It started in 1987 when Games workshop introduces forty thousand war games and other future fantasy events. Along with war games they start to publish the material in which they explain the universe and the characters in depth. It has published this kind of material for many years now and have written more than 100 books and committed to many more to come.

A person who wants to gather information about the universe should follow these following books as these books will give him all the preliminary necessary knowledge. These novels will gives you the knowledge of great battles and brave warriors whose stories are full of actions and mystery.

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1ST BEST CHOICE 1ST BEST CHOICE Horus rising: the Horus Heresy (book1) by Dan Abnett
  • Author:Dan Abnett
  • Date:2006
  • Pages:412
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2ND BEST CHOICE 2ND BEST CHOICE False Gods: The Horus Heresy (Book 2)
  • Author:Graham McNeill
  • Date:2006
  • Pages:416
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3RD BEST CHOICE 3RD BEST CHOICE Galaxy In Flames: The Heresy Revealed
  • Author:Ben Counter
  • Date:2006
  • Pages:368
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4TH BEST CHOICE 4TH BEST CHOICE Sanctus Reach (Space Marine Battles)
  • Author:Guy Haley, Ben Counter, Joshua Reynolds, Cavan Scott
  • Date:2015
  • Pages:416
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5TH BEST CHOICE 5TH BEST CHOICE Battle of the Fang (4) (Space Marine Battles)
  • Author:Chris Waight
  • Date:2011
  • Pages:416
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6TH BEST CHOICE 6TH BEST CHOICE Eisenhorn book by Dan Abnett
  • Author:Dan Abnett
  • Date:2004
  • Pages:768
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7TH BEST CHOICE 7TH BEST CHOICE Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium
  • Author:Sandy Mitchell
  • Date:2007
  • Pages:768
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8TH BEST CHOICE 8TH BEST CHOICE Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion
  • Author:Chris Wraight
  • Date:2017
  • Pages:288
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9TH BEST CHOICE 9TH BEST CHOICE Ravenor: The Omnibus
  • Author:Dan Abnett
  • Date:2009
  • Pages:891
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10TH BEST CHOICE 10TH BEST CHOICE Dead Men Walking
  • Author:Steve Lyons
  • Date:2010
  • Pages:416
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11TH BEST CHOICE 11TH BEST CHOICE Path of the Dark Eldar
  • Author:Andy Chambers
  • Date:2015
  • Pages:768
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12TH BEST CHOICE 12TH BEST CHOICE Firedrake
  • Author:Nick Kyme
  • Date:2010
  • Pages:416
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13TH BEST CHOICE 13TH BEST CHOICE The Talon of Horus
  • Author:Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Date:2014
  • Pages:352
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14TH BEST CHOICE 14TH BEST CHOICE Dark Imperium
  • Author:Guy Haley
  • Date:2017
  • Pages:432
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15TH BEST CHOICE 15TH BEST CHOICE The Emperor's Gift
  • Author:Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Date:2012
  • Pages:320
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Best Warhammer 40K Books to Read in 2020


1.Horus rising(the Horus Heresy book1 by Dan Abnett)

Key Features  Horus rising: the Horus Heresy (book1) by Dan Abnett

  • Author : Dan Abnett
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : 412

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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This book will give you basic knowledge and information about the future fantasy events. If you are new comer to the Warhammer universe then this book will most suitable for you as it contains all the basic tales of the Warhammer universe. You can say this book provide basement for all the tales of universe Warhammer.

The stage is set for a huge battle across the galaxy. The immortal emperor foresee a great battle between the evils and the goods. He takes the responsibility of the universe and plan to prepare his brave son Horus for this battle and made him Warmaster. Will emperor son will be brave enough and master his troops well to act upon the emperor’s plan. To find out read the first chapter of this amazing book.

Pros:

  • Gives all the necessary start up knowledge.
  • Hardcover edition.
  • You can read it even without play game.
  • Vivid-gothic descriptions.

Cons:

  • So many characters which are hard to remember.
  • Excessive politics.
  • A lot of other material is available to describe this.

2.False Gods(The Horus Heresy (Book 2))

Key Features  False Gods: The Horus Heresy (Book 2)

  • Author : Graham McNeill
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : 416

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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In continuation to the previous book, the battle goes on and on. The scenario is not in the favour of emperor’s favourite son Horus as he get injured on the night of moon Davin. He has to fight with the brutal powers of minions.

