40K: The Beast Arises – Birth of the Deathwatch, death of the Sisters…



Amazon.com has spilled the beans on this year’s Black Library “The Beast Arises” just post-Heresy 12-novel series. Come See!

Here is what Amazon.com has to say about the full 12 novels in the 2016’s 12-part novel series set in 32K, just after the Heresy when the xenos descend on the fledgling Imperium of Man:



I Am Slaughter (The Beast Arises) Hardcover – January 12, 2016

After centuries of peace, the Imperium is thrown into panic as human worlds everywhere are menaced by orks.

After centuries of peace, the Imperium is thrown into panic as human worlds everywhere are menaced by orks. In a relentless tide of slaughter, ork attack moons destroy planet after planet with gravity weapons of unstoppable power. On Terra, the High Lords are paralysed by the scale of the threat, and fail to take any effective action. With entire Space Marine Chapters missing, or known to have been wiped out, does anyone have the will and the power to rise to the Imperium’s defence?



The Emperor Expects (The Beast Arises) Hardcover – March 22, 2016

  • Daniel Sundblad

    Ohhh… So the Sisters of Silence survive the Heresy…

    • Severius_Tolluck

      In older fluff they not only survived it, but remained in service, just mainly only aiding the inquisition on black ships to harvest psykers. I suppose they changed that now.

      • Daniel Sundblad

        Source? I’d say they were invented for the CCG game and the fluff-books alongside it, ca 2003 or so….

        • Severius_Tolluck

          You are correct, which is older fluff. They were never eliminated out of that fluff, they just are not a standing force enough to consider as a faction. I am work so I do not have my CCG lore book on hand. It does say there are a few per black ship to monitor and keep uncontrolled psykers regined in. However, Black Library has the end word, so if they now feel they need to be eliminated to the very last woman, well so be it. Apparently GW just doesn’t like female warriors in the 40th millennium. So again, going back earlier, they are too small a niche to field. Although these days with the mini codex’s, or maybe the inquisitorial supplement you could toss them in as a model or two to be anti psyker units, etc.

          • Indeed they don’t like female warriors. doesn’t bode well for House Escher when Necromunda comes back.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            No new mad donna ulanti? Wahh she was so 80’s metal ,man!

          • Chris. K Cook

            It states that some of them survive still.

            Which may explain why they went from an active Psyker hunting force to being confined to the Black ships.

    • Reading between the lines of the novel plot descriptions it would seem that this event is what drastically reduced the size and importance of the Sisters of Silence.

      In the Heresy era, they are standing force roughly on par with the Custodes (not in duties, but size). By the 40K era, they are manning the Black Ships and that’s about all you hear of them. Certainly nothing as large and grand as they were.

      I assume Black LIbrary is using the series to tie up some Heresy-to-40K loose ends like where they went and where the Deathwatch came from.

      Pretty cool actually. I’m just really excited about getting rules and models for Sisters of Silence and Custodes in a future Horus Heresy Forge World book.

      • Chris. K Cook

        Shush Red, stop using logic and common sense not when there is screaming and soap box ranting about how GW hates Women.

  • James Tompsett

    “To devour the souls of every living human soul”. Great sentence structure.

    • Soul.

      • James Tompsett

        They search their souls to find the soul to devour the souls down to their soles.

        • Eddie Guerra

          On the Soul Train

  • EagleBach

    Somehow I read the title of book 8 as “Ork must die”

  • OldHat

    “I am Slaughter” has been an ordeal to read. Not a good start to another grinding series. I hope it picks up from there, because I really do love the concept of the series.

    • benn grimm

      What do you love about the concept? Is it the Orks fightin’ the Imps? Or is it the lame cover artwork?

      • OldHat

        Timeframe. It is different. Uncharted territory.

        • benn grimm

          Tbf i was kind of excited about that too till I heard how bad they messed it up.

  • Crevab

    I can’t believe this series is worse than the synopsis suggests, but they managed to succeed.

    • benn grimm

      I know right? Quite a talent for sh*te these guys have.

  • Wait a minute. Who are the fists exemplar (is that another name for the Imperial fists ? a successor chapter ?) ? and if any of those assertions is correct, how can the Iron Warriors ally with their worst enemy ? It’s like asking Blood angels to ally with the Black Legion. that just doesn’t happen. ever.

    I’ll read that one. I’m curious. there must be a trap somewhere. If there are moon sized battle stations, there must be traps. that is some kind of rule.

    • Crevab

      Fists Exemplar are part of the Imperial Fists 2nd Founding. They take over for the main chapter when the IF are killed to a single marine

      • So basically GW tells me the Iron Warriors allied themselves to IF ?

        it makes no sense unless there’s one hell of a trap.

      • Chris. K Cook

        You sure they aren’t a 3rd Founding because the Fists Legion was divided up into the Templars, the Crimson fists and the Fists. no sign of these guys.

        • Crevab

          I’m not the one in charge of retcons, I’m just here to mock them :/

  • Teje

    so….let’s see. For 12 books, they are trying to kill this Ork leader, very originally named “The Great Beast”. So, they attack the orks’ home world multiple times to try to kill him and they fail every time…hello???? EXTERMINATUS anyone???

  • benn grimm

    Lol, I’ve played Orks since 92 and I could care less about this; worthless substance and ugly bland surface. Well done gw for creating another yawnworthy waste of ink. Hint; if you’re gonna do Orks; do it in way that Ork players care about rather than doing more boring, bland star wars ripoff nonsense exclusively for all the lame IG/SM players. Oh and well done for buggering up your own timeline again. Brian Ansell would be turning in his grave (if he was dead, which he isn’t).

    • Crevab

      Not in love with the AmbassadOrk?

      • benn grimm

        Woosh over my head that one went. What’s an Ambassadork?

    • nurglitch

      Have you read Evil Sun Rising?

      • benn grimm

        No, is it any good?

        • nurglitch

          I found it to be an agreeable read in the vein of Deff Skwadron.

  • Aaditya Rangan

    I’ve been reading these as they’ve been released; I’m up to Gave Thorpe’s book now. So far I really like them! I’ve enjoyed them more than the opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy, if that gives you any comparison.

    I think it’s fair to say that the themes of this series have more in common with the politics surrounding the fall of the roman republic than in, say, the conquests of alexander the great. If you enjoy reading about the former more than the latter, then this series might be your cup of tea!

    – Adi.

    • Chris. K Cook

      If you like the Later read Bill King’s Macharius books?

  • Emprah

    Chaos allying with Imperials looks really…. weird.

  • Are these good? I’ve been thinking about diving in but I’m afraid that Orks can’t be very enthralling for long.

  • Benderisgreat

    These books sound awful. Luckily the summaries save you having to read pages of the stuff.

  • Isn’t the beheading when the master of the assasins took over and 3 space marine chapters had to storm his fortress, where only 1 survived (in victory of course)