Traitor's Gorge is an upcoming book from the Black Library featuring The Crimson Fists. The cover artwork is by Clint Langley, and the author is revealed to be Mike Lee. Here is the announcement of the book from the Black Library.

Also something new, is that this book will not be available from Read ahead to get the details.

via the Black Library
With Black Library Live 2013 looming ever closer, we thought we’d reveal one of the exciting new products that will be exclusively available at this and other Black Library events this year. Traitor’s Gorge is a Space Marine Battles story by Mike Lee, and is the first in a new range of event-exclusive novellas that will only be available at Black Library sales stands. That’s right – you won’t even be able to buy Traitor’s Gorge from

The book is a hardback novella, complete with hardcover in the colours of the Crimson Fists Chapter, a dustjacket featuring cover artwork by Clint Langley, and a colour section containing everything you’d expect from a Space Marine Battles title, including a campaign map and beautiful character portraits by Sam Lamont. Not only that, but each copy is numbered and we’re only printing 1,000. And with the story being exclusive to this format for at least a year, this is a seriously collectable artefact.

Packed with action, Traitor’s Gorge sheds new light on a piece of lore from Codex: Space Marines. Here’s what it’s about:

It has been half a year since the Crimson Fists were laid low by the invasion of their home world and the loss of their fortress-monastery. In that time, Chapter Master Pedro Kantor has led his battle-brothers in the fight to reclaim their planet from the greenskin menace that plagues them still.

On a mission to wipe a pocket of aliens in the Jaden Mountains, Kantor and his small band of warriors find that the orks have gathered around an influential leader and are greater in number than the beleaguered Space Marines could ever have imagined. Vastly outnumbered and surrounded by the foe, the Crimson Fists prepare to sell their lives dearly in the name of their world, their primarch and their Chapter.

But help is at hand from a most unexpected source…


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  2. I'm curious, what is games workshop's vision for their IP?? With the removal of facebook page, their overall strategy of price increases on models and rulebooks. Now their idea of making their books limited run novellas priced at $50 or more!?!? They seem to be wanting to sink their own ship!!! What gives???

    1. Just a guess, but I'd say Tom Kirby's goal is to inflate the company's gain in the short-term )while the fans are still loyal and will go along with it), thus improving, or rather inflating the company stock's worth before selling all the owned stock at a massive profit and jumping ship once the entire thing crashes and burnes.
      Mind you, that's a pretty dire scenario, but I'd not put it beyond Kirby.

    2. Probably a direct appeal to the collector crowd who's willing to pay more to be first to own something, especially for their favorite IP. I'd personally never pay that much for a 100 page book, but I can see the appeal.

      And Norrikan, that is dire indeed. I could see an attempt to grab more money short term before they are forced to compete more heavily with other up and coming companies (i.e. Privateer Press)

  3. Limited for 1 year at least.

    So I guess it will be part of a compilation at a later date. Along with other novellas they have published in limited numbers.

    This is not uncommon for the publishing industry especially with smaller publishing houses.

    Also ElisW? If you dont like it...leave. Its not worth getting an ulcer over or anything.

    1. Not getting an ulcer, just making conversation. I personally buy books and models that intrest me, now I just have to be more selective in what I purchase. Gone are the days of likeing an army and buying the codex and army, before I'd like 1 model and build around it. Can't afford to do that anymore. Just sad about it...

  4. Crimson Fists are always welcome. I really like those guys. Alongside the Lamenters probably among my favorite canon chapters.

  5. Gw needs to decide wetger to be a gameing, a story, a model, or a campain company, theryre getting too preoccupied with mo.ey and forgetting about their customers who will only be loyal for a little while longer

    1. A good company will always look for ways to diversify their product, I'd say it's more that they need to work on their PR to shake the "soulless corporation who doesn't care about their customers" reputation that they have been gaining.

      Deleting their FB page certainly didn't help, though.


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