If you’re looking for the intended The Horus Heresy reading order, then look no further!

The Horus Heresy books are some of my absolute favourite Warhammer literature. The first book came out in 2006, and the Black Library have been pumping them out ever since. Due to the number of books now available, it’s completely understandable that some people may require a book reading list to ensure that they read them in the correct order. Luckily for you, we have made such a list!

For those out of the loop, or those who just want to know a bit more information about The Horus Heresy, let’s briefly cover what the books are about.

The Horus Heresy was originally created back in the late 80’s, by Games Workshop (who also owns Black Library), with the sole intention of being part of the lore for the 40k board game. The main plot is that Chaos is trying to bring down the Emperor, by creating rebellion and distrust, through acts of war. The books follow the story of the Primarchs, who are the Emperor’s genetically engineered officers, as well as their genetically engineered soldiers, the Legiones Astartes. The first three books are part of a trilogy, but the subsequent books follow a non-linear pattern. In fact, the writing often follows a non-linear pattern too, skipping through timelines frequently.

The Horus Heresy Reading Order List - 2019 UPDATED 1
BookTitleAuthorPrice
1Horus Rising
The seeds of heresy are sown
Dan Abnett View on Amazon
2False Gods
The heresy takes root
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
3Galaxy in Flames
The heresy revealed
Ben Counter View on Amazon
4The Flight of the Eisenstein
The heresy unfolds
James Swallow View on Amazon
5Fulgrim
Visions of Treachery
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
6Descent of Angels
Loyalty and honour
Mitchel Scanlon View on Amazon
7Legion
Secrets and lies
Dan Abnett View on Amazon
8Battle for the Abyss
My brother, my enemy
Ben Counter View on Amazon
9Mechanicum
Knowledge is power
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
10Tales of HeresyNick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley (editors) View on Amazon
11Fallen Angels
Deceit and betrayal
Mike Lee View on Amazon
12A Thousand Sons
All is dust…
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
13Nemesis
War within the shadows
James Swallow View on Amazon
14The First Heretic
Fall to Chaos
Aaron Dembski-Bowden View on Amazon
15Prospero Burns
The Wolves unleashed
Dan Abnett View on Amazon
16Age of Darkness
Christian Dunn (editor) View on Amazon
17The Outcast Dead
The truth lies within
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
18Deliverance Lost
Ghosts of Terra
Gav Thorpe View on Amazon
19Know No Fear
The battle of Calth
Dan Abnett View on Amazon
20The Primarchs
[Novella compilation]
Christian Dunn (editor) View on Amazon
21Fear to Tread
The angel falls
James Swallow View on Amazon
22Shadows of Treachery
[Short story and novella compilation]
Christian Dunn and Nick Kyme (editors) View on Amazon
23Angel Exterminatus
Flesh and iron
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
24Betrayer
Blood for the Blood God
Aaron Dembski-Bowden View on Amazon
25Mark of Calth
[Short story and novella compilation]
Laurie Goulding (editor) View on Amazon
26Vulkan Lives
Unto the Anvil
Nick Kyme View on Amazon
27The Unremembered Empire
A light in the darkness
Dan Abnett View on Amazon
28Scars
A Legion divided
Chris Wraight View on Amazon
29Vengeful Spirit
The Battle of Molech
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
30The Damnation of Pythos
Thinning the veil
David Annandale View on Amazon
31Legacies of Betrayal
Let the galaxy burn
Compilation View on Amazon
32Deathfire
Into the Ruinstorm
Nick Kyme View on Amazon
33War Without End
Heresy begets retribution
Compilation View on Amazon
34Pharos
The dying of the light
Guy Haley View on Amazon
35Eye of Terra
I am the Emperor’s vigilance
Compilation View on Amazon
36The Path of Heaven
Riding out from the storm
Chris Wraight View on Amazon
37The Silent War
Chosen of the Sigillite
Compilation View on Amazon
38Angels of Caliban
Emperors and slaves
Gav Thorpe View on Amazon
39Praetorian of Dorn
Alpha to omega
John French View on Amazon
40Corax
Nevermore
Gav Thorpe View on Amazon
41The Master of Mankind
War in the webway
Aaron Dembski-Bowden View on Amazon
42Garro
Weapon of fate
James Swallow View on Amazon
43Shattered LegionsLaurie Goulding (editor) View on Amazon
44The Crimson King
A soul divided
Graham McNeill View on Amazon
45Tallarn
War for a dead world
John French View on Amazon
46Ruinstorm
Destiny unwritten…
David Annandale View on Amazon
47Old Earth
To the Gates of Terra
Nick Kyme View on Amazon
48The Burden of LoyaltyLaurie Goulding (editor) View on Amazon
49Wolfsbane
The wyrd spear cast
Guy Haley View on Amazon
50Born of FlameNick Kyme View on Amazon
51Slaves to Darkness
Chaos undivided
John French View on Amazon
52Heralds of the SiegeNick Kyme and Laurie Goulding (editors) View on Amazon
53Titandeath
The God Machines cometh
Guy Haley View on Amazon
54The Buried Dagger
Doom of the Death Guard
James Swallow View on Amazon
55The Solo WarsJohn French View on Amazon
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Custom Horus Heresy Reading Orders

Although we have listed every book in order above, it’s worth noting that not every book is written to the same standard. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you think about it though, there are so many books, and so many different authors and editors. Not only that, but if said author has been told to write about specific events, and they are unlucky enough to be told to write about some of the ‘duller’ moments in the lore, there isn’t much they can do.

On the internet, you will find lots of people’s own recommendations about what books to read, and what books to skip, while still being able to follow the general storyline. We were going to list some of these but, we found that due to everyone’s personal preferences, there were a lot of people disagreeing with what books are and aren’t worth the time. Therefore, we decided to ignore all of the lists, and just let you enjoy the books as they were meant to be read.

Have fun reading these fantastic books, and remember, For The Emperor!

Last update on 2019-10-17 at 01:17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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