Title: Promethean Sun
Author: Nick Kyme
Published by: Black Library
Publication date: 2013
Source: Personal collection
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Ahhh, what a wonderfully refreshing little novel. I admit, the reason that I picked this book up is because I’d just read something that was utter tosh and I needed something that I knew would be reliably decent. Which is exactly what Promethean Sun is. It’s a short novella set in Games Workshops series The Horus Heresy, so an understanding of that setting might be helpful to the reader, but isn’t essential as the novella can stand on it’s own two feet also.
Promethean Sun is the swift exploration into the character Vulkan, one of several super human, lost sons of the great Emperor of Mankind; detailing the back story of how he was brought back into the fold of his fathers cabal. Which in itself is an interesting story, this has been interwoven wonderfully with combat scenes and alien foes which are just as masterfully written as the main character and his close network of companions. During Promethean Sun we’re also treated to some glorious sci-fi warfare combat which has been expertly and vividly written so that the reader can easily picture what is happening in a world that may otherwise be overly complicated – a trait that has often lent itself to science fiction.
What we’re given is an insight into the mighty Primarchs more compassionate side and it’s place (or not) in the Great Crusade. Vulkan is shown the plight of humans caught in the crossfire during his time on planet One-Five-Four-Four, which draws parallels to the world in which he grew up and the raids that the Dark Eldar subjected it too. We explore the traits in which Vulkan is set apart from the other Primarchs, compassion. The use of his brother Primarchs, Mortarion and Ferrus Manus, are a wonderful play on the authors behalf seeing as their own traits bare such similarities and yet are poles apart from Vulkan himself – making each of the ‘bigger’ characters unique. Also in the novella is a handful of other characters, mostly other Space Marines and with many other of The Horus Heresy novels you may have to refer back to the name-sheet at the front of the book in order to remember exactly who is who as the names and roles may blur together.
The novella is short and the driving plot point is pretty basic, there aren’t exactly many twists and turns to keep the more mindful reader entertained; but it’s a decent enough read and actually helped me recover from the previous book I’d read – which you can read the review of here.
That being said, those who aren’t interested in Warhammer 40/30K, The Horus Heresy and/or Space Marines may not want to bother with the trouble you’d go through to get a copy of this book. As far as I am aware, it is a limited edition novella and could be rather costly to obtain and the return you get from that might not be worth it. Personally, I am rather grateful to the book as it has inspired me to get back into a hobby I once loved but was having troubles with, so my personal returns from the novella are pretty high.