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Humble Book Bundle: Warhammer 40,000 Series Starters by Black Library

Bringing the world of Warhammer 40,000 to life. Get the first book in many classic Warhammer 40,000 series' in our latest bundle with Black Library! Pick up titles like Ravenor, First and Only, Storm of Iron, For The Emperor, Eisenhorn: Xenos, Space Wolf, Soul Hunter, and more. Your purchase will support EveryLibrary and CILIP!

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This is a good selection of titles for those thinking of starting with Warhammer since it contains a variety of first books in series to give people a good taste of what's on offer. Some of my favourites here:

Soul Hunter (book 1 of the Night Lords trilogy concluded with Blood Reaver and Void Stalker) - This is my favourite of the Warhammer 40K books featuring a lone band of the Night Lords, one of the traitor legions which turned against mankind in the heresy and in defeat the legion split into smaller war bands. Few books ever do the traitor marines justice since they're often given shallow depictions and they're all just horribly evil to be beaten by the heroic space marines, this series gives some depth to the difficult of the Night Lords who have no real support and left at times as little more than vultures trying to survive.

Gaunt's Ghosts: First and only (part of the Gaunt's ghosts series which has something like 14 books in it now) - Dab Abnett isn't a fan of the powerful space marines and instead prefers the standard soldier, this is his main series featuring the Tanith First and only. They're a small group only recently created but their planet was attacked and destroyed leaving them as the only Tanith there ever will be in the Imperial Guard. They specialise in stealth and Gaunt, their Commissar is also their command and unlike most in his role does actually care about his soldiers.

Xenos (First of the Eisenhorn series concluded with Malleus and Heretic) - Another Dab Abnett one this time featuring an Inquisitor and his group of specialists, I like this series because you get to see a bit of what day to day life is like for a human rather than the usual view of a space marine or similar

Ravenor (First of the Ravenor series concluded with Ravenor Returned and Ravenor Rogue) - Ravenor is another inquisitor who had originally worked with Eisenhorn so this was the first to split off from the series (the second one Pariah unfortunately seems to have been abandoned). Ravenor is very different to Eisenhorn, a powerful psychic but trapped within a sophisticated wheel chair due to a terrible accident which gives a very different dynamic in how he operates, I didn't like it as much as Eisenhorn but still a decent read.

Talon of Horus (Book 1 of the Abaddon series, currently continued in Black Legion) - Abaddon has become somewhat of a crude character who seems to do little more than invade the Imperium, fail and then retreat but this book does the character justice going back to how the Black Legion were originally formed

The Carrion Throne (Vaults of Terra, continued in The Hollow Mountain) - This a newish one and currently reading the second book in the series, it mainly follows an interrogator assigned to an inquisitor on earth although she's not really sure why and struggles to find her place on earth. Quite liked it so far as unusually it's all set on earth and gives some idea of what life is like there in the future.

Storm of Iron - This one is technically standalone although it is linked to one of the later Ultramarine novels, it's a battle novel mostly featured on the Iron Warriors as they attack a heavily fortified fortress. I read this one a while back as it features the Dies Irae, the Imperator Titan which also features in the early Horus novels and was the titan leading the attack on the imperial palace during the heresy. Some of the battle novels struggle to pace themselves out over a whole book but I think this one is done well and it's one of the best depictions of the Iron Warriors as the siege breakers they are.
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Grimdark indeed....

May you feel the heat of a Plasma gun rolling 1.
Thank you OP! May the Ahriman (Angra Mainyu) be defeated
Izza wordything on OrkS ? Ave ta lern ta read if der iz. Dakka Dakka.

They do some good deals on humble don't they.
This is a good selection of titles for those thinking of starting with Warhammer since it contains a variety of first books in series to give people a good taste of what's on offer. Some of my favourites here:

Soul Hunter (book 1 of the Night Lords trilogy concluded with Blood Reaver and Void Stalker) - This is my favourite of the Warhammer 40K books featuring a lone band of the Night Lords, one of the traitor legions which turned against mankind in the heresy and in defeat the legion split into smaller war bands. Few books ever do the traitor marines justice since they're often given shallow depictions and they're all just horribly evil to be beaten by the heroic space marines, this series gives some depth to the difficult of the Night Lords who have no real support and left at times as little more than vultures trying to survive.

