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Summary

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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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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Skip this one.

This is a poor entry in the (usually excellent) Horus Heresy series. Almost nothing of import or interest occurs. There is no meaningful plot to speak of and the few interesting characters (which consist exclusively of the antagonists) receive no story arc of their own. You can also safely skip the novel without missing anything critical to the overall plot of the series save in respect of the very last line. I recommend skipping to the last page and moving on to other titles.

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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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Gripping storytelling

A well narrated and highly detailed book. An unmissable book in a great ongoing series. highly recommended.

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Vulcan Lives

a interesting story, great to hear more about the salamander's one of my favourite legions

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"vuklan lives"

"vuklan lives" take a shot after every time you hear that. honestly was good but I did find my eyes rolling due to how often that was said I could predict when towards the end

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brilliant

one of the best horus heresy books i have listened too, didnt want it to end.

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Painful - repetitive

The story starts in an interesting place, with the salamanders receiving Vulkans corpse and commuting to return to Nocturn. What proceeds is 7 + hours of a boring slog through the warp and one dimensional salamanders bickering amongst themselves. The characters of the Heretic Astarte involved are never really fully explored or fleshed out leaving them also one dimensional and uninteresting. HH at its worst I am afraid- treading water

I checked out at around hour 8, and only really tubes in again for the last hour.

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Vulkan lives

The memes are strong.
The story is a bit slow to start and the ending is very obvious, still it's kinda nice to see how the characters interact, especially with the demons.

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  • Sebastian Ekstrand
  • 22-06-19

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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  • Claude
  • 10-08-18

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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  • 03-03-20

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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  • Wanderer
  • 10-12-20

Vulkan Lives!!!!

Very good book. Felt kinda like a fantasy journey in space with an epic cast.

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  • Seth
  • 21-01-22

VULKAN LIVES!!!

"VULKAN LIVES!"
Battle cry of the Salamanders.

"Into the Fires of battle! To the Anvil of War!"

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  • Andydrew
  • 24-09-21

Great

One of the best endings in the Horus Heresy series that I have heard so far.

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  • andrew
  • 20-08-21

Amazing!

This was the most emotional ride of the HH series yet!!! It was thrust so good!!!!

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  • Kelly McQuerry
  • 15-05-21

a long journey

this book is LONG. but I think that it adds to the feeling of being on this massive arduous journey.

honestly one of the best in the series thus far

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  • John Rood
  • 18-04-21

Good story, too long

Title of this review says it all. This is a good story, but it really drags on a good 3-5 hours longer than it should. Halfway through I thought I was going to lose my mind each time I heard “Vulkan lives” one more time. That said, i did still thoroughly enjoy it.

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  • Peter M.
  • 03-03-21

Great!

I absolutely loved the book. However it was incredibly sad to see Numeon go in the way he did. I was assuming he would have died later in the Heresy as opposed to like that :/