NOVELS - BY PUBLICATION DATE

 

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BLACK LEGION
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, iTunes and Audible.

   Cover by Ray Swanland

​   BOOK II OF THE BLACK LEGION SERIESEzekyle Abaddon and his warlords strive to bind the newborn Black Legion together under threat of destruction. Now Khayon, Abaddon's most-trusted assassin, is tasked with ending the threat of Thagus Daravek, the self-proclaimed Lord of Hosts and a rival to the dark fate that Abaddon claims as his own.

   Fighting the vile whispers of the Dark Gods within his mind, Abaddon turns a fevered gaze back to the Imperium, where his true destiny awaits. Yet the Emperor's Champion and his Black Templars stand guard at the gates of Hell, and Sigismund has waited centuries to face Abaddon in battle...

   "Dembski-Bowden’s greatest strength is his ability to dig down a little further, to explore the motivations and agendas of his characters (the virtuous and… most certainly not). This is on full display in Black Legion." -- Civilian Reader

   "Darkly fascinating and beautifully crafted, with a deceptively simple plot providing immense scope for character development. It’s also, as you might expect from Dembski-Bowden, remarkably lore-heavy…but in a very good way, adding detail and depth to the characters and story without ever dominating.." -- Track of Words

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THE MASTER OF MANKIND
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, iTunes, and Audible.
   Cover by Neil Roberts

​   While Horus’ rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace. The ‘Ten Thousand’ Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red’s intrusion.

   But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.

   "This book manages to be one of the most definitive, defining stories in the series and franchise as a whole. It does so many things right, and the scope of it all is breathtaking." -- Reading Lamp

   "If you want an endlessly interesting look at one of the most crucial but (previously) poorly-understood elements of the Heresy, you’re in for a treat." -- Track of Words

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RAGNAR BLACKMANE
   Available from Black Library, iTunes, and Amazon.

​   Ragnar Blackmane is a legend of the Space Wolves, the youngest warrior ever to rise to command a Great Company. As he battles the forces of Abaddon the Despoiler on the war-ravaged world of Cadia, Ragnar remembers the events that brought him to this place and time, and relates two great sagas from his past, each bringing him into conflict with brother Space Marines from other Chapters: the secretive Dark Angels and savage Flesh Tearers.

   As these tales influence the events of the present, Ragnar comes to realise that his past actions have consequences.

   "Beautifully written. It was enough to dig me out of my grave and write a minor tribute to one of the great Black Library authors and pay tribute to his fine work. -- Troubled Scribe

   "Once again Dembski-Bowden has proved his worth as a storyteller – he’s not the most prolific, but he consistently turns out books which go beyond expectations." -- Track of Words

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THE TALON OF HORUS
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, iTunes and Audible.
   Cover by Ray Swanland

​   BOOK I OF THE BLACK LEGION SERIES: When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster's followers, nothing has been heard for many years.

   But when Horus's body is taken from its resting place, a confederation of legionaries seek out the former First Captain, to convince him to embrace his destiny and continue what Horus began.

   "A sublime read. [...] The Talon of Horus is undoubtedly one of the finest novels to come out of Black Library in the last few years.." -- Shadowhawk's Shade

   "This review honestly doesn't do the book justice. It's easily one of the most unique books of the past decade from Warhammer 40,000, and most definitely a new benchmark for the entire franchise." -- The Good, The Bad, the Insulting

Betrayer
BETRAYER
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, iTunes and Audible.
   Cover by Neil Roberts

​   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 the realm of 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.

   "An absolute masterpiece. Dembski-Bowden had a great reputation beforehand, and with Betrayer he has put himself at the pinnacle of Black Library authors." -- Bad Dice Podcast

   "Aaron’s books are known for the layered depth he manages to bring to our favorite post-human warriors and their liege lords and Betrayer is no different. The action is intense, the characters believable and the quieter moments are deep and revealing." -- Bell of Lost Souls

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THE NIGHT LORDS TRILOGY
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.

