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The Crimson Fist
Cover art by Neil Roberts.
Author John French
Performer Jonathan Keeble
Publisher Black Library
Series Horus Heresy Series
Released September 25, 2012
May 4, 2014
Length 3 hours
Collected in Shadows of Treachery
Editions 2012 softcover
ISBN 9781849703475

September 2012 e-audio
ISBN 9780857878298

June 2014 hardcover
ISBN 9781849707213

The Crimson Fist is a novella by John French in the Horus Heresy Series. It was first published in Shadows of Treachery (Anthology) on September 25, 2012, and re-published in June 2014.

Cover Description

Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists' relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so that they might return to the greater conflict. But destiny calls as old rivalries are rekindled, and the treacherous Iron Warriors await their moment to strike – the feud between Dorn and his wayward brother Perturabo promises now to erupt into open war.

Plot Summary

Notable Characters


Imperial Fists

  • Sigismund — First Captain
  • Amandus Tyr - Captain, 6th Company, Commander of the Halcyon
  • Pertinax - Captain, 14th Company, Commander of the Hammer of Terra
  • Alexis Polux - Captain, 405th Company, Master of the Retribution Fleet
  • Raln - Sergeant, 1st Squad, 405th Company

Iron Warriors

  • Berossus — Captain, 2nd Company
  • Golg — Captain, 11th Company, Commander of the Contrador

Imperial Personnel

  • Armina Fel — Senior Astropath
  • Calio Lezzek - The Retribution Fleet’s Master of Astropaths
  • Halm Basus - Primus of the Tribune

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