artwork so you can see every detail across each of the page. It displays each image in two ways: as a full piece of art so you can view it as the artist originally intended, and as it was originally presented on the cover of each book or CD. The book itself is a sturdy hardback with a soft-touch matte cover with gold foiling. This continues onto the slipcase, which is also soft touch and matte-black with gold foil title and iconography. This limited edition artbook limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, and is only available online.

Graphic NovelsEdit

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.

2. Prospero

Prospero is the second Horus Heresy graphic novel in the series. The book is set during the Fall of Prospero, as chronicled in the novels A Thosand Sons and Prospero Burns. The title of this graphic novel is currently unknown, as is it's release date.

Forge World Horus Heresy Game BooksEdit

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.

4. The Horus Heresy: Book Four - Conquest
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The Horus Heresy: Book Four - Conquest is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. Containing no new Space Marine Legions or Primarchs, Conquest instead features updated army lists for the Mechanicum, Dark Mechanicum, and the Space Marine Legions including the ability to field a Shattered Legions army and additional new Legion units and vehicles. The book does, however, contain two new Horus Heresy era army lists, the Solar Auxilia of the Imperial Army, and the Knight Houses of the Questoris Familia. The book details Horus' war on the Northern Imperium, including the following battles and campaigns: Battles of the Cyclops Cluster, The Siege of Mezoa, Conquest of Manachea, and the Defence of Agathon.

5. The Horus Heresy: Book Five - Tempest

The Horus Heresy: Book Five - Tempest is the fifth book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. Tempest covers the Battle of Calth between the Word Bearers and the Ultramarines Legions. The book is to be part of a duology, with book 5 covering the Battle of Calth, and a later book covering the Shadow Crusade, the Battle of Armatura, and the Underworld War. This book will feature one new Legion in the Ultramarines, new units for the Word Bearers, new units for the Imperial Army (Warp Cultists and Imperial Militia), Mechanicum and Dark Mechanicum units, and new Space Marine Legion units and vehicles.

6. The Horus Heresy: Book 6 - Retribution

The Horus Heresy: Book 6 - Retribution is the confirmed sixth book in the Horus Heresy Series by Forge World. This book takes place during the Shadow Wars of the Age of Darkness and follow the exploits of the Shattered Legions and the Knights-Errant during their campaign of vengeance against the Traitor Legions. The forces of the Blackshield Factions, the Forge World of Xana, the Knight Houses of Malinax, and the Warmaster's Traitor Legions will also be included. The Legion traits for the Dark Angels, Blood Angels, and the White Scars Legions, along with new rules, units, and characters for the already released Legions and Factions are also included. The Primarchs, Characters, and special units for unreleased Legions will be released in later volumes. The book's expected release date is mid 2016.

7. The Horus Heresy: Book 7 - Inferno

The Horus Heresy: Book 7 - Inferno is the confirmed seventh book in the Horus Heresy Series by Forge World. The book will cover the Fall of Prospero and feature the Thousand Sons and Space Wolves Legions along with the Prospero Spireguard, the Arkhadine Mechanicum, the Legio Titanicus, and two completely new Horus Heresy era factions: the Legio Custodes and the Sisters of Silence. The book's expected release date is late 2016.

XX. The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Shadow Crusade)

The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Shadow Crusade) is an upcoming book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. The book is the second part of the Calth duology and will cover the Shadow Crusade, the Battle of Armatura, and the Underworld War. This book will feature updated rules and new units for the Word Bearers and World Eaters Legions. It is possible this will be the first book to feature rules for a Daemon Primarch (Angron). The book's release date is unknown. (No new information has been released about this book as of the Horus Heresy Weekender 2016, which heavily featured books six and seven's content.)

XX. The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Signus Prime & Thramas Crusade)

The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Signus Prime & Thramas Crusade) is an upcoming book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. This book will cover the Blood Angels' battle on Signus Prime against hordes of Chaos Daemons and the Thramas Crusade. This book was announced to be after book 7 (Inferno), although its release date and order in the series is unknown.

