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Age of Darkness
Cover art by Neil Roberts.
Author Dan Abnett, John French, Nick Kyme, Graham McNeill, James Swallow, Gav Thorpe, Chris Wraight
Editor Christian Dunn
Performer Gareth Armstrong, Jonathan Keeble, Martyn Ellis
Publisher Black Library
Preceded by Prospero Burns
Followed by The Outcast Dead
Released 2011
Pages 408
Length 12 hours 30 minutes
Editions ISBN 9781849700368

2011 Audiobook
ISBN 9780857871541

Age of Darkness, edited by Christian Dunn, is the sixteenth book in the Horus Heresy Series, and the second anthology in that series. A number of authors contribute to the series, but the storyline follows the same characters through Horus' descent into Chaos. It was first published in May 2011.[1]

The anthology is one of seven volumes in the Horus Heresy series to make the New York Times bestseller list. It was later included in "The Novels: Volume 4" eBook collection.

Book Description

After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation...[1]

Rules of Engagement

by Graham McNeill

As the Horus Heresy reaches Ultramar, Captain Ventanus of the Ultramarines must test his primarch's tactical genius against the most terrible of foes: other Space Marines.

Liar's Due

by James Swallow

A stranger brings news to a distant world: the Emperor is dead; the Imperium belongs to Horus. As anarchy reigns, one boy finds that the newcomer might not be what he appears.

Forgotten Sons

by Nick Kyme

The planet Bastion must decide whether to remain loyal to the Emperor, or side with Horus. The Warmaster has sent an iterator, but the Imperium has sent the Space Marines...

The Last Remembrancer

by John French

In a secret fortress, Rogal Dorn meets a prisoner with a tale to tell, and a message from the Warmaster Horus. But can the Imperial Fists primarch trust the last remembrancer?


by Chris Wraight

Main article: Rebirth (Short Story)

Captured and interrogated by an unseen foe, Captain Kalliston of the Thousand Sons thinks he has the measure of his captor. But he is in more danger than he can possibly imagine.

The Face of Treachery

by Gav Thorpe

Starships clash above Isstvan V as the Raven Guard arrive to rescue their primarch. But the enemy are waiting and all their fates rest with a single Space Marine on a rebel ship.

Little Horus

by Dan Abnett

On Dwell, a simple pacification goes wrong as Little Horus Aximand finds himself facing other Space Marines, as well as his own doubts, in a battle that will change him forever.

The Iron Within

by Rob Sanders

The Iron Warriors, now traitors, return to a world they conquered long ago. But one of their number remains loyal to the Emperor, and battle is joined on the fortress-world.

Savage Weapons

by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

After two years of war, Lion El'Jonson finally has a chance to strike at the Night Haunter. But his traitorous brother has other plans as they meet on an abandoned world...