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Summary

Reborn in body and spirit beneath Mount Deathfire, the primarch Vulkan gathers his most trusted sons and prepares for the final part of his journey. 

The Legions shattered at Isstvan V have stalled the Warmaster’s advance across the galaxy, but fresh cracks are spreading through the alliance between the Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard, along with mysterious rumours of the return of Ferrus Manus. Haunted by a sense of destiny unfulfilled, Vulkan must choose between joining their war of vengeance against the traitors and following his own barely understood path all the way to the Throneworld itself.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Slow but welcome addition

I like Vulkan and while his Legion does tend to be stereotyped a little, one can never get enough of the Lord of Drakes. Old Earth is essentially a journey home - padded out with the return of Meduson. Two fairly slender threads each slowly but expertly woven to reveal the final fates of both Shadrak Meduson and Vulkan as he makes the journey back to Terra.

What keeps the story from true greatness is the addition of Eldrad Ulthran. I'm happy that the markers are moved in place for certain characters but all they did was to slow the pace of the novel and as a result its skewed. What should have been a one-two gut punch at the end is smoothed out by the addition of the Eldar - its like the heavy, soulful dialogue that always cuts into the finale of every season of Supernatural. Sometimes you just have to obey the story.

Ultimately the book completes the saga of the Shattered Legions and Vulkan. The latter in particular is finally given a role in the run-up to the final assault on Terra and while his particular story is rather rushed at the end, it is still one hell of an ending.

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tense and interesting

My first real audio book. generally listened on My way home from work. it was a great story for those interested in the salamanders and to an extent iron hands. as usual the background and descriptions put you right at the scene and the narrator brings this to life with excellent storytelling and plays each part well.

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Vulcan lives, Iron Hands die. Eldar play the part

much of the Vulcan and iron hands arc of the heresy books have been ok. not amazing, not terrible. this one is better than the others and ties up several plot threads as we get closer to the siege of Terra.

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confused by the accent differences of the Salamanders but it was a good story otherwise

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The side story is brilliant.

Overall it's a decent story and very important to the whole HH storyline but side story makes the book brilliant

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Was ok.

Not a must read I feel at the moment. might possibly come into play later though. Jonathan did great voices as usual, just the story was bitty in places.
still enjoyed it in places you deffo have to listen instead of coast in places.

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1 hour of story crammed into 12 hours of audiobook

1 hour of story crammed into 12 hours of audiobook - just listen to the last few chapters and you’ll cath the only interesting bit!

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This is one of my favourites.

I have over 30 Horus Heresy audiobook. This one is up there in my top five. Anything to do with Vulkan is gold in the series. I listened to it over 50 times. Very entertaining. 5 star listen.

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AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

EXCELLENT 👌🏿🌹I HAD SO MUCH FUN LISTEN TO THIS STORY & WILL PROBABLY LISTEN TO AGAIN

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Breathtaking

I was two mind in getting this one, and I'm so glad I bought this book, the performance yet again by Keeble is outstanding, and nick Kyme at his best! this was a fantastic! A must buy!

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  • Bridget Cramblit
  • 11-10-18

Easily one of the more entertaining 40k books.

I listened to this audiobook in hopes of learning more about Salamanders and Vulkan, particularly after the events at Istvaan. You do learn some about them but not much. The story itself is quite good though and I especially enjoyed the Iron Hands arc and all its zaniness. The narrator does an absolutely fantastic job and I'll gladly listen to any other audiobooks read by him. He goes to great lengths to do voices, proper voice acting and is an overall joy, barring a few select characters that seem almost forced (particularly Aug and the Great Unclean One near the end of the book).

This story managed to hold my attention entirely and I almost finished it in 2 days while working. Great read. Highly recommended.

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  • Ethan
  • 20-06-20

Underrated

Okay so I’m a bit biased. Salamanders were my first army as a kid, before I even really knew how to make an informed choice on what I wanted to play - and they turned out to be the ones I would’ve picked anyways. My second army that I collected was Eldar. So the idea of a Vulkan/Eldrad book was obviously very appealing.

