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Born of Flame

The Horus Heresy, Book 50
By: Nick Kyme
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 50
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
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Born of the fiery world of Nocturne, the Salamanders believe in self-sacrifice and the sanctity of human life. 

Their father, Vulkan, was raised on this world, a blacksmith's son from humble origins who became a primarch of the Emperor of Mankind and forged his sons into a Legion. Their saga is one of heroism, betrayal, tragedy and rebirth. They have returned from the edge of extinction more than once, forever embattled, never bowed, the Legion and their primarch the epitome of defiance in the face of adversity. Unto the anvil, born of flame.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Lucas Jessick
  • 14-12-2018

Some recycled material

I’m not a fan of recycling old stories. While I can understand that it was done in order to set the tone for the final piece, I feel like it was a missed opportunity to explore new perspectives within that older material.

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  • megan Sparks
  • 18-10-2018

excellence

best salamanders story yet, really dwells deep into the story line. I highly recommend listening to this story.

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  • Incaratus
  • 05-09-2019

disliked one of the narrators

I noticed that I started to get annoyed with Saul Reichlin's voice. Vastly prefer Keeble

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  • Cerus
  • 24-01-2019

Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives! Vulkan Lives!

Get used to hearing this once pretty cool mantra. As it gets thrown into almost every conversation and overused excessively, eventually making you want to grit your teeth every time it is uttered.

I didn't exactly enjoy this book, it is an amalgamation of short-ish stories, about 5 in total. I'm not sure whether to attribute it to bad writing or bad delivery, but they start off weak and only get marginally better by the end. The first couple were pretty hard listening and more than once I had to force myself to go back to it. As they are written in an overly descriptive manner, constantly stating the obvious and are particularly dull. The change of reader certainly improved things and I do think the writing improved as well as it went on but overall the book remained dull and uninspiring.

There was a couple of good scenes and the occasional interesting dilemma but their full potential was never really fully explored.

If your a die hard Salamanders fan you may enjoy this, though ultimately I felt it didn't add anything to the overall Heresy narrative.

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  • User1989
  • 24-10-2019

Vulkan Liiiiives...

if I hear that one more time I swear I will go insane. Seriously, this was the hardest HH to get through not because it was badly written but because it was just boring. Nick Kyme seems to be getting worse and he writes the Salamanders so one-dimensional... blacksmithing terms, check! fire imagery, check! semi-religious delusion, double check! I can't wait to get back to reading about an interesting Legion, which at this point is almost everyone else.