So… Black Library have given in after nearly two months of being nigh inactive on Net Galley, I almost thought I was the cause of it all as I am, at the time of writing this post, 23 books behind. Behind in the sense that I received quite a few books last year as well as this year, yet have not gotten round to reading or reviewing them on the site.
I quickly glanced over the BL page yesterday only to be surprised by not 1 but five new titles that are up for request. 3 Of the 5 I have requested and received for review. As always, I want to thank Black Library as well as Net Galley for making this a possibility while I cry at the same time, knowing that there is no way I am ever going to get to these titles any time soon. even if I spend the whole of 2021 JUST READING NG TITLES. I am starting to think that I might actually HAVE to start doing that as this list just gets bigger and bigger. I am currently reading 2 books on that TBR, but it is a bit slow going at the moment as I am back at work again. I am not complaining though, it’s always great to get free stuff!
First of we have a new short story collection where BL want to try give newcomers to the setting a glimpse into what they can expect. I like to read collections like these as it will give me a better reference point in recommending things to people that are looking into starting out in the many series there are. I expect I might be running into a few familiar faces, but that is always welcome in my books. Blurp reads as follows:
New to Black Library fiction? This is a great way to get to grips with the great characters from the worlds!
In the grim darkness of the far future, and in the vastness of the Mortal Realms, there are those characters who stand out amongst all others.
Within these pages and collected for the first time are stories of some of Black Library’s best-loved and well-known heroes and villains. On deadly battlefields, Commissar Ibram Gaunt leads his regiment, the Tanith ‘Ghosts’, in a desperate battle for survival; on Ultramar, Ultramarines Captain Uriel Ventris stands as a bulwark against the forces of Chaos; in the shadowy underbelly of the Imperium, Inquisitors Crowl and Covenant ply their clandestine trade. Throughout embattled lands, the realm of gods and monsters, Vampire Queen Neferata seeds dark plots to secure her power, whilst Lord-Celestant Gardus Steelsoul is a paragon of virtue and honour, and drives back the pestilent hordes of the Plague God. These are just some of the legends, the light and the darkness – the icons of the Warhammer worlds.
Another Space Wolves novel, I can not say for certain if I have warmed up to the sons of Russ, but they do have that berzerker element that I like to read about that can stand up to the viciousness of the likes of the World Eaters. The Legion that hail from Fenris and have a lot of their lore that takes inspiration from Norse mythology and gives of the Vikings in Space feel, of coarse I want to read more about them.
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.
Apart from knowing that this is part of the Warhammer Horror collection as well as having quite great cover art, this one was a no brainer, no pun intended…
Fantastic Warhammer Horror title set in the 41st Millennium.
Exalting war and art in harmony, the warrior-artisans of the Angels Resplendent have forged a radiant haven amidst a blighted galaxy. But an ancient sin stains their honour – a wound in their world that will never heal. Ignorant souls would call it a forest, but those who watch over it know better.
Nothing natural grows in the Reverie’s snow-swept glades or wanders amongst the unnatural things that do, save for the intruders who trespass on its pain. Some seek revelation or redemption, others dream of winning a place amongst the Resplendent, but all come because they must.
Three travellers are drawn into the conspiracy that wards the wound – a knight haunted by his lost humanity, an aging poet who refuses to go gently into the night and a scholar who yearns to redeem mankind. All must face their shadows in the Reverie, but only one shall gaze upon its heart, where a deeper darkness beats.
The two other titles are called Hellsreach and The Avenging Son. Hellsreach I already own as part of my Warhammer 40K Legends Collection and Avenging Son seems like events that takes place far into, or after the Horus Heresy. For those that do not know, I am quite early into the series at the moment, so I decided to leave that for now.
Any of these titles look interesting? Heard of or read any of them yet? Let me know in the comments.
Till next time.