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In the wake of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, the survivors of the Salamanders Legion searched long and hard for their fallen primarch, but to no avail. Little did they know that while Vulkan might have wished himself dead, he lives still...languishing in a hidden cell for the entertainment of a cruel gaoler, his brother Konrad Curze.

Enduring a series of hellish tortures designed to break his body and spirit, Vulkan witnesses the depths of the Night Haunter's depravity but also discovers something else - a revelation that could change the course of the entire war.

©2013 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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enjoyed it

Little bit slow at times. but over all very enjoyable. would recommend to any 40k fan

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Awesome! A definite hit!

After listening to this awesome audio book i want to collect Salamanders (I was a devout heretic prior). Can't wait to find out what happens next. Great book. Great narration. Definitely recommended.

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One of the rawest books in the series.

You'll see Vulkan gets both his mind and body torn open in this book, It turly captures the sense of loss and betrayal following the Istvaan 5 massacre, great edition to the series, 5 stars.

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Heart Breaking

Vulkan' constant torture at the hands of his brother brings their relationship down to an almost too human level, making it both heart breaking and intense. And the performance from the narrator was breathtaking to say the least.

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  • Ian Orovich
  • 05-10-2018

Great Story

i understand where some people would be confused as it changes threads fairly abruptly. there are really four you need to know: Salamanders at Istvaan 5, Word Bearers at Trios, Salamanders at Trios, and Vulkan in prison. if you keep that in mind, it's easier to follow and everything else is very well done

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  • Brent Hicks
  • 26-07-2019

Other reviews are not accurate

this story is not hard to follow, dont listen to other reviews. it changes scenes fairly often but it's not hard to notice that if you're paying attention

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  • Ron
  • 12-04-2019

Confusing.

I picked this up to learn a little more about Kurz and the Nigh Lords. It was interesting seeing their interaction with another Legion. I didn't know much about the Salamanders and Vulkan, but I can say I appreciate them more after this. However, I do have to say the story isn't that great.

There are 3 plots and they all take place at different points in time. One of them also changes writing perspective too. You jump from Istvan V in the past (but told like it's currently happening), to Vulkan in the present writen from the first person (I was chain... My fist... etc.), and finally some Salamander warband.

Story 1 is nice, but it's very sparse to the point it might has well have not been there or got it's own book. Story 2 is interesting but gets a little ridiculous. It also has an anti-climactic end. Story 3 is... meh.It ended unsatisfactorily like 2 but worse. It might as well have just not happened at all. There is a 4th story too, but there is even less of that. A joint compliance effort between the Salamanders and Night Lords. That was very interesting, but there was very little to it.

It's as if they wanted to tell story 2 but realized there wasn't enough so they padded it out with two others to make a page count. I wouldn't pick this up without knowing a lot of the back story of the universe first. I don't know if I'd recommend it if you're not into the Salamanders or Nightlords either.


The narrator was perfect. I don't think I'll appreciate anyone else doing the voices of the Vulkan and Kurz as much as Saul.

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  • Ryan Cohn
  • 26-09-2019

Just not very good

I’ve been working through the Horus Heresy for the past year. This is the first book that I have been unable to finish thus far. The writing is bland, the story is disjointed, and I just don’t care about the characters.
The decision to tell a Primarch’s story in first person is baffling. They are post-transhuman. They are to space marines as space marines are to regular people. Stepping into the shoes of a demi-god is not possible as a listener.
Curze is a horror movie villain torturing a god-like being. There is no sense of terror. His death traps are goofy and would be more fitting of a Saw parody than a Warhammer book.
Even the performance is just ‘alright’. The reader is not bad, but he does not bring the characters to life for me.

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  • Jo
  • 11-02-2018

As a Salamanders player, always knew Vulkan Lives!

VULKAN LIVES!!! VULKAN LIVES!!! VULKAN LIVES!!! This is my first black library book, and I kindof hope to see Vulkan again in the future.

