Author Graham McNeill has just done something pretty special for Games Workshop and the Black Library
This is the first Black Library (and the first Horus Heresy novel) to make it on the list.
Aside from the fact that it is the first Black Library book to make it on the list, there is also the fact that it isn’t even at the bottom of the list is impressive. Rarely, if at all, does a book based on a game make the list. It’s even rarer that a novel following the back story of game gets on the list.
Even though McNeill is a good author, one could wonder why none of Dan Abnett’s books ever ended up in this position. As reviews show, Abnett started off strong with story telling, development and action. McNeill eased himself into it while focusing more on the action at the start. Then again, before he became a full-time writer, he was a game developer for a company that focused on tabletop miniature strategy games. That’s pretty much all action-driven so the need to ease himself into it actually does make sense.
Black Library staff and bloggers celebrated this jump in notoriety with cake and wizard hats.
This is not the only thing that McNeill and Black Library has coming as his sequel to the Empire’s portion of The Time of Legends series, simply titled Empire, is also nominated for the Gemmel Award. Either way, congratulations are in order. The first is to McNeill for writing. The second is for the Black Library for publishing.