Halo: Shadows of Reach

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Halo: Shadows of Reach
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Troy Denning


Simon & Schuster

Publication date:

October 20, 2020[1]

Media type:



416 pages




Halo: Shadows of Reach - A Master Chief Story is an upcoming Halo novel written by Troy Denning, originally set to be released on September 22, 2020[2] but later delayed to October 20, 2020.[1] It is the fourth installment of the A Master Chief Story project. Limited-edition copies exclusive to Wal-Mart will contain an additional short story, Sacrifice.[3]

Official summary[edit]

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 TeamJohn-117, the Master Chief; Frederic-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….




Production notes[edit]

  • Troy Denning began work on Halo: Shadows of Reach in 2019,[4] and, before its delay, ended up having 130,000 words.[5] In the first draft of the novel in the first chapter, Troy Denning had Kelly-087 listening to the song Killer Queen,[6] however it was removed before he sent in the draft due to copyright infringement fears.[7]
  • The cover art was illustrated by Chris McGrath,[2][8] who also illustrated the earlier cover of Halo: Silent Storm.[9] The composition of the artwork echoes the original release cover art of Halo: The Fall of Reach.


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  1. ^ a b Amazon, Halo: Shadows of Reach: A Master Chief Story
  2. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Shadows of the Former
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Despite Distance
  4. ^ Troy Denning on Twitter: "About a year ago"
  5. ^ Troy Denning on Twitter: We all know there are more important things to worry about right now. But yes, I am hearing that Shadows of Reach is delayed until October 20. To tell the truth, I'm glad to have to the extra time. SoR is 130K words of action, so a little more time to polish is a good thing!
  6. ^ Troy Denning on Twitter: Oh, all right. It's not a spoiler, so it's probably okay. In the first scene, Kelly is listening to music. In my first draft, it was . . . Killer Queen.
  7. ^ Troy Denning on Twitter: I'm afraid I did cut it before sending in the draft. I was worried about copyright infringement --- but we'll all know what song she was listening to!
  8. ^ Artstation: Halo: Shadows of Reach
  9. ^ Artstation: Halo: Silent Storm