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Publication Order of Astra Militarum Books

Execution (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Company Of Shadows (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire and Thunder (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Return (2020) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Rachel Harrison is a Science Fiction and Horror author from Brooklyn. She was born and brought up in New Jersey and went to Emerson College where she graduated with a degree in Writing for Film and Television. After she graduated from college, she went on to work for a bank, in publishing, and on TV game shows. Harrison has written several novels and also been involved in collaboration with author authors to write several bestselling titles. She has contributed to the “Necromunda,” “Warhammer 40,000,” and “Severina Raine” series of novels. Rachel is the author of the “Astra Militarum” series of novels that she debuted with the title “Execution” in 2017. She also authored the single standing novel “The Return” in 2020. Harrison lives with her husband and cat in Brooklyn New York.

In a recent interview, Harrison asserted that she did a lot of research before writing her historical fiction novels. She reads up on the history of armor and weaponry and buys and borrows a ton of books before writing. Since her father is a fan of history, she got several little Salamander titles from him that included the Illustrated Guide to Modern Tanks and Fighting Vehicles for her military science fiction novels. For her Warhammer series of novels, she read choice chapters of the “Imperial Infantryman’s Handbook” and read through the “Militarum Tempestus” and the “Astra Militarum” books several times. To make for a germane setting, she had to build her Bale Stars series from the ground up which gave the series a wider setting. She also read a lot of mythology and folklore to create her worlds and characters. By reading many books of lore, she could channel the beliefs that are held by many civilizations and with a little spin developed similar ones for her novels. Combining several aspects including difficult conversations, stories within stories and vison sequences, she creates some of the most compelling science fiction and horror titles.

Rachel Harrison’s “Execution” introduces the lead character of the Severina Raine series of novels. Raine had been brought up in very different settings from where she now finds herself. Just like anyone she is conflicted as she has to choose between her basic drives as a human being and the burden of duty expected of her as a member and leader of a regiment. The story opens to the fortress of Mone besieged after it rebelled. From the 11th Antari Rifles Stand come the Astra Militarum who are determined to fight and defeat the rebels who are doing the best to break the siege on the fortress and be free of their overlords. But then the captain refuses to obey an order to advance on the fortress given that the battlefield has become too hot. The enemy has devastating firepower and now it is left to Commissar Severina Raine to lead the Antari forces as they advance to take the fortress. It is an engaging and taut story that splits between beautiful moments between friends, the ticking of the reloading of guns and the tension and rush of siege warfare. Driven by an engaging cast and character, it is a novel that plays on the camaraderie of soldiers and the necessary evils of command.

“A Company of Shadows” by Rachel Harrison opens to the Astra Militarum in retreat. They have been routed by their enemies but only temporarily. The 11th Antari Rifles, the twisted cultists of the Sighted and Severina Raine the Commissar have been charged with escorting one of the most influential officers of the Tacticae to safety. But then they find themselves fighting in enemy territory while their Valkyrie has been shot down. It is no longer about glory but rather about willpower and grit and a fascinating layer of mystery and eccentricity. Similar to Execution the debut novel, the story works because we get a glimpse into the hidden depths of the characters’ motivations. In addition to Raine the lead character, there are also other interesting characters such as Wyck that spice up the story.

Rachel Harrison’s “Fire and Thunder” is set in an enemy-infested city where the 11th Antari Rifles and their commander the Commissar Severina Raine are trapped. Their immediate concern is to survive if they are to hit back at the enemy that has them on the ropes. The Astra Militarum is fighting the Chaos-corrupted Sighted for the control of Whend, the home of the cathedral. But the Militarum are getting pushed back and are now desperate. Things get even more frantic when the enemy destroys their fall back route and suddenly, they cannot escape the besieged city. Could this be the end of them or will they rally and get themselves out of a very sticky situation. It is a claustrophobic and tense story set in the ruins of a city where brave men and women fight for survival.

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