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Space Wolf


Space Wolf

Book 1 of the Space Wolf series

The saga of Ragnar Blackmane begins! From savage tribesman in the cold wastes of Fenris to superhuman warrior of the Space Wolves Chapter, this tale charts the beginnings of the Young Wolf, the birth of a hero of the Imperium.

It's a Black Library classic, and the start of a six-book series that delves into the early life of Ragnar Blackmane. Discover his past, his pack and the deeds that led him to glory and fame.

I’ve had an unhealthy attachment to the Space Wolves ever since I first saw them in battle (in White Dwarf 158 from 1993, fact fans!), so when I sat down to choose a Hall of Fame entry, the sons of Fenris sprang immediately to mind. But what to choose? Chris Wraight’s superb ‘Battle of the Fang’? Robbie MacNiven’s masterful work on ‘Legacy of Russ’? Or maybe Andy Smillie’s devilishly entertaining ‘Deathwolf’?

No, there was only one real choice, and it’s in the name: ‘Space Wolf’ by William King. One of Black Library’s earliest novels, ‘Space Wolf’ hails from a time when the Warhammer 40,000 canon was still fluid, and this novel goes a long way towards creating the feel of the Space Wolves as they are now.

It’s the story of a young Fenrisian tribesman, killed in battle and resurrected to join the Space Wolves. It’s about his tests and trials, his friendships and rivalries, his doubts and fears, and his eventual triumph. As young Ragnar (hmm, that name sounds familiar…) is granted the gifts of the Canis Helix, dons his armour and fights his first battle, the reader is immersed in the culture of Fenris in a way that I don’t think has ever been matched.

King’s triumph in the novel is creating a Space Wolf who is very, very human and relatable. Ragnar’s worries ring true, because they are distorted reflections of the fears we all feel, about fitting in, about failing in our endeavours, about losing what makes us who we are. He is as much of an “everyman” as a Space Marine can be, giving the reader a way in to the transhuman psyche. As such, it’s just about a perfect introduction to Space Marines.

Of course, the novel is also filled with memorable action and other great characters as well. Who can forget Ragnar’s solo trek back to the Fang during the Test of Morkai (and the heartbreak that comes from it), or his first encounter with the Thousand Sons, or his rivalry with Strybjorn of the Grimskulls? Even though it’s been years since I read ‘Space Wolf’, I recall it all clearly. That said, it might just be time to download the eBook and start reading again…

– Graeme Lyon

On the grim death-world of Fenris, the Space Wolves Chapter selects its aspirants from the best and brightest of the young tribesmen. Ragnar of the Thunderfist tribe finds his life changed forever when he is chosen. After being revived from a savage death on the battlefield, Ragnar is recruited into the fearsome Space Wolves Chapter. He is then thrown into a galactic war against the dark forces of Chaos. However, the implanting of the Canis Helix unleashes his primal instincts and Ragnar must fight to control the beast within him.

Written by William King