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Horus Heresy Proposed Reading Order

I have finished most of the Horus heresy series, and thinking back, I wish I knew then what I know now in what order to read it. I personally read it in release order and I find it pretty sloppy and all over the place. While it is generally in chronological order, I didn't like how character arcs are interrupted with other stories and how long it takes for the story to return to said characters, because my memory is so bad. So with my proposed reading order, I decided to focus on characters and events. the highlighted names are the main books, while the unhighlighted names are tie-in short stories. In the end, this proposed reading order is by no means perfect and still probably is an unfinished mess and has much to improve and add, so don't be afraid to make suggestions. Enjoy!

  1. Horus Rising - Dan Abnett
  2. False Gods - Graham McNeill
  3. Galaxy in Flames - Ben Counter
  4. Fulgrim - Graham McNeill
  5. Legion - Dan Abnett
  6. Tales of Heresy: Wolf at the Door - Mike Lee
  7. Tales of Heresy: Blood Games - Dan Abnett
  8. War Without End: Howl of the Hearthworld - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  9. Prospero Burns - Dan Abnett
  10. The Burden of Loyalty: The Thirteenth Wolf - Gav Thorpe
  11. The First Heretic - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  12. Eye of Terra: Aurelian - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  13. Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter
  14. Know No Fear - Dan Abnett
  15. Mark of Calth
  16. The Burden of Loyalty: Perpetual - Dan Abnett
  17. Legacies of Betrayal: Honour to the Dead - Gav Thorpe
  18. The Honoured - Rob Sanders
  19. The Unburdened - David Annandale
  20. Legacies of Betrayal: Censure - Nick Kyme
  21. Heralds of the Siege: The Ember Wolves - Rob Sanders
  22. Tales of Heresy: After Desh'ea - Matthew Farrer
  23. War Without End: Lord of the Red Sands - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  24. Legacies of Betrayal: Butcher's Nails - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  25. Betrayer - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  26. Legacies of Betrayal: Khârn: The Eightfold Path - Anthony Reynolds
  27. Legacies of Betrayal: Heart of the Conqueror - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  28. Heralds of the Siege: Children of Sicarus - Anthony Reynolds
  29. Age of Darkness: Rules of Engagement - Graham McNeill
  30. Shadows of Treachery: Raven's Flight - Gav Thorpe
  31. Age of Darkness: The Face of Treachery - Gav Thorpe
  32. Deliverance Lost - Gav Thorpe
  33. Heralds of the Siege: The Grey Raven - Gav Thorpe
  34. Age of Darkness: The Iron Within - Rob Sanders
  35. Eye of Terra: Ironfire - Rob Sanders
  36. The Primarchs: The Reflection Crack'd - Graham McNeill
  37. Legacies of Betrayal: Kryptos - Graham McNeill
  38. Angel Exterminatus - Graham McNeill
  39. Shattered Legions: The Seventh Serpent - Graham McNeill
  40. The Outcast Dead - Graham McNeill
  41. The Silent War: Wolf Hunt - Graham McNeill
  42. A Thousand Sons - Graham McNeill
  43. Legacies of Betrayal: Thief of Revelations - Graham McNeill
  44. Legacies of Betrayal: Lucius: The Eternal Blademaster - Graham McNeill
  45. The Crimson King - Graham McNeill
  46. The Flight of the Eisenstein - James Swallow
  47. Shadows of Treachery: The Crimson Fist - John French
  48. Nemesis - James Swallow
  49. War Without End: Gunsight - James Swallow
  50. Garro - James Swallow
  51. Tales of Heresy: Scions of the Storm - Anthony Reynolds
  52. The Silent War: The Purge - Anthony Reynolds
  53. Tales of Heresy: The Voice - James Swallow
  54. The Silent War: Ghosts Speak Not - James Swallow
  55. The Silent War: Patience - James Swallow
  56. Fear to Tread - James Swallow
  57. The Primarchs: The Serpent Beneath - Rob Sanders
  58. Legacies of Betrayal: Brotherhood of the Storm - Chris Wraight
  59. Scars - Chris Wraight
  60. Eye of Terra: Brotherhood of the Moon - Chris Wraight
  61. Legacies of Betrayal: Wolf's Claw - Chris Wraight
  62. The Burden of Loyalty: Wolf King - Chris Wraight
