Navigating the Galaxy Aflame: Reading the Horus Heresy Books in Chronological Order

Dive deep into the heart of the Horus Heresy, the monumental saga that laid the foundations of the Warhammer 40,000 universe's grim future, with this comprehensive reading guide designed to navigate you through its complex chronological order and intricate timeline.
Horus Heresy Books in Chronological Order

The article below – probably the most researched piece we’ve written so far – aims to provide you with a Horus Heresy books reading order, aligned to the saga’s timeline.

Horus Heresy Books- A Chronological Reading List

The list below shows the order in which the HH books can be read in an order that follows the events in the book (while avoiding major spoilers). Anthologies are excluded.

OrderBook TitleIn-Story Date
1Descent of Angels820.M30 to 970.M30
2The First Heretic956.M30
3Legion001.M31
4Horus Rising002.M31 to 003.M31
5False Gods004.M31
6Galaxy in Flames005.M31
7A Thousand Sons001.M31 to 004.M31
8Prospero Burns004.M31 to 005.M31
9The Outcast Dead004.M31
10The Master of Mankind004.M31 to 014.M31
11Mechanicum005.M31
12The Flight of the Eisenstein005.M31
13Fallen Angels005.M31
14Fear to Tread005-006.M31
15Fulgrim006.M31
16Vulkan Lives006.M31 to 007.M31
17Deliverance Lost007.M31
18The Crimson King007.M31
19The Damnation of Pythos007.M31
20Nemesis007.M31
21Know No Fear007.M31
22Battle for the Abyss007.M31
23Angel Exterminatus007.M31
24Betrayer007.M31
25Scars007.M31
26Vengeful Spirit008.M31 to 009.M31
27The Unremembered Empire009.M31
28Pharos009.M31
29Deathfire010.M31
30Tallarn010.M31 to 012.M31
31Praetorian of Dorn010.M31
32The Path of Heaven011.M41
33Angels of Caliban011.M41
34Old Earth011.M31
35Ruinstorm011.M31
36Wolfsbane012.M31
37Slaves to Darkness013.M31
38Titandeath012.M31
39The Buried Dagger013.M31
The Horus Heresy Books in Chronological Order of Events

Our Approach to Organizing this Horus Heresy Reading Order

Just like Horus was on a beeline for Terra, this reading guide aims to get you as fast as possible straight to the heart of the action and the Siege of Terra books!

We’ve broken down the epic journey into bite-sized pieces, organizing the books by a few simple rules to make your voyage through the saga as smooth as possible:

  1. We’ve arranged them by the approximate starting point of each book’s central story line, focusing on the initiation of significant events. We’ve marked this by mentioning the “In-Story Date” for each book.
  2. Sometimes we ignored the story date, to not reveal key plot points prematurely.
  3. To enhance understanding, we’ve also grouped the books into phases: Before, The Start, The Early Years etc., using the pivotal moment in 003.M31, when Horus renames the Luna Wolves as a reference point.
  4. The Official Horus Heresy Series contains a series of anthologies and collections of short stories which we left outside of the novels list as the vast majority of them are fitting thematically rather than chronologically. We thoroughly recommend reading them, nonetheless. 🙂

Before the Horus Heresy: Before 003.M31

The novels in this phase are placed before the moment Horus is resurrected on Davin and pledges to overthrow the Emperor to the Chaos Gods. They introduce some key characters and lay the groundwork for the conflict, highlighting the seeds of treachery.

Descent of Angels

Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon - Horus Heresy Book 6
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 6
  • Author: Mitchel Scanlon
  • Release Year: 2007
  • In-Story Date: 820.M30 to 970.M30 (approx).
  • Main Characters: Lion El’Jonson, Zahariel El’Zurias
  • Legions/Factions: Dark Angels

“Descent of Angels” is not just a tale of galactic conquest but a deeply personal story set against the backdrop of Caliban, a world steeped in mystery and knightly orders.

It chronicles the journey of Lion El’Jonson, from his mysterious origins to becoming the Primarch of the Dark Angels, and explores his complex relationship with Caliban and its inhabitants, including the young aspirant Zahariel.

As the Great Crusade to unite humanity under the banner of the Imperium reaches Caliban, the novel delves into themes of loyalty, ambition, and the dark shadows that lurk beneath the surface of heroism.

This book sets a poignant stage for the internal strife and ideological schisms that will later define the Dark Angels, offering a unique perspective on the noble yet secretive nature of the First Legion.

Through the lens of Zahariel’s rise within the legion, readers gain insight into the early seeds of doubt and division that foreshadow the tragic events of the Horus Heresy, making “Descent of Angels” a crucial prologue to the internal and external battles that would come to define the Dark Angels and their eternal quest for redemption.

The First Heretic

The First Heretic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden - Horus Heresy Book 14
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 13
  • Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Release Year: 2010
  • In-Story Date: ~956.M30 – Starts 43 years before the Heresy, ending before M31
  • Main Characters: Lorgar Aurelian, Argel Tal, Kor Phaeron, Erebus
  • Legions/Factions: Word Bearers, Custodian Guard, Sisters of Silence

“The First Heretic” delves deep into the heart of the Word Bearers Legion, led by the deeply spiritual and charismatic Lorgar Aurelian. Set against the backdrop of Lorgar’s quest for religious truth, this narrative explores the origins of the Horus Heresy, tracing the path of the first legion to openly rebel against the Emperor’s decree.

The novel brilliantly captures the transformation of Lorgar and his legion from zealous Imperial missionaries to architects of the galaxy’s darkest age, providing a poignant exploration of faith, betrayal, and the search for meaning in a universe at war.

Through the eyes of characters like Argel Tal, one of the first to be possessed by a daemon, and the manipulative figures of Kor Phaeron and Erebus, readers are introduced to the complex machinations that led to the galaxy’s division.

The book not only offers a detailed look at the philosophical and emotional turmoil within the Word Bearers but also sets the stage for the catastrophic events to come, making “The First Heretic” a critical piece in understanding the motives and consequences of the Heresy.

Legion

Legion by Dan Abnett - Horus Heresy Book 7
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 7
  • Author: Dan Abnett
  • Release Year: 2008
  • In-Story Date: 001.M31 – Approx. one year before the Horus Heresy
  • Main Characters: Alpharius Omegon, John Grammaticus, Peto Soneka
  • Legions/Factions: Alpha Legion, Cabal

“Legion,” the seventh book in the Horus Heresy series, penned by the acclaimed Dan Abnett, offers a gripping insight into the most secretive and enigmatic of all the Space Marine Legions: the Alpha Legion.

Set just before the outbreak of the Heresy, the novel introduces readers to a complex plot involving the Alpha Legion Primarch, or rather Primarchs, Alpharius and Omegon, and their involvement with the mysterious Cabal, a shadowy group of alien races seeking to steer the course of the galaxy’s future.

Through the eyes of characters like John Grammaticus, a human operative of the Cabal, and Peto Soneka, a key member of the Legion, Abnett explores themes of loyalty, destiny, and the nature of choice in a conflict where the lines between right and wrong are blurred.

“Legion” is unique within the Horus Heresy series for its focus on espionage, subterfuge, and the philosophical dilemmas faced by a Legion that might be either humanity’s secret saviors or its ultimate betrayers.

The Start of the Horus Heresy: 003.M31 to 006.M31

This phase covers around 4 years, setting the stage for Horus’s eventual fall and giving us a glimpse of the Great Crusade’s final days. We included here the books that span the first few years of Horus’ rebellion, where most Primarchs are still unaware of the treachery and concluding with the massacre of Isstvan V.

Horus Rising

Horus Rising by Dan Abnett - Horus Heresy Book 1
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 1
  • Author: Dan Abnett
  • Release Year: 2006
  • In-Story Date: 002.M31 – 003.M31
  • Main Characters: Horus Lupercal, Garviel Loken, Ezekyle Abaddon, Tarik Torgaddon
  • Legions/Factions: Luna Wolves (later Sons of Horus), The Mournival

“Horus Rising” marks the explosive beginning of the Horus Heresy series, introducing readers to the golden era of the Great Crusade where the Imperium of Man is at the zenith of its power, under the leadership of the charismatic and visionary Warmaster Horus Lupercal.

Written by Dan Abnett, this opening salvo sets a complex stage for the tragedy that unfolds, as it explores the themes of brotherhood, ambition, and the seeds of heresy within the ranks of the Luna Wolves.

Through the eyes of Captain Garviel Loken of the Luna Wolves, we are drawn into the internal dynamics of the legion, witnessing firsthand the camaraderie, the conflicts, and the creeping doubts that begin to surface about their mission and the Emperor’s grand vision.

The novel masterfully juxtaposes the grandeur and might of the Imperium’s forces with the personal stories of its characters, making the eventual fall all the more poignant.

As the first book released in the series, “Horus Rising” is pivotal for setting the tone and establishing the intricate political and military landscape of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, inviting readers to question the nature of loyalty and the inevitability of corruption.

False Gods

False Gods by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 2
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 2
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2006
  • In-Story Date: 004.M31 – Shortly after “Horus Rising”
  • Main Characters: Horus Lupercal, Magnus the Red, Garviel Loken, Erebus
  • Legions/Factions: Sons of Horus, Thousand Sons, Word Bearers

“False Gods” picks up where “Horus Rising” left off, delving deeper into the tragedy of Horus Lupercal’s fall from grace. Authored by Graham McNeill, this novel is a crucial turning point in the Horus Heresy saga, chronicling the Warmaster’s descent into betrayal under the influence of Chaos.

