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Promethean Sun (The Horus Heresy Novella)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  353 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Numbered, with marker ribbon, custom artwork and hand signed by the author.

The Great Crusade reaches a feral world known only as One-Five-Four-Four. The forces of the Imperium arrive to deliver the primitive natives from enslavement at the hands of the alien eldar. The Iron Hands of Ferrus Manus and Mortarion’s Death Guard fight in theatres of war across the world, but the
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 128 pages
Published May 2011 by Black Library
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Dec 05, 2012 Tarl rated it liked it
Despite the complaints that are listed here about the Black Library's handling of the sale of this book, this is a review of the story itself, NOT the way it was sold. I would find giving the author's writing a bad review because of something out of his control to be a misdirected stab at the wrong person. If you have an issue with how the Black Library handled things, contact them directly. Putting it on somewhere devoted to rating the story and the author's writing of it, is just wrong.

In this
Jul 30, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
If you don’t already have this book then you will be looking at a significant amount of pennies to get your filthy little mitts on it. There were only 3000 of these printed and nearly all of those sold in about three hours.

Why would anyone pay the ridiculous amounts of money that is being asked for on auction sites? First off the cover doesn’t just look great, but feels amazing. I have spent an unseemly amount of time just stroking the faux reptile skin cover. Add to this the built in bookmark,
Jan 24, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
Good short read although it doesn't progress the Heresy and you could easily remove this from the "Heresy legend" without losing anything at all.

That being said it did give further insight into the Salamanders and their Primarch Vulkan who is the compassionate one of the Primarch's...ironic really when his name is Vulkan and so similar to Star Trek's "Vulcan" who are not compassionate at all because that's illogical...

I digress. I enjoyed reading even though I do not find the Salamanders that ex
Stefan Fergus
Jun 23, 2013 Stefan Fergus rated it liked it
2.5*, really. It's a little better than "Ok", but not by much.
One for completists only. And missing lots of the extra material that was in the original edition, which makes me question why it has such a high price-tag.
Jun 27, 2012 Phil rated it it was ok
First glimpse of Vulcan in the heresy. That's the only real positive. Not worth the eBay money, but I'm not selling mine, owned for the collection more than the content.
May 20, 2012 Rico rated it it was amazing
Poor vulkan
Jul 21, 2011 Paul rated it did not like it
I've read a great deal of the other books that Nick Kyme has written, particularly about the Salamander's Astartes in the Warhammer 40K universe. Salamander, Firedrake - both great novels that I thoroughly enjoyed and consider some of the best new writing about a previously untold Astartes chapter. I'm looking forward to Nocturne very eagerly, I might add.

However, the reason why I'm giving this particular book, which deals with the same Astartes legion, the Salamanders, a one-star rating, is ve
Aug 23, 2013 Matias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella changed my opinion of Nick Kyme, hugely, in a positive way. First of all, for a long time I've had huge prejudices considering his writings. IMO the short Iron Hands story in The Primarchs was...horrible. Shortly after reading that, my friend couldn't finish reading The Fall of Damnos, saying it was also horrible.

Promethean Sun was something completely different. Really interesting stuff. Mr. Kyme has written of the Salamanders a lot before, so his skills - so far - are best within
May 26, 2015 Mhoram rated it liked it
Nick Kyme has always been a bit of a hit-and-miss author for me. Thankfully, this is one of his better works. It's an interesting character study in Vulkan, and well worth reading before Vulkan Lives if only to give you some investment for the character before the traumas he suffers in the latter books. It also gives some hints as to his relationships with his brother Primarchs, and how his Legion fights. It's not a story central to the Horus Heresy as a whole, but it's still worth reading. The ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Hakan rated it it was ok
Interesting short story but not really worth the lengths you would have to go to obtain a copy.

The flow of Vulkan's memories between his childhood on Nocturne and the battle was interesting to read. I have to go back to Primarchs some day and re-read the part about Ferrus Manus to see how well the stories link together.

In the end, though, I have to agree with Tarl that this story would have fit much better in the "Primarchs" anthology, or maybe a second anthology with some of the other first twe
John Rhodes
Oct 23, 2013 John Rhodes rated it liked it
Even though this is not required to get a larger grasp of events during the Horus Heresy, fans of the salamanders will get a little more information regarding Vulcan from this book. It also introduces people that play a part in the series in later novels. Giving you a piece of their character before they get to be fleshed out in a full novel. I did find that a lot of part we're dry and hard to keep focused. It was all in all a good read.
Derek Weese
Nov 09, 2013 Derek Weese rated it it was amazing
Worth the cost, I think. First time Vulkan is shown as a character in the Heresy series, the action is decent but the gold in the story is not the bolter porn, rather it is the background info on Vulkan. Well worth the read. Also, the Emperor (possibly) makes (made?) a surprise guest cameo as well. Took me only about two and a half hours to finish. Read, if you can, before starting 'Vulkan Lives' also by Kyme.
David Alexander McLane
Mar 29, 2016 David Alexander McLane rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-library
Nice hardback novella from deep in the Horus Heresy range. The reader gets to see two Primarchs fight side by side, which is somewhat a rarity. There's also some nice background information on the Salamanders Primarch, Vulkan.

This one takes place during the compliance of One-Five-Four Four, the same planet being subjugated in the author's previous novella, Feat of Iron, focusing on the Salamanders with cameos from Ferrus Mannus and Mortarian. Pretty cool stuff.
Dylan Murphy
Great fun getting to read about Great Crusade Salamanders!
I think the Salamanders might actually reach up to Blood Angel and Raven Guard levels of awesome for me, assuming they keep getting presented more or less the same way lol.

Anyways, Vulkan's pre-GC story was awesome, and the action on 154-4 was great fun.
Wish I had gotten the LE, but that was WAY before I started reading BL lol
Denis Guz
Sep 06, 2013 Denis Guz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
for the Horus Heresy series collectors (which I am) or Salamanders fans (which I am not) only. Artistic or plot value of this book is very close to zero. One hundred pages of pretty straightforward military action with just a few short glimpses into Vulkan's past. Boring
Oct 13, 2014 Will rated it it was ok
This novella was the first in the Horus Heresy series and it was okay, the characters were a bit 'card-board' if I'm to be frank, but the story was interesting enough to be worth reading.
Mar 28, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it
Short, but fun. Though almost certainly only of interest to somebody following the Horus Heresy series.
Dec 07, 2015 Jean-Luc rated it really liked it
Vulkan is Kal-El, N'bel is Pa Kent, and The Emperor is Jor-El. Sure, we've seen this story before, but this is better than every other Man of Steel origin story.
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