Promethean Sun by Nick Kyme

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, and the high quality colour images and you have a visually stunning book. The sleeve picture is an appropriate and evocative image that I can still see in my mind’s eye.

For a long time Warhammer 40k player like me, a short story like this is like manna from heaven. It feels like an expanded version of the kind of fluff found in on of the game codices. This is a good thing as I have read and enjoyed these for years. Anything pre-heresy and about a Primarch is always going to add even more flavour.

This Novella explores the origins of Vulkan the Primarch of the Salamanders. The relationship between Vulkan and The Emperor is interestingly played out in a way that allows self discovery. Add an alien threat and two other Primarchs and you have the recipe for an action packed action that adds yet more colour to the 40k universe.

This is another great example of why some science fiction snobs should give the world of 40k a whirl, and why Black Library is a great sci-fi publishing house.


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