The book skillfully portrays the manipulations and deceptions perpetrated by Erebus of the Word Bearers, setting Horus on a dark path that will ultimately lead to civil war.

Through encounters with the mystical and enigmatic Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons, and the subsequent tragic events on the planet of Davin, readers are given a front-row seat to the complexities and internal struggles that tear at the fabric of the Imperium’s mightiest hero.

“False Gods” is not just a story of betrayal but a poignant exploration of themes such as loyalty, honor, and the dangers of hubris and ambition. McNeill’s narrative weaves a compelling tale of how even the greatest can fall, setting the stage for the galaxy-spanning conflict that defines the Horus Heresy.

Galaxy in Flames

Galaxy In Flames by Ben Counter - Horus Heresy Book 3
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 3
  • Author: Ben Counter
  • Release Year: 2006
  • In-Story Date: ~005.M31 – Immediately following the action in “False Gods”
  • Main Characters: Horus Lupercal, Saul Tarvitz, Angron, Nathaniel Garro
  • Legions/Factions: Sons of Horus, Emperor’s Children, World Eaters, Death Guard

“Galaxy in Flames” by Ben Counter is the harrowing continuation of the events in “False Gods”, capturing the full ignition of the galactic conflict.

This pivotal third installment brings to life the infamous Isstvan III Atrocity, where Horus reveals his treachery in the most brutal manner by purging the loyalist Astartes within his and the allied Legions.

Through the eyes of characters like Saul Tarvitz of the Emperor’s Children and Nathaniel Garro of the Death Guard, readers experience the horror, betrayal, and heroism that define this critical moment.

Counter masterfully depicts the complex interplay of honor and loyalty as some Legions turn against their brothers under Horus’s command, highlighting the personal sacrifices made by those who would stand against corruption.

The novel not only escalates the Heresy’s scope but also deepens the tragedy of its impact, showing the irreparable fracture within the Imperium.

A Thousand Sons

A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 12
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 12
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2010
  • In-Story Date: 001.M31 to 004.M31- Leading up to and including the Burning of Prospero
  • Main Characters: Magnus the Red, Ahzek Ahriman, Leman Russ
  • Legions/Factions: Thousand Sons, Space Wolves, Custodian Guard, Sisters of Silence

“A Thousand Sons” by Graham McNeill is a pivotal twelfth installment in the Horus Heresy series, focusing on the tragic tale of Magnus the Red and his legion.

Set against the backdrop of increasing tension within the Imperium, the novel explores the Thousand Sons’ pursuit of forbidden knowledge and psychic power, which ultimately leads to their censure and the catastrophic Burning of Prospero.

McNeill skillfully portrays the complexity of Magnus’s character—a Primarch torn between loyalty to his father, the Emperor, and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

The narrative is rich with themes of fate, hubris, and the fine line between ambition and folly, as the Thousand Sons’ actions set them on a collision course with the Space Wolves, led by Leman Russ, and the Imperium’s enforcers.

The book’s detailed depiction of the Prospero campaign, including the tragic misunderstanding and betrayal that lead to the planet’s fall, offers a deep emotional and philosophical exploration of the Horus Heresy’s themes.

Prospero Burns

Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett - Horus Heresy Book 15
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 15
  • Author: Dan Abnett
  • Release Year: 2011
  • In-Story Date: 004.M31 to 005.M31 – Following the events of “A Thousand Sons”
  • Main Characters: Leman Russ, Kasper Hawser (Ahmed Ibn Rustah)
  • Legions/Factions: Space Wolves, Thousand Sons, Prospero Spireguard

“Prospero Burns” by Dan Abnett is the fifteenth book in the Horus Heresy saga, offering a complementary and contrasting perspective to the events detailed in “A Thousand Sons.”

This novel focuses on the Space Wolves and their Primarch, Leman Russ, providing insight into their culture, beliefs, and their role in the tragic fall of Prospero.

Through the eyes of Kasper Hawser, a human scholar who becomes intimately connected with the Space Wolves, readers are given a unique viewpoint on the legion’s complexities, their fierce loyalty to the Emperor, and their perceived role as the executioners of Prospero.

Abnett masterfully explores themes of misunderstanding, the duality of truth, and the consequences of preemptive judgment, shedding light on the motivations behind the Space Wolves’ actions and the devastating impact of the Burning of Prospero.

The narrative weaves together the fierce warrior culture of the Space Wolves with the broader political and psychic machinations leading to the Heresy, highlighting the tragic inevitability of conflict between brothers.

The Outcast Dead

The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeil - Horus Heresy Book 17
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 17
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2011
  • In-Story Date: 004.M31 – During Magnus’ attempt to warn the Emperor
  • Main Characters: Kai Zulane, Atharva, Ghota
  • Legions/Factions: Various, including the Thunder Warriors, Astartes from different Legions, and the Custodian Guard

“The Outcast Dead” by Graham McNeill is a unique entry in the Horus Heresy series, set primarily on Terra itself, offering a perspective on the Heresy’s impact away from the front lines.

The novel delves into the story of Kai Zulane, a gifted astropath who comes into possession of a dangerous secret that could change the course of the war.

Amidst the backdrop of the Imperial City, the narrative intertwines the fates of disparate characters, including a band of Astartes escapees dubbed “The Outcast Dead,” and explores the remnants of the Thunder Warriors, Terra’s original defenders before the creation of the Space Marines.

McNeill masterfully crafts a tale of intrigue, loyalty, and survival, as these characters navigate the complex political and social landscape of a besieged Terra. The novel’s exploration of themes such as honor among outcasts, the burden of knowledge, and the shades of grey in loyalty and duty, provides a deeper understanding of the Heresy’s broader implications.

“The Outcast Dead” is notable for its exploration of the psychic warfare aspect of the Heresy and the pivotal role played by Terra’s defenders and inhabitants in the shadow of the impending Siege of Terra.

The Master of Mankind

The Master of Mankind by Aaron Dembski-Bowden - Horus Heresy Book 41
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 41
  • Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: 004 to 014.M31 – Starts after Magnus’ attempt at warning the Emperor
  • Main Characters: The Emperor of Mankind, Ra Endymion, Malcador, Constantin Valdor
  • Legions/Factions: Custodian Guard, Mechanicum, Sisters of Silence, and various daemonic entities of Chaos

“The Master of Mankind” by Aaron Dembski-Bowden offers a rare and profound glimpse into the heart of the Imperium during the Horus Heresy — the Imperial Palace and the Emperor Himself.

Set against the backdrop of the war within the Webway, the novel explores the Emperor’s monumental efforts to secure humanity’s future, a vision now threatened by the forces of Chaos breaching the Imperial Webway Project.

Through the eyes of characters like Ra Endymion, a Custodian Guard, and Arkhan Land, a genius of the Mechanicum, readers are offered an intimate look at the Emperor’s strategic genius, his enigmatic personality, and his philosophical outlook on the Imperium, the warp, and the galaxy at large.

The narrative delves deep into the sacrifices made to protect the Throne World, the bitter battles fought in the webway, and the relentless tide of the daemonic incursion that seeks to undo everything the Emperor has built.

“The Master of Mankind” is not just a story of warfare; it is a tale of the burden of leadership, the weight of hope, and the cost of ambition.

Dembski-Bowden’s portrayal of the Emperor provides a nuanced exploration of His role as the linchpin of the Imperium, the custodian of humanity’s future, and the mastermind behind plans that span millennia.

Mechanicum

Mechanicum by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 9
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 9
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2008
  • In-Story Date: ~005.M31
  • Main Characters: Kelbor-Hal, Zahariel, Koriel Zeth, Anacharis Scoria
  • Legions/Factions: Mechanicum of Mars, Dark Mechanicum, Adeptus Mechanicus

“Mechanicum,” the ninth book in the Horus Heresy series by Graham McNeill, takes readers to the heart of the Imperium’s technological and spiritual nexus: Mars.

Unlike the preceding novels, which focus primarily on the Astartes and their Primarchs, “Mechanicum” shines a light on the civil war within the Mechanicum, the organization responsible for the Imperium’s technological might.

The book details the schism that tears the Mechanicum apart, leading to the formation of the Dark Mechanicum aligned with Horus and the traitor legions.

Through the eyes of key figures such as Kelbor-Hal, the Fabricator-General of Mars who betrays the Emperor, and Zahariel, a character previously seen in “Descent of Angels,” readers explore the ideological and power struggles that mirror the broader conflict engulfing the galaxy.

McNeill adeptly portrays the clash between tradition and innovation, faith in the Machine God, and the seductive lure of forbidden knowledge.

“Mechanicum” is pivotal for understanding the Heresy’s impact beyond the battlefield, highlighting the crucial role of Mars and the Mechanicum in the wider war and setting the stage for future conflicts within the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

The Flight of the Eisenstein

Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow - Horus Heresy Book 4
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 4
  • Author: James Swallow
  • Release Year: 2007
  • In-Story Time: 005.M31 – Concurrent with the end of “Galaxy in Flames”
  • Main Characters: Nathaniel Garro
  • Legions/Factions: Death Guard, Knights-Errant

“The Flight of the Eisenstein” is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series and continues the saga with the story of Nathaniel Garro, a loyalist Death Guard captain.

