Greetings librarians of forbidden knowledge and untold clashes,
As I'm thinking about starting to read the lore books and stories in the Black Library I come to you for help.
My main interest currently is the Chaos evolution and the Horus Heresy. Everything about the faction (Chaos Daemons and Space Marines) that I play. My question is then; Where do I start?
With so many books and so much back'n'forth in the story, which books and in which sequence would you recommend that I read them?
I look forward to your answers!
I also am a Chaos lover, so hopefully I will be able to help you some lol.
There are plenty of AWESOME Chaos(40K) books out there, such as the Word Bearers trilogy, Ahriman: Exile, the Iron Warriors omnibus, the Night Lords trilogy, and a bunch of other ones TBH.
Now, you will hear different things from different people when it comes to the HH.
I, personally, recommend reading the series in order of publication. That is how I am doing it, as I don't want to jump around in the series and I think that is how the guys at BL meant it to be read.
However, there really isn't a problem if you jump around in the series a bit, it is really just preference.
So I started the HH series with Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames, Flight of the Eisenstein, Fulgrim, etc.
Now for a different bit, that I think EVERYONE will disagree with:
I personally think you should read a decent amount of 40K and understand A LOT of the setting before you go into the HH series. To me, it makes the HH series a lot more exciting.
The first BL book I read was Horus Rising, and I only knew the basics of 40K then.
When Abnett would introduce a character, such as Abaddon or Lucius, it didn't really mean anything to me. They were just normal characters to me.
I then moved on and read other 40K stuff(it has now been like 2-3 years since I read HR, and I haven't touched much other HH), and now when I look back and am blown away that I had just read about ABADDON before he was who he is today. Or Lucius before he was the Eternal.
To me, the HH books have a LOT more impact if you read them after having a pretty good understanding of 40K lore.
Hope that helps!