Gaunt's Ghosts: First and only (part of the Gaunt's ghosts series which has something like 14 books in it now) - Dab Abnett isn't a fan of the powerful space marines and instead prefers the standard soldier, this is his main series featuring the Tanith First and only. They're a small group only recently created but their planet was attacked and destroyed leaving them as the only Tanith there ever will be in the Imperial Guard. They specialise in stealth and Gaunt, their Commissar is also their command and unlike most in his role does actually care about his soldiers.

Xenos (First of the Eisenhorn series concluded with Malleus and Heretic) - Another Dab Abnett one this time featuring an Inquisitor and his group of specialists, I like this series because you get to see a bit of what day to day life is like for a human rather than the usual view of a space marine or similar

Ravenor (First of the Ravenor series concluded with Ravenor Returned and Ravenor Rogue) - Ravenor is another inquisitor who had originally worked with Eisenhorn so this was the first to split off from the series (the second one Pariah unfortunately seems to have been abandoned). Ravenor is very different to Eisenhorn, a powerful psychic but trapped within a sophisticated wheel chair due to a terrible accident which gives a very different dynamic in how he operates, I didn't like it as much as Eisenhorn but still a decent read.

Talon of Horus (Book 1 of the Abaddon series, currently continued in Black Legion) - Abaddon has become somewhat of a crude character who seems to do little more than invade the Imperium, fail and then retreat but this book does the character justice going back to how the Black Legion were originally formed

The Carrion Throne (Vaults of Terra, continued in The Hollow Mountain) - This a newish one and currently reading the second book in the series, it mainly follows an interrogator assigned to an inquisitor on earth although she's not really sure why and struggles to find her place on earth. Quite liked it so far as unusually it's all set on earth and gives some idea of what life is like there in the future.

Storm of Iron - This one is technically standalone although it is linked to one of the later Ultramarine novels, it's a battle novel mostly featured on the Iron Warriors as they attack a heavily fortified fortress. I read this one a while back as it features the Dies Irae, the Imperator Titan which also features in the early Horus novels and was the titan leading the attack on the imperial palace during the heresy. Some of the battle novels struggle to pace themselves out over a whole book but I think this one is done well and it's one of the best depictions of the Iron Warriors as the siege breakers they are.
I'm a little disappointed that some of these books have featured in previous bundles (and that I've bought paperback versions of a few of them). I haven't got any of the lowest tier books and I've been eyeing up the Mephiston book anyway so I think just the lowest tier (regardless of the tier I go for I probably won't get around to reading them anyway xD). The Devastation of Baal is a good read, and I have Farsight lined up soon (TM). Currently making my way through a couple of the Grey Knights books (not in this bundle), and they are pretty good so maybe Mephiston will be my destination thereafter.
I've enjoyed the 40K lore since Rogue Trader but I've found the few 40K novels I've read to be fairly forgettable; the Warhammer Fantasy novels seem to be a better read. I like intelligent sci-fi, I'd be pleased, and grateful, to hear if there are any 40K novels that tick that check-box.
Bullfrog16/04/2020 00:41

I've enjoyed the 40K lore since Rogue Trader but I've found the few 40K …I've enjoyed the 40K lore since Rogue Trader but I've found the few 40K novels I've read to be fairly forgettable; the Warhammer Fantasy novels seem to be a better read. I like intelligent sci-fi, I'd be pleased, and grateful, to hear if there are any 40K novels that tick that check-box.