Authored by James Swallow, this novel shifts the focus from the tragic events on Isstvan III to Garro’s desperate mission to warn the Emperor of Horus’s treachery.

Swallow expertly navigates the moral and physical dilemmas Garro faces, from the initial shock of betrayal to the perilous journey through a galaxy now brimming with conflict.

“The Flight of the Eisenstein” stands out in the series for its intense personal narrative and the broader implications of Garro’s actions, which set the stage for the formation of the Knights-Errant and the future of the loyalist resistance.

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels by Mike Lee - Horus Heresy Book 11
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 11
  • Author: Mike Lee
  • Release Year: 2009
  • In-Story Date: 005.M31
  • Main Characters: Lion El’Jonson, Zahariel El’Zurias
  • Legions/Factions: Dark Angels

“Fallen Angels” by Mike Lee is the eleventh book in the Horus Heresy series, continuing the narrative of the Dark Angels Legion first explored in “Descent of Angels.”

The novel delves into the fracturing of the legion as the galaxy-spanning civil war begins to take its toll. Set against the backdrop of the Heresy’s early years, the story juxtaposes Lion El’Jonson’s campaigns in the wider galaxy with Zahariel’s struggles on their homeworld of Caliban.

Readers are drawn into the internal conflict within the Dark Angels, as secrets, ambitions, and a growing sense of mistrust lead to a division that echoes the larger schism within the Imperium.

“Fallen Angels” masterfully explores themes of loyalty, honor, and the shades of grey that lie between right and wrong, as the characters are forced to choose sides in a conflict that threatens to destroy everything they have fought for.

Fear to Tread

Fear to Tread by James Swallow - Horus Heresy Book 21
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 21
  • Author: James Swallow
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Date: 005-006.M31
  • Main Characters: Sanguinius, Horus, Ka’Bandha
  • Legions/Factions: Blood Angels, Sons of Horus, Daemons of Khorne

“Fear to Tread” by James Swallow plunges into the heart of the Blood Angels Legion, led by their noble and angelic Primarch, Sanguinius. The novel unveils the insidious plot by Horus to corrupt or destroy the Blood Angels by luring them to the daemon-infested Signus system, under the guise of an Imperial campaign.

Swallow adeptly portrays the internal struggle of Sanguinius and his sons as they confront the physical manifestation of their deepest fears and the nascent curse that lurks within their gene-seed.

The battle on Signus Prime is not only a physical confrontation but a spiritual trial for the Blood Angels, testing their loyalty, sanity, and the very essence of their nobility.

The book is remarkable for its exploration of the themes of sacrifice, the duality of beauty and brutality, and the burden of foresight, as Sanguinius grapples with the foreknowledge of his fate. “Fear to Tread” is a pivotal chapter in the Horus Heresy narrative, highlighting the resilience of the Blood Angels in the face of overwhelming darkness and setting the stage for their tragic future.

Fulgrim

Fulgrim by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 5
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 5
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2007
  • In-Story Time: 006.M31 – Leading up to and including the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V,
  • Main Characters: Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Eidolon, Lucius
  • Legions/Factions: Emperor’s Children, Iron Hands, various other Legions involved in the Isstvan V massacre

“Fulgrim,” the fifth entry in the Horus Heresy series, offers a deep dive into the psyche of Fulgrim, the Primarch of the Emperor’s Children, and his legion’s tragic fall from grace.

Authored by Graham McNeill, the novel meticulously charts the path of corruption that leads the Emperor’s Children from their pursuit of perfection and glory to their eventual succumbing to the seductive power of Chaos.

Set against the backdrop of the Isstvan V Drop Site Massacre, a pivotal battle that exemplifies the brutal internecine warfare of the Heresy, the book explores themes of pride, ambition, and the destructive consequences of their excess.

Through the experiences of characters like Ferrus Manus of the Iron Hands, and the Emperor’s Children warriors Eidolon and Lucius, McNeill captures the complexity of brotherhood turned to rivalry and the catastrophic impact of betrayal.

Early Heresy Years: 007.M31 to 010.M31

Following the events on Isstvan V, this phase includes the books that deal with the aftermath and the setting of the new status quo in the galaxy. They explore the consequences of the Heresy on the Imperium, the surviving characters, and the universe at large. We end this phase with the start of the Solar War, when Horus begins his drive on Terra.

Vulkan Lives

Vulkan Lives by Nick Kyme - Horus Heresy Book 26
  • Book Number in the Horus Heresy Saga: 26
  • Author: Nick Kyme
  • Release Year: 2013
  • In-Story Date: 006 – 007.M31 – After the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V
  • Main Characters: Vulkan, Konrad Curze, Artellus Numeon
  • Legions/Factions: Salamanders, Night Lords

“Vulkan Lives” by Nick Kyme is a deeply engaging entry in the Horus Heresy series, centering on Vulkan, the Primarch of the Salamanders, in the aftermath of the tragic Drop Site Massacre at Isstvan V.

The novel explores Vulkan’s capture by Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter, and his torturous imprisonment, showcasing the resilience and enduring spirit of the Primarch of the Salamanders.

Through a series of harrowing trials and psychological duels between Vulkan and Curze, Kyme delves into themes of loyalty, survival, and what it means to be truly unbreakable. The narrative also follows Artellus Numeon, Vulkan’s loyal Equerry, in his quest to find and rescue his Primarch, highlighting the unwavering bond between the Salamanders and their leader.

“Vulkan Lives” is significant for its exploration of the Imperium’s more noble aspects, such as sacrifice, brotherhood, and the quest for justice, contrasting the darkness and brutality that pervade the Heresy.

This novel not only provides insight into the character and ethos of the Salamanders but also contributes to the overarching narrative of the Horus Heresy by examining the impact of the Isstvan V betrayal on one of the most beloved Primarchs and his Legion.

Deliverance Lost

Deliverance Lost by Gavin Thorpe Gav - Horus Heresy Book 18
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 18
  • Author: Gav Thorpe
  • Release Year: 2011
  • In-Story Date: 007.M31 – After the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V.
  • Main Characters: Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard; Omegon (as a covert antagonist); various Raven Guard members
  • Legions/Factions: Raven Guard, Alpha Legion

“Deliverance Lost” by Gav Thorpe is the eighteenth book in the Horus Heresy saga, focusing on the aftermath of the devastating Drop Site Massacre and the Raven Guard’s struggle for survival and redemption.

The novel follows Corax, the Primarch of the Raven Guard, in his efforts to rebuild his shattered legion and return to the fight against Horus’s forces.

With the Raven Guard on the brink of extinction, Corax embarks on a daring mission to Terra to seek the Emperor’s aid, leading to the initiation of the Raptor Project, which aims to rapidly create new Astartes to replenish his ranks.

However, the Alpha Legion, led by the enigmatic Omegon, infiltrates the Raven Guard in a sinister plot to sabotage Corax’s plans, turning the legion’s hope for renewal into a nightmare of betrayal and hidden dangers.

“Deliverance Lost” explores themes of resilience, identity, and the costs of war, providing a deep dive into the Raven Guard’s lore and the broader implications of the Heresy’s shadow war.

The Crimson King

The Crimson King by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 44
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 44
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: ~007.M31 – Following the events of “A Thousand Sons” and the Burning of Prospero
  • Main Characters: Magnus the Red, Ahriman, various Thousand Sons
  • Legions/Factions: Thousand Sons, other factions as they interact with the remnants of the legion

“The Crimson King” by Graham McNeill revisits the tragic saga of the Thousand Sons and their Primarch, Magnus the Red, in the aftermath of their devastating defeat on Prospero.

The novel delves deep into the legion’s struggle to reunite and rebuild amidst the fracturing of reality caused by Magnus’s desperate attempt to warn the Emperor of Horus’s treachery, an act that led to their censure and the ruinous invasion of their homeworld by the Space Wolves.

Embarking on a perilous journey through the warp, Magnus seeks both redemption and power, hoping to restore what was lost and to protect his sons from the predations of the warp and the vengeful Imperium.

“The Crimson King” explores themes of fate, knowledge, and the dangerous pursuit of forbidden powers, as the Thousand Sons grapple with their sorcerous abilities and the taint of Chaos that threatens to consume them.

McNeill intricately portrays the internal conflicts within the legion, including Ahriman’s own ambitions and doubts, as they navigate the treacherous paths laid before them by gods and daemons alike.

The Damnation of Pythos

The Damnation of Pythos by David Annandale - Horus Heresy Book 30
  • Book Number in the Horus Heresy Saga: 30
  • Author: David Annandale
  • Release Year: 2014
  • In-Story Date: ~007.M31
  • Main Characters: Durun Atticus, Anton Galba, Khi’dem
  • Legions/Factions: Iron Hands, Salamanders, Raven Guard, and Daemons of Chaos

“The Damnation of Pythos” by David Annandale is a foray into the darker, more horrific aspects of the Horus Heresy, set on the jungle world of Pythos.

The novel follows the remnants of the shattered legions from the Drop Site Massacre on Isstvan V, particularly focusing on the Iron Hands, Salamanders, and Raven Guard as they attempt to come to terms with their devastating losses and seek a new purpose in the aftermath of betrayal.

