Review: Scorched Earth by Nick Kyme
Author Nick Kyme
Stand Alone or Series Horus Heresy
Reading Time 27/07/2015
Nearly a quarter of a million loyal Space Marines lost their lives on Isstvan V – the Dropsite Massacre lasted only a few hours, and yet the Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders were slaughtered by those they had once called kin. With the disappearance of their primarch weighing heavily upon their hearts, Ra'stan and Usabius of the XVIIIth Legion leave behind their fellow survivors and strike out into the Urgall Depression. Their mission: to find what, if anything, remains of mighty Vulkan...
This is a incomplete book. Bear in mind that if you don't have Vulkan Lives, this book will make you feel cheated for paying 30 or 4
0€ for it. I'm talking the limited edition novella.
Why? Let's start from the beginning.
This book we follow a group of survivors after the Isstvan - Salamanders, Raven Guard and Iron Hands.
This book is very dark. Basically it's how space marines deal with PostTraumatic Stress Dysorder. After all, almost all of their brothers were killed, their primarchs either dead or missing. Bear in mind thar Ferrus Manus was killed by Fulgrim and Corax and Vulkan were missing.
So, we've got a bunch of space marines (three and/or four) who are trying to regroup and then search for Vulkan. The story ends and we are left with an incomplete story. For what I know (I haven't read it yet) Vulkan Lives continues this story (and at the same time the HH Novel Fulgrim).
To me a dissapointing reading because I paid a lot of money for this novella and it felt incompleted.
It's a self containted novel?
Yes. Is it an interesting worthwhile novel?
No. Is it worth the money of the Premium edition?
But not all things are bad. The lack of hope that envelops everyone, the bleak place they are in. Ah the landscape... perfect.
BUT it all ends with the same question.. Is it worth 35€?
No. Not even with the art inside. Not even the beautiful cover. Sorry.