XX. The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Mars Civil War)

The Horus Heresy: Book ? - ??? (Mars Civil War) is an upcoming book in the Horus Heresy series by Forge World. This book will cover the Civil War on Mars between the Loyal Mechanicum and the traitorDark Mechanicum. This book was announced to be after book 7 (Inferno), and its release date and order in the series is unknown.

XX. The Horus Heresy: The Solar War

The Horus Heresy: The Solar War is the upcoming endgame to the Horus Heresy Series of game books from Forge World. This book or series of books will feature the Imperium's defense of the Sol System from the Traitor Legions, the Forces of Chaos, and the Dark Mechanicum. The Solar War will cover the defense of the Imperial Palace, the War in the Webway, the retaking of Mars, the pacification of the Hives on Terra, and the destruction of various mini-empires within the Sol System such as those upon the many moons of Saturn and Jupiter. It is unknown how many books will cover The Solar War.

Audio DramasEdit

The following are original audio dramas, including some dramatisations of stories previously published in text media. Released in disc or audio file format, their duration's range from half an hour to over two hours. They employ a number of scriptwriters, narrators, voice actors, and directors. Many audio dramas are later re-released as stand alone short stories or as part of an anthology book.

1. The Dark King & The Lightning Tower
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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
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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. Butcher's Nails was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

4. Wolf Hunt

Wolf Hunt follows two of the surviving members of the Outcast Dead as they try to evade capture by Imperial forces on Terra.

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 High 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 Imperial 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... Honour to the Dead was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. Censure was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. Kharn: The Eightfold Path was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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? Lucius: The Eternal Blade was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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... Cypher: Guardian of Order was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

12. Hunter's Moon

Hunter's Moon is a 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? Hunter's Moon was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

13. Templar

Templar is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama that follows Sigismund of the Imperial Fists Legion. On the doorstep of Terra, the shadow of treachery still lurks. Upon a comet-shrine dedicated to the glory of Unity, a group of heretic Word Bearers prepare to return to the Sol System after being abandoned by their brethren – only the forces commanded by Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists, stand between the traitors and their goal. But will the legendary Templar’s skill at arms be enough to prevail over this new enemy, or will the doubt in his heart prove ultimately to be his undoing?

14. Wolf's Claw

Wolf's Claw is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama that follows the Space Wolves Legion. Caught by the renegade forces of the Alpha Legion and forced to take refuge in the Alaxxes Nebula, the Space Wolves are bloodied but unbowed. The young pack leader Bjorn the Fell-Handed – now known to his warriors as ‘the One-Handed’ – is desperate to recover his honour in battle, but replacing lost limbs for proud legionaries is not a task worthy of the Iron Priests. If Bjorn is to fight again, then he must seek out new claws for himself and christen them in the blood of the traitors... Wolf's Claw was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

15. Stratagem

Stratagem is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by Nick Kyme. After returning from Calth and the Underworld War, Sergeant Aeonid Thiel is summoned before his Primarch Roboute Guilliman. The fragile peace of Imperium Secundus is threatened by traitor warbands left behind by the Shadow Crusade, and a new order of battle must be written...

16. The Watcher

The Watcher is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by C.Z. Dunn. A shuttle returns to the Sol System bearing the sole survivor of a traitor attack – however, delirious and so close to death, his tale remains untold. Ison of the Knights Errant, formerly a Librarian of his Legion, delves into the mind of the warrior, and the truth of it will chill him to the core...

17. The Herald of Sanguinius

The Herald of Sanguinius is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by Andy Smillie. Crowned as the new Emperor of Imperium Secundus, Sanguinius of the Blood Angels faces the very real threat of betrayal from within his new realm. As ever, it falls to his Sanguinary Guard to protect the Primarch, and Commander Azkaellon must resort to the most dire of measures...

18. Master of the First

Master of the First is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by Gav Thorpe. The Dark Angels and the Night Lords fought one another to a bloody stalemate during the Thramas Crusade, leaving the First Legion scattered and under-strength. Back on Caliban, those Dark Angels loyal to Luther begin to grow impatient for a return to past glories, allowing the corruption at the world’s heart to spread.