That said, I genuinely thought it was pretty good. Yes, some of the characters were flat. No I’m not sure I needed so much Iron 10th stuff along the way. But given where the universe is now in the 41st Millennium and Eldrad’s work to awake Ynnead, watching him twist fate 11,000 years earlier - presumably to set events on a course that could lead to the creation of the Ynnari - is pretty dope.

The series generally lacks character and personality. The Primarchs and factions are intended to be living manifestations of their play style and the existing cannon limits some decision making. That said, Vulkan is the exception. The author does a passable job showing his compassion (more telling than showing at times, though) but this ultimately represents one of the biggest changes to the traditional HH narrative (along with the stuff about the Alpha Legion). It’s good. I liked it. Just a shame the other Vulkan novels were not as good.

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  • jr3212
  • 11-11-19

Lots of plot holes, and very unfocused

I've been reading the Horus Heresy since 2006, I've read all the main novels and most of the short stories. I haven't been a fan of Kyme's Salamanders books. I've found them to be riddled with plot wholes and inconsistencies, but since I've devoted so much time to this series and am a completionist, I read this and found alot of the same problems I had with Vulkan lives and Deathfire.

For starters this isn't just a Salamanders book, Shadrak Meduson and the Iron Hands along with their shattered legion allies take up almost half this book. If you haven't read the anthology Shattered Legions you will probably get nothing from this story. Meduson is all over the place sometimes cold and logical other times flying into a rage and throwing out all sense. The rest of the Iron hands, for lack of a better way to put this, suck. They are selfish cowards looking to hide from the fight and plotting to gain power. Their gambit to overthrow Meduson as Warleader is one of the dumbest, most nonsensical things I've read in the Heresy so far.

I have a job were I can throw on head phones while I work and spend a lot of time on the road so I have the time to listen to all the HH books. if you have to budget you're reading time I highly recommend skipping this one and finding a synopsis on the internet if you're curious about what happens.

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  • Daniel D. Johnson-King
  • 04-08-19

Awesome 👍

Finally got to enjoy this great book. So can I assume that if Vulcan would recover from the Emperor's Fail-Safe device that the notion extends to the emperor himself?

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  • Courtney K.
  • 29-10-18

Several HO hum short Stories

I was disappointed with this short story collection. Even though A lot of the stories were a continuation of earlier tales that Jonathan Keeble has read, his character voices were all different and the overall writing of the stories was subpar they were just boring. I think he is an amazing reader and his voice is awesome the accents he used were just different and the plot lines of the Heresy story jumped all over the place. I expected to take another step toward the gates of Terra instead it felt like this book was two steps back

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-21

Flesh Out (No Pun Intended) Your Charaxters

The good:
- VULKAN LIVES!
- Little moments of brotherhood

The Bad:
- The Iron Hands

Overall, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I would have liked a lot more about the Salamanders - they always get left a bit short in my opinion. Those who are included, though, get a wealth of beautiful pose slid their way. Some of the descriptions are mind blowing. There were points where I cried.

On the flip side, the Iron Hands feel very two dimensional. Maybe this is the point, but they were just irritating and if I re-read I will probably skip some of their chunks. To be frank, the Shattered Legions side of things felt a bit like tying up loose ends rather than telling a good story.

Keeble’s performance was, as always, amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-21

Vulkan and the Shattered Legions!

This book adds to the overall story but is not one of the better stories of the heresy. It does what is needed. However the parts of the shatter legion are great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-21

Vulcan Guardian Eternal

Wraps up a lot of stories and prepares for the great siege of Terra.

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  • 18-02-21

Worth Listening to

Nick Kyme, has a tendency to give a slow beginning and and worthwhile end. The beginning is dreadfully slow, but the last 2/3 of it made up for it!

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  • Patty Martinez
  • 05-11-20

More HH is always good

Jonathan Keeble’s voice range is insanely broad and powerful. He makes these books ten times better to listen to. It’s also nice to see Vulcan have his sanity back. Great book.