I've not read all the books so I cant do a deffinitive list but here how I would approach it
01. The First Heretic
02. A Thousand Sons
03. Horus Rising
04. False Gods
05. Galaxy in Flames
06. Flight of the Esienstein
07. Battle for the Abyss
08. Know no fear
10. Mark of Calth (obviously not read it yet but im aware of where it fits in)
11. Fear to Tread
12. Angel Extreminatus
The problem book for me is Legion because its so long ago that I cant recall when its set
Nemisis is a hard but to judge when it takes place, im assuming its much much later in the war so have put it at the end. It could come before Angel Exterminatus though, but unlikely to be before Fear to Tread.
Battle for the Abyss and Know no Fear take place at the same time but I would suggest reading them in this order so it doesnt brake up the chain of events between Know no Fear and Mark of calth.
As sub series, in my list, books 3,4,5,6 should be read back to back, as should 8,9,10
Books I find somewhat irrelevant to the timeline are
Tales of Heresy - some good stories but all over the place in regards to time and not essential to the series
Propsero Burns - very little do with the Heresy and the parts that are are generally covered in A Thousand Sons.
Descent of Angels - sod all to do with the heresy
Fallen Angels - at the moment, very little to do with the heresy story, but could become more important later on - but I think they'll fail to develope it because it will break the 'secret' of the dark angels.
Primarchs - individually useful but as a book, disjointed for a timeline.
I've not read
Fulgrim - though I have the book. If I have read it, i cant recall a damn thing about it.
Age of Darkness - though like tales I think it will be all over the place and lack importantce in establishing timelines
Shadows of Treachery (more tales)
Then there are lots of short stories as well released as e-books and audio books, which are part of the heresy but i'm not going to try and fit them in here.
How does that list sound to people? can you fit the others books in that i've not read.
Last edited by Stephen74; 04-23-13 at 06:21 PM.