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On the 23rd and 24th of February, Warhammer and Games Workshop stores across the world will be hosting their annual Black Library Celebration. It’ll be a weekend of adrenaline-fuelled fiction, with stores running events that retell stories from the novels. And, of course, there are going to be loads of new books, CDs and other goodies to pick up…

The celebration is going to be online as well, and the best place to join in with it will be the brand-new Black Library Instagram, which launches today! (It still has that new account smell.)

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As well as a place to find out about all the latest books from Black Library, this will also be somewhere that you can discuss your favourites and join a community of like-minded fans of Warhammer fiction. And if you head there now, you’ll find some gorgeous pictures of a new Black Library-themed Citadel miniature being released for the Celebration – Commissar Severina Raine!

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This fantastic model is your chance to add this devout Imperial hero to your collection. Her Black Library-themed box includes rules for using the resin miniature in your Astra Militarum army – and February’s White Dwarf will include the rules for using her as your Commander in games of Kill Team as well! The Raine miniature is based on the cover art for a new novel also coming for the Celebration, Rachel Harrison’s debut novel Honourbound.

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This is the first full-length story to star Commissar Severina Raine, who’s become a fan favourite through Rachel’s awesome short stories. The novel sees Raine and her 11th Antari Rifles take their war with the Sighted to another level – and the cult’s machinations may expose secrets from Raine’s troubled past.

The Celebration is also a fantastic chance to catch up with the Horus Heresy. After nearly thirteen years and 54 books, the series is coming to an end… of sorts. Later this year sees the start of the Siege of Terra, in the form of an epic eight-book miniseries – and the Celebration sees the launch of the last book before the Siege begins:

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The Buried Dagger, by James Swallow, tells the long-awaited story of the fall of the Death Guard. Bestilled in the warp, the Legion is ravaged by contagion. Nurgle wishes to bestow his gifts upon them – but will proud Mortarion accept such corruption to save the lives of his sons? It’s also a bridge between the series so far and the Siege, catching up with heroes on the Throneworld, including Knights-Errant, the Sigillite, the would-be saint Euphrati Keeler… and nine mysterious silver-armoured figures with psychic powers.

You’ll also be able to look back to where it all began, with Celebration editions of Horus Rising and False Gods. Each of these is a gorgeous artefact, with new covers and black page edges – and each has an additional short story (‘Misbegotten’ and ‘The Wolf of Ash and Fire’, if you’re curious), along with introductions by authors Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill.

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The weekend will also see the launch of Angron: Slave of Nuceria, the eleventh book in the Primarchs series. United with his World Eaters, Angron must adjust to life as a master instead of a slave. But as his life on Nuceria – and the constant pain from the Butcher’s Nails – haunts him, Angron insists on reshaping the Legion in his image… This lavish limited edition will be available to order online – and each store will be getting a copy as well, so if you’re quick, you can be among the very first to read Ian St. Martin’s first Horus Heresy novel.

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That’s a lot of Heresy – but there’s much more to the Celebration. Fast forward ten thousand years, and there are two incredible tales from the Dark Imperium to savour as well.

Our Martyred Lady by Gav Thorpe is an audio drama boxed set in the style of Realmslayer. Four hour-long episodes make up a story of Saint Celestine and Inquisitor Greyfax as they struggle to stop a religious civil war from erupting in the fractured Imperium. It’s perfect for extended painting sessions (maybe the Celestine and Greyfax miniatures?) and long journeys. Oh, and did we mention that the fantastic cast is headed up by none other than Catherine Tate?

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The Celebration will also see the launch of this year’s Reader’s Choice novels, as voted for by you. Storm of Iron is a true Black Library classic, one of Graham McNeill’s earliest novels, and pits the Iron Warriors against the forces of the Imperium in a battle to control secrets hidden beneath a mighty fortress. With Graham McNeill working right now on exciting new stories after a few years away, this is a great chance to reacquaint yourself with some of his best-loved characters. And speaking of characters you love, City of the Damned is David Guymer’s first Gotrek & Felix novel and is a must-read for anyone who loved Realmslayer and the other recent Gotrek tales from the Age of Sigmar.

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So there are plenty of stories new and old, celebrating Black Library’s past, present and future – but, of course, that’s not all. There’s some amazing merchandise on offer as well, including a set of four vinyl coasters, themed around the Heresy and The Buried Dagger. They boast the symbols of the Death Guard, Sons of Horus, World Eaters and Knights-Errant, and are perfect for keeping your table safe from nasty stains while you’re enjoying a hard-earned mug of tea (or maybe blood, if you’re a World Eater).

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The last thing you’ll be able to pick up at the Celebration is a fantastic free short story anthology. Containing six tales – including stories about Severina Raine and Mortarion – you’ll get this with any order of a physical product from the Games Workshop and Black Library websites, and you’ll also be able to pick up a copy in your local store.

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What’s more, the Celebration will be starting early online. To whet your appetite, there will be a week of brand-new digital short stories building up to the weekend – six of them, several with links to the new releases, including a Severina Raine tale, a look at Mortarion in the aftermath of meeting the Emperor and the tale of Angron’s last stand on Nuceria.

In the meantime, check the Store Finder to locate your local store, and find out what their plans are for the Black Library Celebration 2019 – because, with all of this in store, you’ll definitely want to join in. And remember to keep an eye on the Black Library Instagram.BL-Book.jpg

 

 

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2 minutes ago, pretre said:
Commissar Severina Raine!
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Great model. They finally made a female model with armor that that doesn't show off the breast. Good Job, GW.

Gives me hope that GW can make better looking sisters.

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21 minutes ago, necrontyr said:

I'm gonna need that commissar, and the book. Her short stories have been pretty cool so far.

Yeah, I really want it, but I'm not sure it's going to be worth fighting for it at the GW store, and I don't know how much it's going to cost. If it's the typical $35 for a unique character miniature, or worse, I'm gonna have to make it a hard pass and see if I can scoop one up elsewhere somehow.

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26 minutes ago, Sgt. Rock said:

Yeah, I really want it, but I'm not sure it's going to be worth fighting for it at the GW store, and I don't know how much it's going to cost. If it's the typical $35 for a unique character miniature, or worse, I'm gonna have to make it a hard pass and see if I can scoop one up elsewhere somehow.

Resin so likely around that or less. 35 is typically plastic 

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53 minutes ago, Sgt. Rock said:

Yeah, I really want it, but I'm not sure it's going to be worth fighting for it at the GW store, and I don't know how much it's going to cost. If it's the typical $35 for a unique character miniature, or worse, I'm gonna have to make it a hard pass and see if I can scoop one up elsewhere somehow.

GW Facebook says it will be open to order for all, not a store exclusive.

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