• Deathfire

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 32
  • By: Nick Kyme
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (833 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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too long didn't gel

i really wanted to love this book. In the end though i found that it was very repetitive and kind of stale. the only really engaging part was the creepy horrors of the warp. that part was excellent. I was listening to it at a store and right when the horror was stalking the protagonist a clerk tapped me on the shoulder. I nearly peed myself. the rest of the book is a bit too blunt and dull. as for the voice, I couldnt really get into his depiction of salamanders and tbh sometimes a lot of the voices sounded the same.

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Vulkan Lives!!!!

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

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Another novel that should have been a short story

One of the consistent flaws of many Black Library authors is their tendency to take content worthy of a short story and stretch it into a novel. This is no different. After an average start, it works itself into more and more of a bore as less and less happens. In the end, I had to force myself to attempt to finish, but concluded that life is too short. Not much happens, not many characters are involved, the environment barely changes and in the end it feels like the only way a sentence can be concluded is by someone yelling ‘Vulkan lives!’ My only recommendation is to stay away.

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so good i wanted more

such a good story. I hated the way they ended it though. I understand why, they ended it the way they did but I wanted more, didn't want it to end.

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TLDR: Only for Salamanders fans. Otherwise skip.

Quite slow for roughly the first 3/4th's of the book, even if you're a Salamanders fan like me. I almost stopped entirely and read spoilers so I could move on. But things started to pick up and become intriguing. The last 1/4th of the book does well to wrap everything up and there are some cool moments towards the end.

IMO, unless you're a Salamanders fan, skip this one. You're not missing much at all.

The narrator is quite unmoving and not as energetic. Makes for a very slow, unimpressive story that sells Nick Kyme's abilities short.

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Skip It

By far the worst book in the series, with Battle for the Abyss a close second.

This book is a slog. It is not fun, it is not enjoyable. If you're going through the HH series I would recommend just reading or listening to a plot review and skipping the actual book.

The narrator has a limited range of voices, so many of the characters sound very much alike. He also reads relatively slowly, which isn't too bad because I just increased the playback speed a little.

By about half way through the book I had increased the playback speed even more, and started skipping through many of the repetitive scenes.

If you don't believe me, please go look up other reviews. This book is nonsensical, boring, nauseatingly repetitive.

Hearing the phrase "Vulcan Lives" now causes me to shudder. The book Vulcan Lives used the phrase far less than this one, and I actually kind of liked that book too.

Honestly this book has started making me dislike the Salamanders outright.

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At points tedious

Without going into too much depth it feels as though a crucial point in the Horus heresy was throughly danced around and dragged out throughout this book. Although I wouldn’t describe the book as bad or boring it did feel a bit tedious at points.

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  • CGough
  • 05-23-20

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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  • nick lucas
  • 04-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-19

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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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 10-22-18

Gripping storytelling

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

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  • craig Stirling
  • 07-07-22

Meh

This book was meh ok, nothing amazing can’t really remember much and I have just finished.

Not bad think salamander fans would like it a lot.

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  • Matteo Cirone
  • 06-05-22

I cried twice

In my humble opinion, the most amazing, superbly written, epically narrated and heartfelt book of the Horus Heresy so far. Incredible.

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  • Alastair
  • 05-27-22

Valkan lives!

Take a drink every time someone says Valkan lives.
using up the last 5 words.

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 05-09-22

Crazy pacing

Overall not a bad listen but the pacing is all over the place with significant dry stretches

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  • Flip Dunn-Davies
  • 01-24-22

Vulcan Lives

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

"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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  • Craig
  • 08-26-22

Outstanding

I have read 32+ books in the Horus heresy and this is by far one of the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

The next major instalment of the series!

Very well written and narrated, this audio book covers the next major step in the Horus Heresy series. Don't forgo this one if you're working your way through the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Yeah Buddy

Supreme Team House Slytherin does there damn diddly best to get old ding dongs past the Death Star and back to Mount Doom in Mordor. Yeah Buddy!

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  • Miniscoos
  • 04-06-20

Great story beats sullied by prose and narration

Great story beats, continuining some of my favourite arcs with John Grammaticus and Imperium Secundus. However, Nick Kyme's entries have been a much lower quality than those of Dan Abnett and Guy Haley's entries in the IS storyline, and Saul Reichlin's narration is very lacklustre compared to the likes of Jonathan Keeble and John Banks

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  • Adam Dixon
  • 02-17-19

Not my cup of tea.

Okay, good points first.
1. The chapters when they're travelling the Warp and the Sirens attack was quite well done. I really enjoyed that.
2. The Relationship between the Shipmaster and the Navigator was touching.
3. The narration was okay, I've heard worse and this could have killed his throat, so points to the voice actor.
4. Good surprise appearance by a semi-overlooked Primarch

Bad points
1. SUPER repetitive. it felt like conversations were just copied and pasted in different scenes
2. Unsatisfactory ending. Felt too rushed. If only so much time wasn't spent on replaying the same events over and over again.
3. I know this is a far reaching series but I felt like this book left way too many questions unanswered.
4. Boring villians. Like seriously, who wastes an entire ships worth of Legion warriors (even if they're Death Guard)
5. Didn't really move the story forward.
6. Had the Line "Vulkan Lives!" more than the book with the same title.

Final Thoughts.
If you're a fan of the Salamanders and enjoy repetitive content and dialogue, this is a book for you!
It did show that the Legion has a good heart for humanity.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-14-18

Vulkan

The Horus Heresy series is awesome! This book was neither the best or worst of the series but it was a good overall addition.