Pythos, however, proves to be far from the sanctuary they hoped for, becoming instead a nightmarish landscape filled with daemonic threats and lurking dangers that test the survivors to their limits.

“The Damnation of Pythos” delves into themes of survival, the struggle against despair, and the search for redemption amidst the ruins of war.

The story is a grim reminder of the Heresy’s far-reaching consequences, highlighting the psychological toll on the Astartes who have witnessed the unthinkable.

While “The Damnation of Pythos” is somewhat detached from the main storyline of the Horus Heresy, focusing less on the central conflict between Horus and the Emperor, it serves as a poignant exploration of the Heresy’s wider impact on the galaxy and its defenders.

Nemesis

Nemesis by James Swallow - Horus Heresy Book 13
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 13
  • Author: James Swallow
  • Release Year: 2010
  • In-Story Date: ~007.M31 (approx)
  • Main Characters: Eristede Kell, Iota, Jenniker Solam, The Garantine. Koyne, Fon Tariel
  • Legions/Factions: Officio Assassinorum, various factions within the Imperium

“Nemesis,” the thirteenth entry in the Horus Heresy saga by James Swallow, shifts the focus from the front lines of the Astartes-led battles to the shadowy world of assassination and intrigue.

Set approximately five years into the Heresy, the novel introduces a secret mission sanctioned by the highest levels of the Imperium’s ruling body to assassinate Warmaster Horus.

This endeavor, known as the Execution Force, brings together a diverse group of assassins from the Officio Assassinorum, each with unique skills and deadly expertise.

Through the perspectives of characters like Eristede Kell a sniper with a personal vendetta; and Iota, an assassin with lethal psychic abilities, Swallow explores the moral complexities and the extreme measures taken in desperate times.

“Nemesis” delves into the depths of loyalty, the cost of duty, and the blurred lines between good and evil in a war where the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

The narrative expands the Horus Heresy beyond the battlefield, offering a gripping tale of the silent war fought in the shadows, making it a compelling read for those interested in the darker, more personal aspects of the conflict.

Know No Fear

Know No Fear by Dan Abnett - Horus Heresy Book 19
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 19
  • Author: Dan Abnett
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Time: 007.M31
  • Main Characters: Roboute Guilliman, Marius Gage, Kor Phaeron
  • Legions/Factions: Ultramarines, Word Bearers

“Know No Fear,” penned by the acclaimed Dan Abnett, marks a crucial turning point in the Horus Heresy series, focusing on the Ultramarines and their Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, during the catastrophic betrayal at Calth.

This nineteenth book in the saga unfolds with the sudden and brutal assault on the Ultramarines at the Calth shipyards, a meticulously planned surprise attack by the Word Bearers under the guidance of Kor Phaeron.

Through a narrative that captures the chaos and horror of the betrayal in real-time, Abnett explores the themes of trust, vengeance, and the resilience of the Ultramarines as they are forced to confront the full scope of the heresy and fight for survival against overwhelming odds.

“Know No Fear” is lauded for its intense, moment-to-moment storytelling, offering readers a visceral experience of the battle that reshapes the fate of the Ultramarines and sets the stage for future confrontations in the Heresy.

The novel delves deep into Guilliman’s character, revealing his strategic genius, indomitable will, and the birth of a more hardened, war-focused leader in the wake of tragedy.

Battle for the Abyss

Battle for the Abyssby Ben Counter - Horus Heresy Book 8
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 8
  • Author: Ben Counter
  • Release Year: 2008
  • In-Story Time: 007.M31
  • Main Characters: Cestus, Mhotep, Brynngar, Skraal
  • Legions/Factions: Ultramarines, Thousand Sons, World Eaters, Word Bearers

“Battle for the Abyss,” written by Ben Counter, is the eighth installment in the Horus Heresy series. This novel takes a slight detour from the central storyline of the Heresy to tell a gripping tale of loyalty and warfare across the stars.

The book focuses on the mission to stop the Word Bearers’ grand battleship, the Furious Abyss, from reaching Terra to destroy the heart of the Imperium.

Featuring a cast from various Legions including the Ultramarines, Thousand Sons, World Eaters, and others, “Battle for the Abyss” delves into the unity and conflict among the Astartes when faced with a common enemy.

Through the experiences of Captain Cestus of the Ultramarines and his unlikely allies, the novel explores themes of brotherhood, sacrifice, and the lengths to which the loyalists will go to protect the Emperor’s realm.

Angel Exterminatus

Angel Exterminatus by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 23
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 23
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Time: 007.M31
  • Main Characters: Perturabo, Fulgrim, Isstvan V survivors
  • Legions/Factions: Iron Warriors, Emperor’s Children

“Angel Exterminatus” by Graham McNeill focuses on the complex relationship between Perturabo of the Iron Warriors and Fulgrim of the Emperor’s Children, diving deep into the psyche and motivations of one of the most misunderstood Primarchs, Perturabo.

The novel unfolds against the backdrop of a treacherous quest for an ancient weapon, believed to have the power to change the course of the Heresy.

McNeill expertly navigates the dynamics between the two legions, contrasting Perturabo’s grim pragmatism and architectural genius with Fulgrim’s pursuit of perfection and decadence.

The journey to the Crone World of Iydris in the Eye of Terror serves not only as a physical expedition but also a narrative vehicle to explore themes of brotherhood, betrayal, and the quest for redemption or destruction.

“Angel Exterminatus” offers readers a closer look at the Iron Warriors’ siege mastery and the Emperor’s Children’s descent into Chaos, culminating in a climactic battle that has significant implications for both Perturabo and Fulgrim.

Betrayer

Betrayer by Aaron Dembski-Bowden - Horus Heresy Book 24
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 24
  • Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Date: 007.M31 – After the Battle of Calth
  • Main Characters: Angron, Khârn, Lorgar
  • Legions/Factions: World Eaters, Word Bearers

“Betrayer” by Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a profound exploration of wrath, brotherhood, and the cost of war, centered on the tragic figures of Angron and Khârn of the World Eaters, and Lorgar of the Word Bearers.

Set against the backdrop of the Shadow Crusade across the Ultramar sector, this narrative delves into the devastating impact of the Butcher’s Nails on Angron and his Legion, driving them further into bloodlust and madness.

Lorgar’s attempt to save his brother Angron from the Nails’ grip and their shared journey towards damnation is a central theme, illustrating the complex relationship between the two primarchs and the philosophical underpinnings of the Word Bearers’ betrayal.

Dembski-Bowden’s skillful portrayal of Khârn adds depth to the character, showing his internal struggle with the Legion’s descent into chaos.

“Betrayer” is notable for its intense combat scenes, emotional depth, and the exploration of themes such as honor, loyalty, and the search for meaning in a galaxy torn apart by war.

Scars

Scars by Chris Wraight - Horus Heresy Book 28
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 28
  • Author: Chris Wraight
  • Release Year: 2013 (Serial), 2014 (Complete Novel)
  • In-Story Date: ~007.M31 – Concurrent with the events of “The Unremembered Empire”
  • Main Characters: Jaghatai Khan, Yesugei, Shiban Khan
  • Legions/Factions: White Scars, Death Guard, Emperor’s Children

“Scars,” initially serialized in 2013 before being published as a complete novel in 2014 by Chris Wraight, dives into the tale of the White Scars and their Primarch, Jaghatai Khan, during the tumultuous times of the Horus Heresy.

Set against the backdrop of the wider galactic civil war, the novel explores the fiercely independent nature of the White Scars and their struggle to find their place in a galaxy divided by war and treachery.

The narrative follows Jaghatai Khan as he navigates the complex political landscape, torn between his loyalty to the Emperor and his Legion’s desire for freedom and autonomy.

The story also delves into the cultural identity of the White Scars, their Mongolian-inspired heritage, and their unique approach to warfare, which sets them apart from the other Legions.

Through the characters of Yesugei, a loyal Stormseer, and Shiban Khan, a Khan (captain) of the Legion, Wraight provides a deep exploration of loyalty, honor, and the bonds that hold the Legion together in the face of external and internal threats.

“Scars” is a pivotal novel in the Horus Heresy series, offering a detailed look at one of the less-explored Legions and their charismatic Primarch, adding depth and complexity to the overarching narrative of the Heresy.

Vengeful Spirit

Vengeful Spirit by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 29
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 29
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • Release Year: 2014
  • In-Story Date: 008 – 009.M31
  • Main Characters: Horus Lupercal, Garviel Loken, Mersadie Oliton, Mortarion, Malcador the Sigillite
  • Legions/Factions: Sons of Horus, Knights-Errant, Imperial Army

“Vengeful Spirit” by Graham McNeill marks a significant chapter in the Horus Heresy, focusing on the Warmaster Horus Lupercal’s campaign on the Knight World of Molech.

This planet holds a special place in the lore of the Heresy, as it is where the Emperor supposedly gained some of his power from the Chaos Gods.

The novel explores Horus’s quest to gain similar powers by making his own pact with Chaos, delving deep into the motivations that drive the Warmaster and the tragic depth of his betrayal.

The action in “Vengeful Spirit” is both grand in scale and intimate, with epic battles that showcase the might of the Sons of Horus and their allies against the Imperium’s defenders.

