"The Traitor's Gambit."
- —Book's tag-line
Death and Defiance is an anthology novella in the Horus Heresy Series of novels, released in non-limited hardback format. Unlike most other Horus Heresy novellas Death and Defiance was simultaneously released alongside an ebook version and the short stories contained within were released separately as ebooks also.
Words alone can no longer convey the horrors of the war that now grips the Imperium. In what should have been an age of enlightenment and glorious triumph, instead warriors on both sides reel from the twin agonies of betrayal and bloodshed. The hatred of a sworn foe, the ire of a Primarch, or the unholy wrath of a daemon-lord -- none but the mighty Space Marines can hope to weather such torments unscathed...
Death and Defiance contains the following short stories:
- Imperfect by Nick Kyme - A simple game of Regicide between Fulgrim and Ferrus Manus is far more than it seems...
- Howl of the Hearthworld by Aaron Dembski-Bowden - A Space Wolves pack rails at being sent back to Terra to watch over Rogal Dorn.
- A Safe and Shadowed Place by Guy Haley - Seeking refuge, the remnants of the Night Lords fleet stumble across Imperium Secundus.
- Virtues of the Sons by Andy Smillie - Amit duels Khârn and Azkaellon faces Lucius as Sanguinius's chosen sons explore the twin aspects of their nature.
- Gunsight by James Swallow - An Assassin lurks on board the Vengeful Spirit. His target? Warmaster Horus himself.
- Death and Defiance (Anthology) edited by Laurie Goulding