Halo novels

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The Halo Box Set, containing the first three Halo novels.

The Halo novels are books that have expanded heavily on the Halo universe.


The Halo novel project was initiated with the intent of establishing an "expanded universe" for future content. Contrary to popular belief, the project was overseen by Microsoft Game Studios Franchise Development Group and not by Bungie Studios (though they were given a significant degree of creative control).[1][2] The relationship between Bungie and Microsoft was somewhat rocky at this time,[3] with the former resenting Microsoft's creative interference in the Halo story and nearly having the first novel, Halo: The Fall of Reach, canceled.[4]

Although the novels have always been considered canonical,[5] the stories they told were generally regarded as distinct from the Halo games' stories in some respects, with both games and the "expanded universe" forming their own standalone narratives.[6] Additionally, there were sometimes creative differences between Bungie and the novels' authors;[4] for example, Bungie's writing staff disliked the notion of Avery Johnson's immunity to the Flood introduced in Halo: First Strike[5] and retconned the circumstances of his survival in the Halo Graphic Novel. However, Bungie would nonetheless introduce several elements originating from the novels into their games; an example of this are the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers and the orbital defense platforms.[4] Following the advent of 343 Industries and their philosophy of expanded connectivity between Halo media, the writing process of the novels has become more extensively intertwined with the planning of the stories of the games and other fiction.[7]

The first three novels were published by Del Rey Books. Microsoft Studios' next publishing partner was Tor Books, which published all Halo novels from 2006 to early 2014. The three initial Halo novels were reissued by Tor in 2010. While mostly unchanged, the new versions feature additional content and several alterations. In 2014, 343 Industries entered a contract with Gallery Books as the publisher of subsequent Halo literature.[8]

List of novels[edit]

Individual novels[edit]

Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: The Fall of Reach New Cover Eric Nylund Todd McLaren 2001 Details the SPARTAN-II program, the Covenant attack on Reach, and how the UNSC Pillar of Autumn escaped to Halo.
Halo: The Flood The Flood CVR.jpg William C. Dietz Todd McLaren 2003 The novelization of Halo: Combat Evolved. Also features a number of additional subplots which expand on the events on Installation 04.
Halo: First Strike Firststrike2.jpg Eric Nylund Todd McLaren 2003 Fills in the gap between Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, explaining the Master Chief's return to Earth and the survival of a number of characters from Reach and Halo.
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx The cover of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. Eric Nylund Jonathan Davis 2006 Follows Kurt-051, the training of the Spartan-IIIs on Onyx, and the three-sided battle for the planet in 2552.
Halo: Contact Harvest The final cover for Halo: Contact Harvest. Joseph Staten Holter Graham, Jen Taylor 2007 Follows Sergeant Avery Johnson and features the events leading up to first contact with the Covenant at Harvest and the beginning of the Human-Covenant War.
Halo: The Cole Protocol The newest version of the cover for Halo: The Cole Protocol. Tobias Buckell Jonathan Davis 2008 Introduces Gray Team and details the backstories of Jacob Keyes and Thel 'Vadam.
Halo: Broken Circle The cover of the Halo novel Halo: Broken Circle. John Shirley Scott Brick 2014 A story told from the perspective of several Sangheili and San'Shyuum characters during both the beginnings of the Covenant and the Great Schism.
Halo: New Blood The cover of Halo: New Blood, by Isaac Hannaford. Matt Forbeck Scott Brick 2015 Explores the story of the Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his squad Alpha-Nine during and after the Human-Covenant War.
Halo: Hunters in the Dark Source : Simon & Schuster - HALO: Hunters in the Dark Peter David Scott Brick 2015 Follows a joint human-Sangheili expedition to the Ark in the post-war era.
Halo: Saint's Testimony Halo Saint's Testimony cover.jpg Frank O'Connor Scott Brick 2015 Explores the world of smart AIs through the eyes of Iona as she attempts to prevent her own decommissioning.
Halo: Last Light Source : Simon & Schuster - HALO: Last Light Troy Denning Scott Brick 2015 A detective story following Blue Team and Special Inspector Veta Lopis as they investigate murders on a human colony which harbors Forerunner technology.
Halo: Shadow of Intent HSOI-Cover.jpg Joseph Staten Scott Brick 2015 Focuses on a conflict between Tem'Bhetek, a vengeful San'Shyuum Prelate, and Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum several months after the Covenant War.
Halo: Smoke and Shadow Halo Smoke and Shadow cover.jpg Kelly Gay Scott Brick 2016 Follows Rion Forge on her quest to discover the fate of her father and his ship, the UNSC Spirit of Fire.
Halo: Envoy Source : Simon & Schuster - HALO: Envoy Tobias Buckell Scott Brick 2017 Follows Melody Azikiwe on a diplomatic mission on Carrow, while searching for a way to rescue Gray Team from captivity.
Halo: Retribution Source : Halo Community Update : Tune Time Troy Denning Scott Brick 2017 Returns to Veta Lopis and the Ferrets on a joint mission with Blue Team to identify the assassin of Admiral Graselyn Tuwa.
Halo: Legacy of Onyx Source : Simon & Schuster - HALO: Legacy of Onyx Matt Forbeck Scott Brick 2017 Follows Molly Patel as she adjusts to her new life living inside the Onyx Forerunner shield world and deals with a looming threat from the Servants of the Abiding Truth.
Halo: Bad Blood Halo Bad Blood.jpg Matt Forbeck Scott Brick 2018 Sees Spartan Edward Buck reform his old squad Alpha-Nine to undertake a daring mission following the rise of Cortana's Created.
Halo: Renegades Halo Renegades cover.jpg Kelly Gay Justine Eyre 2019 Sequel of Halo: Smoke and Shadow, and follows Rion Forge and the Ace of Spades crew to find Rion's father and the Spirit of Fire, while are pursued by ONI and Covenant remnants.
Halo: Point of Light Halo Point of Light cover.jpg Kelly Gay Scott Brick, Tim Dadabo 2021 Sequel of Halo: Renegades, and follows Rion Forge, Spark and the Ace of Spades being pursued by ONI.
Halo: Divine Wind Cover art of Halo: Divine Wind. Troy Denning 2021 Sequel to Halo: Shadows of Reach.