Simultaneously, it revisits characters from earlier in the series, including Loken, one of the Luna Wolves’ former captains who has now joined the Knights-Errant, a group of loyalists from various legions dedicated to opposing Horus’s rebellion.

“Vengeful Spirit” is critical for understanding the progression of Horus’s character from a beloved son of the Emperor to the arch-traitor of the Imperium.

The Unremembered Empire

Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett - Horus Heresy Book 27
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 27
  • Author: Dan Abnett
  • Release Year: 2013
  • In-Story Date: ~009.M31 – After the formation of the Ruinstorm
  • Main Characters: Roboute Guilliman, Lion El’Jonson, Sanguinius, Konrad Curze
  • Legions/Factions: Ultramarines, Dark Angels, Blood Angels, Night Lords

“The Unremembered Empire” by Dan Abnett is a landmark entry in the Horus Heresy series, blending intrigue, action, and a vision of unity against the backdrop of the Heresy’s chaos.

Set in the aftermath of the Ruinstorm, a galaxy-spanning warp storm that has cut off portions of the Imperium, the novel focuses on Ultramarine Primarch Roboute Guilliman’s efforts to create a bastion of hope and order in the Ultramar system, dubbed Imperium Secundus.

This sanctuary, however, is not without its challenges and secrets, including the presence of the enigmatic Lion El’Jonson of the Dark Angels and the angelic Sanguinius of the Blood Angels, who is seen as a potential new Emperor should the worst befall the original.

The narrative also delves into the psychological horror inflicted by the Night Haunter, Konrad Curze, who haunts the shadows of this fledgling empire.

Abnett masterfully crafts a story of resilience, brotherhood, and the complexities of leadership in uncertain times, exploring the moral and strategic dilemmas faced by some of the most powerful beings in the galaxy.

“The Unremembered Empire” stands out for its exploration of what it means to rebuild in the face of annihilation, making it a critical and compelling chapter in the saga of the Horus Heresy.

Pharos

Pharos by Guy Haley - Horus Heresy Book 34
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 34
  • Author: Guy Haley
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: ~009.M31
  • Main Characters: Roboute Guilliman, Sanguinius, Barabas Dantioch, Krukesh
  • Legions/Factions: Ultramarines, Night Lords, Imperium Secundus

“Pharos” by Guy Haley is a pivotal novel in the Horus Heresy series, illuminating a crucial chapter in the saga of the Imperium Secundus and the Ultramarines’ efforts to navigate the galaxy’s dark times.

The Pharos device, an ancient xenos technology on the world of Sotha, becomes a beacon of hope and a strategic asset for the loyalist cause, offering a means to guide lost ships and communicate across the warp-torn galaxy.

The narrative centers on the Ultramarines’ defense of this vital resource against a vicious campaign led by the Night Lords, showcasing the strategic genius of Roboute Guilliman and the resilience of his legion.

“Pharos” is significant for its exploration of the themes of sacrifice, the cost of war, and the light of hope that persists in the darkest times.

The novel’s depiction of the Night Lords’ terror tactics and the Ultramarines’ valorous stand provides a gripping contrast, highlighting the vast spectrum of heroism and villainy that the Horus Heresy embodies.

Deathfire

Deathfire by Nick Kyme - Horus Heresy Book 32
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 32
  • Author: Nick Kyme
  • Release Year: 2015
  • In-Story Date: ~010.M31 ~Following the events of “Vulkan Lives”
  • Main Characters: Artellus Numeon, Malig Laestygon, Dark Apostle Quor Gallek
  • Legions/Factions: Salamanders, Death Guard, Ultramarines, Word Bearers

“Deathfire” by Nick Kyme picks up in the wake of the devastating events of “Vulkan Lives,” focusing on the Salamanders Legion and their Primarch, Vulkan.

After the harrowing ordeal on Isstvan V and Vulkan’s subsequent torture at the hands of Konrad Curze, the Primarch of the Night Lords, “Deathfire” explores the themes of resilience, loyalty, and rebirth.

The novel centers around Artellus Numeon, Vulkan’s loyal Equerry, as he endeavors to return the body of Vulkan to their homeworld of Nocturne, believing in his Primarch’s prophesied resurrection.

The journey is fraught with danger, not only from the treacherous galaxy torn asunder by the Horus Heresy but also from internal conflict within the legion and the ever-present threat of a Death Guard contingent.

“Deathfire” is a story of determination and faith, as the Salamanders face trials that challenge their spirit and cohesion, all while holding onto the hope that Vulkan will rise again to lead them.

Tallarn

Tallarn by John French - Horus Heresy Book 45
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 45
  • Author: John French
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: 010-012.M31
  • Main Characters: Perturabo, Warsmith Forrix
  • Legions/Factions: Iron Warriors, Imperial Army, Alpha Legion

“Tallarn” by John French is a comprehensive exploration of one of the largest armored warfare engagements in the Horus Heresy, the Battle of Tallarn.

After a devastating virus bomb attack by the traitor forces renders Tallarn’s once-verdant world a poisoned wasteland, the planet becomes the stage for a protracted conflict between the Iron Warriors legion, led by Perturabo, and the determined defenders of the Imperium.

The narrative unfolds through a series of interconnected stories and perspectives, showcasing the grueling nature of mechanized warfare and the indomitable spirit of the Tallarn people.

French delves into the tactics, the horror of war, and the resilience required to survive in such a desolate environment.

The battle’s scale is massive, involving millions of soldiers and thousands of tanks clashing on the ruined plains of Tallarn, making it a key event in the Horus Heresy’s military history.

“Tallarn” is notable for its detailed depiction of armored combat, the strategic cunning of the Iron Warriors, and the tenacity of the Imperial Army.

Praetorian of Dorn

Praetorian of Dorn by John French - Horus Heresy Book 39
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 39
  • Author: John French
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: ~010.M31
  • Main Characters: Rogal Dorn, Archamus, Alpharius Omegon
  • Legions/Factions: Imperial Fists, Alpha Legion

“Praetorian of Dorn” by John French focuses on the Imperial Fists and their Primarch, Rogal Dorn, as they prepare the defenses of the Sol System against the impending traitor onslaught.

The novel highlights the strategic and psychological warfare between the loyalist Imperial Fists and the traitorous Alpha Legion, led by the enigmatic Primarch Alpharius Omegon.

As the Alpha Legion launches a covert operation to infiltrate and destabilize Terra’s defenses, the narrative delves into themes of loyalty, deception, and the nature of warfare, both overt and covert.

The story is notable for its exploration of Rogal Dorn’s character — his steadfast loyalty, strategic genius, and the weight of responsibility he bears as the Praetorian of Terra.

The book also provides a deeper look into the secretive and complex operations of the Alpha Legion, challenging the notions of heroism and villainy in the context of the Horus Heresy.

“Praetorian of Dorn” is crucial for its contribution to the buildup to the Siege of Terra, offering a thrilling and nuanced perspective on the preparations and sacrifices made in the face of the galaxy’s darkest conflict.

Late Heresy Years: 011.M31 to 014.M31

This period encapsulates the desperate struggles, heroic stands, and dark machinations leading up to the Siege of Terra itself. Each book in this concluding series segment delves deep into the hearts and minds of the Imperium’s greatest defenders and its most treacherous foes. From the ashes of shattered legions, the indomitable spirit of the loyalists shines brightest against the backdrop of Horus’s final push towards Terra.

The Path of Heaven

The Path of Heaven by Chris Wraight - Horus Heresy Book 36
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 36
  • Author: Chris Wraight
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: 011.M41
  • Main Characters: Jaghatai Khan, Revuel Arvida, Eidolon, Mortarion
  • Legions/Factions: White Scars, Death Guard, Emperor’s Children

“The Path of Heaven” by Chris Wraight continues the riveting journey of the White Scars and their charismatic Primarch, Jaghatai Khan, as they carve their path through the chaos of the Horus Heresy.

Picking up approximately where “Scars” left off, the White Scars face not only the external threats posed by their traitorous brethren and the warp storms that ravage the galaxy but also internal strife as they decide their course towards Terra.

This narrative delves deeper into the strategic genius of the Khan, his philosophy of warfare, and the indomitable spirit of his Legion as they engage in hit-and-run tactics against the forces of Chaos.

“The Path of Heaven” is celebrated for its exploration of the psychic warfare that permeates the Heresy, the dilemmas of loyalty amidst the Imperium’s fracturing, and the White Scars’ fierce commitment to their own code of honor.

Angels of Caliban

Angels of Caliban by Gav Thorpe - Horus Heresy Book 38
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 38
  • Author: Gav Thorpe
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: 011.M41 – Around the same time as events in “The Path of Heaven”
  • Main Characters: Lion El’Jonson, Konrad Curze, Zahariel, Luther, Roboute Guilliman, Sanguinius
  • Legions/Factions: Dark Angels, Night Lords

“Angels of Caliban” by Gav Thorpe is a key entry in the Horus Heresy series, focusing on the ongoing conflict between the Dark Angels and the Night Lords, as well as the internal strife within the Dark Angels Legion itself.

Set against the backdrop of the Imperium Secundus, a realm established by Roboute Guilliman as a sanctuary and a fallback position for the Imperium, the novel delves into the complex dynamics of loyalty, duty, and ambition that plague the Dark Angels.

