• Vulkan Lives

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 26
  • By: Nick Kyme
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,092 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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  • 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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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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A rare appearance of Vulkan

This title continues the tradition of multiple overlaying throughlines, which at times provides additional insight into characters across times, but mostly reads as three different short stories roughly sewn together. As a Salamander fan, this read is a rare look into the psyche of Vulkan, and offers opportunity to see a number of Broken Legion members, including several Salamanders. As a reader, I feel the various throughlines suffer from not having more time to themselves.

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John Grammaticus, a group of loyalist survivors from the dropsite massacre, and a cult of word bearers converge on a backwater planet. Meanwhile, Vulkan is tortured by Cruze while they engage in a struggle of wills for an indeterminate length of time. The present cause for animosity (beyond the betrayal and torture) is illuminated via flashbacks to the Compliance of Kharaatan, for which both Vulkan and Cruze were present. These plots are disrupted by occasional flashbacks to the moments leading up to and following the betrayal at the Isstvan V massacre,

This title includes rather early on a traditionally dreadful physical description of a woman, which is thankfully brief and non-recurring.

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many of the names are ridiculous, and gets repeated every other sentence. almost ruined a good story

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Vulkan lives (or does he)

Great story and very well narrated.
I am not a Salamander fan but I’ve heard good things about this book and I was most certainly not disappointed.

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Good Book but Nothing Special

The story was good and fairly standard for black library books. Nothing so good that it stands out over other Horus Heresy books but it wasn't a bad one.
Narrator overall was good, but had some strange pronunciations of words and some accents felt a little unrealistic.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but it's not extraordinary when compared to other Heresy novels.

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  • 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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  • Sean Kelly
  • 03-20-21

Good story.

Well written and an enjoyable book. Some ham voice acting at times but overall a good listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

Fire and honor

I was surpriced to how deeply i got invested in this, and the superbly interesting characters of the storyline. Vulkan truely was a fresh ember to the Primarchs, and the narrator did a magnificent job in voicing this saga.

Between the iron hard honor of Vulkan and the infested rot of he will face, this story is one for the top shelf.

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  • 01-21-21

Any book that makes you angry is well written

First major book about the salamanders and it doesnt dissappoint, just don't expect a happy ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-20

Dont waste your time

The title tells you everything you need to know. You think hes dead? Vulkan lives. Why? Hes immortal. Why is he the only one out of the 20+ brothers why is he immortal? Just cause. This book follows his sons who say that line more then anything else. I loved the salamanders before this book, now I think it's a shame they were not wiped out at istvan

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  • John
  • 08-05-22

Great listen

I really liked the narration for this book made a great story even better. highly recommend.

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  • 06-11-22

Avoid

Basically it’s torture porn with a tiny bit of story. I actually felt nauseous at times. This is definitely one Horus Heresy book you can afford to miss.

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  • 06-04-22

Decent but also has a little too much fluff.

Its an ok audio book but Vulkan lives could have also existed as a shorter book. Theres some pointless moments and some of the characters are also a bit boring when compared to other horus heresy books.

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  • Julian Mollmann
  • 05-23-22

Torture pron and boring at that.

The most exciting scene was a dream sequence...more or less at least. The best of the Salamanders books so don't even bother with the rest. They are the same legion in 30k as they are in 40k, just read a synopsis. Complete waste of an awesome legion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

enjoyed it

Little bit slow at times. but over all very enjoyable. would recommend to any 40k fan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-20

Awesome! A definite hit!

After listening to this awesome audio book i want to collect Salamanders (I was a devout heretic prior). Can't wait to find out what happens next. Great book. Great narration. Definitely recommended.

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  • wayne kerr
  • 02-28-20

One of the rawest books in the series.

You'll see Vulkan gets both his mind and body torn open in this book, It turly captures the sense of loss and betrayal following the Istvaan 5 massacre, great edition to the series, 5 stars.

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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 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 breathtaking to say the least.