He has not only to fight with enemies but also but also with his brother’s jealousy as well. As a result, Horus weakened as the false promises which was made by his companions hurt him much than that of enemies. Although this book is sequel to the Horus Rising but author change from the previous book as this book is written by Graham Mcneill.

Pros:

  • Hard cover edition.
  • Curiosity continues.
  • The scenarios are explained by pictures.

Cons:

  • Changes in character as the author of the book change from the previous book

3.Galaxy In Flames(The Heresy Revealed – The Horus Heresy #3)

Key Features  Galaxy In Flames: The Heresy Revealed - The Horus Heresy #3

  • Author : Ben Counter
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : 368

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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This is the last novel in Horus Heresy series. The story ends in a wonderful way. Horus’s injuries is somewhat healed up and he is up and running again. He takes the control back on the enemies with the help of his troops. He has taken over the control of the rebel planet IstvaanIII. He destroyed his enemies with the virus bomb but by doing so, crushing his enemies he also destroyed the population of the planet. He thought his father made a wrong decision to war against rebels because it brought o much destruction so he decided to make a sort of compromise with the Chaos Powers. With the help of his allies, the crushed everything which may come in its way.

The story ends in a dramatic ways as his own troops started to fight against him whom he deployed on the planet.

Pros:

  • Crusade continues.
  • The story is in line with the previous two novels.
  • Suspense/ drama continues
  • Socially relevant to the religion and secularism.

Cons:

  • The plot is brutal.
  • Linear tale.

4.Sanctus Reach(Space Marine Battles)

Key Features  Sanctus Reach (Space Marine Battles)

  • Author : Guy Haley, Ben Counter, Joshua Reynolds, Cavan Scott
  • Year : 2015
  • Pages : 416

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The story of this book is about the space marine battle. It consists of two novels.

  • Blood on the mountain
  • Evil sun rising.

Six short stories are also included along with these two novels. Sort stories are written by four different writers.

The story moves around the intruders of Orks of red Waagh to the sanctus reach. The green skinned intruder got big on the space marines and Astra Militarum as these both are failed to stop the damage from the intruders to the imperial world.

Pros:

  • Great battle between space marine and Orks of red Waagh.
  • Funny character names.
  • Great dialogues.
  • Interesting to read.

Cons:

  • Some scenarios cannot portrayed properly.

5.Battle of the Fang(Space Marine Battles)

Key Features  Battle of the Fang (4) (Space Marine Battles)

  • Author : Chris Waight
  • Year : 2011
  • Pages : 416

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The space marine battle continues as this is the sixth book in the series of space marines. It depicts 32nd millennium, 1000 years after the Horus Heresy.

The space giants destroy the the planet Prospero, a planet which is also known as the planet of thousand sons. A copper skinned giant having exceptional mental or psychic abilities fell in the attack of space giants but fortunately never die of that attack.

The story unveils when the Magnus is attacked by the space giants. Space marines sends forces to kill Magnus. The space forces leaves only a small numbers of guards to protect the planet, in the meantime thousand sons planet attack the planet of the space giants. That’s how the battle begins.

Pros:

  • Excellent story.
  • Great battle scenes.
  • Characters are portrayed in a excellent manner.

Cons:

  • A lot of basic information is needed to read the book .
  • Story includes only one battle.

6.Eisenhorn book(by Dan Abnett)

Key Features  Eisenhorn book by Dan Abnett

  • Author : Dan Abnett
  • Year : 2004
  • Pages : 768

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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Eisenhorn consists of three novels which names are

  • Xenos
  • Malleus
  • Hereticus

This is very interesting story as it cover almost the duration of 300 years. Basically the story was published in to three different pieces. The book is written as first person narrative. Eisenhorn belongs to the family of imperial inquisition. As a senior member of the family , he has taken the responsibility to save the humanity from the chaotic powers. He wants to save the whole world from rebels. He puts all his efforts to eradicate the heresy from the universe. Eisenhorn has nobody to rely on except itself. He has tremendous powers but sometimes he has to make compromises as well.

Pros:

  • Compelling stories.
  • Story description is very impressive.
  • Well structure politics.
  • Reader won’t bored because of its interesting story.

Cons:

  • Some may find flat female character.

7.Ciaphas Cain(Hero of the Imperium)

Key Features  Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium

  • Author : Sandy Mitchell
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : 768

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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This book is written by Sandy Mitchell. It consists of series of books. Ciaphas cain is a respected man basically and wants to get away from the wars. He is a imperial guard commissar. He wants to live a simple life away from the destruction of wars. He is seeing as great man in his peers.

