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Reborn in body and spirit beneath Mount Deathfire, the primarch Vulkan gathers his most trusted sons and prepares for the final part of his journey. 

The Legions shattered at Isstvan V have stalled the Warmaster’s advance across the galaxy, but fresh cracks are spreading through the alliance between the Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard, along with mysterious rumours of the return of Ferrus Manus. Haunted by a sense of destiny unfulfilled, Vulkan must choose between joining their war of vengeance against the traitors and following his own barely understood path all the way to the Throneworld itself.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Vulkan lives! The Horus Heresy is moving forward

Well narrated with memorable characters and a good story, it is a continuation of a long running series that would not make sense to people picking it up without the back story of the other books

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  • Bridget Cramblit
  • 11-10-2018

Easily one of the more entertaining 40k books.

I listened to this audiobook in hopes of learning more about Salamanders and Vulkan, particularly after the events at Istvaan. You do learn some about them but not much. The story itself is quite good though and I especially enjoyed the Iron Hands arc and all its zaniness. The narrator does an absolutely fantastic job and I'll gladly listen to any other audiobooks read by him. He goes to great lengths to do voices, proper voice acting and is an overall joy, barring a few select characters that seem almost forced (particularly Aug and the Great Unclean One near the end of the book). This story managed to hold my attention entirely and I almost finished it in 2 days while working. Great read. Highly recommended.

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  • Ethan
  • 20-06-2020

Underrated

Okay so I’m a bit biased. Salamanders were my first army as a kid, before I even really knew how to make an informed choice on what I wanted to play - and they turned out to be the ones I would’ve picked anyways. My second army that I collected was Eldar. So the idea of a Vulkan/Eldrad book was obviously very appealing. That said, I genuinely thought it was pretty good. Yes, some of the characters were flat. No I’m not sure I needed so much Iron 10th stuff along the way. But given where the universe is now in the 41st Millennium and Eldrad’s work to awake Ynnead, watching him twist fate 11,000 years earlier - presumably to set events on a course that could lead to the creation of the Ynnari - is pretty dope. The series generally lacks character and personality. The Primarchs and factions are intended to be living manifestations of their play style and the existing cannon limits some decision making. That said, Vulkan is the exception. The author does a passable job showing his compassion (more telling than showing at times, though) but this ultimately represents one of the biggest changes to the traditional HH narrative (along with the stuff about the Alpha Legion). It’s good. I liked it. Just a shame the other Vulkan novels were not as good.

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  • jr3212
  • 11-11-2019

Lots of plot holes, and very unfocused

I've been reading the Horus Heresy since 2006, I've read all the main novels and most of the short stories. I haven't been a fan of Kyme's Salamanders books. I've found them to be riddled with plot wholes and inconsistencies, but since I've devoted so much time to this series and am a completionist, I read this and found alot of the same problems I had with Vulkan lives and Deathfire. For starters this isn't just a Salamanders book, Shadrak Meduson and the Iron Hands along with their shattered legion allies take up almost half this book. If you haven't read the anthology Shattered Legions you will probably get nothing from this story. Meduson is all over the place sometimes cold and logical other times flying into a rage and throwing out all sense. The rest of the Iron hands, for lack of a better way to put this, suck. They are selfish cowards looking to hide from the fight and plotting to gain power. Their gambit to overthrow Meduson as Warleader is one of the dumbest, most nonsensical things I've read in the Heresy so far. I have a job were I can throw on head phones while I work and spend a lot of time on the road so I have the time to listen to all the HH books. if you have to budget you're reading time I highly recommend skipping this one and finding a synopsis on the internet if you're curious about what happens.

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  • Daniel D. Johnson-King
  • 04-08-2019

Awesome 👍

Finally got to enjoy this great book. So can I assume that if Vulcan would recover from the Emperor's Fail-Safe device that the notion extends to the emperor himself?

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  • Courtney K.
  • 29-10-2018

Several HO hum short Stories

I was disappointed with this short story collection. Even though A lot of the stories were a continuation of earlier tales that Jonathan Keeble has read, his character voices were all different and the overall writing of the stories was subpar they were just boring. I think he is an amazing reader and his voice is awesome the accents he used were just different and the plot lines of the Heresy story jumped all over the place. I expected to take another step toward the gates of Terra instead it felt like this book was two steps back

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  • Rachel Martinez
  • 05-11-2020

More HH is always good

Jonathan Keeble’s voice range is insanely broad and powerful. He makes these books ten times better to listen to. It’s also nice to see Vulcan have his sanity back. Great book.

