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I have read the Horus heresy series up to Fulgrim + The first Heretic + A thousand Sons.

The Grey Knights omnibus
Storm of Iron
The word bears series.

I must say my favorite book has got to be The first heretic so far. I was not expecting much from Aaron Dembski-Bowden because this was the first time his name came up in the series for me.
But he really wrote an excellent book, i loved the characters for their emotional depth.
He clears up a lot of unanswered questions that comes from the other books in BL.

Grey Knights written by Ben Counter, he is great at describing chaos and its taint like effects on the physical world around it, his writing is just as good, if not better than Graham Mcneil.

Storm of Iron was brilliantly written by Graham Mcneil, he has a nack for being a great writer without being too difficult like Dan Abnett.

The worst Books I've read have got to be the word bearer series, written by Anthony Reynolds for his lack of use of a thesaurus and being really repetitive in describing people dying in battle. But i believe he was trying to capture the murderous gory side of chaos space marines.

Special mention, Dan Abnett; Thanks for making me pull out a thesaurus and learning new cool words.

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Quick note- Grey Knights is written by Ben Counter not Graham McNeill.

My favourite (BL) book is still Sabbat Martyr from the Gaunts Ghost series- so much emotion and heartache with a sad ending that really highlights how much you've come to love these characters.

Worst? Hmm that's difficult but probably the Lee Lightner Ragnar novel involving the Dark Angels, Sons of Fenris I think it's called. It's not even good enough to be called bolter porn, Lee is the polar opposite of Goto- he sticks closely to established to fluff but isn't a good writer.

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Favourite: The First Heretic. Best book ive ever read, fantastic plot, great characters and he really shed light on the origins of the Horus Heresy and on the Word Bearers Legion.

Worst: Warrior Coven. Worst book ive ever read, the Eldar are wooden and the writer plays fast and loose with the lore. Dark Eldar do not colonize planets, they do not make deals with Slaaneshi Daemons, Eldar do not make deals with Dark Eldar and hand over their own people to them, Space Marines would not be permitted on a Craftworld in any circumstances.



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Quick note- Grey Knights is written by Ben Counter not Graham McNeill.

My favourite (BL) book is still Sabbat Martyr from the Gaunts Ghost series- so much emotion and heartache with a sad ending that really highlights how much you've come to love these characters.

Worst? Hmm that's difficult but probably the Lee Lightner Ragnar novel involving the Dark Angels, Sons of Fenris I think it's called. It's not even good enough to be called bolter porn, Lee is the polar opposite of Goto- he sticks closely to established to fluff but isn't a good writer.
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I haven't read too many 40k books yet, but my favourite had to be Soul Hunter.

Least favourite is probably the DoW2 books. They were pretty boring I found :/
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My favorite has got to be "'Space Marine" by Ian Watson. ADB's books are deeper, better written and damn enjoyable to the last page. McNeill and Abnett are better in their own ways. But this book is so grim it makes the Nightbringer want to buy a bigger wraithscythe and darker robes. It's a snapshot of a bygone era in the 40K franchise, and it's quite a heavy reading at times, but damn it, I loved every single word of it...

The absolute worst, as fas as I can still remember, was the "Dawn of War Omnibus" by C.S. Goto. It had some good ideas, mind you, but it was so laden with purple prose, bad plot, and generally poor tactical sense that there were literally moments where I felt like cringing.

"Sons of Dorn" by Chris Roberson (which by the way, I suspect may be a pen name for the aforementioned C.S Goto) deserves special mention for being a such poor rip-off of "Space Marine", that it's actually increasing its ever-lasting greatness in the process. And for using so many game terms it made me feel like I was actually listening to someone comment a game of 40K live.

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Well I have a few 'favourite' books... top few are easy: "Hellforged" "Daemon World" and "Soul Hunter".... but I think that my favorite is "Dark Creed"

As for the worst book, even though there have been some howlers that I have read and got rid of without thought, but the winner of this acolade is clear: "Blood for the Blood God".
This is an awful book which even though it had some good sections has such an obvious plot line that its just beond belief. By the end of the book I was almost screaming "I get it, nothing can defeat the Skulltaker". The section where he beats a nurgle clan is pretty much a microcosm of the book (and is practically the same as many other sections)-
"I hear screams", "oh look a bloodied man is coming, get him" "AAaarrrggh"...
"I hear screams", "oh look a bloodied man is coming, get him" "AAaarrrggh"...
"I hear screams", "oh look a bloodied man is coming, get him" "AAaarrrggh"...
"I'm the boss I'll defeat it.... AAaarrrggh"
*bloodied man eats clan leader's heart*

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BEST

Its funny that Space Marine hasnt been mentioned much, cause its propably my favourite book too. Back when BL had their own forum section biggest thread was about Ian Watsons Space Marine, seems it was most praised BL book so far. Now its been released but nothing here so far, strange. Book is very dark and was mainly for mature readers.

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Legion too is very special book my favourite among what Dan has wrote so far.

Graham's Thousand Sons and Fulgrim are good books too.

Aaron's every book has been great, havent read Cadian Blood yet, its out of stock everywhere and is not gonna be reprinted. Maybe on omnibus near future, dont know.

Gavin Thorpes Angels of Darkness is maybe his best book and among best of BL ones. Heavy on dialogue and not much action, but really really good.

WORST books

Battle for the Abyss, its absolute rubbish. Cant understand why Counter went so low, atleast his Grey Knights book was ok to read.

Lee lighters Ragnar books goes to wastebasket too.
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Best, Sabbyt Martyr. No other book has left me feeling so devastated at its climax. And the book in general is just excellent, truely a work of art even amongst the other excellent Ghost novels. Legion comes very very close behind

Worst. Anything by CS Goto, the DOW novels in particular. Hands down
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Aaron's every book has been great, havent read Cadian Blood yet, its out of stock everywhere and is not gonna be reprinted. Maybe on omnibus near future, dont know.
I've got Cadian Blood... and its a truly excellent book. Not quite good enough for me to put it in a list of the best BL novels, but its pretty darn close. Thoroughly recommend it... if you can find it (but there is one on eBay currently- its not mine, you can't have mine )

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