But the destiny has other plans for him . He always find himself in difficult cult situations and lucky enough to escape from dangerous situations. He bluffs his enemies to remain safe from their dangerous intents. The book is written in an unusual manner: an Inquisitor is reading the diary of Ciaphas Cain and leaves his sarcastic footnotes. The novel is good for starting if you want to learn more about Imperial Guard series.

Pros:

  • Situations are full of humour and jokes.
  • Captivating story.
  • Characters remain same throughout the series.
  • Something new to read for those who are fed up of space marines.

Cons:

  • Break up the story into books because read full story in one go is a difficult thing to do.

8.Watchers of the Throne(The Emperor’s Legion)

Key Features  Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion

  • Author : Chris Wraight
  • Year : 2017
  • Pages : 288

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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This book is written In continuation to the Vaults of terra. The story moves around three main characters.

  • Tieron ( a human chancellor)
  • Valerian (a custodian and shield captain)
  • Aleya (a sister of Silent Sisterhood)

Adeptus Custodes have taken the responsibility to look after the imperium along with sister of silence allies. They are known as the best warrior all over the planet. Their main purpose is to save the world from chaotic power and serve the humanity. They are the mist trusted guardians. Sisters of silence are also brave women. They have worked in the emperor’s legion before. They fought with bravery. No body can touch them. Their main purpose is also the revival of humanity.

Pros:

  • Custodes are portrayed more powerful and complex than space marines.
  • Exceptional battle fields.
  • After an ages, a glimmer of brightness for imperium.

Cons:

  • The narration is bit slow.

9.Ravenor(The Omnibus)

Key Features  Ravenor: The Omnibus

  • Author : Dan Abnett
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : 891

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The novel consists of three books

  • Ravenor
  • Ravenor returned
  • Ravenor Rogue.

The story is written by Dan Abnett. It all started with a a secret war where inquisitor trying to remove the heresy and fights with alien. The purpose of this war is to find out the sources who implant chaotic drugs in the imperial world. The hero of the story Gideon Ravenor got injured in a battle and disabled himself severely. He cannot even move his body but he has a strong cognitive abilities. Though he can’t take part in wars with his body but he is mentally there. He wears the bodies of his agents and reach anywhere he wants. He runs after the chaotic forces everywhere in the galaxy as well as in space through time and complete its mission by destroying the rebel forces.

Pros:

  • The story is full of suspense and drama.
  • Hardcover book.
  • Epic battle scenes.

Cons:

  • Story can be understood after reading Eisenhorn.
  • Some characters have similar names.
  • A lot of violence.

10.Dead Men Walking(Steve Lyons)

Key Features  Dead Men Walking (Steve Lyons)

  • Author : Steve Lyons
  • Year : 2010
  • Pages : 416

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The story moves around the mining planet. Hieronymous Theta is a mining planet and its cities are also full of mines. One day, a worker found something deep while mining. They found the mutants who destroy the planet from inside of the planet and have intention to retake the control of the planet by eradicating its population.

A team of death korps of Kreig has sent to the planet to deal with the rebels. The team consists of warriors who are as terrifying as their enemies. They have no names. They are identified only by their numbers. To find out that will they able to take the control back of planet and destroyed their enemies you have to read this book.

Pros:

  • Authors emotions can be seen easily by reading book.
  • Balanced fight between the chaotic forces and imperial world.
  • It contains a love story as well.

Cons:

  • The story depicts the hopelessness of humanity.

11.Path of the Dark Eldar(Andy Chambers)

Key Features  Path of the Dark Eldar Andy Chambers

  • Author : Andy Chambers
  • Year : 2015
  • Pages : 768

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The book is written on the life of Dark Eldar and consists of many short stories which describes the Dark Eldar. The race is very haughty as they takes on their own gods. Asdrubael is a cruel and oppressive ruler who rules the biggest city if Dark Eldar. Everyone is feeling obsessed from the vect. They want freedom from this cruel king. For that matter, a group of rebel plans to resurrect a powerful man called El’uriaq to conquest with the Vect.

Pros:

  • Three dimensional characters.
  • The story is full of battle scenes.
  • Story moves on nicely.
  • Both side of warriors are magnificent and brutal.

Cons:

  • Only suitable for those who have knowledge about Warhammer 40k universe.

