Black Library Cover Art [Part One]


Black Library have been producing several awesome cover arts for their upcoming novels/audio-dramas recently, and although some of you may have seen these, I’m going to put them up here for your enjoyment.  I’ll look at the cover art for Priests of Mars by Graham McNeill, Angel of Fire by William King, Butcher’s Nails by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Fear to Tread by James Swallow and Path of the Outcast by Gav Thorpe. What’s your favourite, and what are you most looking forward to?

Due to the fact that some these novels don’t have synopsis yet, I can’t give you them for most of these novels, but if you browse Black Library’s website (The Coming Soon Section) regularly, I’m sure they’ll show up eventually. But for now though, prepare to be awed by these awesome covers.


First up is the cover art designed by Neil Roberts for the upcoming audio drama by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, displaying the World Eaters Primarch Angron in all his glory. What we know about Butcher’s Nails is limited to the fact that it’s a Horus Heresy audio drama which will set the scene for Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s upcoming untitled World Eaters novel, but because it’s ADB, I have a feeling that it will be awesome. Look out for this in June 2012:


More by Aaron Dembski-Bowden on TFF: 

Soul Hunter [Shadowhawk’s Review], Blood Reaver [Bane of Kings’ Review], Blood Reaver [Lord of the Night’s Review], Aurelian [Lord of the Night’s Review], The First Heretic [Lord of the Night’s Review], The First Heretic [Djinn 24’s Review]


Next up is the artwork for Priests of Mars by Graham McNeill, created by Slawomir Maniak. The novel itself will be released in August 2012. I’ve got rather mixed opinions of McNeill’s work, but hopefully Priests of Mars will be as awesome as its cover art is:

More by Graham McNeill on TFF:

Storm of Iron [Lord of the Night’s Review], Defenders of Ulthuan & Sons of Ellyrion [Lord of the Night’s Review], Defenders of Ulthuan [Bane of Kings’ Review], Sons of Ellyrion [Bane of Kings’ Review], God King [Bane of Kings’ Review], The Outcast Dead [Bane of Kings’ Review]


Okay, now we have the return of William King to Black Library, with Angel of Fire, a novel that will look at the famous Lord Solar Marcharius in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and anyone who’s familiar with the lore will have heard of him. It’s a novel that I’m looking forward to greatly, and not just because of this fantastic cover art by Raymond Swanland, and can be found in bookstores July 2012:

More by William King on TFF:

Blood of Aenarion [Lord of the Night’s Review] The First Space Wolf Omnibus [Bane of Kings’ Review], Wolfblade [Bane of Kings’ Review]


Right, now we’ve got what is personally my favourite cover art out of the entire lot. This next novel is Fear To Tread, written by James Swallow and published in September 2012:

More by James Swallow on TFF:

Black Tide [Lord of the Night’s Review], Garro: Legion of One [Bane of Kings’ Review], Red and Black [Lord of the Night’s Review], Red and Black, [Bane of Kings’ Review]


Phew, that’s a lot of pics. Now, we’ve got one more for you, the cover art of Path of the Outcast by Gav Thorpe. Judging by the previous novels in his Eldar series, it will follow the same events that happened in Path of the Warrior and Path of the Seer but from the point of view of ‘the Outcast’, rather than ‘The Warrior’ and ‘The Seer’. It’s out in September 2012:

More by Gav Thorpe on TFF:

The Bloody Handed [Lord of the Night’s Review], Deliverance Lost [Lord of the Night’s Review] Raven’s Flight [Shadowhawk’s Review], Path of the Warrior [Stephen Newman’s Review]

Stay tuned for part two of this article that will be up later in the week and will include cover art posts for: Void Stalker by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, The Primarchs edited by Christian Dunn, Bloodsworn by Nathan Long, The Emperor’s Gift by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Wrath of Iron by Chris Wraight. Part Three will be up some time next week. Hope you enjoyed, and let the debating begin! What’s your favourite cover and what novel are you looking forward to?


Milo, aka Bane of Kings, is a SFF/Comic reader, and watches a lot of TV. His favourite authors are Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson & Iain M. Banks, whilst his favourite TV shows are Battlestar Galactica (2003), Person Of Interest, Firefly, Game of Thrones, & Buffy the Vampire Slayer