The Warmaster from Dan Abnett, the fifteenth book in the highly popular Gaunt’s Ghosts series, was finally scheduled by Black Library for launch in December this year. The publication is the third of four novels in the Victory sub-arc (to be followed with a novel provisionally entitled Anarch), itself seemingly the penultimate show in the much bigger Gaunt’s Ghosts series, together with possibly two books in the final series (subtitled Archon) to wrap up the saga. However, these programs might have changed.
The Warmaster was initially scheduled for launch in 2013. The reasons for the lengthy delays are uncertain: Abnett was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 which delayed his work on the Horus Heresy series as he corrected to medical therapy, but seemingly the problems due to this are years previously. Abnett has also been working for Marvel Comics, his job in demand since he established the modern iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy series (that the two films are based on). However, Abnett has ever produced a prolific number of comics perform alongside his books without any difficulty in the past.
More likely is the fact that Black Library and its parent company, Games Workshop, have been going through several convulsions and changes in the last couple of decades. They have nuked their classic Warhammer fantasy setting, missing several high-profile authors and, bizarrely, deleted the omnibus versions of the novels and reprinted the respective books to get a greater price compared to omnibuses, which has gone down like a lead balloon with fans and has set off potential new readers. Games Workshop’s release schedule has slowed to a crawl lately with very few books put out, the Horus Heresy series still nowhere near a conclusion after twenty five years and forty-one books and the company seemingly focused on finding ways of selling existing substance rather than generating new work.
Anyhow, the good thing is that Dan Abnett The Warmaster is coming out and hopefully we’ll see the rest of the novels in the Gaunt’s Ghosts series quite quickly afterwards. Abnett is additionally working on Penitent, the second novel in the Bequin trilogy (finishing the storylines begun in the excellent Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies), and this will be similarly eagerly awaited by fans. There will also be a companion novel to The Warmaster. Matthew Farrer has composed a stand-alone Space Marines Battles novel called Urdesh which will occur concurrently with The Warmaster, but it won’t be required to read both to enjoy either publication.
Meanwhile, there is not any word on Paul Kearney’s Warhammer 40,000 book Umbra Sumus. The book was pulled away from release at 2015 when its series title, Dark Hunters, was dominated as infringing the copyright of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s urban fantasy show Dark-Hunters. GW has yet to declare if the publication will be renamed and reissued. Kearney has just released a new Warhammer 40,000 novel in the Space Marine Battles lineup, Calgar’s Siege, however.