This past weekend, my second Horus Heresy audio drama, Blackshields: The Red Fief became available for order. A sequel to last year’s Blackshields: The False War, Red Fief finds Endryd Haar and his merry band of psychopaths raiding a World Eater tithe-world, in search of supplies and recruits. But as one might expect, they find more than they bargained for.
As the forces of the Warmaster close in on Terra, Endryd Haar leads his warband of renegade Blackshields into battle once more. With his forces battered in the wake of their raid on Xana, Haar finds himself in desperate need of warriors. Answering a distress call from an old friend, Haar seeks out the tithe-world of Duat, intent on plunder. But when he discovers what is hidden there, Haar is faced with a decision that will determine his fate – and perhaps that of Terra itself…
Written by Josh Reynolds. Running time 1 hour and 15 minutes. Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Toby Longworth, Andrew Wincott, Tim Bruce, Steve Conlin
As with The False War, I’m quite proud of this one. Endryd Haar is a fascinating character, at odds with both sides in the Heresy, and uncertain of his loyalties. There’s a lot of potential there for future stories, especially as the Siege of Terra draws ever closer. Hopefully, I’ll get to write more with Haar, Vahn and the rest of the crew of the good ship Ruination.
Blackshields: The Red Fief is available from Black Library as both a CD and an MP3 download. There’s also an excerpt available, if you’d like to listen to a snippet, before purchasing. And if you’re interested in learning more, why not check out this quick interview I did for Track of Words?