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  • Christopher Weuve
  • 26-08-2020

I was expecting so much more

Jonathan Keeble does his usual fantastic job, but the story is underwhelming. It’s not bad, but it could have been more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-2020

Vulkan's Bizzar Adventure

The book was amazing. I purchased it for the Iron Hands lore, but every character really hold your interest. Worth it for Iron Hands and Salamanders fans.

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  • Devin
  • 01-05-2020

Brilliant

the Vulkan books are my second favorite trilogy of the series, and it has a great ending

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  • ODA doc
  • 31-07-2019

fantastic read and an even better listen

the narrator was awesome. And the story was great. I love it. I can't wait for the final battle in Terra

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  • 451
  • 24-08-2018

Slow but welcome addition

I like Vulkan and while his Legion does tend to be stereotyped a little, one can never get enough of the Lord of Drakes. Old Earth is essentially a journey home - padded out with the return of Meduson. Two fairly slender threads each slowly but expertly woven to reveal the final fates of both Shadrak Meduson and Vulkan as he makes the journey back to Terra. What keeps the story from true greatness is the addition of Eldrad Ulthran. I'm happy that the markers are moved in place for certain characters but all they did was to slow the pace of the novel and as a result its skewed. What should have been a one-two gut punch at the end is smoothed out by the addition of the Eldar - its like the heavy, soulful dialogue that always cuts into the finale of every season of Supernatural. Sometimes you just have to obey the story. Ultimately the book completes the saga of the Shattered Legions and Vulkan. The latter in particular is finally given a role in the run-up to the final assault on Terra and while his particular story is rather rushed at the end, it is still one hell of an ending.

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  • Mr. Ben Rolls
  • 03-11-2018

tense and interesting

My first real audio book. generally listened on My way home from work. it was a great story for those interested in the salamanders and to an extent iron hands. as usual the background and descriptions put you right at the scene and the narrator brings this to life with excellent storytelling and plays each part well.

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  • 匿名
  • 30-11-2020

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

EXCELLENT 👌🏿🌹I HAD SO MUCH FUN LISTEN TO THIS STORY & WILL PROBABLY LISTEN TO AGAIN

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  • Karl
  • 31-08-2020

Breathtaking

I was two mind in getting this one, and I'm so glad I bought this book, the performance yet again by Keeble is outstanding, and nick Kyme at his best! this was a fantastic! A must buy!

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  • David lees
  • 29-06-2020

It's alright

Didnt grip me the way many books in the series have. Interesting if you following the Vulkan story. Avoid if you are an Iron Hands fan they are either a terrible legion or poorly written here.

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  • paul sparks
  • 20-05-2020

Good not great

I enjoyed this but at times it felt quite a chore to continue, there just enough knowledge given to move forward but so much unexplained, great narration as always by Mr Keeble

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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 27-09-2019

Gripping

another gripping story in the series, excellent narrator as always. One of my favourite books so far in the heresy saga.

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  • Nikki
  • 16-09-2019

Great.. But

Love vulcan and the salamanders, however, this author can be a bit hard to follow, the esoteric losses me at points.. Hay that is probably me.. Great performance again by this narrator.. I liked the African lilt to the salamander warrior.. Just how I imagined when reading salamander story's.

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  • Connor
  • 10-06-2019

Brilliant

As with all Horus Heresy complete novels, a great work. Vulkan being brilliant, as always.

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  • Flyingscotsman
  • 22-03-2019

Good story let down by poor writing.

This is an interesting character arc for the Iron Hands and the Salamanders. Both Vulkan and Shadrak Meduson are well developed and the story is engaging without collapsing into Bolter porn. The usual excellent voice acting of Jonathan Keeble elevates the characters further. However, nothing can disguise the fact that, despite being a good storycrafter and world builder, Nick Kyme is a truly dreadful writer. He consistently reuses words to the point of distraction (pugnacious and feral being his go to cliches). His pacing is all over the place and he regularly rambles. He desperately needs edited but no one seems willing to do so. It’s a shame because the clumsiness of his art form drags down an otherwise fine story performed by a talented actor.

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