Black Library News – July

This month has some special news in store for you all.  I’ve got the scoop on the Black Library News for July.  Check it out!



Black Library News

A Universe of Adventure

Issue 5    Volume 1

Compiled by your humble servant Brother Czarny

New and Noteworthy

BIG news of the month – in case you have been ignoring me (and I will not be ignored!) Graham McNeill won the David Gemmell Legend Award for his book Empire. The photo on the left is Graham accepting his award in all his Scottishnish. As part of the award the winner receives a replica of Snaga – which Graham has said has already drawn blood, so he thinks’ the daemon is still inside. Well done and congrats!

Nick Kyme, our own version of a house elf, takes a step back in time with his fantasy novel Grimblades ($8.99).  Taking place during the reign of Emperor Dieter IV, The Grimblades are halberdiers of the Empire and part of the army of Prince Wilhelm trying to defend Reikland against hordes of greenskins. The Grimblades try to survive the invasion, while at the same time help thwart a plot to kill the prince so that they stand a chance to fight another day.

The Horus Heresy story continues with Nemesis ($8.99) by BL veteran writer James Swallow.  The story picks up after the massacre of Isstvan V, with civil war defacto across the universe.   In the shadows of the Imperial Palace secret councils convene to send assassins after the arch-traitor Horus.   At the same time Horus tries to win in a quick strike by sending his own assassin against the Emperor.   Over 1 million copies of the Heresy novels are in print and this book is expected to continue that success.

Ragnar the web king has a couple of special offers only available on the website.  The next audio drama is Throne of Lies, a Night Lords story by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.  There are two (2!) POD novels of BL classics – Farseer by William King and Marks of Chaos , an omnibus by James Wallis.  Additionally, a new hardcover Soul Drinkers novella will only be available on the website.

Whispers from the Warp

Courage and Honour, The Chapters Due and A Thousand Sons are among the top selling SF books at the moment. A Thousand Sons has now been on the overall list for over 18 weeks.

Chris Wraight is the guest blogger on the Black Library website:

Rob Sanders is grilled about writing Redemption Corps and he pulls no punches:

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Looking Forward

Space Marine Battles is back with another action-packed story – Hunt for Voldorius.   Old debts must be settled and new dangers encountered.  Kernax Voldorius, daemon prince and warlord of the Alpha Legion, has long perpetrated a reign of terror that bled across the stars, leaving billions dead.   Kor’sarro Khan of the White Scars Chapter is commanded to hunt down and destroy Voldorius.   Tracking the beast for over a decade, Kor’sarro finally brings the monster to battle on the world of Quintus, where he joins forces with the Raven Guard.   The daemon must die, but to kill it they must take on a world that has totally fallen to Chaos.

Fear the Alien is a first for The Black Library in that it is stories told from the stand-point of or about alien races of the 41st millennium.   Editor Christian Dunn has blackmailed…er, I mean gathered some of the best Black Library authors to give their take on alien space.  Dangerous races seek to destroy humanity wherever they turn – the brutish orks, the ravening hordes of the tyranids, the unrelenting necrons and the mysterious forces of the tau and the eldar.  Across the universe, humanity and their defenders, the Space Marines, seek to eradicate these xenos threats.  Yet all they can hope for is another day of survival – for to stand against the alien is to enter an unending war.

C.L. Werner strikes again!   Temple of the Serpent is the next book in the stories of Grey Seer Thanquol.   After a series of failures Grey Seer Thanquol is offered a chance to redeem himself by going to the island of Lustria to kill the Prophet of Sotek.   Dogged by assassins and stranded in a foreign land of giant lizards, the temple cities and endless jungle, Thanquol must use all of his cunning and magic if he is to come out alive.   C.L. will be a Black Library guest this year at Games Day in Baltimore so come by and talk to him about this character.

Last Bits

The BL Promotions department has been roused out of a sound sleep to come up with some great items.  We now have Ulrika bookmarks floating about – oversized so you can’t lose them, but still handy for marking pages without an unsightly scuff mark.  Contact me if you want some.  We also have some limited run post-card prints for Sword of Justice and Wulfrik.  I am also hording them, but would be happy to spare some.

Yes, still talking about Gamesday until you remember it! The estimable Dan Abnett will be making a limited appearance at the BL booth.  The rest of the time you can see him promoting the upcoming Space Marine DVD.  We can also confirm – Mike Lee, Nathan Long, Clint Werner and the ever popular and ever shifty Gav Thorpe. For those of you who are planning to stop by or would like to come circle the date – 21 August – on your calendar.  Aside from Mr. Abnett the rest of the authors have been indentured to sign the day away, so keep them busy or they start plotting.

Just to give you the inside track, we will be producing an abridged version of Horus Rising as an audio book for January 2011.  I have asked to give us all parts to read, but THEY want to use professionals. It will be priced at $29.95 for 5 disks and close to six hours of killer story.

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