What are the best books in the Warhammer 40000 series?

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    #1Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)

    Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)

    Eisenhorn: A Warhammer 40,000 omnibus is the complete collection of the adventure and science fiction series for young adults written by Dan Abnett and edited by Marc Gascoigne. It was published in 2004, two years after the series was finished.

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    Diane Burton
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Eisenhorn is a series of three. It is a science fiction book filled with lots of action and adventure. You will enjoy reading about the galaxy and the people that are in it, how it has hardened and become war torn, everyone out for themselves. "
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    #2Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy)

    Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy)

    Horus Rising is the first book in the Horus Heresy series. The young adult, science fiction book is written by Dan Abnett and was first published in April 2006. It is about Horus, a Warmaster who replaces the retiring Emperor.

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    Steven Lu
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This was an absolutely awesome read! It was not my first Warhammer 40k read, but was one of the more enjoyable ones that I've read. The writing was done well, and the main characters were all quite compelling."
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    #3The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)

    The Outcast Dead is the 17th book in the famous dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. This young adult book was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2011. It is about Kai Zulane and his battle for survival.

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    Sandra Stevens
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "If you are interested in the best books in the Warhammer 40000 series, The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy) is a great option to choose. As it is the 17th book in this famous series, it follows an awesome plot that they other books have all been known for. I would highly recommend picking this up as it is hard to put down once you start. "
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    #4Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)

    Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)
    Mechanicum is the 9th book in the famous young adult dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in December 2008. It is about insurgencies brewing on Mars.
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    Esteban Quezada
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is a strong entry into a beloved series. While it may not be the absolute best, it is still a good read. It explains a great deal to those already immersed in the world, although new arrivals can catch on quickly. There's a political dimension to the book which made me think of real-world issues, which I appreciated. "
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    #5Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)

    Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)
    Battle for the Abyss is the 8th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Ben Counter and was published in August 2008. It is about Horus' plans to wipe out his enemies, the Ultramarines.
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    Elizabeth Gonzales
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy) is a creative book series about war. I couldn't put it down."
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    #6Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

    Shadows of Treachery is the 22nd book in the famous young adult dystopic science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It is a collection of stories inside series' galaxy, written by Dan Abnett, John French, Gav Thorpe and more.

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    Joan Cox
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A good look at the Fist and the Horus Heresy. I recommend it. Contains a few stories from a hard to find audio book."
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    #7A Thousand Sons (The Horus Heresy)

    A Thousand Sons (The Horus Heresy)

    A Thousand Sons (The Horus Heresy) is a 40K, Science Fiction novel written by Graham McNeill. It was published December 12, 2009 by The Black Library.

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    Yuan Cao
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "There are a lot of books about this fictional universe, and I am not particularly qualified to rate or rank all of them, but this looks be a solid one, at least. It seems like it is mostly written to fill in details of what occurred from the perspective of one character or faction while events were going on with another one - I might not be explaining this right, but it is sort of like a companion to another book, kind of, instead of a book that makes sweeping changes to the entire universe or really covers large swathes of the canon. That's usually indicative of a book being sort of like "filler", but this one holds up pretty well by itself. Not sure if it is the first book of this type I would get, but fans who know what they are looking for will find it to their liking."
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    #8The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)

    The Primarchs is the 20th book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Christian Dunn and published in May 2012. It is about four warriors and their impact on the civil war in Imperium.

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    Grace Hopkins
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of Warhammer. I own all the books, and this one is no different than the others. Action packed, as always. I really enjoyed The Primarchs and would recommend it to any Warhammer fan."
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    #9Ravenor: The Omnibus

    Ravenor: The Omnibus

    Ravenor: The Omnibus is a 40K, Science Fiction novel written by Dan Abnett. It was published July 28, 2009 by Black Library. It is the literary adaptation of the famous video game.

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    Joyce Jimenez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I had a tough time connecting with the main character Ravenor and there were so many other characters I felt like I couldn’t focus on the story because there was too much going on. Lots of people love the Ravenor series but I have to say the Eisenhorn trilogy is still my favorite in the Warhammer world."
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    #10False Gods: The Heresy Takes Root (The Horus Heresy)

    False Gods: The Heresy Takes Root (The Horus Heresy)

    False Gods: The Heresy Takes Root (The Horus Heresy) is a 40K, Science Fiction novel written by Graham McNeill. It was published July 1, 2006 by Black Library.

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    Tyler Olson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Horus Heresy series is a fantastic idea and I love it. Dan Abnett's opener was amazing, especially in the way he conjured such an epic tone for the events. Unfortunately, Mcneil's characters are less real and less solid. His sense of the events of the HH must be second to none, but he is simply not the writer that Abnett is ... In some ways, he's the opposite of the more interesting BL writers (who depart from the so-called 'facts' at times); McNeil sticks to the facts too rigidly and this occasionally makes his writing dull. Facts are not all that they're cracked up to be. Having said all of that, if you're interested in the Heresy, then you must read this book."
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    #11Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)

    Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy)
    Angel Exterminatus is the 23rd book in the famous dystopian science fiction series, Horus Heresy. It was written by Graham McNeill and was published in November 2012. It is about Perturabo and his attempt to outshine his primarch brothers.
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    Mark Carroll
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is the 23rd volume of Horus Heresy. I thought it would have carried over pretty well but it just did not do it for me. It feels like i am reading an entire new story line. I do not know what went wrong . I do not know if its me or the book. But i am planning to re read this and go from there and maybe then i could give a solid opinion on it. "
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    #12Descent of Angels (The Horus Heresy)

    Descent of Angels (The Horus Heresy)
    Descent of Angels: Loyalty and Honour is the 6th book in the Horus Heresy science fiction series. This novel was written by Michael Scanlon and was published in October 2007. It is about the history of the groups involved in the last civil war.
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    Arjun Tambe
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I really enjoyed the first 3 books in the series. I grew acoustomed to Garviel Loken and keep waiting for his return. This book was enjoyable to read. Different from the others, but enjoyable."
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    #13The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)

    The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)

    The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy) is a 40K, Science Fiction novel written by James Swallow. It was published March 27, 2007 by Black Library.

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    Philip Dunn
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Warhammer 40k books aren't known for their high quality, but this one is an acception. James Swallow crafts a really fun story in the constraints of the game world, building suspense and character progression out of next to nothing. The other novels aren't required to get this standalone story."
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    #14The First Heretic: Fall to Chaos (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy)

    The First Heretic: Fall to Chaos (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy)

    The First Heretic: Fall to Chaos (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy) is a 40K, Science Fiction novel written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. It was published November 1, 2010 by Black Library.

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    Wei Lai
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The First Heretic: Fall to Chaos (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy) is, in my opinion, the best book in the Warhammer 40000 series. It's an exceptional series so that should give you some indication as to how great it truly is. I love Science Fiction and am so glad I purchased this. The writing is remarkable and the story absorbing. I can't wait to finish the series!"

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Best What are the best books in the Warhammer 40000 series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)Books 49 Paid
2Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy)Books 45 Paid
3The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy)Books 30 Paid
4Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy)Books 29 Paid
5Battle for the Abyss (The Horus Heresy)Books 27 Paid
6Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)Books 22 Paid
7A Thousand Sons (The Horus Heresy)Books 21 Paid
8The Primarchs (Horus Heresy)Books 19 Paid
9Ravenor: The OmnibusBooks 16 Paid
10False Gods: The Heresy Takes Root (The Horus Heresy)Books 14 Paid
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