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I've been looking around and wasn't able to find an "intro's guide to the Black Library" or something of the sorts. Basically I was curious if anyone has a recommendation or two over the (and here's where it gets difficult) Best book to start with for Warhammer 40k fiction. I'm not looking for the best book there is (or the worst) but something right in the middle that would be a nice starting point for a new reader. Thanks in advance for any help!
Well, that depends on what you want to read about. If its guard, then Im the person to talk to, If its anything else, I cant help you.
The first 40k book I ever read was 13th Legion, which probably wasn't the best one to start with. I'm currently reading the Gaunts Ghost series, namely 'The Founding', and I can't recommend it high enough! Probably the best book(s) I have ever read!...Dan Abnett is an incredible author!...so I vote that!
I agree with Dire, the Gaunts Ghosts books are good. I would have to say the Ciaphas Cain series is better though. He reminds me of, well... me. Sarcastic, acts like he cares about others, can shoot a gun, can use a sword, and can run like to hell to save his ass.
Last edited by Malacoda; November 10th, 2008 at 00:43.
Horus Rising or Heldenhammer, both are the start of new series for BL and are great books in undeveloped fluff.
The Horus Heresy books. Why not start where the major events (Imperium-wise) started. The first three are pretty darn good. After that you are kind of on your own.
That or I would recomend anything Dan Abnett wirtes for Black Library. His series are really good, and he seems to be their best writer.
Depends on how much fluff you know.
Books like 15 Hours or Space Wolf Omnibus don't rely on vast knowledge of the workings of the Universe.
You just need to know about Guard and Orks for the first one, and basics of Space Wolves and Chaos for the Wolves. (first book is especially interesting for seeing someone go from viking to Space Wolf and come to grips with the universe.
Books like Eishenhorn and Ravenor would require better knowledge of Inquisition and Psykers. But are very good reads too.
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well the best way to find out if you'd like a book is by reading those free first few pages which Black Library lets you download.
Besides that I have read the first Space Wolf book and the Ciaphas Cain "Hero of the Imperium" Omnibus both of which were quite good but especially the Ciaphas Cain one which I can strongly recommened to anyone who enjoys the Blackadder, anti-hero comedy sort of thing.
You will want to do your homework on Imperial Guard regimental organisation before reading Ciaphas though.
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"Grey Knight" is an excellent introduction to the Inquisition and its practices. The "Ciaphas Cain Omnibus" is an excellent collection of adventure stories and "Storm of Iron" usually appeals to those interested in exclusively-war stories.
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My first Black Library book was actually Gileads Blood in the fantasy line, and I enjoyed it heavily. The novel helped me look at the universe without the games rules getting in the way, and appreciate the flavor and work that the authors put into each and every piece they write about.
From there I ran through a string of 'collected short stories' style novels, and developed a love of Necromunda and the common sub-joe in the 40k universe.
Recently, I've just come to finish the Ultramarines Omnibus, and really enjoyed the three books in one. Actually reading about the Space Marines, and the Ultramarines at that, has helped to give me the best possible image of what a Space Marine is really like, so much more then a man in a suit of armor with a big gun.