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Vulkan lies in state beneath the Fortress of Hera, and yet many of his sons still refuse to believe that he is truly dead.

After a seemingly miraculous rescue by the Ultramarines, Artellus Numeon, once captain of the Pyre Guard, urges the other Salamanders on Macragge to leave Imperium Secundus and return their primarch's body to the home world of Nocturne - there to be reborn in the flames of Mount Deathfire. But Numeon grapples endlessly with his doubts and fears for the future of the Legion while their foes seek to carve out new destinies of their own....

©2015 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Yeah Buddy

Supreme Team House Slytherin does there damn diddly best to get old ding dongs past the Death Star and back to Mount Doom in Mordor. Yeah Buddy!

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Great story beats sullied by prose and narration

Great story beats, continuining some of my favourite arcs with John Grammaticus and Imperium Secundus. However, Nick Kyme's entries have been a much lower quality than those of Dan Abnett and Guy Haley's entries in the IS storyline, and Saul Reichlin's narration is very lacklustre compared to the likes of Jonathan Keeble and John Banks

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Not my cup of tea.

Okay, good points first. 1. The chapters when they're travelling the Warp and the Sirens attack was quite well done. I really enjoyed that. 2. The Relationship between the Shipmaster and the Navigator was touching. 3. The narration was okay, I've heard worse and this could have killed his throat, so points to the voice actor. 4. Good surprise appearance by a semi-overlooked Primarch Bad points 1. SUPER repetitive. it felt like conversations were just copied and pasted in different scenes 2. Unsatisfactory ending. Felt too rushed. If only so much time wasn't spent on replaying the same events over and over again. 3. I know this is a far reaching series but I felt like this book left way too many questions unanswered. 4. Boring villians. Like seriously, who wastes an entire ships worth of Legion warriors (even if they're Death Guard) 5. Didn't really move the story forward. 6. Had the Line "Vulkan Lives!" more than the book with the same title. Final Thoughts. If you're a fan of the Salamanders and enjoy repetitive content and dialogue, this is a book for you! It did show that the Legion has a good heart for humanity.

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Vulkan

The Horus Heresy series is awesome! This book was neither the best or worst of the series but it was a good overall addition.

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  • Claude
  • 10-08-2018

Vulkan Lives!

Salamanders all the way Baby! Persevering in any and every situation. The characters are very good and their growth feels real, the internal and external conflict is great! Vulkan Lives baby, above all else!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-2020

Well. It’s a long one...

It is a loooong book. And I feel it’s a lot of filler versus having a book with lots of depth and material. One of the least favorites in my opinion.

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  • Sebastian Ekstrand
  • 22-06-2019

Salamanders at their finest!

Numeon's five stages of grief: 1. Denial 2. Denial 3. Denial 4. Denial 5. Denial Jokes aside, a great story of the trials of the Salamanders after the Istvann 5 Massacre, and their desperate struggle to find purpose after their tragic loss of most of their legion at the hands of the traitors. Unfortunately, the story feels a bit long, and perhaps it could have been a little better with the number of chapters shortened, as the middle drags out somewhat. Still, for any fans of the Salamanders, this is a mandatory read/listen. VULKAN LIVES!

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  • Wanderer
  • 10-12-2020

Vulkan Lives!!!!

Very good book. Felt kinda like a fantasy journey in space with an epic cast.

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  • Stephen
  • 27-10-2020

FOR VULCAN!

One of my favorites in the Horus Heresy so far. story was awesome and had more horror feel than I was expecting. helluva rollercoaster.

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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 02-07-2020

largely repetitive filler

just read the synopsis, it's got all the information you need and this book is basically pointless filler that's infuriatingly repetitive

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  • Devin
  • 16-04-2020

Wow! fantastic book

everything about this book is great, the mood, the story telling, the ending! a wild ride

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  • Matthew
  • 05-11-2019

Not a Salamanders fan but still good HH storytelli

The whole *Vulcan Lives* thing is overwrought, for sure. Still good Horus Heresy-ness. Good action as well as a good bit of Warp induced horror.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

Riveting!

I really liked how Nick Kyme properly conveyed how harrowing the Salamanders' pilgrimage was. Had me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Per
  • 15-02-2019

Another novel that should have been a short story

One of the consistent flaws of many Black Library authors is their tendency to take content worthy of a short story and stretch it into a novel. This is no different. After an average start, it works itself into more and more of a bore as less and less happens. In the end, I had to force myself to attempt to finish, but concluded that life is too short. Not much happens, not many characters are involved, the environment barely changes and in the end it feels like the only way a sentence can be concluded is by someone yelling ‘Vulkan lives!’ My only recommendation is to stay away.

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  • CGough
  • 23-05-2020

Skip this one.

This is a poor entry in the (usually excellent) Horus Heresy series. Almost nothing of import or interest occurs. There is no meaningful plot to speak of and the few interesting characters (which consist exclusively of the antagonists) receive no story arc of their own. You can also safely skip the novel without missing anything critical to the overall plot of the series save in respect of the very last line. I recommend skipping to the last page and moving on to other titles.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

great story, boring characters

salamander characters seem to be as boring as whale shit. the other characters make up for it

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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 22-10-2018

Gripping storytelling

A well narrated and highly detailed book. An unmissable book in a great ongoing series. highly recommended.

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  • nick lucas
  • 09-04-2018

a continuation of the salamander legion

while Nick Kyme may not be held in as greater awe as Dan Abnett, Grahame McNeil or Aaron Demski Bowden when it comes to Black Library publications he has definitely grown in style and confidence when compared to his earlier works. Death Fire has been an enjoyable journey and is certainly something that I shall listen to again, although hearing 'Vulkan Lives' multiple times does get a bit annoying. Saul Reichlin does a commendable job narrating the story and while his voices for the female and child characters can feel for a lack of a better term 'not quite right' at times this isn't too distracting.

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  • Kareem
  • 10-07-2020

A change of pace

An enjoyable read and we get to hear more from the primarchs. The ending is pre ordained but I liked it.

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  • Mr. H. D. Durant
  • 09-06-2020

Excellent, top HH work

I really enjoyed Deathfire, it's been one of my favourite HH books so far. Made me warm to the Salamanders alot

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  • A. Johnston
  • 13-02-2020

Tough going

I found the story in this to be very contrived - really just didn’t enjoy it. The 3rd part of it just seemed tacked on

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  • Chris Gerrard
  • 02-02-2020

One of the weakest stories in the series. 6/10

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 28-10-2019

So slow paced.

While I understand Nick Kyme couldnt just have the journey from Maggre to Nocturne be an easy thing the entire book is so slow paced it almost goes backwards. The only thing that made it better than Damnation of Pythos is it actually advnced the plot even if it was minutely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2019

Disappointing

Clunky and clichéd, a dull end to Vulkan's resurrection arc. I'm very sorry to say this as I usually enjoy Nick Kyme's work. Saul Reichlin does the best with the material he's given.

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