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  • justamom
  • 22-10-2018

vulkan lives

knew the basics of what occurred by the fluff already. was good to hear the dynamic between curze and vulkan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-2020

What was that ending?

It's like i missed two or three step on the stairs and somehow landed my feet on the ground

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  • TheDude
  • 02-12-2020

Take a shot everytime you hear Vulkan Lives!

This book is probably the most lackluster of the entire 30-40k universe, I have ever read. The plot was pointless. It really carried no meaning at all. No greater challenge to overcome. No transformation of character, no heroes journey, nothing. I don't want to spoil the ending, but underwhelming is a huge understatement. It was a waste of time. None of the characters developed, none grew and the couple that did....well...you will have to read it to find out. But consider yourself warned, disappointment is on the way. I love the Salamanders and this book found a magnificent way to ruin them, worse than the Warp ever could. I would just skip it.

As for the confusion reviews. I suffered no confusion, while the transitions were a bit abrupt, thanks to the narrator, I had no problem keeping up. The abrupt shifts of narrative though, did not help the story.

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  • Sean M Jarnagin II
  • 26-10-2020

Fun read.

great book. really get a good insight from numeon and the other salamanders of they drop site massacre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2020

Waste of time and unnecessarily long.

This book reveals only minute details of the overarching narratives. The amount of filler is shockingly repetitive and predictable. The supposedly interwoven tales in this book would have served better as short stories and the ending was exceptionally disappointing.

The Narrator was quite good but the story is frustratingly long with content that deserved far less time and focus.

If you aren't a large fan of the HH series or of Vulkan or Kurze specifically this is not a recommended title.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2017

Exceptional

By far and large the best offering of black library i have ever read/listened to. Exceptional in every way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-2017

A great story based around my favourite Primarch

This story really captures Vulkan's sheer power and unwillingness to use it, which I love!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2021

Fire and honor

I was surpriced to how deeply i got invested in this, and the superbly interesting characters of the storyline. Vulkan truely was a fresh ember to the Primarchs, and the narrator did a magnificent job in voicing this saga.

Between the iron hard honor of Vulkan and the infested rot of he will face, this story is one for the top shelf.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-2021

Any book that makes you angry is well written

First major book about the salamanders and it doesnt dissappoint, just don't expect a happy ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-2020

Dont waste your time

The title tells you everything you need to know. You think hes dead? Vulkan lives. Why? Hes immortal. Why is he the only one out of the 20+ brothers why is he immortal? Just cause. This book follows his sons who say that line more then anything else. I loved the salamanders before this book, now I think it's a shame they were not wiped out at istvan

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  • Chris Caple
  • 26-10-2020

Vulkan lives!

A really good story about the best primarch! I would recommend for any son of nocturne.

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  • Russell
  • 18-05-2020

Not the best of the Horus Heresy

Decent story but hugely drawn out without much conclusion for any of the characters (other books have given the minor heresy characters a story within a book, not do much here). Maybe just not quite to my tastes I guess, always loved the idea of the honourable but broken Salamanders legion struggling to stay true to Vulcan's ideals of protecting the weak; I didn't find much of that ethos outside of Vulkans own sections of the book. Also not too keen on the voice given to Curze (my own fault for listening to Jonathan Keeble's portrayal of the character directly before this book). Enjoyable and I don't regret listening but certainly not the best.

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  • Simon James Beniams
  • 09-04-2020

Story is all over and the End is disappointing

Some highs but doesn’t capitalise on it and then throws you somewhere else
So it becomes a slog and your left feeling it’s been a waste and another reason for you to stop the Horus Heresy

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  • john shervington
  • 16-04-2019

soild audiobook

im starting a 30k forgeworld salamanders army now and im paying for an airbrush to paint my pyre guard properly. This is because this book changes my views on the salamanders and vulkan.

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  • Thee Jago
  • 02-02-2018

Mental

Really enjoyed this book, loved the mental torture and finally getting to know Vulkan a little more, bring on the next book !

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