Literally my favorite author in the setting, can't wait for this to come out and desperately hoping they do a limited edition with a 'flayed skin' style pattern after his coat
Me too! Not to derail my own thread, but my personal FAB FIVE (in order) is: Josh Reynolds, Chris Wraight, ADB, Dan Abnett and John French capping things off as number five. Even his Lukas novel, which I didn't find intrinsically interesting because I am neither a Puppies fan nor a Deldar fan, portrayed each side in a wonderfully authentic light with deeper moments here and there. The fact we could've have a Space Marines Battles novel: Skalathrax from him makes me want to torch Black Library Towers once the lockdown is lifted over here. Absolutely mental stuff
I think Anthony Reynolds was to get the Skalathrax book, as he wrote Eater of Worlds (which was also pretty good).
Though Anthony seems to have stopped writing, so I'm down for Josh to take up the torch BL, wink wink nudge nudge.
That makes sense, because Anthony Reynolds' Khârn book sort of just... ends, despite being one of the better Khârn portrayals out there (and significantly better than Khârn in the Siege of Terra, but, again threads and derails and whatnot!) but I know for a fact that Josh Reynolds pitched the idea (as a Space Marines Battles novel) that got rejected. In fact he posted a load of 'pitches Black Library rejected' on his Twitter some time ago. It's perfect depression material if you're ever interested
Are Anthony and Josh in any way related?
I don't think so. Anthony Reynolds is Australian, living in Sydney (I think) whereas Josh Reynolds is American, living in Sheffield, England (God bless)
While Anthony has always been one of the stronger Black Library authors in my mind, and his Word Bearers series was probably the best pre-Night Lords Space Marines series available at the time, I think Josh is on another level entirely. I thought Chris Wraight's Emperor's Children portrayal in Path of Heaven was the best to date, then Josh gives me his beer and has a crack himself and.. wow. Clonelord not only portrayed each and every faction and sub-faction (from the Consortium to the Phoenix Conclave to Imperial Space Marines to the myriad groups of eldar, the rival factions on the Versalius, the different strains of mortals under Bile's command, to Trayzn himself who wasn't the least bit cartoonified) in a wonderfully authentic way (there's half-a-dozen-or-more Emperor's Children figures who're all distinctly different characters, when any lesser author could've and would've turned them into varying shades of shallow, generic hedonist), but built on a wide range of pre-existing material, brought a lot of its own ideas to the fore and even acted as a low-key Fulgrim Primarchs novel - you can simply replace the underdecks of the Versalius with the underhives of Chemos and bam, that's Fulgrim's childhood for you. And did I mention that the actual Fulgrim Primarchs novel is what I consider to be the gold standard for a Primarchs novel? Sure, Hammer of Olympia did more for its Primarch, and Warhawk of Chogoris did more for its Legion, but Palatine Phoenix is quite simply the best 'here is a 200-page story featuring our titular boy bringing a world into compliance.' Oh lawdy