The Forerunner Saga[edit]

Main article: The Forerunner Saga
Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: Cryptum Cryptum - Cover.jpg Greg Bear Holter Graham 2011 Describes the experiences of the Forerunner Manipular known as Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting and the Didact during the Forerunner-Flood war.
Halo: Primordium The book cover of the Halo novel Halo: Primordium. Greg Bear Tim Dadabo 2012 Details the story of a human known as Chakas and his odyssey across Installation 07.
Halo: Silentium Silentium cover front.jpg Greg Bear Euan Morton 2013 Recounts the twilight years of the Forerunner civilization, the Ur-Didact's descent into insanity, and the firing of the Halo Array.

Kilo-Five Trilogy[edit]

Main article: Kilo-Five Trilogy
Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: Glasslands Glasslands cover.jpg Karen Traviss Euan Morton 2011 Details the state of the Halo universe after the end of the Human-Covenant War and serves as a follow-up to Ghosts of Onyx.
Halo: The Thursday War The cover of the Halo novel Halo: The Thursday War. Karen Traviss Euan Morton 2012 Continues the story of Kilo-Five and humanity's involvement in the Blooding Years.
Halo: Mortal Dictata HaloMortalDictata.jpg Karen Traviss Euan Morton 2014 Focuses on the Venezian rebel movement threatening Earth and the terrorist Staffan Sentzke's connection to Kilo-Five's Naomi-010.

A Master Chief Story[edit]

Main article: A Master Chief Story
Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: Silent Storm Halo Silent Storm.jpg Troy Denning Scott Brick 2018 Sees John-117 and some SPARTAN-IIs trying to gather information about the Covenant in the first year of the Human-Covenant War, and the insurrectionists' attempts to stop their mission.
Halo: Oblivion Halo Oblivion cover.jpg Troy Denning Scott Brick 2019 Sequel to Silent Storm, sees John-117 and some SPARTAN-IIs trying to capture a Covenant frigate, while Fleetmaster Nizat 'Kvarosee tries to kill them.
Halo: Shadows of Reach Halo: Shadows of Reach cover art Troy Denning Sean Patrick Hopkins 2020 Taking place one year after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, sees Blue Team returning to Reach to recover assets hidden in Dr. Halsey's abandoned laboratory on CASTLE Base that could be humanity's last chance against Cortana and the Created.

Battle Born: A Halo Young Adult Novel Series[edit]

Main article: Battle Born: A Halo Young Adult Novel Series
Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: Battle Born Halo Battle Born cover.jpg Cassandra Rose Clarke Therese Plummer 2019 Sees a group of four teens and a Spartan supersoldier surviving during the Battle of Meridian.
Halo: Meridian Divide Halo Meridian Divide cover.jpg Cassandra Rose Clarke Therese Plummer 2019 Sequel to Halo: Battle Born, follows Saskia, Dorian, Eve, and Victor in their return to Meridian and monitor the Covenant's efforts to retrieve an ancient Forerunner artifact.

Collections and box sets[edit]



  1. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved portal page: MGS Development Group Expands (archived page)
  2. ^ IGN: Beyond the Ring: Bungie's Renegade Development of Halo's Fiction (Staten said, emphasizing Bungie's role in outside projects: "Bungie was maintaining creative oversight over all these initiatives -- we really did have a lot of control over what stories got told. Historically, over the decade of Halo storytelling, Bungie would maintain creative ownership and direction of these various projects.")
  3. ^ The Complete, Untold History of Halo
  4. ^ a b c The Sci Fi Show: Episode 005: DC Reboot/Eric Trautmann
  5. ^ a b Halo Story Page | Joe Staten Interview - October 2004
  6. ^ YouTube: Halo 4 Panel | RTX 2012 (39:30: Frank O'Connor: "[the books] are all canonical.")
  7. ^ YouTube: SDCC 2011: Halo Universe Panel Part 1