I've read a lot of the Warhammer 40K books and I do like having a huge galaxy to dive into the different parts but I agree with your comment about them being forgettable and I've been disappointed with most of the recent books. I dislike the books that go for the simple story of the heroic space marines beating the nasty bad guys which too many of them do, I'm not going to claim any of the books are intelligent but these are the ones I like:

Night lords trilogy (Soul Hunter/Blood Reaver/Void Stalker) - Although I'm not a heretic this is my favourite trilogy, the trilogy is well paced and the Night Lords are depicted well feeling like they were betrayed by the Imperium and deserve vengeance while at the same time largely shunning Chaos as well. There's a few flashbacks to the heresy era to add a bit of variety as well and it builds up to a superb finish.

Emperor's Gift (standalone) - My favourite chapter and this is easily their best book, many authors don't seem to get that the inquisition should be more terrifying to the general populace than any aliens but Aaron Dembski-Bowden does and he really captures the problems with having daemon-hunters when you're telling everyone daemons don't exist.

Angels of Darkness (standalone, sort of continued later but they ruined it) - This is an older one you may have read but I think it really does the Dark Angels justice. It follows an interrogator chaplain across two timelines, the current time when he's chasing down a group of fallen and 15 years in the past when he interrogating Astelan, another member of the fallen who had been with the group the chaplain is chasing and a former chapter master. Astelan claims he's innocent and had stayed loyal to the Imperium and it was the Dark Angels who he believed were tearing themselves apart, the two timelines start to link together later on and it has a great finish.

Eldar trilogy (Path of the Warrior/Path of the Seer/Path of the Outcast) - This trilogy does a great job depicting what day to day life is like for the Eldar on one of their main craftworlds but I also like this one as the trilogy is cleverly all set at the same time rather than sequentially. Three friends have been drifting apart and have an argument which triggers each of them to take a new path to deal with it, the first wants to control his anger and changes to the path of the warrior, another wants to be able to better see what's coming and goes onto the path of the seer and the third fed up with the strict rules of the craftworld leaves it to take the path of the outcast. At some points all three will come together so in each book you see the different view of each person and initially it's not clear how some of the events happened, by the end of the third book though all the pieces fall in together to understand what happened.

Dark Eldar trilogy (Path of the Renegade/Path of the Incubus/Path of the Archon) - Note the similar names, these two series are not linked in any way and it's easy to confuse path of the renegade and path of the outcast. This trilogy is a conventional sequential series and while the story isn't anything special I enjoyed this one because the author builds an in depth view of the dark eldar world whereas normally we only ever see them briefly raiding in Imperium space.

Titanicus (standalone, loosely related to the Sabbat Worlds crusade in the Gaunt's Ghost series) - The story isn't great in this one and the side stories just feel pointless but one of the storylines that follows the command crew of a Warlord Titan gives a detailed view of how the titans actually work and I appreciate getting that level of detail. Especially as the titans despite being such an impressive part of the WH40K universe don't feature that often.
anyone know if you can upgrade from the £1 tier to say the £12 one if you enjoy the books in that tier...
Johnmcl716/04/2020 02:25