​   Driven by their hatred of the False Emperor, the Night Lords stalk the shadows of the galaxy, eternally seeking revenge for the death of their primarch. Guided by the visions of the prophet Talos, a warband from this sinister Legion struggles to survive in a constant war against the forces of the Imperium.

   But when they come into conflict with fellow renegades and are hunted by the eldar of Craftworld Ulthwé, the Night Lords find themselves returning to the scene of their greatest defeat and drawn into a battle they cannot possibly win.

   "Aaron Dembski-Bowden has made the Night Lords Trilogy as a whole not just a must read novel for Black Library fans, but all readers of science fiction." -- The Founding Fields

   "Fifteen years ago, Dan Abnett reinvented WH40k fiction with his Gaunt’s Ghosts novels. With the Night Lords series (and also The First Heretic), Aaron DB has perfected it. He is a genius at writing nuanced, complex characters. I will read anything he writes. Very highly recommended, Void Stalker is a masterful conclusion to a superb series.-- Civilian Reader

THE EMPEROR'S GIFT
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.
   Cover by Cheol Joo Lee

​   The Grey Knights are all that stands between mankind and the ravages of Chaos. Since their secretive beginnings during the Horus Heresy, these legendary Space Marine daemon hunters have journeyed into the dark realms of the warp – and beyond – in pursuit of their supernatural enemies.

   Through an intensive regime of psychic training, new recruits are brought to the clandestine fortress of Titan to join the hallowed and vaunted ranks of the 666th Chapter. More than ever, these legendary battle-brothers must be vigilant and ever ready to defend the Imperium for the forces of Chaos are never truly defeated, and Armageddon beckons...

   "Another great novel from one of The Black Library’s best. If you are at all a fan of Aaron Dembski-Bowdens previous works, you will love this book as well. " -- The Independent Characters Podcast

   "Simply one of the most emotionally charged novels from Black Library in recent years". -- The Founding Fields

VOID STALKER
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.
   Cover by Jon Sullivan

​   BOOK III OF THE NIGHT LORDS TRILOGY: The hunters have become the hunted. The Night Lords flee to the dark fringes of the Imperium to escape their relentless pursuers - the eldar of Craftworld Ulthwé. Their flight takes them to the carrion world of Tsagualsa, where their primarch died and their Legion was broken.

   There, history will repeat itself as a deadly assassin stalks the shadows, and the Night Lords are drawn into a battle they are destined to lose.

   Note: Void Stalker is available in an omnibus edition gathering all three books of the Night Lords Trilogy together.

   "Aaron Dembski-Bowden has made the Night Lords Trilogy as a whole not just a must read novel for Black Library fans, but all readers of science fiction." -- The Founding Fields

   "Fifteen years ago, Dan Abnett reinvented WH40k fiction with his Gaunt’s Ghosts novels. With the Night Lords series (and also The First Heretic), Aaron DB has perfected it. He is a genius at writing nuanced, complex characters. I will read anything he writes. Very highly recommended, Void Stalker is a masterful conclusion to a superb series.-- Civilian Reader

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THE FIRST HERETIC
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, iTunes, and Audible.
   Cover by Neil Roberts

​   Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship. Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield.

   Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined. Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy...

   "The story is beautifully crafted. Mr. Dembski-Bowden really digs deep and crafts a remarkable tale of how important religion is to some people, and how something so important, so central to their character can be rebuked, deceived, and the response to having beliefs turned on their head." -- The Empyrean

   "If there was ever any doubt or worry about Aaron’s ability to do justice to the Horus Heresy series, it hasn’t so much as been dismissed as shot into the heart of the sun. This is brilliant stuff." -- My Favourite Books

BLOOD REAVER
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.
   Cover by Jon Sullivan

​   BOOK II OF THE NIGHT LORDS TRILOGY: Driven on by their hatred of the False Emperor, the Night Lords stalk the shadows of the galaxy, eternally seeking revenge for the death of their primarch.

