30K: Shattered Legions – In Vengeance Lies Justice

The survivors of three shattered legions will never know victory – but they will take vengeance.

Black Library is continuing the best selling Horus Heresy novel series. After the massacre at Isstvan V, the broken remnants of three Legions formed a guerrilla force dedicated to slowing Horus’s advance on Terra. The ten tales in this volume relate exceptional stories of heroism by these Shattered Legions.

Shattered Legions $30.00

ebook $15.99 mp3 $39.99

THE STORY
Driven almost to the brink of self-destruction at Isstvan V, the Iron Hands now seek vengeance for the murder of their primarch Ferrus Manus. Gathering survivors from the Raven Guard and the Salamanders aboard any vessels capable of warp travel, these Shattered Legions wage a new campaign of annihilation against the traitor forces across the galaxy – a campaign masterminded by legendary warleader Shadrak Meduson. This Horus Heresy anthology contains ten short stories by authors including Dan Abnett, Chris Wraight, John French and many more. Also, in the novella The Seventh Serpent, Graham McNeill revisits the ragtag crew of the starship Sisypheum as they are drawn into a war of subterfuge against the Alpha Legion.

CONTENTS
Meduson by Dan Abnett
The Noose by David Annandale
The Keys of Hel by John French
Unforged & Unspoken by Guy Haley
Immortal Duty by Nick Kyme
The Either & The Seventh Serpent by Graham McNeill
Deeds Endure by Gav Thorpe
Grey Talon & The Hand Elect by Chris Wraight

Audio book narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

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Shattered Legions ships in April.

~ We are book 43 – any bets on when Horus will reach Terra?

  • SilentPony

    Oh for fu…MORE 5 YEAR OLD STORIES?!

    • Shawn

      Yes, it’s a shame. About half of these, if not more (I’d have to double check) are already in Meduson itself.

      • SilentPony

        I have Meduson. Almost all of them, save like 3 or 4 of them are from that book.

        • All of them except The Seventh Serpent. Hand Elect was included in the digital release/Ultimate reprint

    • Meduson was released in May 2015, as a Warhammer World exclusive anthology. Hardly 5 years old, especially with how it has gotten a broader release only in 2016 for a premium price.
      The only non-Meduson story in it is The Seventh Serpent, which was a novella originally released in November 2014, and over 2 years later in early 2016 as a non-limited edition.

      The anthology here is doing exactly what’s on the tin, and quality-wise, Meduson was pretty good. The pricetag here is less than half what the ebook of Meduson alone was when it got released, and that had script-only versions of The Either and Grey Talon rather than the original prose.

  • mysterex

    At this rate Horus will never get to Terra. So far the book series has run longer than the ten years the war took.

    • SilentPony

      Terra will NEVER happen. Its the singular moment of the entire 40k canon and nothing, NOTHING, they do will ever meet the expectation.
      They could do an entire game system set solely during the Siege, with a movie, 10 video games, 50 audio dramas and a hundred different anthology novels written by fans themselves with very few restrictions, including Dorn dueling Lorgar on the burning corpse of a Nemesis Siege Titan while Space Wolves fight renegade Imperial Fists and Loken marrying Mersadie Oliton before teleporting on the Vengeful Spirit and everything in between and it still will leave 99.99% of all the fans disappointed.

      • Johan Strandh

        I agree, it will be really hard to do the Siege real justice. But I believe in the authors. At the Black Library Live event in November Laurie Goulding told us that they have placed authors on the final stories, so the Heresy is actually coming to an end within a forseeable future.
        A bit of snooping around on twitter and it seems that ADB will write at least one book about Horus and that McNeill is involved in one book during the Siege and that Dan Abnett will probably be the one that writes the final book, a nice way to let him finish what he started. 🙂

        In fact, after having read Master of Mankind I have great faith in BL and their writers that they will finish big style, and yet with a clear feeling of melancholy and sorrow (since the Emperors dream is shattered).

        • SilentPony

          Eh. Master of Mankind wasn’t epic enough and kinda’ dull. Yeah big battle in the webway, yadda yadda. Still wasn’t epic or large enough.

          • Johan Strandh

            I don’t think the conflict in the webway was the peak of that book though. The best parts were the revelations regarding the purpose of the Custodes, witnessing the childhood of the Emperor, “The end of empires”, seeing first hand examples of the physical might of the Emperor, the beginning of the sacrifice of a 1000 psykers each day-thing, and the epilogue.

            The action was far away from the best part of that book, the things mentioned above were what took the Horus Heresy-series and actively tied it to the 40k fluff.

            One of the absolute best books in the whole series. IMHO.

          • SilentPony

            Agree to disagree. While I totally get where you’re coming from, I kinda just had the opposite reaction. Like to me the Emperor was barely in it, did almost nothing until the last few chapters, and even then wasn’t powerful enough to kill his daemon uncle.
            And when asked if everything he shows the Custodians was even true, he just shrugged.
            And then the whole “We can’t rebuild the webway”
            “What if we rebuild the webway?”
            “No that’s just crazy! You’re not making any sense!”
            part was complete BS. Shoehorned in grimdark to fit with the 40k tone, like how they scared up Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith to make sure he’s an old withered man for New Hope.

            I dunno. It just felt so inconsequential. Like the Emperor is a dick, a bad father, a poor planner, a bunch of people introduced in the book get killed, and then everyone else died because they said anyone that survives the war will be killed.

    • Roughneck

      The war took 14 years actually, black library and forgeworld have told us this repeatedly from day one.

      • SilentPony

        They change how long the war is on a nearly hourly basis. Hell, the Retribution book has a timeline with battles that go on for 50 years! Then battle for the sol system alone was 5 years long according to it!

        • Roughneck

          They haven’t at all, since day one it’s been stated it’s 14 years till the siege of terra. Know your stuff

          • SilentPony

            No, they do. I’ve been a fan of the Heresy since before they even started the series. Back then it was 7 years. By Vulkan Lives is was 10 years. Now its 14 and the Forge World books list wars decades long.

            Like Legion size changes. It started as 10,000, then went to 50,000, then 100,000 now most are sitting between 100,000-200,000.

            It changes all the time.

          • Roughneck

            It hasn’t changed at all,
            I’ve been to every weekender and spoke to every author and more it’s always been 14 years and forgeworld have said that that since they started the black books, so you are very mistaken

          • The Legion changes have been a thing ever since Black Library and co reassessed the series when it barely got to double digits. The sizes were adjusted upwards as a direct result of the entire setting of 40k growing exponentially at the time and they realized that they needed to scale things up to make sense for a galactic crusade.

            There’s enough retcons coming from ForgeWorld without getting one’s panties in a twist over some added zeroes.

        • DaveTycho

          If you are referring to the bit with the Ashen Claws, that was described as happening during the Scouring, with that final message from the Ashen Claws happening 50 years after the Heresy.

    • Part of why the Shattered Legions anthology here is happening now is because Meduson’s plotline is set to end in Old Earth, which goes straight to Terra. Horus is on the doorstep at Beta Garmon, which we are seeing addressed here and there already.
      All this is right now is wrapping things up. The series is fully mapped out. All remaining novels before the Siege are either already written or in the planning stages. There are no open slots left before the Palace.

      That “Horus will never get to Terra” hyperbole is really not doing anything at this point besides ignoring that for the past year and a half, everything has been on a collision course with the Throneworld and the series is ending.

  • Peter Lee

    hydra dominatus!