12.Firedrake(Nick Kyme)

Key Features  Firedrake Nick Kyme

  • Author : Nick Kyme
  • Year : 2010
  • Pages : 416

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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This book is written in continuation of the tome of fire series. To reveal the mystery that laid in the tome of fire, the Salamanders are sent to the region of Dark Eldar. Their commander Chaplain Elysius is held by the aliens of the Dark Eldar.

To rescue Elysius from the grab of alien, Firedrakes are sent on the planet. Because not only the life but also other things are at stakes. Elysius knows something which can lead to salvation of their world. Therefore, its rescue is very important for the sake of world.

Pros:

  • The story is full of suspense.
  • Fluent story.
  • Mystery and drama continues throughout the story.
  • Introduces many interesting characters.

Cons:

  • Author uses some words which are to look for in the dictionary for their meanings.
  • Some may find first book of this series is more interesting.

13.The Talon of Horus(Aaron Dembski-Bowden)

Key Features  The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden

  • Author : Nick Kyme
  • Year : 2014
  • Pages : 352

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The story of this book related to Grey Knights who is the commander of the inquisition. He saves the imperium by standing between the rebellious forces and humanity. He is like a shining star in the sheds if imperial world.

After the hard cognitive procedure two aspirants are recruited for the Grey knights. That will fight against the enemies. A young grey knight Hyperion describes the story who tries to find place in new surroundings.

Pros:

  • Unlike Warhammer, the narration is very lyrical.
  • Multiple plot twists.
  • Exciting ending.
  • Fascinating battle fields.

Cons:

  • Long fight descriptions.
  • Story can be understand after reading Ravenor.

14.Dark Imperium(Guy Haley)

Key Features  Dark Imperium Guy Haley

  • Author : Guy Haley
  • Year : 2017
  • Pages : 432

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The book is written by Guy Haley. This is the first book of the Gathering storm series. Belisarius Cawl is a n intelligent and genius commander if Adeptus Mechanicus. He brought back the Guilliman. Cawl helped him to recover from his injuries. He gave him a special seed with the help of which he can revive space marines taller and stronger.

This revival makes them ultra marines and taken them on to the next level.  After ten centuries, Guilliman wants to save the imperial world from chaotic forces. He wants to eradicate all the injustice and destruction. For that matters he has to cope with evil forces. Will he be able to to do that find out by reading this book.

Pros:

  • Great battle scenes.
  • Pictorial illustration.
  • Story shows less grim and evil thoughts.

Cons:

  • Not a great ending.
  • Disjointed chapters.

15.The Emperor’s Gift(Aaron Dembski-Bowden)

Key Features  The Emperor's Gift Aaron Dembski-Bowden

  • Author : Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Year : 2012
  • Pages : 320

My Overall Rating  

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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The book is written by Guy Haley. This is the first book of the Gathering storm series. Belisarius Cawl is a n intelligent and genius commander if Adeptus Mechanicus. He brought back the Guilliman. Cawl helped him to recover from his injuries. He gave him a special seed with the help of which he can revive space marines taller and stronger.

This revival makes them ultra marines and taken them on to the next level.  After ten centuries, Guilliman wants to save the imperial world from chaotic forces. He wants to eradicate all the injustice and destruction. For that matters he has to cope with evil forces. Will he be able to to do that find out by reading this book.

Pros:

  • Great battle scenes.
  • Pictorial illustration.
  • Story shows less grim and evil thoughts.

Cons:

  • Not a great ending.
  • Disjointed chapters.

Interesting facts

There are so many funny and interesting things in these Warhammer 40k books that you may not notice. Some of them are describing here.

Although there is always war going in the imperial world but the planets have beautiful landscapes for touring. Some of the planets are as luxurious as 5 star hotels.

There is a joke going around that every child wants the star trek life but they never know that real world is more like Warhammer40k.

The more you kill Orks the more in numbers they will produce. Because they grow from the spores of their dead bodies.

The character’s name is taken from the real world. For example, the name Eisenstein an inquisitor is taken from the Einstein who is a scientist in real world. The Nurgle which is the god of the  destruction is taken from Nergal which is Mesopotamian god of chaos and destruction.

Conclusion

The Warhammer 40k series is full of actions and adventures. Their stories are quiet interesting too. You can’t leave the book until its finish. There is always a suspense in the stories therefore, a reader cannot predict whats the end going to be. You have to read the book all the way to find or see the end. All the novel are wonderful therefore it is hard to pick the best one. As a beginner you should start with Horus Rising to gather the complete knowledge about the imperial world. Every novel contain interesting and plot twisting stories.