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New Halo Book Revealed, Master Chief Returns to Reach

Here's what we know about the new Halo book just revealed.
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While we await more Halo: Infinite news, a new Halo book has been announced to give fans of the iconic Xbox series even more lore to sink their teeth into. The latest entry into the growing line of Halo books is called Halo: Shadows of Reach and it’s all about everyone’s favorite Master Chief

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According to the book’s official description, courtesy of Halo: Waypoint: 

October 2559. It has been a year since the renegade artificial intelligence Cortana issued a galaxy-wide ultimatum, subjecting many worlds to martial law under the indomitable grip of her Forerunner weapons. Outside her view, the members of Blue Team—John-117, the Master Chief; Fred-104; Kelly-087; and Linda-058—are assigned from the UNSC Infinity to make a covert insertion onto the ravaged planet Reach.

Their former home and training ground—and the site of humanity’s most cataclysmic military defeat near the end of the Covenant War—Reach still hides myriad secrets after all these years. Blue Team’s mission is to penetrate the rubble-filled depths of CASTLE Base and recover top-secret assets locked away in Dr. Catherine Halsey’s abandoned laboratory—assets which may prove to be humanity’s last hope against Cortana.

But Reach has been invaded by a powerful and ruthless alien faction, who have their own reasons for being there. Establishing themselves as a vicious occupying force on the devastated planet, this enemy will soon transform Blue Team’s simple retrieval operation into a full-blown crisis. And with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, mission failure is not an option.

Alongside the official description, Halo fans are also treated to a first look at the new Halo book’s cover with art done by Chris McGrath: 

Published by Simon & Schuster and Gallery Books, the new Halo book is slated for a September 22nd launch later this year. The September release date is perfect for those of us that are not-so-patiently waiting for Halo: Infinite to drop during the holiday season! 


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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!