Posted 23/08/2017

Black Library Reader’s Choice: The Results

Early next year, Black Library are going to be celebrating all things Warhammer by reprinting two classic novels and re-releasing them to the world – and last week, we gave you (yes, you!) the opportunity to help decide which two novels will be honoured in this way.

The votes are now in. They’ve been tallied, counted, checked twice and verified by independent auditors (okay, that may not be entirely true, but we’re pretty sure there was no Alpha Legion hacking, so we think we’re fine), and we can reveal the two titles that will be coming back to store shelves near you in the first quarter of 2018.

In the World That Was category, the nominees were Dan Abnett’s Riders of the Dead, Gordon Rennie’s Zavant, Chris Wraight’s Masters of Magic, Robert Earl’s The Burning Shore, Graham McNeill’s Defenders of Ulthuan and Jack Yeovil’s Drachenfels.

Inside this envelope*, we have the winner… and it is Drachenfels!


This is one of the very earliest novels set in the World That Was, from before Black Library even existed, and is a devious Warhammer twist on classic adventure stories, featuring a theatrical production in a haunted castle, the return of an evil long thought dead and treachery galore. Oh, and the hero is a Bretonnian vampire. This vote was incredibly close, with fewer than 35 votes separating the first and second choices.

Meanwhile, in the 41st Millennium, the potential honourees were Brothers of the Snake by Dan Abnett, Lord of the Night by Simon Spurrier, 13th Legion by Gav Thorpe, Soul Drinker by Ben Counter, Space Marine by Ian Watson and The Emperor’s Gift by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

And the winner is… (drumroll please) Brothers of the Snake.

Dan Abnett’s classic Space Marines novel was the runaway winner in this category, with nearly a quarter of the total vote. It’s the tale of a squad of Iron Snakes Space Marines who defend the Imperium from its many enemies in the style of the ancient myths after which their Chapter’s identity and iconography are based. It’s a unique and much-loved take on Space Marines, and a well-deserved victor.

Thank you to everyone who voted – we had an amazing response, and we’re delighted to be able to reprint the stories you want to read again. You’ll be able to read both Brothers of the Snake and Drachenfels in their shiny new editions in early 2018 as part of a wide-ranging celebration of all things Black Library. Keep an eye out for more information coming next year.

* For best results, imagine a fancy awards ceremony envelope for this.

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