The Primarch Lion El’Jonson’s relentless pursuit of the traitorous Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter, across the Imperium Secundus, brings to the forefront the themes of justice and vengeance, as well as the moral ambiguities of war.

Meanwhile, the political machinations within the Triumvirate of the Imperium Secundus and the secretive actions of the Dark Angels’ Order add layers of intrigue to the narrative.

“Angels of Caliban” stands out for its exploration of the Dark Angels’ lore, revealing deeper insights into their Primarch’s motivations and the Legion’s divided loyalties.

Old Earth

Old Earth by Nick Kyme - Horus Heresy Book 47
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 47
  • Author: Nick Kyme
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: 011.M31
  • Main Characters: Vulkan, John Grammaticus, Eldrad Ulthran
  • Legions/Factions: Salamanders, Cabal, Ulthwé Craftworld

“Old Earth” by Nick Kyme is a significant installment in the Horus Heresy saga, focusing on the Primarch Vulkan of the Salamanders and his crucial journey back to Terra in preparation for the imminent Siege.

On Nocturne, Vulkan emerges with a renewed purpose, guided by visions and a sense of destiny to deliver a weapon that could turn the tide against Horus’s rebellion.

His journey is not only physical but spiritual, delving into the mysteries of the Perpetuals and Vulkan’s own immortality.

The narrative intertwines Vulkan’s quest with the broader machinations of the galaxy, including the actions of the Cabal and the involvement of the Eldar, represented by Eldrad Ulthran of Ulthwé.

“Old Earth” explores the themes of sacrifice, duty, and the search for redemption amidst the backdrop of impending doom. Kyme skillfully portrays the resilience and steadfastness of the Salamanders, Vulkan’s internal conflict regarding his role in the galaxy, and the strategic preparations for the defense of the Imperial Palace.

As Vulkan makes his perilous way through a galaxy torn asunder by war, his story brings into focus the desperate measures and alliances formed in the shadow of Horus’s advance towards Terra.

Ruinstorm

Ruinstorm by David Annandale - Horus Heresy Book 46
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 46
  • Author: David Annandale
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: 011.M31
  • Main Characters: Sanguinius, Roboute Guilliman, Lion El’Jonson
  • Legions/Factions: Blood Angels, Ultramarines, Dark Angels

“Ruinstorm” by David Annandale marks a crucial point in the Horus Heresy, as the narrative converges on the final path to the Siege of Terra.

The novel focuses on the titular Ruinstorm, a massive warp storm that has divided the galaxy and hindered navigation, complicating the loyalist Primarchs’ efforts to reunite with the Emperor.

As Sanguinius, Guilliman, and the Lion attempt to navigate through this chaotic tempest, they are forced to confront not only the physical barriers but also the moral and philosophical challenges that test their resolve and unity.

“Ruinstorm” is pivotal for its exploration of the themes of fate, brotherhood, and sacrifice, as each Primarch grapples with their destiny and the choices that will define their legacies in the impending confrontation with Horus.

The journey through the Ruinstorm serves as a metaphor for the turbulent path the Imperium must traverse to emerge from the Heresy, setting the stage for the final battles that will determine the fate of humanity.

Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane by Guy Haley - Horus Heresy Book 49
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 49
  • Author: Guy Haley
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: 012.M31
  • Main Characters: Leman Russ, Horus Lupercal, Corax,
  • Legions/Factions: Space Wolves, Sons of Horus

“Wolfsbane” by Guy Haley is a dramatic and pivotal entry in the Horus Heresy series, focusing on the clash between two Primarchs: Leman Russ of the Space Wolves and Horus Lupercal, the Warmaster and leader of the traitor legions.

The novel delves into the deep-seated rivalry and complex relationship between Russ and Horus, exploring themes of brotherhood, destiny, and the choices that lead to redemption or ruin.

Set as the Heresy inches closer to its climax, “Wolfsbane” features a daring assassination attempt by Leman Russ on Horus himself, aiming to end the war by cutting off the head of the rebellion.

The narrative explores Russ’s introspection on his role as the Emperor’s executioner and his reflections on the nature of power and leadership.

The confrontation between the two Primarchs is not just a physical battle but a symbolic struggle, highlighting the divergent paths taken by these once-close brothers.

“Wolfsbane” stands out for its deep character development, particularly of Leman Russ, who emerges as a more complex figure than the barbarian king stereotype often associated with him.

Slaves to Darkness

Slaves to Darkness by John French - Horus Heresy Book 51
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 51
  • Author: John French
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: ~013.M31
  • Main Characters: Horus Lupercal, Lorgar Aurelian, Perturabo, Fulgrim, Angron
  • Legions/Factions: Sons of Horus, Word Bearers, Iron Warriors, Emperor’s Children, World Eaters

“Slaves to Darkness” by John French focuses on the traitor legions and their Primarchs as they grapple with their own ambitions, rivalries, and the ever-deepening influence of Chaos.

As Horus’s moment of ultimate betrayal approaches, the cohesion of his forces frays under the weight of their dark pacts and the individual desires for power and recognition among his brothers.

The narrative delves into the strategic preparations and political machinations on the eve of the assault on Terra, highlighting the complex dynamics within the traitor camp.

Each Primarch faces their own struggle with the darkness that has come to dominate their existence, illustrating the transformative and often destructive power of Chaos.

“Slaves to Darkness” explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the loss of identity, as the traitors ready themselves for the final battle that will determine the fate of the Imperium.

Titandeath

Titandeath by Guy Haley - Horus Heresy Book 53
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 53
  • Author: Guy Haley
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: 012.M31
  • Main Characters: Various Titans and Princeps from the Collegia Titanica
  • Legions/Factions: Collegia Titanica, Traitor and Loyalist Titan Legions

“Titandeath” by Guy Haley zooms in on one of the Horus Heresy’s most pivotal and devastating conflicts: the Battle of Beta-Garmon, known as the Titandeath.

This battle saw the largest concentration of Titan legions ever assembled, clashing in a conflict that would significantly influence the final outcome of the Horus Heresy.

The novel explores the grandeur and the tragedy of Titan warfare, showcasing the colossal machines of war and the human element within them — the Princeps and crews who bring these god-machines to life.

The narrative delves into the strategies, the fierce combats, and the personal stories of loyalty and sacrifice among the Titan legions on both sides of the conflict.

The battle for Beta-Garmon is depicted not just as a clash of titanic war engines, but as a critical juncture in the wider war, with strategic implications for the siege of Terra itself.

“Titandeath” explores the themes of honor, duty, and the sheer scale of devastation that the Horus Heresy inflicted on the galaxy.

The Buried Dagger

The Buried Dagger by James Swallow - Horus Heresy Book 54
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 54
  • Author: James Swallow
  • Release Year: 2019
  • In-Story Date: ~013.M31
  • Main Characters: Mortarion, Typhus, Malcador the Sigillite, Garro
  • Legions/Factions: Death Guard, Knights-Errant

“The Buried Dagger” by James Swallow marks the culmination of the Horus Heresy series, focusing on the final transformation of the Death Guard and their Primarch, Mortarion, into the Plague Marines of Nurgle.

The novel explores the tragic fall of the Death Guard, once stoic and resilient warriors of the Imperium, as they become ensnared by the warp and succumb to the corruption of Nurgle, the Chaos God of Decay.

The journey through the warp towards Terra is a harrowing one for Mortarion and his legion, as they face both physical and spiritual decay, leading to their eternal damnation as servants of Nurgle.

Parallel to the tragedy of the Death Guard, “The Buried Dagger” also delves into the efforts of Malcador the Sigillite and the formation of the Grey Knights, the secret legion of psyker Space Marines dedicated to hunting down and eradicating the daemonic.

The novel weaves together the threads of loyalty, betrayal, and the costs of war, providing a poignant backdrop to the onset of the Siege of Terra.

The Horus Heresy Anthologies

There are 16 anthologies in the Horus Heresy saga, each one provide depth and breadth to the story that defines the Warhammer 40,000 universe’s history.

Each anthology focuses on different aspects of the Heresy, from the early stages of rebellion to the events leading up to the Siege of Terra, capturing the essence and scale of the conflict across the stars.

We listed them below in the publishing order.

Note: We know Tallarn is also published as an anthology but because it’s written entirely by one author and covering one main event, we decided to include it together with the rest of the novels.

Tales of Heresy

Tales of Heresy by Lindsey Priestley - Horus Heresy Book 10
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 10
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2009
  • In-Story Date: Various, spanning the early Heresy period
  • Main Characters: Varied, including Rogal Dorn, Magnus the Red, and Garviel Loken among others
  • Legions/Factions: Various, including the Imperial Fists, Thousand Sons, Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus, and more

“Tales of Heresy” is the tenth installment in the Horus Heresy series and serves as an anthology, featuring short stories by a variety of authors including Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, and others.

This collection diverges from the single narrative focus of the previous books to explore a wider array of events, characters, and perspectives across the early years of the Heresy.

The anthology provides deeper insights into the complexities of the Warhammer 40,000 universe during this tumultuous era, from personal accounts of the Astartes to the strategic deliberations of Primarchs.

Stories such as “The Last Church” by Graham McNeill offer a poignant look at the Emperor’s atheistic Imperium clashing with religion, while “After Desh’ea” by Matthew Farrer delves into the character of Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters.

