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Vulkan Lives

The Horus Heresy, Book 26
Written by: Nick Kyme
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
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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  • Ian Orovich
  • 05-10-18

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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  • Ryan Cohn
  • 26-09-19

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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  • Brent Hicks
  • 26-07-19

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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  • Ron
  • 12-04-19

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
  • 11-02-18

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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  • justamom
  • 22-10-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-19

Its confusing but ok

In the far distant future there is only war.......and stranger things. This book gives more insight into some of the strang things of the 31 millennium. And we learn more about the Salamanders and Night Lords Legions.
The first 1/3 of the book it's hard to follow the different storylines but you will get a hang of it.
It is not the best read book of the Heresy story ark either.

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  • Jershon Baldomero
  • 19-11-19

Good Book if you Keep Things in Context

I’d say this is worth your time..especially if you’re a Salamanders fan. It also provides important plot points to the overall story and highlights Vulkan’s importance as well (I was surprised and what I learned about him). The author does a pretty good job of fleshing out Vulkan’s character and even Conrad Curze’s, providing a nice background of what drives both of them. My problem with the book is that I was left pretty confused at some points and I believe that the structure of the story could have been more coherent. There is a lot of jumping around. I’m assuming that this is setting itself up for a Salamander sequel within the overall HH series, so with that in mind it’s a good read.

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  • Serena
  • 11-11-19

It’s fine I suppose

I think the story is ok, I just really really can’t get past the narrator. He’s just not a good fit for the story. I’ll pick the book up on Kindle instead of slogging through a narrator I don’t care for.

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  • Carlos
  • 16-09-19

Intertwined story

Many seem to dislike the multiple stories, but they are all connected and make for a great overall story with a hint of mystery. The narrator's voices for characters tend to sound the same, and he has difficulty switching between two characters quickly. Overall, it's a great story and the descriptions of Vulkan going HAM are worth it alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-17

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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  • john shervington
  • 16-04-19

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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  • 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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  • Andrée
  • 15-05-18

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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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 09-02-19

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.