   Their dark quest leads them to a fractious alliance with the Red Corsairs, united only by a common enemy. Together with this piratical band of renegades, they bring their ways of destruction to the fortress-monastery of the Marines Errant.

   Note: Blood Reaver is available in an omnibus edition gathering all three books of the Night Lords Trilogy together.

   "Any fan of Warhammer 40,000 should love it, and fans of military sci-fi should certainly also enjoy the series. There really are no better words to describe this novel, other than it is exceptional. It works on every level – plot, pace, characterisation, dialogue, action (less than one might assume, given the subject), prose, structure." -- Civilian Reader

   "What makes Dembski-Bowden’s character work even more resonant, haunting, and powerful is that the choices his characters make have very real consequences. If you’re a 40K fan who has yet to read “Night Lords: The Omnibus” yet you need to remedy that."  -- Pop Culture Vulture

Armageddon
ARMAGEDDON
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.
   Cover by Kai Lim

   ARMAGEDDON combines the novel Helsreach and the sequel novella Blood and Fire.

​   HELSREACH: Black Templars Chaplain Grimaldus leads the defence of Hive Helsreach, a city in the path of a massive greenskin force on the war-wracked world of Armageddon. Battle rages and the Black Templars win several vital battles, but as the ork numbers grow and the Imperial defenders dwindle, Grimaldus and his loyal Sword Brethren are forced into a desperate last stand that will test the Chaplain’s resolve and leadership to their limits.

   BLOOD AND FIRE: In the aftermath of the war for Hive Helsreach, Black Templars Chaplain Grimaldus receives a unexpected distress call from an old ally. The Celestial Lions Space Marines are being targeted by the Inquisition and have been brought to the brink of extinction. Will they regroup and rebuild, or will they choose to go out in a final blaze of glory? That is what Grimaldus must decide...

   "After my second Dembski-Bowden novel, I’m starting to wonder, can he write a bad book?" -- Luke Reviews

   "Contains more action, character, history, and bravery than some books four times it’s length." -- The Independent Characters

SOUL HUNTER
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.
   Cover by Jon Sullivan

​   BOOK I OF THE NIGHT LORDS TRILOGY: The Night Lords were once among the most potent forces of the Imperium, Space Marines who used fear itself as their weapon. Now, cast adrift from the Emperor's light and hunted as heretics after their monstrous betrayal, the Night Lords clad themselves in symbols of death and fight the Long War, bringing pain and terror to all who worship the corpse-god of Terra.

   A summons from Warmaster Abaddon sends these rebels on a dangerous journey that leads inexorably to a conflict with the Emperor's chosen warriors: the Blood Angels.

   Note: Soul Hunter is available in an omnibus edition gathering all three books of the Night Lords Trilogy together.

   "If this is the calibre of goods we can expect from Aaron, someone needs to chain him to his writing desk! More sir, more!" -- My Favourite Books

   "One of the most intriguing and unusual novels from Black Library, Soul Hunter will challenge your perceptions about life as a Traitor Astartes."  -- The Founding Fields

CADIAN BLOOD
   Available from Black LibraryAmazon, and iTunes.

​   When the Imperial shrine world of Kathur is blighted by Chaos, the brave Guardsmen of Cadia are sent to reclaim it. The plague of Nurgle has set in deeply on the planet, forcing the Cadians into battle with an innumerable legion of the infected. In the midst of battle, Captain Parmenion Thade is thrust into an unlikely commanding role.

   Yet he cannot imagine what lies ahead on Kathur, and just how important it will be to ensure victory there.

   Note: Cadian Blood is available in an omnibus edition gathering three Imperial Guard novels: Honour Imperialis.

   "A high octane, wild knuckle duster ride and one that I look forward to embarking on with the Cadian’s next adventure. Aaron is certain to remain a firm favourite of mine and an author who’s future books I’ll look forward to." -- Falcata Times

   "Almost unparalleled in Warhammer 40,000 fiction, Dembski-Bowden’s first novel brings the realities of war in this setting to life, and he doesn’t hold back."  -- Luke Reviews

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