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Firedrake (Tome of Fire Trilogy) Paperback – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Tome of Fire Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849700044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,205,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Salamander is an entertaining read and serves as a good primer for the Warhammer 40K universe." - SFF World "Perfect pacing; gripping and gory action; characters you care about" - SF Signal on Thunder from Fenris.

About the Author

Nick Kyme hails from Grimsby, on the east coast of England. He moved to Nottingham in 2003 to work on White Dwarf magazine, and later made the switch to the Black Library to work there as an editor. His writing credits include short stories, background books and several novels set in the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.

Customer Reviews

Kyme's characters are fleshed out well, there are simply too many of them to invest in.
Sean Dooley
Although it has been negatively pointed out that this is a middle novel and many of the story-arcs are left unresolved, I found that a very positive selling point.
Clausewitz
Read this book to find out more about the heroes of the Salamanders Chapter and get ready for the final book in this trilogy.
A. Fenwick

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Fenwick on November 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If like me you were disappointed in the first Salamanders novel written by Nick Kyme, please give him another chance because his second book delivers all the action and pacing the first novel lacked.

Firedrake does not pick up exactly where Salamander left off. The important characters such as Dak'ir, Tsu'gan, Iagon, and Ba'ken (I know, the names can be kinda annoying)have moved on and are occupying new places in the Chapter's hierarchy. I think this is because an audio drama was released, but I am not positive. In any event, the character are still recognizable and you haven't missed much.

Firedrake addresses one of the biggest problems of the first book which was way too much focus on the backstabbing of Iagon. Iagon does not have much screen time here, and I was very grateful. The Salamanders take on the Dark Eldar along with their old nemesis Nihilan. The Dark Eldar are fantastic and this book coincides nicely with the re-release (after many years) of the Dark Eldar army in the 40k tabletop game. The Salamanders show constantly why Space Marines are the main defenders of the Imperium, and the battles contrast the solid fighting style of the Salamanders with the tricky nature of the Dark Eldar.

I am not going to discuss too much more of the plot because I don't want to give things away. Read this book to find out more about the heroes of the Salamanders Chapter and get ready for the final book in this trilogy. Nick Kyme keeps getting better so I have high hopes for Nocturne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clausewitz on September 1, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To explain where I'm coming from this only the second WH40K novel I have ever read and I've never played the game. I didn't like the first one I read (note I'm not referring to Salamander), but this one was very enjoyable and helped explain alot for those who weren't well versed in the lore. Other reviews have gone into far more detail than I care to about the story and the characters, but awsome was the bottom line. I would highly recommend reading Salamander first from what I understand it sets everything up and goes into great detail about the Chapter and the planet. I had several, "What the F***, is he talking about!" moments even with wikipedia research on WH40K pulled up. The point of these books is to flesh out the back story of the game characters, meaning you aren't going to find the answer to some of your questions anywhere but in the novels. Although it has been negatively pointed out that this is a middle novel and many of the story-arcs are left unresolved, I found that a very positive selling point. Nick Kyme does an excellent job of fleshing the characters out and showing where they are coming from/ how they think. I didn't end feeling unsatisfied I ended thinking tomorrow morning I'm buying the next book.

Now for the negative. For the love of god Nick, stop using this ridiculous vocabulary. I'm glad you got your 20th Doctorate in English literature but that dosen't mean you need to use every word in the English language to write a Military Sci-Fi novel. If as a college graduate and an avid reader my entire life( who comes from an extremely well educated and well read family) I have to keep dictionary.com up the whole time I'm reading a your novel, you might have missed the point.
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If I recall correctly salamander was the first Warhammer book I ever read. It had its problems and was a little slow, but it was the one that hooked me on the series. It wasn't until several years after I'd read that book that I finally got a chance to read Firedrake. The book is an admirable continuation of the story.

The book takes up with the Forge master returning after a long time hunting for important items to the chapter. The antagonists in the story are the evil group of Space Marines intent on destroying the salamanders. For me anyway, the first part where the hero is becoming a librarian was a bit tedious. After that though, the battles and everything else were very entertaining. The other couple of different subplots all going at the same time as is the norm for Warhammer books. The main stories focused between the evil Space Marines, their hero and his Library and teacher on a tomb world, and a chaplain who is engaged in a battle with the Dark Eldar allies of the enemy marines.

Without giving too much away, but chaplain ends up in a perilous situation that the extreme odds against him and the Forge master and his entourage must find and save him or at least an icon that he carries. During the book new allies are found, betrayal takes place, and our hero ends up in a very unenviable situation. When I think back on the book very little actually happened, when you really get down to it, but at the same time it was very entertaining and did an excellent job of furthering the story started in the first book.

Since I read my first salamander book, I've read a lot of other Warhammer books. The series isn't necessarily the best I've ever read, but it's definitely in the top half of them or maybe top third. I'd highly recommend this book, and Long should plan to get the first and third books as well. If you can only get one book, getting the middle book in the series doesn't make much sense.
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