  63. War Without End: Daemonology - Chris Wraight
  64. War Without End: The Devine Adoratrice - Graham McNeill
  65. Age of Darkness: Little Horus - Dan Abnett
  66. Vengeful Spirit - Graham McNeill
  67. War Without End: Wolf Mother - Graham McNeill
  68. War Without End: Imperfect - Nick Kyme
  69. War Without End: Chirurgeon - Nick Kyme
  70. Legacies of Betrayal: Warmaster - John French
  71. Age of Darkness: Rebirth - Chris Wraight
  72. War Without End: Allegiance - Chris Wraight
  73. The Path of Heaven - Chris Wraight
  74. Heralds of the Siege: The Last Son of Prospero - Chris Wraight
  75. War Without End: All That Remains - James Swallow
  76. War Without End: Black Oculus - John French
  77. Tallarn - John French
  78. Eye of Terra: The Eagle's Talon - John French
  79. Eye of Terra: Iron Corpses - John French
  80. Heralds of the Siege: Dark Compliance - John French
  81. The Buried Dagger - James Swallow (to me this book fits here and also at the end, just after Titendeath)
  82. Born of Flame: Promethean Sun - Nick Kyme
  83. Born of Flame: Scorched Earth - Nick Kyme
  84. Vulkan lives - Nick Kyme
  85. Descent of Angels - Mitchel Scanlon
  86. Fallen Angels - Mike Lee
  87. Age of Darkness: Savage Weapons - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  88. The Primarchs: The Lion - Gav Thorpe
  89. Shadows of Treachery: Prince of Crows - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  90. The Unremembered Empire - Dan Abnett
  91. War Without End: The Laurel of Defiance - Guy Haley
  92. War Without End: Virtues of the Sons - Andy Smillie
  93. Eye of Terra: Sins of the Father - Andy Smillie
  94. Eye of Terra: Herald of Sanguinius - Andy Smillie
  95. War Without End: A Safe and Shadowed Place - Guy Haley
  96. Eye of Terra: The Long Night - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  97. The Burden of Loyalty: The Heart of the Pharos - L. J. Goulding
  98. Pharos - Guy Haley
  99. Heralds of the Siege: The Painted Count - Guy Haley
  100. Legacies of Betrayal: Cypher: Guardian of Order - Gav Thorpe
  101. Eye of Terra: Master of the First - Gav Thorpe
  102. War Without End: By the Lion's Command - Gav Thorpe
  103. Angels of Caliban - Gav Thorpe
  104. Heralds of the Siege: Exocytosis - James Swallow
  105. Eye of Terra: Red-Marked - Nick Kyme
  106. Eye of Terra: Stratagem - Nick Kyme
  107. Deathfire - Nick Kyme
  108. Shadows of Treachery: The Kaban Project - Graham McNeill
  109. Mechanicum - Graham McNeill
  110. The Burden of Loyalty: Cybernetica - Rob Sanders
  111. Heralds of the Siege: Myriad - Rob Sanders
  112. Eye of Terra: Vorax - Matthew Farrer
  113. The Burden of Loyalty: The Binary Succession - David Annandale
  114. Tales of Heresy: The Last Church - Graham McNeill
  115. The Silent War: The Sigillite - Chris Wraight
  116. The Burden of Loyalty: Into Exile - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  117. Master of Mankind - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  118. Heralds of the Siege: Magisterium - Chris Wraight
  119. The Burden of Loyalty: Ordo Sinister - John French
  120. The Primarchs: Feat of Iron - Nick Kyme
  121. Shattered Legions: Meduson - Dan Abnett
  122. Legacies of Betrayal: Riven - John French
  123. Born of Flame: Artefacts - Nick Kyme
  124. Born of Flame: Sons of the Forge - Nick Kyme
  125. Old Earth - Nick Kyme
  126. Shadows of Treachery: The Dark King - Graham McNeill
  127. Shadows of Treachery: The Lightning Tower - Dan Abnett
  128. Praetorian of Dorn - John French
  129. Legacies of Betrayal: Veritas Ferrum - David Annandale
  130. The Damnation of Pythos - David Annandale
  131. Ruinstorm - David Annandale
  132. Wolfsbane - Guy Haley
  133. Heralds of the Siege: Duty Waits - Guy Haley
  134. Heralds of the Siege: The Soul, Severed - Chris Wraight
  135. Slaves to Darkness - John French
  136. Corax: Weregeld - Gav Thorpe
  137. Legacies of Betrayal: The Divine Word - Gav Thorpe
  138. Heralds of the Siege: Valerius - Gav Thorpe
  139. Titendeath - Guy Haley
  140. Heralds of the Siege: Now Peals Midnight - John French
  141. Heralds of the Siege: The Board is Set - Nick Kyme


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