19. The Long Night

The Long Night is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The Dark Angels and the Night Lords fought one another to a bloody stalemate during the Thramas Crusade and, though the Lion eventually claimed victory, it left both Legions scattered and under-strength. Meanwhile, Jago Sevatarion, First Captain of the Night Lords, languishes in a gaol cell in the heart of Ultramar. Far from a spent force, the Night Lords must consider where their loyalties lie, and what path they will take in the days and months to come.

20. Raptor
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Raptor is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by Gav Thorpe. This Horus Heresy audio drama follows a company of the newly founded Raven Guard Raptors as they explore a remote corner of the war-torn Imperium. They happen across a derelict vessel that appears to belong to the Space Wolves Legion, but why it's out here, and what happens to it's crew remains a mystery.

21. The Eagle's Talon

The Eagle's Talon is a Horus Heresy Audio Drama by John French. The ravaged world of Tallarn now plays host to the greatest armoured conflict in the history of mankind, with the bitter and vengeful Iron Warriors leading warhosts of tanks and Titans across the befouled plains. In desperation, a covert team of Imperial Fists resort to seemingly unthinkable measures in order to regain the upper hand - but will their mission to seize the macro-transporter Eagle's Talon ensure victory, or merely spell doom for their loyal allies on the surface below?

22. Iron Corpses

Iron Corpses is a Horus Heresy series audio drama. The ravaged world of Tallarn plays host to the greatest armoured conflict in the history of mankind. The bitter and vengeful Iron Warriors led entire divisions of tanks and war machines across the befouled plains, until the macro-transporter Eagle's Talon plunged to the surface and ended a million lives in a heartbeat. Stranded upon some unnamed, toxic battlefield that now resembles nothing more than a graveyard of Titans, Warsmith Koparnos knows that he has precious little time left - will he find salvation amidst the dead god-machines, or quickly succumb to violent madness?

23. Red-Marked

Red-Marked is a Horus Heresy series audio drama. Though the Word Bearers’ attack on Calth and the subsequent Shadow Crusade into Ultramar are but a memory, the borders of Imperium Secundus are far from secure. Sergeant Aeonid Thiel, stranded on the garrison world of Oran on his way back to Macragge, frustrates his superiors once again by pointing out the holes in their defence – traitor warband activity is increasing, and a series of key listening posts have fallen silent. Leading a handful of rogue veterans and wearing the red mark of censure like a badge of honour, can Thiel uncover the truth behind the mysterious ‘Nightfane’?

24. Grey Talon

Grey Talon is a Horus Heresy series audio drama. After the horrors of Isstvan, the XVIth Legion Destroyer-class Grey Talon now flies under a loyalist crew on a campaign of retribution and vengeance, using her original colours to strike covertly at isolated traitor forces. Commanded by Bion Henricos of the Iron Hands, the ship is also home to many disgraced White Scars who have taken death-oaths to seek atonement – among them the peerless warrior Hibou Khan. But tensions run higher with each new engagement and, without a wider strategy to guide them, the crew of the Grey Talon will surely come to a grim and sudden end.

25. The Either

The Either is a Horus Heresy series audio drama. Captain Tybalt Marr of the Sons of Horus, so often overlooked by his more glory-hungry brethren, returns to his Legion in triumph. However, his boasts of having slain the infamous Iron Hands warleader Shadrak Meduson soon fall flat when he learns of the recent assassination attempt on Horus himself. Gathering his forces upon the conquered world of Dwell, Marr returns to battle against the Shattered Legions, determined to earn his rightful place in history.

26. The Heart of the Pharos

The Heart of the Pharos is a Horus Heresy audio drama by Laurie Goulding and is a prequel to Book 34, Pharos . The Heart of the Pharos follows the Ultramarines Scout Forces as they explore the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha. The Pharos stands as a beacon of light in the darkness, a whisper of hope in the silent void, a bastion of defiance in the face of treachery. Without it there could be no Imperium Secundus – why, then, do the masters of Ultramar know so little about its operation, or the dangers it could present? Young Oberdeii and Tebecai, scouts of the 199th Ultramarines Company, descend into the forgotten depths beneath Pharos in search of a dark truth... though it may haunt them for all time.

