Warhammer 40K

 

Blood of Asaheim

Blood of Asaheim

Published March 2013
Hardback

After half a century apart, in service to the Deathwatch and the Chapter, Space Wolves Ingvar and Gunnlaugur are reunited. Sent to defend an important shrine world against the plague-ridden Death Guard, the Grey Hunters clash with the pious Sisters of Battle, who see the Space Wolves as little better than the enemy they fight. As enemies close in around them and treachery is revealed, Gunnlaugur and his warriors must hold the defenders together – even as hidden tensions threaten to tear the pack apart.

Reviews

Blood of Asaheim is the best Space Wolf story I’ve read since [Dan] Abnett’s masterful Prospero Burns. […] Battle of the Fang, set a thousand years after the Heresy, explored (as a sub-plot) the consequences of their genetic degeneration in the absence of their primarch. Blood of Asaheim brings this undercurrent into the ‘present’ 40K universe in the context of a very moving and action packed tale that I honestly couldn’t put down. I was really surprised at the depth of emotion in this story. Combined with a fantastic cast and the aforementioned action, this book was a truly great read. […] Very highly recommended. Bookspot Central

 

Wrath of Iron

Published July 2012
Paperback | Ebook

After months spent in the service of the Chaos god Slaanesh, the ruling classes of the Contqual sub-sector have finally brought true damnation upon their people. It falls to the merciless Space Marines of the Iron Hands Chapter to cleanse these worlds of the warp’s unholy taint, and it is upon the surface of Shardenus that the fate of a billion lost souls will be decided.

Reviews

Have you ever read something so good that you can taste it? […] Wrath of Iron is not a happy book, it’s not an easy read. It is however an excellent book and one that makes me wish for more from Chris Wraight. I picked up this book solely on the merit of Battle for the Fang but it is even better than its predecessor. From start to finish Wrath of Iron is outstanding. Lost on Fenris

Since I first came across Chris Wraight, his work has done more than enough to make me pick up and finish whatever he writes. It’s that simple. I finished Wrath of Iron, in a relatively short space of time, but there was plenty to make the experience worthwhile. Wraight not only has high standards but has no trouble in meeting them. […] Wraight shows us just how futile war can be but, at the same time, also shows us why the fight here must never stop until it is won. I’m hoping for Wraight to make a return to the world of Warhammer but, if he keeps writing books like this, I’ll keep reading his stuff. Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

This novel really drives home the grim futility of life in the 40K universe. There are plenty of sharp little details (including a take on the Iron Hands’ most recognisable trait that’s worryingly plausible) and a couple of nice nods to the ‘Heresy’ series as well. Wraight’s writing hits the right balance in its description; never straying too far into by-the-numbers military sci-fi or ridiculous hyperbole, and when the novel delves more into horror territory it does so with a thoroughly nasty imagination. […] It’s great to see the Iron Hands done so well, even if they aren’t the most cheerful lads in the galaxy, and if you’re a fan of the Black Library in any way Wrath of Iron is an excellent read. British Fantasy Society

This novel pulls no punches. Should you buy it? If you want more grimdark in your 40k novels then Hell Yes you should buy this book, it’s loaded to the brim with grimdark. Fans of the Iron Hands will definitely want to get this book, it sets them leagues apart from other Chapters and shows not only how they view the world around them, but perhaps how deep down they really view themselves. The Founding Fields

This is 40k Fiction in its purest form. And no one escapes by the end, no one escapes unscathed, or unchanged as the case may be. If you are enjoying the Space Marine Battles Books as much as I am, you are definitely not going to want to miss this one! The Independent Characters

Battle of the Fang

Published June 2011
Paperback | Ebook

A desperate battle ensues as the skeleton forces of Wolf Lord Vaer Greyloc attempt to hold back the attacking hosts before the last of his meagre defences gives in. Though a single Scout ship survives to summon Great Wolf Harek Ironhelm back to Fenris, none of the defenders truly realise the full scale the horror that awaits them, nor what the Battle for the Fang will cost them all.

Reviews

Battle of the Fang succeeds not only in its eloquent battle scenes, but also in its distrust of its far-from-perfect heroes. […] The end result is an oddly human tale of techno-gothic war in the 32nd millennium. 4/5 stars. SFX (August 2011)

This is the first novel in the Space Marine Battles series that I’ve read, and it really is great. Evocative, brutal, and brisk, it’s exactly what I was hoping for. […] I kept reading well into the night, Wraight’s prose relentlessly pulling me through the story, so invested had I become in the fate of his characters. The final clashes are also gripping (not to mention, a little heart-breaking). […] Highly recommended for fans of military sci-fi as a whole, and a must for fans of WH40k and Black Library fiction. Civilian Reader

The relentless nature of the fighting and enormity of the stakes stand clear of the page, and the final setpiece battle between Magnus and the Wolves is a no holds barred page turner! […] I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to 40k fans, and it is without doubt in the must-read category for any Space Wolf aficionado. Phillip Sobel on Boomtron

Its beautifully written, with the brutality of every inch of bloody ground ingraining its own memory upon the landscape. Add to this great author description, cracking prose and characters that the reader will care about and it’s going to be a hard one for the Wolves to not only swallow but will cause more than a few mournful howls from the commanders of their troops on the war game battle tables around the world. A real gem of an addition and perhaps my favourite Space Marine Battle title to date. Falcata Times

All in all I give this book a solid 9 out of 10. It’s one I will certainly be picking up again and again in the future and I look to seeing more from Chris Wraight. Certainly for me the definitive Space Wolf book and well worth the Black Library live ticket to read it early. Claws and Fists

Short Stories

 

Kraken
Published March 2012
Ebook | Anthology ebook

The water-world of Lyses is under attack from terrifying undersea monsters. When Lone Wolf Aj Kvara of the Space Wolves Chapter arrives as part of his quest for restoration of his lost pack’s honour, Guard Commander Morren Oen sees a chance to rid himself of his scourge by joining forces. This short story is available as a standalone download or as part of the Sons of Russ anthology.

WulfenWulfen
Published March 2013
Ebook

As Inquisitor Damietta of the Ordo Malleus interrogates the survivor of a doomed attack on the daemon world of Voidsoul, she realises that a deeper mystery lies behind the events that occurred there. Defying her master’s commands, she delves into Sergeant Morbach’s account and discovers a shocking secret about the nature of the Space Wolves Chapter of the Space Marines.

Flesh
Published March 2012
Ebook | Hammer & Bolter 7 | Anthology ebook

Deep in the bowels of a hive city, a band of fighters learn that sometimes your allies can be a bigger threat than your enemy – especially when those allies are the Iron Hands. This story is available as a standalone download, as part of issue seven of Hammer and Bolter, or the 25 for 25 anthology celebrating 25 years of Warhammer 40K.

Failure's RewardFailure’s Reward
Published December 2012
Ebook

Successful aspirants to the Space Wolves go on to join the Chapter and forge great deeds in battle. But what of those who stumble on the way? One such Chapter serf carries out his duties while contemplating failure’s reward. This short story was published as part of the Advent series published on the BL website for Christmas 2012.

Runes
Published April 2011
Ebook | Anthology paperback | Anthology ebook

A secret hides on the acid-wreathed world of Gath Rimmon. When the Space Wolves attempt to retrieve it, they must face the bizarre and dangerous aliens who call the world home, the mysterious eldar and one of their own… This short story is available as a standalone download or as part of the Victories of the Space Marines anthology.

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