For the Empire

Black Library has released a new omnibus, Knights of the Empire, containing my first Warhammer Fantasy novel, Knight of the Blazing Sun, as well as all of my ‘Knights of Manaan’  short stories.

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From the blurb:

The Knightly Orders are entrusted with a sacred duty – the protection of the Empire, from a myriad of foes. Clad in gleaming full plate, the Knights are magnificent figures, the elite of the elite. In the midst of war, the Reiksguard Knight Delmar von Reinhardt discovers that his order hides deadly secrets, and must unearth the truth no matter which noble knight he finds at its heart. Hector Goetz, Knight of the Blazing Sun, is sent to investigate the disappearance of a group of comrades, but with disturbing nightmares plaguing him, and a band of northern savages laying siege to the island, Goetz finds himself in a fight for the soul of his order. And, in the city of Middenheim, only a company of the Knights of the White Wolf stand between the city and total annihilation.

These were some of the first stories I wrote for Black Library, almost a decade ago, and I’m still immensely proud of them. Hector Goetz, Dubnitz and all the rest were my first steps on the road to the author I am now.

While Knight of the Blazing Sun was not a successful book by any metric, the Knights of Manaan short stories, featuring side-characters from the novel, proved ridiculously popular for the short time I was allowed to write them. Erkhart Dubnitz and his motley band of bawdy, criminally-inclined comrades face vampire-pirates, weresharks, Firmir, and even the Empire itself.

Sadly, the final fate of Goetz and Dubnitz, as depicted in Lord of the End Times, was not as happy as they might’ve deserved. But they met it as true knights – and, in Dubnitz’ case, drunk as a lord. And that’s really all you can ask.

The omnibus is available in trade or digital format, from Black Library, as well as Amazon and its subsidiaries. You can also find it in the better sort of bookshops.