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, many are later re-released as part of an anthology book:

1. Grey Angel
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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
Sisters of Silence

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. Warmaster was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. Veritas Ferrum was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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. Strike and Fade was later released as part of the Legacies of Betrayal anthology.

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
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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
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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.

4. Garro: Shield of Lies

Garro: Shield of Lies is a Garro series audio drama. While the war rages on across the galaxy, for many on the Throneworld of Terra it exists only in rumour and hearsay. But in the course of her daily duties, humble adept Katanoh Tallery discovers evidence of a conspiracy within the Administratum - surely, this can only be the precursor to a traitor attack on the Sol System itself! Fleeing into the shadows, she soon finds herself at the mercy of the mysterious Knight Errant Nathaniel Garro. Will this stalwart defender of mankind be her saviour, or her executioner?

5. Garro: Ashes of Fealty
Ashes of Fealty

Garro: Ashes of Fealty is a Garro series audio drama. After bringing warning of Horus’s treachery to Terra, Nathaniel Garro bade a solemn farewell to his Death Guard brethren and was set upon a more noble path than he ever could have imagined for himself. Now, an old comrade returns - Meric Voyen, once an Apothecary of the XIVth Legion, carrying a deadly cargo within the boundaries of the Sol System. Knowing only too well that to underestimate the powers of the warp is to fall prey to their corrupting influence, Garro must decide if any good can come of Voyen’s mission... and whether or not it is already too late to act against it.

Audio Drama AnthologiesEdit

The following is a list of all Horus Heresy Audio Dram Anthologies:

1. Echoes of Ruin

Echoes of Ruin is a two-disc anthology and features seven short Horus Heresy audio dramas – Veritas Ferrum by David Annandale, Warmaster by John French, Strike and Fade by Guy Haley, Lucius, the Eternal Blade by Graham McNeill, The Eightfold Path by Anthony Reynolds and Guardian of Order by Gav Thorpe. Plus Chris Wraight’s audio drama Wolf’s Claw.

2. Echoes of Imperium

Echoes of Imperium is an anthology and features four short Horus Heresy audio dramas all set during the time of Imperium SecundusThe Herald of Sanguinius by Andy Smillie, Stratagem by Nick Kyme, The Watcher by C Z Dunn, and The Shadwomasters by Gav Thorpe. Mankind is divided, the galaxy wracked by great and impenetrable Warp storms. War rages from the far flung reaches of Ultima Segmentum, through the wilderness of the void, all the way to ancient Terra. And where once there was a single, united Imperium, now there are two...

3. Garro: Knight Errant

Garro: Knight Errant is an upcoming audio drama anthology that contains all of the Garro series audio dramas to date. Its release date is unknown.

Script BooksEdit

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.

2. The Scripts: Volume Two

The Scripts: Volume Two contains the complete production scripts for the next six Horus Heresy audio dramas – The Sigillite, Honour to the Dead, Garro: Sword of Truth, Garro: Burden of Duty, Grey Angel and Censure. With full soundtrack direction, character notes, and an exclusive introduction from editor Laurie Goulding.


All Horus Heresy novels have been made into or will be made into Audiobooks, these currently include:

  • Horus Rising by Dan Abnett (Abridged and Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
  • False Gods by Graham McNeill (Abridged and Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
  • Galaxy In Flames by Ben Counter (Abridged and Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)*
  • Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
  • Fulgrim by Graham McNeill (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
  • Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
  • Legion by Dan Abnett (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 CD and MP3 Audio)
  • Scars by Chris Wraight (Unabridged CD and MP3 Audio)
  • Vengeful Spirit by Graham McNeill (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
  • Damnation of Pythos by David Annandale (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
  • Promethean Sun by Nick Kyme (Unabridged MP3 Audio)
  • Aurelian by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (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.

Special EditionsEdit

  • 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."


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