Deathfire

The Horus Heresy, Book 32
By: Nick Kyme
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 32
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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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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too long didn't gel

i really wanted to love this book. In the end though i found that it was very repetitive and kind of stale. the only really engaging part was the creepy horrors of the warp. that part was excellent. I was listening to it at a store and right when the horror was stalking the protagonist a clerk tapped me on the shoulder. I nearly peed myself. the rest of the book is a bit too blunt and dull. as for the voice, I couldnt really get into his depiction of salamanders and tbh sometimes a lot of the voices sounded the same.

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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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Narration was kind of bad..

Story was very hard to follow, not able to finish because the narration is VERY hard to differentiate between the Word Bearers and the Ultramarines, the Salamanders are really the only ones able to tell the difference. Semi disappointed because I have to skip this book due to poor narration skills.

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  • 04-09-19

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
  • 10-22-18

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
  • 04-09-18

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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  • A. Johnston
  • 02-13-20

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
  • 02-02-20

One of the weakest stories in the series. 6/10<br />

Story drags out unnecessarily. Some interesting events and situations, but felt like a chore to finish.

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 10-28-19

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
  • 08-17-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

Too long but compelling

80 % combat 20 % story. Could have been so much more, if you boil it Down its a very interesting start of a tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

Wow, just wow. story was fantastic.

Loved it. atmospheric. brilliant. i have a new favourite legion!
In a depressing war this book lifts the spirits
10/10

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-24-18

does vulkan live ???

one of the biggest cliffhangers of the horus heresy so far . salamanders vs death guard. hell yeah !!! . would happily listen again

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  • Adam Dixon
  • 02-17-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-14-18

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.