I've read a lot of the Warhammer 40K books and I do like having a huge …I've read a lot of the Warhammer 40K books and I do like having a huge galaxy to dive into the different parts but I agree with your comment about them being forgettable and I've been disappointed with most of the recent books. I dislike the books that go for the simple story of the heroic space marines beating the nasty bad guys which too many of them do, I'm not going to claim any of the books are intelligent but these are the ones I like:Night lords trilogy (Soul Hunter/Blood Reaver/Void Stalker) - Although I'm not a heretic this is my favourite trilogy, the trilogy is well paced and the Night Lords are depicted well feeling like they were betrayed by the Imperium and deserve vengeance while at the same time largely shunning Chaos as well. There's a few flashbacks to the heresy era to add a bit of variety as well and it builds up to a superb finish.Emperor's Gift (standalone) - My favourite chapter and this is easily their best book, many authors don't seem to get that the inquisition should be more terrifying to the general populace than any aliens but Aaron Dembski-Bowden does and he really captures the problems with having daemon-hunters when you're telling everyone daemons don't exist. Angels of Darkness (standalone, sort of continued later but they ruined it) - This is an older one you may have read but I think it really does the Dark Angels justice. It follows an interrogator chaplain across two timelines, the current time when he's chasing down a group of fallen and 15 years in the past when he interrogating Astelan, another member of the fallen who had been with the group the chaplain is chasing and a former chapter master. Astelan claims he's innocent and had stayed loyal to the Imperium and it was the Dark Angels who he believed were tearing themselves apart, the two timelines start to link together later on and it has a great finish.Eldar trilogy (Path of the Warrior/Path of the Seer/Path of the Outcast) - This trilogy does a great job depicting what day to day life is like for the Eldar on one of their main craftworlds but I also like this one as the trilogy is cleverly all set at the same time rather than sequentially. Three friends have been drifting apart and have an argument which triggers each of them to take a new path to deal with it, the first wants to control his anger and changes to the path of the warrior, another wants to be able to better see what's coming and goes onto the path of the seer and the third fed up with the strict rules of the craftworld leaves it to take the path of the outcast. At some points all three will come together so in each book you see the different view of each person and initially it's not clear how some of the events happened, by the end of the third book though all the pieces fall in together to understand what happened.Dark Eldar trilogy (Path of the Renegade/Path of the Incubus/Path of the Archon) - Note the similar names, these two series are not linked in any way and it's easy to confuse path of the renegade and path of the outcast. This trilogy is a conventional sequential series and while the story isn't anything special I enjoyed this one because the author builds an in depth view of the dark eldar world whereas normally we only ever see them briefly raiding in Imperium space.Titanicus (standalone, loosely related to the Sabbat Worlds crusade in the Gaunt's Ghost series) - The story isn't great in this one and the side stories just feel pointless but one of the storylines that follows the command crew of a Warlord Titan gives a detailed view of how the titans actually work and I appreciate getting that level of detail. Especially as the titans despite being such an impressive part of the WH40K universe don't feature that often.


Thank you for such a comprehensive response, I'm really grateful. I've always leant towards the chaos powers, possibly because the characters seem more nuanced than the the standard forces. For the same reason, the Inquisition, the Ordo Malleus, and the Grey Knights, appeal to me (although I'm told that the Grey Knight books are poor). The Eldar, too, have always fascinated me (I had a force of Eldar pirates 30-odd years ago). There's definitely several novels there that pique my interest, so I'm saving this post in order to check them out. Thanks for the recommendations, I appreciate it
Clinton_Monteith16/04/2020 02:28

anyone know if you can upgrade from the £1 tier to say the £12 one if you e …anyone know if you can upgrade from the £1 tier to say the £12 one if you enjoy the books in that tier...


I don't believe you can, I've certainly not noticed that as an option before. The sale seems to be on for 20 more days though so there's no harm in spending £1 to try tier one and then spending another £12 later if you want the rest.
Thanks Op
Clinton_Monteith16/04/2020 02:28

anyone know if you can upgrade from the £1 tier to say the £12 one if you e …anyone know if you can upgrade from the £1 tier to say the £12 one if you enjoy the books in that tier...


Dont think so, its only a quid and you could always give the book codes to someone else for tier 1 if you go all in
thanks for the reply guys guess ill just have to pony up the 12 quid lol trying and failing to be miserable here
Clinton_Monteith17/04/2020 04:30

thanks for the reply guys guess ill just have to pony up the 12 quid lol …thanks for the reply guys guess ill just have to pony up the 12 quid lol trying and failing to be miserable here


Too late for this bundle but I've just noticed that there is a way to increase your bid level, listed on their support pages:

'If you've already placed your order but wish that you'd paid a little more to get the other content, you can add content to the order by heading back to your download page and clicking the "Like what we're doing? Click here to increase your order amount!" *. From there, you'll be able to submit additional payment through the order adder to receive the higher tiers of content'

Hope it helps for the future.
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