So, today was the day that the First Edition of Rebirth goes on sale.
By now you’ve probably all seen the promotional video (and how awesome is that, barring my ridiculous looking face on it – not a fan of doing these but man alive the guys that put it together kicked ass) and, hopefully, have placed your order.
As promised in my earlier post, I’m going to reveal a little bit more about the book (information not in the video) so that all you folks who’ve bought a copy (and my eternal gratitude for that – this special edition, limited run malarkey is always a little bit terrifying) have a bit more of an idea about what to look forward and those that haven’t but are thinking about (or missed the announcement somehow) have a little extra something to whet their appetites.
What’s it about?
Rebirth is a tale of (at least) two stories, the first of which has its origins embedded deep in the Great Crusade (that’s pre-Horus Heresy). This is the narrative ‘spine’ of the book and takes us (and the character who can trace his origins all the way back to when some of the Black Legion were Luna Wolves) all the way forward in time to the Promethean War.
Essentially, three main factions were involved in this struggle: the Salamanders, the Adepta Sororitas and the Black Legion.
This story focuses heavily on the Salamanders. This time we’re with Sixth Company (and a contingent of Fourth) who are contesting the world of Heletine with the Black Legion. Reinforcements arrive in the form of the Sisters of the Ebon Chalice but the alliance isn’t exactly smooth. This undermines the campaign, but is not actually caused by competing ideologies, rather it is a factor of the various agendas each of the characters has in the prosecution of this war.
The second strand of Rebirth picks up some dangling threads from both the Tome of Fire series (it’s set five years after Nocturne) and an audio drama called Perfection. Fans of both will recognise several characters from these stories taking centre stage. This leads me neatly to…
Who’s in it?
I’m glad you asked. As well as Ur’zan Draakgard and Elysius, there are several faces making their first appearance and latest appearance in Rebirth. Of the new flock, Zantho deserves a mention as he’s the star of the exclusive short story ‘Three Hanged Men’. Returing heroes include Adrax Agatone (the captain of Third Company, now relegated to reserve status whilst Tu’Shan figures out what to do about them), Exor and Va’lin (this badass is the Assault Marine on the front of the book toting the flamer). In addition to all these Salamanders is a maniac (and a hero) who originally hailed from the Black Dragons Chapter, Zartath. He is back with a vengeance and this time armoured in drake scale green. Zartath has a pivotal role in this story as does his Chapter, who feature prominently in the second strand storyline. I always like to include a second Space Marine Chapter in my Salamanders novels. This time it’s the turn of the Black Dragons. Last, but not least is Lufurion. I’ve mentioned him before (from Perfection). He’s got a very specific agenda too, one which I’ve have planned for a loooong time.
The exclusive story ‘Three Hanged Men’ is just that. Exclusive. It’s never going to be released again, not in print and not digitally. The Rebirth First Edition is your only place to get hold of this story. It’s adds to the main story, and is perfect for the completionists out there. There are several other stories in this volume. In fact, this story kicks off, in a meaty way, the Circle of Fire saga. So, everything I have written so far for the Circle of Fire is in Rebirth First Edition. Everything. Yes, they’ve been available before but some haven’t been in print and others are tricky to get hold off. This handy, shiny volumes packs in the lot.
Nothing much more to add, really. My hat is doffed deeply to the production team who designed this truly beautiful book. I’d say it’s one of a kind but you know we printed more than that. It is stunning. I’ve held it in my hands, felt the faux Salamander hide, seen and absorbed the amazing illustrations, and taken in all the shiny. Huge thanks for all those involved. And thanks to you guys, for getting excited about it, for tweeting and retweeting and blogging. It’s much appreciated. The Salamanders have found a home in you.