GW: Seven Short Stories – Summer Seasonal Sale

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This week’s been GW’s “Summer of Reading,” here are the collected stories.

This week GW had their “Summer of Reading” which was a series of short stories, each one tied to a larger series. These quick reads added character and detail and the opportunity to explore some of the other sides of popular tales, or even found some light hearted fun in one particular case. You can grab them all as a bundle now available at the Black Library. Pick that up and you’ll get:

via Warhammer Community

Grandfather’s Gift: This Horus Heresy Primarchs tale by Guy Haley focuses on Mortarion and his first real brush with the full fecund glory of Nurgle. It’s a sneak peek at what lies in store for the Death Guard primarch, and an idea of what approach Guy might take were he to write a novel about the Deathlord.

The Hardest Word: Grim and dark are usually good ways to describe Black Library stories, but this tale of Hamilcar Bear-Eater by David Guymer brings a bit of levity to the Mortal Realms as the self-styled greatest of all the Stormcast Eternals attempts to defend a vital fortress single-handed.

Shadows of Heaven: This tale is a return to one of the characters from Gav Thorpe’s classic aeldari novels, as Aradryan attempts to atone for his past sins in battle. A welcome return for a much loved character and felt like Gav coming home.

Death Warrant: Robbie MacNiven brings us a new tale of the vicious and brutal Carcharodons, seen through the eyes of a rogue trader whose salvation in the form of the heroic Adeptus Astartes turned into something rather less appealing and joyous…

Auction of Blood: It’s back to the Mortal Realms for this tie-in to Josh Reynolds’ forthcoming ‘Spear of Shadows’. It followed a servant of the Soulblight queen Neferata, sent to procure a dangerous artefact from an auction that proved to be even more dangerous, by some margin.

Pride and Fall: Lucius the Eternal, most recently seen in Ian St Martin’s ‘The Faultless Blade’, is back for a story focusing on one of the damned souls who is trapped in the immortal swordsman’s armour. How did he come to be there, and what was his tale? Take a new, personal look at the legend of Lucius.

Restorer: Preparations for the impending siege of Terra are continuing apace in this new Horus Heresy tale by Chris Wraight. But for Shiban Khan of the White Scars, things did not look promising. Could he be restored to fighting fitness before Horus’ arrival, or was he doomed? These are the questions answered in today’s final tale from the Summer of Reading.

These seven short stories each encapsulate a different part of their corner of the GWverse–with Lucius’ and Hamilcar Bear Eater’s stories giving us a different angle on traditional Black library fare. You can grab all seven stories for the price of five right now.

The Summer of Reading Bundle – $24.95

And remember, reading is fundamental. Except when it’s heresy.

  • SilentPony

    The Lucius story actually answered a few question I had on how he comes back to life, and what the line of responsibility for his death is. Pretty interesting.

    • Pcm979

      Do tell. I have been wondering. Like, if he’s killed by a Servitor, does the Techpriest who controls it take responsibility?

      • SilentPony

        In the story, Lucius steps on a landmine. And the worker who made the mine, on the other side of the galaxy, takes pride in his work. And that’s enough for Lucius to ‘infect’ the worker and burst out of him, fully formed with armor and everything.

        And apparently that happens a lot. Lucius is killed and wakes up on the other side of the Galaxy.

        • Pcm979

          That’s hilarious. I like it.

          I wonder what happens when multiple people are involved, like if he was blown up by an artillery cannon? Where would the buck stop there?

          • Spacefrisian

            Iam more wondering how that person knows Lucius stepped on his mine, heck how does random worker 4588721 even knows who this Lucius is when chaos is hardly mentioned to the Imperial citizen.

          • Pcm979

            I’m pretty sure that SilentPony meant that all that was necessary for the worker to be possessed was that he was generically proud of his work, not that he specifically knew “aha, my mine just killed famed Heretic Astarted Lucius”, which, as you pointed out, would be absurd.

          • SilentPony

            Yup yup! I don’t even think he knew his mines were going off world, let alone to a Mechanicus outpost targeted by the Emperor’s Children