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Nick Kyme

Machine Spirit

When a Deathwatch mission goes awry, a kill-team led by Techmarine Zaeus are forced into a rapid and desperate exfiltration. Their captain, Polino, is badly injured. When they find their transport destroyed, its pilot dead, they know they are in trouble. Hope lies in the chance discovery of a communication from another Adeptus Astartes force on the world and the promise of reinforcement. As his brothers try to hold out against murderous alien kroot, Zaeus goes on alone to find the source of the message and bring help before it's too late.

Cette nouvelle de Nick Kyme est assez classique dans l'ensemble et accuse en plus certaines faiblesses de taille. Néanmoins le plaisir de lire un récit sur la Deathwatch ne devrait pas entamer votre morale de fer face à la horde de xenos qui arrive.

Veil of Darkness

Audio Drama : 75min
++‘Life signs stable.’ ‘He looks… troubled.’ ‘Many going through sus-an membrane coma experience discomfort as part of the revivification process.’ ‘Do you think he’s reliving what happened to him on Damnos?’ ‘Perhaps, it would be his last memory before slipping into a coma.’ ‘I cannot imagine that would be a pleasant experience. That thing very nearly cut him in half.’ ‘He endures, and will rise again.’ ‘You’re confident about that?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And what about the state of his mind? Will that be intact?’ ‘I… cannot answer.’++.

Spear of Macragge

With Captain Sicarius laid low and defeat looming, the Ultramarines rally behind Chief Librarian Tigurius to try and save the world of Damnos from the necrons. As the legendary tank commander Antaro Chronus engages the necrons in a massed armour battle on the plains of the deadly world, Tigurius and his followers make a desperate attempt to win the war once and for all.

Cette nouvelle nous offre enfin l'occasion de clore La Chute de Damnos en nous procurant des scènes riches et marquantes concernant une véritable défaite de l'Adeptus Astartes.

Imperial Truth

The Emperor decreed long ago that there were no gods upon the Earth or in the sky, and that all of mankind's belief and aspirations should be poured into His vision for the galaxy instead. Upon such unshakeable foundations was the Imperium to be built — except that the Imperial Truth was a lie, and the powers that the Emperor denied had already sunken their claws into many of his sons. With the treachery of Horus now known from the Eastern Fringe to holy Terra itself, how many more of his father's words will be proven false in the days to come?

Malgré d'assez bonnes nouvelles dans l'ensemble, il sera difficile de ne pas comparer ce recueil aux autres. Moins épique et moins varié il sera difficile de le conseiller malgré ses bonnes idées.

Scorched Earth

From the Ashes of Isstvan
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.

Excellente histoire, parfaitement maîtrisée sur bien des points. Bien que dispensable à la Saga de l'Hérésie d'Horus, c'est un must-read.

Vulkan est Vivant

A l'épreuve de l'enclume
Après le Massacre du Site d’Attérissage sur Isstvan V, les survivants de la Légion des Salamanders se mettent en quête de leur Primarque disparu, mais en vain. Ce qu’ils ignorent, c’est que Vulkan – malgré le fait qu’il aurait préféré la mort à un tel destin – est retenu prisonnier pour l’amusement de son frère dément : Konrad Curze. Soumis à des tortures ayant pour but de détruire son esprit tout autant que son corps, Vulkan devient malgré lui le témoin de la dépravation de celui qui se fait désormais appeler le Night Haunter. Mais au coeur de toute cette douleur et de cette détresse, Vulk...

Ce roman n’est pas parfait mais il est indispensable à cette Saga car il l’a fait avancer à sa façon. L’auteur nous dévoile un Vulkan qui devrait servir d’exemple à ses frères et qui ne sera probablement pas abandonné dans le futur de la série.


Audio Drama : 75min
In the depths of Calth’s arcology network, the Underworld War has raged for years. Aeonid Thiel, previously an honoured sergeant of the Ultramarines, once again finds himself in trouble – pitted against the daemonic forces of the Word Bearers, he has no choice but to venture back to the ravaged surface and brave the deadly solar flares that have scoured all life from this world. With a lowly Imperial Army trooper as his only companion, it falls to him to drive the maniacal Dark Apostle Kurtha Sedd and his warband from the overrun XIII Legion stronghold.

Censure est un bon audio drama mais qui n'a malheureusement plus rien à nous offrir après toutes les histoires secondaires de Calth sorties à ce jour. Dommage car Nick Kyme poursuivait l'histoire de Thiel d'une jolie manière.