“Tales of Heresy” enriches the overarching narrative by adding layers of depth to the events leading up to and following the outbreak of the Heresy, allowing readers to explore the motivations, loyalties, and betrayals that define this epic conflict.

Age of Darkness

Age of Darkness by Christian Dunn - Horus Heresy Book 16
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 16
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2011
  • In-Story Date: Varied, spanning several years during the middle period of the Heresy
  • Main Characters: Various, including characters from multiple legions and factions
  • Legions/Factions: Various, including the Sons of Horus, Iron Warriors, Night Lords, and more.

“Age of Darkness” is the sixteenth installment in the Horus Heresy series and serves as an anthology featuring stories by several prominent authors in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

This collection of short stories explores the broader impact of the Horus Heresy across the galaxy, delving into the chaos, betrayals, and warfare that engulfed the Imperium during this tumultuous period.

The anthology provides readers with a multifaceted view of the Heresy, from the strategic dilemmas faced by the traitor legions as they advance towards Terra, to the moral and existential crises that afflict the loyalists as they fight to preserve the Emperor’s vision.

“Age of Darkness” acts as a crucial pivot in the series, transitioning from the early rebellions and battles to the more protracted and shadowy phase of the conflict, where the lines between right and wrong become increasingly blurred.

The Primarchs

The Primarchs by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 20
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 20
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Date: Various, showcasing pivotal moments in the lives of several Primarchs during the Horus Heresy
  • Main Characters: Various Primarchs, including Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Lion El’Jonson, and Perturabo
  • Legions/Factions: Emperor’s Children, Iron Hands, Dark Angels, Iron Warriors/

“The Primarchs” is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series that collects novellas focusing on the titular leaders of the Space Marine Legions.

This collection provides deeper insights into the characters, motivations, and actions of several key Primarchs during the sprawling conflict of the Heresy.

The stories within offer a mix of personal reflection, battlefield prowess, and the complex relationships between the Primarchs and their legions, as well as their place within the Emperor’s grand vision for humanity.

Each novella in the collection—written by authors such as Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, and Rob Sanders—explores different aspects of the Primarchs’ leadership, their challenges, and the decisions that would ultimately lead to their fates within the Heresy.

From the tragic hubris of Fulgrim and Ferrus Manus to the strategic depth of Lion El’Jonson and the relentless determination of Perturabo, “The Primarchs” sheds light on the diverse personalities and destinies that shape the course of the Imperium’s civil war.

Shadows of Treachery

Shadows of Treachery by Christian Dunn - Horus Heresy Book 22
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 22
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2012
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points throughout the Heresy.
  • Main Characters: Various, including Konrad Curze, Rogal Dorn, Fulgrim, and others.
  • Legions/Factions: Night Lords, Imperial Fists, Emperor’s Children.

“Shadows of Treachery” is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series, bringing together a collection of short stories and novellas by authors such as Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Gav Thorpe, and others.

This compilation explores the darker aspects of the Heresy, shedding light on the treacheries, betrayals, and shadow operations that have shaped the course of the galactic civil war.

From the insidious actions of Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter, to the aftermath of the Isstvan V massacre and beyond, each story delves into the motivations and machinations of characters on both sides of the conflict.

The anthology stands out for its exploration of the psychological and moral complexities of the Heresy, offering readers a deeper understanding of the characters involved and the choices they make in the face of war’s chaos.

“Shadows of Treachery” includes pivotal tales such as “The Crimson Fist,” a story of the Imperial Fists’ desperate fight for survival during the early stages of the Heresy, and “Prince of Crows,” which delves into the psyche of Konrad Curze after his confrontation with the Dark Angels.

Mark of Calth

Mark of Calth by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 25
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 25
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2013
  • In-Story Date: Following the events of “Know No Fear”
  • Main Characters: Various, including Ultramarines and Word Bearers
  • Legions/Factions: Ultramarines, Word Bearers

“Mark of Calth” is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series, comprising short stories from various authors, including Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and Graham McNeill, among others.

This collection focuses on the aftermath of the Word Bearers’ treacherous attack on Calth, part of the Ultramar system, detailing the enduring conflict and its consequences.

The stories delve into the guerrilla warfare in Calth’s underground arcologies, the psychological and spiritual battles faced by the survivors, and the Ultramarines’ efforts to retaliate and recover from the betrayal.

“Mark of Calth” explores themes of resilience, revenge, and the quest for redemption amidst the backdrop of a war-torn world, offering a mosaic of perspectives on the enduring legacy of the Word Bearers’ assault.

The anthology serves not only as a continuation of the narrative set forth in Know No Fear but also as a deep dive into the individual stories of bravery, sacrifice, and determination that emerge from the chaos of betrayal.

Legacies of Betrayal

Legacies of Betrayal by Graham McNeill - Horus Heresy Book 31
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 31
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2015
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points throughout the Heresy.
  • Main Characters: Various
  • Legions/Factions: Various

“Legacies of Betrayal” is an anthology that gathers together short stories and novellas from several prominent authors in the Horus Heresy series, such as Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett, and Gav Thorpe, among others.

This collection delves into the enduring impact of betrayal across the galaxy, exploring how the fabric of the Imperium and the brotherhoods of the Space Marine Legions are irrevocably torn apart by treachery.

Each story within the anthology examines the fallout of deceit and the heavy cost of the civil war, from individual tales of loss and redemption to grand narratives of resistance and the fight for survival in a galaxy at war.

The anthology includes stories like “The Purge” by Anthony Reynolds, which explores the Word Bearers’ descent into fanaticism and darkness, and “Wolf Mother” by Graham McNeill, showcasing the Space Wolves’ resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.

War Without End

War Without End by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 33
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 33
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: Various, spanning across the timeline of the Horus Heresy
  • Main Characters: Varied, featuring a wide range of characters from different Legions and factions
  • Legions/Factions: Various, including but not limited to Ultramarines, Word Bearers, Emperor’s Children, and Imperial Army regiments

“War Without End” is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series, bringing together a collection of short stories by multiple authors, including Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and Graham McNeill, among others.

This compilation delves into the sprawling conflict of the Horus Heresy across numerous fronts, offering readers a mosaic of perspectives that highlight the war’s complexity and the varied experiences of those involved.

The stories in “War Without End” traverse the galaxy, from the besieged walls of the Imperial Palace to the distant outposts on fringe worlds, showcasing the Heresy’s impact on a personal and galactic scale.

Themes of loyalty, betrayal, honor, and despair are explored through the eyes of Space Marines, mortal soldiers, and even civilians caught in the crossfire, providing a rich and nuanced understanding of the Heresy’s vast scope.

Eye of Terra

Eye of Terra by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 35
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 35
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: Various, spanning across the early to late years of the Heresy
  • Main Characters: Various, including the Emperor of Mankind, Primarchs, and other key figures across multiple legions and factions
  • Legions/Factions: Various, reflecting a wide spectrum of the Imperium’s forces and its adversaries

“Eye of Terra” is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series, bringing together a collection of short stories and novellas by various authors, including Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Dan Abnett, and Graham McNeill, among others.

This compilation explores pivotal moments, hidden narratives, and profound insights into the characters and events that have shaped the Heresy.

From tales that delve into the Emperor’s own perspectives, to intimate looks at the Primarchs’ complexities and the legions’ internal struggles, “Eye of Terra” serves as a mosaic of the vast and tragic tapestry of the Horus Heresy.

Each story within the anthology adds depth and nuance to the overarching saga, offering readers glimpses into the motivations, fears, and loyalties of those who fought on both sides of the galactic conflict.

The Silent War

The Silent War by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 37
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 37
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2016
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points throughout the Heresy
  • Main Characters: Malcador the Sigillite, various agents of the Officio Assassinorum, and other key figures involved in the Imperium’s shadow operations
  • Legions/Factions: Officio Assassinorum, Knights-Errant, Imperial Fists, and others involved in covert warfare

“The Silent War” is a compelling anthology that delves into the shadowy aspects of the Horus Heresy, spotlighting the secretive battles fought away from the front lines.

This collection of stories, featuring work by authors such as Chris Wraight, John French, and James Swallow, explores the crucial but often overlooked roles played by spies, assassins, and covert operatives in the larger conflict between Horus and the Emperor.

Central to many of these tales is Malcador the Sigillite, the Emperor’s right-hand man, who orchestrates much of the silent war against the traitors.

From the deadly precision of the Officio Assassinorum’s execution force to the strategic significance of intelligence gathered and sabotaged, “The Silent War” sheds light on the unseen efforts that have significant impacts on the Heresy’s course.

Corax

Corax by Gav Thorpe - Horus Heresy Book 40
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 40
  • Author: Gav Thorpe
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points throughout the Heresy, focusing on Corax’s actions post-Isstvan V and leading up to the Siege of Terra
  • Main Characters: Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard
  • Legions/Factions: Raven Guard, Sons of Horus, and other factions involved in Corax’s guerrilla warfare against the traitors

“Corax” by Gav Thorpe is an anthology within the Horus Heresy series, compiling previously released novellas and short stories alongside new material, all centered around Corax, the Primarch of the Raven Guard.

The collection chronicles the aftermath of the Drop Site Massacre on Isstvan V, highlighting Corax’s relentless pursuit of vengeance against the traitors and his efforts to rebuild his legion.

