I had the pleasure of attending Black Library Live 2018 last Saturday (16th June) and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Despite a round trip of six hours after a tough week at work, it was worth the journey.
After arriving just in the nick of time, I started at 10am with an Age of Sigmar Seminar about the War of Souls with Josh Reynolds. My knowledge of the Age of Sigmar is limited to bits I’ve read from short stories and White Dwarf. I’m a huge fan of the world that was and Age of Sigmar has never floated my boat, though I’m not overtly hostile to it like a few people I know. Josh was engaging, funny and was able to talk about the subject without confusing those like myself without a huge knowledge of the subject. Listening to him talk about the current War of Souls event and the linked literature alongside it, I’m almost convinced to delve in to the lore of Age of Sigmar a bit more. Any tips out there for where I should start with?
Next up was the highlight of the day: The Horus Heresy: Traitors United with Dan Abnett, John French and Neil Roberts. Essentially it was Horus Heresy catch-up session as John French’s new novel, Slaves to Darkness was out that day, and it depicts the Traitor Legions getting ready for the final assault on Terra. Dan and John confirmed that we are at ’10 minutes to midnight’ and that the siege is imminent. They didn’t confirm but my best guess would be late 2019 for it to kick-off. As ever, Dan and John were engaging and managed not to give too many spoilers away. Perhaps more interesting was Neil Roberts talking about how he creates the Horus Heresy covers. It was interesting to hear a different creative process to that of the authors and Neil was an excellent speaker.
The lunch break was next and I decided to avoid the cues at Bugman’s and get my shopping done instead. I bought a lot more than I meant to…but that happens every time! I picked up the next three novels in the HH series that I haven’t yet read – The Silent War, Praetorian of Dorn and Angels of Caliban. I also picked up War of Secrets (latest Space Marines Conquests novel), Valuts of Terra: Carrion Throne and the new Primarchs Anthology, Sons of the Emperor…and the first book the Forge World Horus Heresy Campaign Series. That should keep my busy for a while at least!
After my shopping spree it was time for Angels of the Emperor with Phil Kelly, Darius Hinks and Neil Roberts. This was focussed mainly on Phil and Darius’ new novels, War of Secrets and Mephiston: The Revenant Crusade respectively. War of Secrets sounds very interesting as it is about the Dark Angels and how the chapter is dealing with the influx of primaris marines. Phil’s enthusiasm about it was very clear and I’m looking forward to getting started with it. Mephiston is mainly unknown to me, apart from his part in the Devastation of Bhaal; when I get through my current mountain of books though I might give him a go. Again Neil Roberts spoke very well about creating the covers for the Space Marine Conquests series, where he gets to focus on one character for each cover, rather than the epic tapestries more common for the HH covers.
I ended the day with the Coming soon from Black Library session. They went through a lot of new titles they will release in the next 12 months but the ones I am most excited about include:
- Horus Heresy – Titans Death by Guy Haley – due out for Christmas and will involve more titans than we’ve ever seen before in an epic battle
- Horus Heresy – Heralds of the Siege – an anthology that should provide a nice set of prologues before the siege commences
- Celestine: the Living Saint by Andy Clark – a main character in the current 40k storyline and I expect it will be an epic story, if slightly different from the norm
- Emperor’s Spear by Aaron Dembski-Bowden – our first look at a fully primaris chapter and as ever with Aaron’s books, it will be a hell of a story
- Realmslayer by David Guymer – an audio drama with none over than the returned Gotrek Gurnisson…voiced by none other than Brian Blessed. Maybe this is the story to get me in to Age of Sigmar.
All-in-all I had an excellent day and I’m looking forward to the Weekender in November.