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40k Novels - Which are the better RT related ones?

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Hi,

I've just finished reading the Matt Farrer 40k novel called 'Legacy' all about a Rogue Trader charter that is to pass on to a successor. It is officially part of the Shira Calpurnia (sp?) novels of the Adeptus Arbites (Crossfire, Legacy, Witchroost) but had loads of RT details and was a cracking read.

I was wondering if the Black library contained any more half decent RT reference novels like this? Anyone come across anything halfway decent?

 

Cheers, Hal

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Get the Eisenhorn and Ravenor Omnibuses. They contain lot's of Rogue Traders and extrapolates many issues regarding them, even though the Inquisition is in most of the focus.

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I really loved 'RELENTLESS'  The whole book takes place on an Imperial cruiser and serves as great insight for life aboard a ship in 40k. Great read.

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Get Rogue Star and Star of Damocles.

Both revolve around the Arcadia Rogue trader dynasty and feature all the rogue tradery goodness you could hope for.

The cover art for Rogue Star is actually used as the background for the Rogue Trader section of the FFG site.  

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All the books I was going to mention already came up except Farseer. It follows a rogue trader Janus Darke (or Dark for those of you who speak english *eyerolls*) who is cursed by fate and picks up a few eldar who want to come along for the fun.

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Airborne XO said:

Sweet thanks everyone, just put the order in to amazon - Rogue star looks pretty good!

Cheers, Hal

Yeah, well, its not.

Good for info on Rogue Traders, but other then that.

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Hal. Do read Relentless. You won't be disappointed.  Those others I can't vouch for, aside from the Dan Abnett Books which are all fantastic.

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It's nigh-impossible to get, but Execution Hour is THE definitive novel for ships, space travel and space combat in the 40K-verse. If you can't get your hands on that, then download the Battlefleet Gothic resources from Specialist Games - much of it won't be relevant to Rogue Trader per se, but it does give a good grounding in the general scale and atmosphere of all things naval. I'd also warn a little caution with the later novels (Yea, even the Dan Abnett ones) - the authors do tend to trip up every now and again, especially when they didn't do thier 40K homework

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Only relentless that involves space ships I recall was a series by jack cambell and has nothing to do with 40k, entertaining at least though. Was there a BL book i missed? I know there was that amazing master an commander like short story given out as a BL sampler in 2003 that howcased other novels like Gaunt's Ghosts, Iron Storm, The Witchunter series for fantasy, and others. In it (Can't recall the name) it talks about the cat and mouse games a green crew have to go with when fighting a long lost ship now chaos tainted and results in some daring tactics. It highlights the extremes of life on the ship and how even more insignificant non senior staff lives are compared to standard guardsmen. As in they don't care if you get hurt or die what so ever.

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No there was a Black Library book callled Relentless ISBN 1844165019, 978-1844165018  by Richard Williams.  It's fairly good, and recent.  Amazon has copies in stock.  The Lost Fleet books are good as well but not very 40k.

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Rogue Star and Star of Damocles have good Rogue Trader action, if you ignore all the space battle stuff which makes no sense and completely contradicts all other space battle sources.  Legacy is good for how alienated Rogue Traders can become from the rest of Imperial society and Execution Hour is the premier space battle novel for 40K.  Relentless was fairly good.

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Yeah I heard of Execution Hour, I wondered if that was worth the readb ut looks like most remaining pritns are unavailable and are sold second hand for lots of cash. I think it also had a sequel Shadow Point?

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shadow point was ok. I got them both with an interlibrary loan (I think from a library in wisconson lent it to my library for me)

try your library, they are wonderful

 

 

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Execution Hour is very difficult to find, it's definately a great book (No rubbish about low-velocity weapons to prevent explosive decompression), but I could understand why someone wouldn't want to pay through the nose for a second hand copy

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Shadowpoint is the sequel to Execution Hour and a good book in its own right (the parts with the Avatar of Khaine are pure awesome), but it isn't as good or as full of space battle goodness as Execution Hour.

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