Black Library Celebration Releases
The Black Library Celebration is here! This weekend, Warhammer stores worldwide are commemorating two decades of adrenaline-fuelled fiction with special events – and of course, a host of fantastic new releases.
We’ll get to the books in a minute, but before that, let’s take a look at the exclusive merchandise available for the first time today. One of the most striking things about Black Library’s books over the past 20 years is the array of amazing artwork that’s appeared on the covers. For the first time, one hundred of these iconic pieces of art have been collected together into a boxed set of postcards, which you can pick up today. Alongside the postcards is a Warhammer 40,000 Journal. Perfect for scribbling story ideas (perhaps for a submissions window?), army lists or your innermost thoughts and feelings, this luxury lined journal includes art and quotes from the 41st Millennium in the margins. Just remember not to write anything heretical – the Inquisition are always watching…
And speaking of the Inquisition, one of its most infamous agents is getting a Citadel miniature release. Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is appearing in resin for the first time, in a model designed to evoke the classic cover art by Clint Langley. You can find out more about his rules and gameplay ideas here, and even download an exclusive Warhammer 40,000 mission to use him in here. Alongside Eisenhorn, the classic model of Lukas the Trickster is returning to stores for this weekend only, giving you a chance to grab it off the shelf.
Why these two models? Well, because among this week’s many new novel releases are brand new tales starring the pair of them (not together though). First up is The Magos, the latest entry in Dan Abnett’s long-running Eisenhorn series. Set many years after the original trilogy (but before the events of Pariah), it sees the rogue Inquisitor recruiting Magos Biologis Drusher – from a pair of Dan’s short stories that are also among the dozen included in the volume as part of the definitive Eisenhorn casebook – to aid him in the investigation of a series of gruesome murders that lead them into the greatest peril either has ever faced. The novel is both an intriguing new adventure for the venerable Inquisitor and a meditation on his life, forcing him to face up to his actions and featuring a number of surprising cameos by fan favourite characters. If you love the Eisenhorn stories, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Lukas the Trickster by Josh Reynolds is a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride set on Fenris. It sees the Jackalwolf – trusted by few but valued nonetheless for his skill, wits and quick thinking in the face of adversity – defending his world from an attack by Drukhari raiders, and pits him against a foe as devious, cunning and brutal as he is: the infamous Duke Sliscus. Josh is always at his best with strong characters doing outrageous deeds, and this pair don’t disappoint.
Also out today is more Fenrisian action in the second volume in the Space Marine Conquests range, Ashes of Prospero. This new tale by Gav Thorpe continues the age-old war between the Space Wolves and Thousand Sons in the post-Great Rift era. With the sons of Russ in decline, Rune Priest Njal Stormcaller is tasked with discovering the source of their woes – and the answer lies on a world that has long cast a shadow over the Space Wolves… Prospero itself.
Today also sees a quartet of novels in new paperback editions. Two are the titles chosen by you in a vote late last year as the Warhammer Chronicles and Warhammer 40,000 novels you’d most like to see reprinted. On the world-that-was side, you chose Drachenfels by Jack Yeovil, a sinister and theatrical tale of a play gone wrong and a revenge long planned, starring an infamous author, a heroic vampire and the shade of a long-dead necromancer. And in the 41st Millennium, you wanted to see the larger than life tales of the Iron Snakes return in Dan Abnett’s Brothers of the Snake, which casts the sons of Ithaka as heroes from myth, taking on entire armies single-handed, and is a must-read for all fans of the Adeptus Astartes.
Also in paperback today are Josh Reynolds’ Warhammer Age of Sigmar novel Eight Lamentations: Spear of Shadows, which was nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award. It sees a band of heroes and rogues tasked by the duardin god Grungni with retrieving a dangerous artefact of the Dark Gods, and was recommended this week by David Guymer as a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about the Mortal Realms. Justin D Hill’s Cadia Stands, meanwhile, tells the tale of the final battle for the Imperium’s foremost fortress world, through the eyes of Lord Castellan Creed and his fellow soldiers.
Also, there’s a free (yes, free!) gift when you buy any of this (or indeed, anything else) – a Black Library Celebration paperback anthology featuring six short stories from the worlds of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar, written by some of Black Library’s finest authors, including Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Guy Haley and Chris Wraight.
You can pick up all of this dizzying array of new releases when you head to your local store to celebrate 20 years of Black Library, or pick them up online from Games Workshop and Black Library now – and on the latter, you can also pick up the last of this week’s Necromunda short stories, ‘Dirty Dealings’ by Rachel Harrison.
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