As a way of introduction for the uninitiated, let me first explain what Warhammer 40k is all about. The original W40k was a tabletop board game/miniature wargame created by Rick Priestley in 1987. It's set in a dystopian science fantasy universe, with factions and races consisting mainly of the Imperium of Man, Orks, Eldar and Daemons. Players got to create scenarios and stories to battle out with their figurines.
The board game came out with figurines that could be painted, and various editions and versions have appeared over the years. Games Workshop expanded the boardgame into spin-off games and literary works. Scott Rohan was asked to established the first literary works, which grew into the publishing arm called the Black Library. The publications included novels and graphic novels, essentially creating a backstory for the boardgame. My own exposure to the franchise was my heavily-invested time spent playing Dawn of War on the PC... until now....
Hachette Partworks, a division of Hachette Livre based in the UK, have created the Legends Collection: Warhammer 40,000 series. It features 80 novels in the Warhammer universe by various authors in hardcover books. The spines have images spanning across them that feature the various factions and races. Within the center of the novels are special art galleries depicting various covers and images for the novels.
As a special treat, I will be reviewing each novel in this series as time goes by. That means 80 special reviews for the novels that will be released every fortnight. So far 5 issues are available, so expect me to be catching up with these and publishing the first set of reviews soon.
Shaun M Jooste
Author of Celenic Earth Chronicles and Silent Hill: Betrayal