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I recommend Storm of iron, fantastic book!

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Here's what you do (to keep it fair). As long as you have these books already, just assign a number to each and then write it each down on a slip of paper, drop them into a hat and draw one at random. Let the randomness of fate decide for you.

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Here's what you do (to keep it fair). As long as you have these books already, just assign a number to each and then write it each down on a slip of paper, drop them into a hat and draw one at random. Let the randomness of fate decide for you.
I'm not a big Chaos supporter ;) Fate.. pft!

And well I don't have those books - I gotta buy them. I'm gonna order Helsreach and Storm of Iron today
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I would recommend Storm of Iron first, and Helsreach immediately after that.

Other books I'd strongly recommend are Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders and Battle of The Fang by Chris Wraight.

I would also suggest picking up all of Aaron Dembski Bowden's books (Cadian Blood, The Emperor's Gift and the Night Lords trilogy: Soul Hunter, Blood Reaver and Void Stalker).
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I'm not a big Chaos supporter ;) Fate.. pft!

And well I don't have those books - I gotta buy them. I'm gonna order Helsreach and Storm of Iron today
Imperial scum!

If you want an expanded list of books here is what i'd suggest;

The Tome of Fire Trilogy: Salamander; Firedrake; Nocturne.
The Blood Angels Series
The Ultramarines Series
Ciaphas Cain
Eisenhorn
Helsreach
Battle of the Fang
Rynn's World
Legion of the Damned
Wrath of Iron


There are more but they are Chaos oriented. Those are most of the novels I would suggest to anyone wanting to get a good start in Black Library.


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Storm of Iron is a great book for a newcommer to 40k. Fall of Damnos showed you what the good guys are like, Storm of Iron will show you the bad guys. It's one of McNiels better 40k era books.

After that it's a question of where your interests lie.

If you like the Imperial Guard, normal humans standing up to the horrors of the galaxy then i would recommend Cadian Blood, Gunheads, Double Eagle and Ciaphas Cain. Each offers something different; Cadian Blood features infantry against the forces of chaos, gunheads is about tankers agaisnt orks, Double Eagle fighter pilots and Ciaphas Cain about a commissar and is a more light hearted and comedic look at 40k. You may also look in Gaunts Ghosts, a long running series of books. I personally dislike them, finding the protagonists far too 'mary sueish'.

If you like Space Marines than Helsreach is a great read, ADB really nails the Astartes mindset. Most Space Marine are 'bolter-porn' unfortunately, meaningless battle scene after battle scene.

If you want fallen heroes, the chaos space marines then you can do no better than ADB's Night Lord's trilogy (Soul Hunter, Blood Reaver, Void Stalker). They are truly some of (if not the) finest 40k books written. Not only do they posses evocative action scenes but actual character development. Proper character development in a 40k book! ADB also really nails the 40k setting and atmosphere.

If space ships are your thing there's Execution Hour and Shadow Point by Gordon Rennie, two books detailing a Captain of the Imperial Navy's experiences in the Gothic War.

If you like giant warmachines then look into Titanicus by Dan Abnett.

One of the seminal pieces of 40k 'literature' would be the Eisenhorn series again by Abnett. It follows the Inquisitor Eisenhorn in his investigation and descent into radicalisation. It's a great read again featuring that elusive character development and is far more than just action scenes, giving you a taste of life in the 41st millenium.

If you'd like to know how 40k became 40k then pick up the (in progress) Horus Heresy series. Some of these have featured on the New York Times best sellers list and they're generally a cut above the standard Black Library fare.

In terms of authers Dan Abnett and Aaron Dembski Bowden are popularly recognised as the two best (Aaron exploding onto the scene). Graham McNiel is a common third.

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Helsreach is excellent, you can't go wrong with too many, I personally really enjoy the Ultramarines series by Graham McNiell and the Iron Warriors series (go hand in hand), The Night lords series is fantastic, The start of the HH series is g-g-g-g-god like, reading up to fulgrim wont take too long, and those first few are excellent (bar maybe flight of the Eiesenstein :) some awesome short stories in heroes of the space marines, and thats just of the top of my head.....

Edit: also don't forget Ravenor, I might get hunted and killed for saying this but I think I prefer Ravenor over Eisenhorn...


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Helsreach, The Emperor's Gift, the First 3 Horus Heresy Books/Fulgrim/Know No Fear/The First Heretic, Gaunt's Ghosts (particularly the First books).

By far the best book (although no space marines) I've read in the entire black libraries list of publications is Double Eagle.



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Imperial scum!
Imperial?
I'm an avid supporter of the Great Devourer and servant of the Hive Mind ;)

Eisenhorn sounds really interesting so I might check that after I'm done with Helsreach and Storm of Iron!

Are there any Tyranid books? (That is books with Tyranids in them?)

Also, Gav Thorpe's Path of the Eldar series sounds really interesting - would nice to see and think what an Eldar sees and thinks! Did anyone read them? How are they?
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I read them, I enjoyed them overall. It's a nice change of perspective. Path of the renegade was the best so far. But the books listed above like the start of the heresy are better.

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