Friday, May 31, 2013

Horus Heresy limited edition novella round up!

If you're like me and a Horus Heresy collector, you'll no doubt be familiar with the limited edition novellas from the Horus Heresy series. What started out as a limited number of copies restriction has now become a time limited restriction where they are on sale for only one week. This has helped a lot with making the series less attractive to scalpers who were buying up heaps of copies and putting them on eBay the same day for double the cost. Good move Black Library! My copy of Corax: Soulforge arrived today in the post and I thought this would be a good chance to look over all of the limited edition novellas from the Heresy and check them all out in detail. So without any more gas bagging;

Promethean Sun by Nick Kyme. Blink and you missed it. As the first limited edition novella this one is by far the rarest for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was limited to 3000 copies worldwide, it sold out fast and unfortunately scalpers got quite a few. I missed out and had to get mine off eBay for you guessed it, over double what it originally cost. Secondly, it was only available with uber expensive postage options which bumped the price up well over $100AUS, this did put a lot of people off. Thirdly, it was the first limited edition novella for the Heresy, I guess many just didn't know what to make of it so the backed off buying it. Whoops.

Front cover with dust jacket.

Dust jacket removed, fake Salamander hide covering with texture.

Full size internal artwork.

3000 copies worldwide. Good luck getting one now!

Aurelian by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The last limited edition novella restricted to number of copies. Again, scalpers hurt the fans on this one, and again I had to fork out over double on Ebay. Damn the time differences here in Australia! However, Black Library started offering free postage on these products which helped with the affordability. Anyway, this is by far my favourite of the four novellas. The story is simply fantastic but that discussion is for another day.

Front cover with dust jacket.

Dust jacket removed, notice the scrawling of a madman on the left? Awesome.

Full size internal artwork.

3000 copies worldwide. And yes, Aaron's signature does look like the Metallica logo.

Brotherhood of the Storm by Chris Wraight. Finally! With the release of the third novella, Black Library listend to the masses and banished number of copies restrictions to the warp and replaced it with time limited restrictions. From now on they go on sale for one week and however many they sell is however many they sell. It must have worked as I was able to buy direct from Black Library this time and didn't have to pay double on eBay. Praise the Emperor!

Front cover with dust jacket.

Dust jacket removed, red White Scars logo with some slight texturing.

Full size internal artwork.

5764 copies worldwide. You can bet Chris developed arthritis after signing these.

And finally, the fourth and final (thus far) novella, Corax: Soulforge by Gav Thorpe. You'll see when we get into it, you get a little more in this latest novella. Some cool little things not previously done. Let's have a look.

Front cover with dust jacket.

Dust jacket removed, matte black covering with gloss black print. I love it.

Cool touch. Blacked out page trim.

Inside dust jacket short story The Shadowmasters by Gav Thorpe. That's new!

 As usual, full size internal artwork.

4000 copies worldwide.

Well there you have it, all four Horus Heresy limited novellas. How many of these do you have? How many of these do you want? What do you think of them? What is the square root of pi? Let me know and leave a comment.

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