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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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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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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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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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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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  • 02-11-18

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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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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awesome

My favourite Primarch and legion, loved it.
The narrator did a good job.
The plot was easy to follow if you pay attention.
Hammer time!

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master oogway

I name you high rider anon
master oogway probably r r r e e e

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Skip this one.

This could have been one short story with just the Vulkan/Cruze stuff and been pretty good. Every other storyline was meaningless and went nowhere. Too many characters that had no bearing on the overall plot. Narration wasn’t terrible apart from the John Gramatticus voice that I found to be very annoying. Skip this one. I wish I had.

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weakest one ive listened to yet

probably the worst HH Novel ive listened to yet. voice acting was fine but the story was so dry and dull.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-17

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
  • 12-03-17

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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  • Sean Kelly
  • 03-20-21

Good story.

Well written and an enjoyable book. Some ham voice acting at times but overall a good listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

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
  • 01-21-21

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
  • 11-17-20

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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  • Joel Newman
  • 10-16-21

Why Grammaticus

Overall wicked, but way too much grammaticus Johnsense, it's just a boring arch. others have had the same issue tbf.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

Ok but not the pinnacle

performance was great but story left me saying what??? I did enjoy seeing the perspective of salamander but the end left it a bit sour

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 09-10-21

Held back

There are moments of exceptional writing throughout however the plot is generally marred by silly word bearers and far too much John Grammaticus

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  • Josh
  • 08-26-21

Kind of a bizarre book

So, I’ve just finished Vulkan Lives and don’t take my three stars as a hatred for the book, or even a blandness. I actually very much enjoyed good chunks of it, the narration is also pretty solid. Here’s why I’ve said 3 stars, it’s almost a bunch of short stories. Mild spoilers:

There’s a narrative about Vulkan and Nighthaunter pre-betrayal, there’s parts about Istavann V, there’s parts about Vulkan’s capture and torture, there’s a plot about the Word Bearers and some remnants of the legions who survived the drop site massacre and also John Gramaticus.

It just didn’t tie together super tightly or cohesively, I found it a jarring as a single novel but enjoyed some of the stories inside. It’s certainly not the worst HH book I’ve read, nowhere near the best either. Interested to see what other books about the Salamanders do with this foundation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

enjoyed it

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-20

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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  • wayne kerr
  • 02-28-20

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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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 02-09-19

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.