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Vulkan Lives

The Horus Heresy, Book 26
By: Nick Kyme
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 26
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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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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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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  • Jo
  • 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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Great

Yet another great audible book in the series. the voice acting is excellent. Recommended experience for fans of the series.

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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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Enthralling

Very good story! No holds barred on Vulkan's Torture. His Circumstances become more and more bleak and his Fatalities become more and more gruesome. Vulkan's Pain is unmatched. I will listen to this multiple times.

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So confusing

I literally had no idea what was going on this whole book know the story was good

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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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  • john shervington
  • 04-16-19

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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  • Andrée
  • 05-15-18

Thrilling and disturbing

Very good and worth a read. Thoughts went to Betrayer, were we follow Angron and Lorgar and the relationship between them and their Legions. It's the same deal here but without any love between Vulkan and Curze.

Grimmaticus enters the stage again, we haven't seen him since Legion. He has a role to play yet.

It's also one of the books that move the story forward. Next is (chronology) Unrememberd Empire if I'm not mistaken.

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  • Thee Jago
  • 02-02-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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 bewildering to say the least.