A Tau novel that is not yet announced is apparently going to be available later this month, and there is a copy of it already on Ebay. Is it possible that this book is going to be released later towards the end of this month, leading the way for a Tau codex release in April?


This is what was found. With a link to the listing.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Braden-Campbell-SHADOWSUN-1stHB-MINT-Warhammer-40K-Tau-Novella-PreRelease-/370772319745

via Jizzlefinger on Ebay (this was pointed out to me by Carl via the Faeit 212 inbox. Thank you)
Braden Campbell SHADOWSUN 1st/HB MINT Warhammer 40K Tau Novella Pre-Release

Jizzlefinger brings you SHADOWSUN by Braden Campbell. Published in 2013 by Black Library. MINT condition, brand new and unread. A nice surprise to find this 128 page Tau Hardback Novella sitting on the table at the 2013 Black Library Live! event. I can't find any other details about this book yet, all I know is it's a pre-release and have found vague mentions of it being out as a general release sometime in March, but have found no mention of it yet on the Black Library website. I'm guessing it will be released as a direct exclusive much like Yarrick : Golgotha Unchained and Flesh Of Cretacia. I'm always happy to combine postage for multiple items.

SHADOWSUN - The Last Of Kirku's Line
Commander Shadowsun, child of the famed Kiru and protege of the legendary Commander Puretide, is destined to lead the next phase of the Tau Empire's expansion... if she can survive the trials before her. Crash-landed on an enemy-held planet, with foes all around and a seemingly impossible mission to complete. Shadowsun is determined to achieve victory, even at the cost of her life. But when she receives a message that tears her world apart, Shadowsun must make a choice unthinkable to most Tau; to abandon her duty for the sake of family, or continue to fight for the Greater Good.


25 Comments:

  1. Will probably see a quiet release within the next month or two like they did with Masque of Vyle.

    Are there any good Tau books out now?

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    1. "The Greater Good" & "For The Emperor" are pretty decent Tau-leaning novels but they're not the main subject, both being Ciaphas Cain books.

      "Fire Caste" is slated for this month so that may open the floodgates for more Tau literature if it sells well.

      Oh, and don't forget the "Fire & Honour" graphic novels/comics. All Tau there I think.

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    2. No, Matt, don't lie. The greater good is *not* a Tau novel or even a 'decent Tau-leaning' book.
      Other than the first few pages where the Tau attempt to liberate a planet from Imperial yoke, there's one Tau that pops his head in the doorway occasionally.

      It would almost be the same as calling it a book about the Inquisition because it is 'annotated' by an Inquisitor.

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    3. Lars you cheeky git! It's not a fib, the books are Tau-leaning in that there are Tau involved, with dialogue that sheds light on their culture and/or how they operate beyond what we see in our codices. Like I said, they're not books based around the Tau, though.

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  2. Firewarrior...and Firewarrior...and OH! Firewarrior.

    Tau are shafted BL wise. They feature in maybe 4 books, the best one being Firewarrior, and it is OOP. The others feature them getting face handed to/overshadowed/usurped by Imperial Space Marines

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    1. Tau did feature prominently in the Ciaphas Cain novel "For the Emperor."

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    2. Wait, what? You must have rad a different book from me then.
      Other than the first few pages where the Tau attempt to liberate a planet from Imperial yoke, there's one Tau that pops his head in the doorway occasionally.

      It would almost be the same as calling it a book about the Inquisition because it is 'annotated' by an Inquisitor.

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  3. I picked up a copy at BL live too, its an awesome novella. Although Shadowsun needs to have some sort of special rule where she cart-wheels under a sentinel and bisects it with fusion fire...

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  4. Before seeing it was a novel, at first glance... I almost had a heartache thinking it was a new dex.

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  5. You know, there was a guy on Warseer a few months back going research on Shadowsun's background for a "Black Library" book he was writing.

    I pretty much dismissed it as being Internet exaggeration, but perhaps not. Iirc, the poster figured he had a relatively blank slate when it came to fluff. Wonder what he came up with.

    ~Muninn

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  6. SPOILER dude!

    On a more serious note: I like Tau. The codex has...aged poorly? Reading through it though it is possible to see some of the design for the next edition of 40k and codexes.

    I also wonder if the book will make mention of anything new/upcoming in the Tau codex much like Ravenwing did?

    Any thoughts from those who have the book?

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    1. The codex isn't so bad, it's just you have to mine the good stuff out of it. I'm still leading my local campaign with a Tau army.

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    2. Yeah, Tau can be REALLY powerful, but you're limited to only using half the codex (pretty much fire warriors, crisis suits, pathfinders, broadsides and hammerheads). Of course the one part of the Tau that has aged REALLY badly is their special characters.

      Shadowsun is ok, but costs 175 points for effectively a slightly better stealth suit and two shield drones.

      Farsight is probably the best but he's currently not available to buy and has a naff rule that limits armies that take him to no Kroot/Vespid units and only 1 of everything besides crisis suits and firewarriors

      And Aun'Va… who is quite possibly the worst named character in the whole of 40k. 205pt for someone who isn't hasn't got a gun, isn't good in close combat, is only toughness 3 and when they die all infantry have to take a morale check.

      So yeah, hopefully we get some new named characters and the current ones are improved

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  7. My wallet is going to take a big hit when Tau come out...

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    1. I'm not sure I'll even have a wallet anymore. I might have to sell that too in order to buy all the Tau goodies I want. :)

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    2. If even half the rumors are true, I'll be sans wallet AND kidneys.

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  8. Thanks for the information!

    So this confirms Tau?

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    1. Nope, nothing confirms Tau other than a release update from GW.

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    2. It hints at the Tau having something come up. For The Greater Good + Fire Caste + Shadowsun to all come out quite close together is an ideal grouping to generate interest in the Tau with a possible new codex imminent.

      Not so much with Daemons AFAIK, but a few Dark Angel-based books were released around the time of the DA codex and a few Chaos books popped up (only just noticed that!) around their codex release too.

      So...make of that what you will. Might be nothing, might be something.

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  9. Nobody sees strange how this novel has been made public?In Ebay?I don't say that's a fake,but is rare,isn't it?

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  10. Actually it looks like there was a wiki entry for this novel originally posted back in November 2012:

    http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Shadowsun_%28Novel%29#.UTdA21fTA1I

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    1. I apologize for my previous comment showing up as "Unknown". I had not realized my profile had not been set up before posting. :)

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  11. Here's a link to the discussion the author, Braden Campbell posted on Warseer back in July 2012 when he was looking for info on Shadowsun.

    http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?338246-Commander-Shadowsun-info

    It gives an idea about what the scope of the book. From the conversation, and the fact the book's blurb mentions family disaster, I think it'll have to do with the Medusa V campaign, and Shadowsun's sister.

    ~Muninn

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