Through a series of covert operations, guerrilla warfare, and strategic strikes, Corax and the remnants of the Raven Guard wage a shadow war against Horus’s forces, showcasing their adaptability, resilience, and the Primarch’s profound leadership.

The anthology delves into Corax’s psyche, exploring his reflections on leadership, the cost of survival, and the burden of the decisions he must make to ensure his legion’s future.

It also examines the Raven Guard’s specialized tactics, their emphasis on stealth and speed, and the challenges they face as they operate behind enemy lines.

Garro

Garro by James Swallow - Horus Heresy Book 42
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 42
  • Author: James Swallow
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points throughout the Heresy, focusing on Nathaniel Garro’s journey after the Isstvan III atrocity
  • Main Characters: Nathaniel Garro, former Battle-Captain of the Death Guard, now Agentia Primus of the Knights-Errant
  • Legions/Factions: Knights-Errant, Death Guard, various others as Garro recruits for his covert missions

“Garro” by James Swallow is a compilation that collects the various audio dramas and written narratives centered around Nathaniel Garro, who becomes a pivotal figure in the Horus Heresy following his escape from the massacre at Isstvan III.

The collection chronicles Garro’s transformation from a loyalist Death Guard Marine to a knight-errant under the direct command of Malcador the Sigillite, the Emperor’s most trusted aide.

Tasked with critical missions across the galaxy, Garro’s story weaves through the undercurrents of the Heresy, recruiting loyalists from all legions for secretive tasks that lay the groundwork for the future of the Imperium.

The anthology highlights the covert operations and moral dilemmas faced by those who operate in the shadows, fighting not just with weapons but with conviction in the uncertain times of the Heresy.

Through Garro’s journey, readers gain insight into the early days of the Imperium’s most secretive organization and the role of individual heroism in shaping the galaxy’s fate.

Shattered Legions

Shattered Legions by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 43
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 43
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2017
  • In-Story Date: Spans various points, focusing primarily on the aftermath of the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V
  • Main Characters: Various, including members of the Iron Hands, Salamanders, and Raven Guard
  • Legions/Factions: Iron Hands, Salamanders, Raven Guard, and their adversaries

“Shattered Legions” is an anthology that brings together several stories by different authors, including Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, and others, focusing on the remnants of the legions that suffered devastating losses during the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V.

This collection explores the resilience, tactics, and guerrilla warfare of the shattered legions as they regroup, recover, and retaliate against the traitor forces.

The anthology highlights the combined efforts of the Iron Hands, Salamanders, and Raven Guard, who, despite their grievous losses, continue to fight against Horus’s rebellion in disparate but coordinated efforts across the galaxy.

The stories within “Shattered Legions” delve into the themes of survival, vengeance, and the forging of new identities out of the ashes of betrayal.

The Burden of Loyalty

The Burden of Loyalty by Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 48
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 48
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: Various, spanning across the timeline of the Heresy
  • Main Characters: Various, including Leman Russ, Rogal Dorn, and other key figures from multiple legions and factions
  • Legions/Factions: Space Wolves, Imperial Fists, and others

“The Burden of Loyalty” is an anthology that gathers together a collection of short stories from different authors within the Horus Heresy series, exploring the theme of loyalty in its many forms and the burdens it places on the Imperium’s defenders.

This compilation includes tales that delve into the complex decisions faced by the Astartes, the Primarchs, and other significant figures as they navigate the tumultuous events of the Heresy.

The stories within “The Burden of Loyalty” examine the psychological and moral challenges posed by the conflict, revealing the internal and external struggles that define the characters’ experiences.

From the determination of Leman Russ and the Space Wolves to uphold their oaths to the Emperor to Rogal Dorn’s strategic preparations for the Siege of Terra, the anthology highlights the varied facets of loyalty and the sacrifices it demands.

Contributions from authors such as Chris Wraight, John French, and Guy Haley enrich the Horus Heresy narrative, offering readers deeper insights into the loyalties that bind the Imperium together and the fractures that threaten to tear it apart.

Born of Flame

Born of Flame by Nick Kyme - Horus Heresy Book 50
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 50
  • Author: Nick Kyme (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: Various, focusing on key moments and aftermaths for the Salamanders Legion
  • Main Characters: Vulkan, Numeon
  • Legions/Factions: Salamanders, various enemies of the Imperium

“Born of Flame” by Nick Kyme is a compilation within the Horus Heresy series that focuses on the Salamanders Legion and their Primarch, Vulkan.

This anthology brings together stories that span from the immediate aftermath of the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan V, through various trials and tribulations faced by the legion, and into the broader context of the Heresy.

Central to the collection are the themes of resilience, rebirth, and the indomitable spirit of the Salamanders as they struggle to reunite their shattered legion and uphold their ideals in a galaxy torn asunder by war.

The narrative arc includes Vulkan’s own journey of suffering, sacrifice, and eventual resurgence, as well as the efforts of his sons to find meaning and purpose in the wake of devastating losses.

Numeon, in particular, is a focal character, embodying the legion’s enduring hope and determination to carry their Primarch’s legacy forward.

Heralds of the Siege

Heralds of the Siege by Nick Kyme and Laurie Goulding - Horus Heresy Book 52
  • Horus Heresy Book Number: 52
  • Author: Various (Anthology)
  • Release Year: 2018
  • In-Story Date: Leads directly into the events of the Siege of Terra
  • Main Characters: Various, including key figures across multiple legions and factions
  • Legions/Factions: Various, showcasing a wide array of perspectives from both the loyalist and traitor sides

“Heralds of the Siege” is an anthology that serves as a prelude to the final climax of the Horus Heresy, the Siege of Terra.

This collection of short stories from a variety of authors, including John French, Guy Haley, Nick Kyme, and many others, bridges the gap between the aftermath of the galaxy-spanning conflict and the impending battle for the heart of the Imperium.

Each story within the anthology adds layers of depth to the saga, highlighting the tension, preparations, and personal journeys of characters on both sides of the war.

The anthology explores the strategic positioning, covert operations, and the emotional and psychological states of warriors and leaders as they brace for the ultimate confrontation.

From Cosmic Chaos to Terra’s Triumph: Your Next Chapter Awaits

Wrapping up our cosmic journey through the Horus Heresy series is like saying goodbye to an old friend, only to remember there’s an exciting sequel waiting in the wings.

We’ve traversed the galaxy, witnessed betrayals, and stood side-by-side with heroes and villains alike, all in the name of understanding the monumental chaos that led to the Siege of Terra.

This saga, rich with lore and heart-pounding action, sets the perfect stage for what’s to come. Now, as we turn our gaze towards the horizon, the Siege of Terra beckons.

… to be continued


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Quick Answers

How many Horus Heresy books are there?

The Horus Heresy series comprised 54 main novels, along with numerous novellas, short stories, and audio dramas that expand on the events within the universe.

Which Horus Heresy Books to Skip?

While each book adds layers to the vast tapestry of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, some are more about setting the scene or exploring side stories rather than pushing the main narrative forward. Here’s a few titles: “Nemesis”, “The Damnation of Pythos” or “Shattered Legions”.

What are the Best Horus Heresy Novels?

While “best” can be pretty subjective, depending on what aspects of the lore you love most, there are a few standouts that have captured the imaginations of fans far and wide. These are “Horus Rising” by Dan Abnett ; “False Gods” by Graham McNeill; “Galaxy in Flames” by Ben Counter; “The First Heretic” by Aaron Dembski-Bowden; “Fulgrim” by Graham McNeill; “A Thousand Sons” by Graham McNeill.

Do you need to read all Horus Heresy Books before Siege of Terra?

No, you don’t need to read all Horus Heresy books before starting the Siege of Terra series, but familiarizing yourself with key events and characters through select novels can enhance your understanding and enjoyment.

How to Read Warhammer 40K Dates and Years?

Reading Warhammer 40K dates is like cracking a secret code, but once you know how, it’s super easy. Let’s decode “004.M31” as an example:

The first part (“004”) tells us the year within the millennium. Think of it as the specific day in a year, but in this case, it’s the year in a millennium. So, “004” means we’re in the fourth year of the millennium.

The second part (“M31”) is all about which millennium we’re talking about. The “M” stands for “Millennium,” and the “31” means it’s the 31st millennium. So, put “M31” together, and we’re in the 31,000s.

So, “004.M31” means it’s the year 30,004. It’s as simple as splitting the date into two parts: the year within the millennium and which millennium it is. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be navigating Warhammer 40K dates like a pro!

10 Responses

  1. Embarking on the Horus Heresy series is like trying to navigate through the Warp without a Gellar Field – thrilling, slightly terrifying, and you’re not quite sure if you’re making progress or being eternally damned. I’ve started with ‘Horus Rising,’ and by the Emperor, I’m hooked. But with the series sprawling more expansively than the Imperium of Man itself, I’ve come to realize that the only thing more complex than the Emperor’s grand plan is figuring out the reading order. I’m half-convinced that by the time I finish, I’ll have unwittingly pledged my loyalty to a Traitor Legion. Wish me luck – or should I say, the Emperor’s guidance?

  2. I’ve been wanting to start the Heresy series but felt overwhelmed by where to begin. Hats off for this

  3. some of these are just fillers, I think you can condense the list to only 10 books to get to the siege of terra faster

  4. The first 3 are an absolute must read for anyone trying to understand the WH40K universe. You can jump to siege of terra from there 😛

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