From a battle between the valiant Ultramarines and their plague-ridden Death Guard foes, to tales of alien enemies and the Imperium's many brave defenders, this anthology brings together a collection of stories perfect for learning about the various factions of the Warhammer 40,000 universe it's your ideal first step into the adrenaline-fulled fiction of the 41st Millennium.READ IT BECAUSE It's a hand-picked selection of stories designed to introduce you to both Warhammer 40,000 and Black Library fiction.DESCRIPTION Within this book you will find Crusade, a fantastic new novella from Andy ClarkSons of the primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Primaris Ultramarines are peerless warriors whose sworn duty is to protect mankind from the predations of the xenos and the foul traitors of the Heretic Astartes. In a galaxy riven by eternal war, they and the other armies of the Imperium are all that stand between mankind and damnation. Their ship damaged by warp storms, the Ultramarines of strike force Cassian make for Kalides Prime. They hope to find safe harbour to repair their craft before rejoining the Indomitus Crusade. Instead, the Primaris Space Marines discover a world reduced to rot and ruin by the plague-ridden warriors of the Death Guard.Also within this book is a host of awesome short stories to give you a flavour of the many warring armies that exist within the worlds of Warhammer 40,000.CONTENTS The Lightning Tower by Dan Abnett Sarcophagus by David Annandale Crusade by Andy Clark Extinction by Aaron Dembski-Bowden A Sanctuary of Wyrms by Peter Fehervari The Purity of Ignorance by John French The Word of the Silent King by L J Goulding The Lost King by Robbie MacNiven Culling the Horde by Steve Parker The Zheng Cipher by Josh Reynolds Red & Black by James Swallow Honour of the Third and Howl of the Banshee by Gav ThorpeThe novel is a 464 page paperback.