If your wallet is too constrained to shell out 13 bucks for a new book, or if your living space is ridiculously cramped, you'll be happy to know that the latest Halo novel, Ghosts of Onyx, is now available in paperback. The paperback is significantly smaller than the previously released trade paperback and comes in at a cool $7.95. Ghosts of Onyx chronicles the creation of the top secret Spartan-III program (the Chief is part of the Spartan-II program) and the ongoing Human Covenant War.

Another little nugget of interest revealed in the press release, fans can expect at least two more Halo novels the coming years. Hopefully, Eric Nylund will reprise his role as author.

Full press release after the break.

"TOR BOOKS RELEASES HALO®:GHOSTS OF ONYX PAPERBACK

International Best Seller Enjoys Mass Market Debut Today

April 5, 2007 - Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC-the largest publisher of science fiction in the world-in partnership with Bungie Studios, one of Microsoft Game Studios' premiere first part game development studios, today announced the mass market release of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx.

The first in a three novel series from Tor, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, was written by Eric Nylund. Nylund authored two of the previous Halo® novels, Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: First Strike .

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx takes readers deep into crucial events that unfold during the Halo and Halo 2 timelines, expanding the characters and story of the Halo Universe as fans eagerly await the arrival of Halo 3 later this year.

Originally released as a trade paperback in November 2006, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx debuted as a New York Times Bestseller, remaining on the list for 11 straight weeks and going on to become an international bestseller. At least two more novels will follow over the next few years, each exploring the game's rich universe, characters and mythos.

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund is now available in paperback for $7.95.

Story Synopsis

The Spartan-II program has gone public. Tales of super-soldiers fending off thousands of Covenant attacks has become the stuff of legend. But just how many Spartans are left?

While Master Chief defends a besieged Earth, and the myriad factions of the Covenant continue their crusade to eliminate humanity, an ultra-secret cell of the Office of Naval Intelligence known as "Section Three" devises a plan to buy the UNSC vital time. They're going to need hundreds of willing soldiers, though...and one more Spartan to get the job done.

The planet Onyx is virtually abandoned and the perfect place to set this new plan in motion. But when Master Chief destroys Halo, something is triggered deep within Onyx: Ancient Forerunner technology stirs, and fleets of UNSC and Covenant race to claim it to change the course of Human Covenant War.

But this reawakened and ancient force may have plans of its own...

About Halo

The Halo franchise is an international award-winning action title that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.7 million units worldwide, logging over 800 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox LIVE and spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel, apparel and more.

About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last nineteen years in a row we have been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.