Episode 71: The Black Library: Getting Started
In this episode, we discuss getting started with Black Library books set in the Warhammer 40K universe. We will go through some of the major series of books and audiobooks that have been published and talk about some of our favorites. We will also talk about some of the really good titles to get you started in immersing yourself in the lore of Warhammer 40K.
Origin of Black Library
Warhammer 40K has been around for 30 years and in that time there has been a ton of lore written about the universe.
Originally the lore was published in the various rules editions, supplements, codexes, and White Dwarf articles. If you revisit many of these old editions and army books you will find a lot of source material.
Black Library was formed in 1997 originally to publish magazines and comic books of short stories set in the 40K Universe. In 1999, they started to publish novels, and has grown to where they are today, with over 200 books and audiobooks
At some point, many of us want to learn more. We have read the lore in the big rules book, read our army book, and want to delve deeper into the 40K Universe.
Most of the novels are set with humans as the protagonists, so the bulk of the books are from the Imperium’s perspective.
Gaunt’s Ghost by Dan Abnett
Ciaphas Cain by Sandy Mitchell
Eisenhorn/Ravenor by Dan Abnett
Space Marine Novels
A LOT of various novels for each of the major chapters of space marines. Many are short stories or audio dramas.
Dark Angels: Legacy of Caliban by Gav Thorpe
Salamanders: Tome of Fire series by Nick Kyme
Hellsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
YouTube Series by Richard Boylan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTaGjGmcHYD2fqukCIVfjvQ
Eldar/Dark Eldar Novels
Path of Eldar by Gav Thorpe
Path of Dark Eldar by Andy Chambers
Phoenix Lords by Gav Thorpe
Chaos Space Marine Novels
Black Legion by Aaron Dembski Bowden
Ahriman by John French
Fabius Bile by Josh Reynolds
Night Lords by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Horus Heresy Novels
51 books and counting covering the events of the Horus Heresy or 30K universe.
Should you start with Horus Heresy?
Popular Authors of the Black Library
Dan Abnett: Imperium.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden: mostly Chaos
John French: Ahriman series,
Guy Haley: writes in all different genres, Valedor is a favorite.
Gav Thorpe: most prolific, writes a LOT of Eldar
Where should you get started? Good author, or favorite faction?
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