11 years. 45 books (and counting!). 1 galaxy spanning series. The Horus Heresy has come to redefine how we look at the world of Warhammer 40,000, bringing the Primarchs, their Legions, and even the Emperor Himself to life in more detail than ever before. From the initial fall of Horus to the tragedy of the Dropsite Massacre, to the truth behind Imperium Secundus, everything has been building up to one climactic battle – the Siege of Terra. A group of Black Library’s most renowned authors have gathered in Nottingham today for one final planning meeting – how do you go about doing justice to the most famous event in Warhammer 40,000 history? We sent Warhammer Community writer Rhuairidh to sit in and see what’s next for the Horus Heresy.
Rhuairidh: Working at Warhammer World, it’s easy to get starstruck – you may well find yourself standing next to Phil Kelly in the queue for lunch, or competing against the likes of Jervis Johnson in a tournament. When I walked into Stormcast (that’s what we call our main boardroom here at HQ!) I was, quite understandably, bowled over – after all, as I’m a huge Night Lords fan, meeting Aaron Dembski-Bowden is one thing, but here too was John French! Guy Haley! Dan Abnett! Chris Wraight! Graham McNeill! Gav Thorpe! Nick Kyme! Laurie Goulding! After introductions, the team got right to it and there was a palpable crackle in the air, every writer dedicated to one purpose – doing justice to this legendary event and bringing their work over the last decade or so to a climax.
I peered over the authors’ shoulders. The table was strewn with notebooks, maps and arcana from the history of Warhammer. Alongside art from Rogue Trader lay ancient White Dwarf articles, including the first ever account of the Siege of Terra in print. While everyone knows what happened at the Siege of Terra, the how is more complicated, and the subject of much of the discussion – who was first to breach the walls? What was happening on the rest of the planet? Which Primarchs and Legions were there? What outside forces were at play?
This promises to be one of the most richly realised sections of the Horus Heresy series yet. I wish I could tell you what was decided – the twists, turns and unexpected reversals that lie in store for readers of the series. If you think you know what happens at the Siege of Terra, think again – expect tragedy, triumph and revelations galore.
As the Siege of Terra dawns, now’s the time to brush up on your Horus Heresy history. I can’t reveal anything at this stage, but rest assured that threads that have been in play since ‘Horus Rising’ will be resolved; every single Horus Heresy novel has been building up to this. In the meantime, I’m planning on re-reading the series (and, quite possibly, starting yet another Space Marine Legion army!).
Thanks, Rhuairidh! If you’re just getting started with the Horus Heresy, or you want to begin your journey again, check out the official Black Library reading order.
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