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Nocturne (Tome of Fire Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Oct 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781849700894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700894
  • ASIN: 1849700893
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,430,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NICK KYME is a writer and editor. He lives in Nottingham where he began a career at Games Workshop on White Dwarf magazine. Now Black Library's Senior Range Editor, Nick's writing credits include the Warhammer 40,000 Tome of Fire trilogy featuring the Salamanders, his Warhammer Fantasy-based dwarf novels and several short stories. Read his blog at www.nickkyme.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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*Warning, slight spoilers may be ahead*

Oh dear, after 2 excellent books the climax is a massive let down for me.

My gut reaction was to rate it 2 stars but that's unfair, as a stand alone novel its fast paced with plenty of 40k action and Nick Kyme maintains his excellent characterisation of the salamanders as a chapter and keeps up his entertaining battle descriptions as the salamanders dig in to weather a full scale offensive.

Where it all starts to fall down for me is with the characters. They have been so well written and have been so engaging over the series, a testament to Nick Kyme, that the constant jumping of perspective and relatively short novel length means that individual time seems very short and rushed in places.

Many of them have their plots concluded quickly with little closure or sense of achievement, the protagonist, or at least focal point, of the series Da'kir, who got relatively little show time in book 2 gets arguably less in the final outing, Tsu'gan's resolution also seems rushed out along side the other characters that have been so vividly brought to life in the previous books.

Ultimately it feels overly bloated with characters and thin on content which dilutes and tangles the plot when it needs clarity and direction most of all, it dosent evoke anything like the brilliant ork landing and fighting of 'salamander'.

Overall its an enjoyable read in its own right, but as what should be the crowning and climatic end to an excellent trilogy falls short of the mark and suffers badly for it.
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While the Pantheon Council is making the decision on the fate of Dak'ir, the renegade sorcerer Nihilan leads his Dragon Warriors and a fleet of alien and traitor mercenaries against the Salamanders' homeworld of Nocturne itself. Having planed the invasion for many years, Nihilan is set to bring total war to the volcanic planet and intends to shatter the Salamanders on the anvil of war.

The third and final book in the 'Tome of Fire' trilogy, 'Nocturne' is a reasonably entertaining book with some very nice scenes throughout but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be quite as good as the previous two books for some reason. Part of the reason for this may be that there are a few too many different plot lines to follow, leading to some characters and events being somewhat underused and slightly wasted. The book also seems to relegate Dak'ir and Tsu'gan to side characters and doesn't seem really have a main character. On the plus side though, some of the action scenes in the book are nicely written and although the ultimate ending of the book, and the trilogy, is somewhat lacklustre there are some interesting moments and some plot threads that are left open for future stories.

Overall this book was entertaining, if slightly disappointing in places. I did have a bit of trouble keeping my interest in the book at points but I would say that it is still worth reading. I feel that the book is worth around three and a half stars.
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This is the third book in the Tome of Fire trilogy by Nick Kyme. It is a fine ay to end the series, as the final confrontation between the Salamanders and the traitor marines is suitably and satisfyingly epic, with large amounts of carnage. I loved the way Dakir's situation was resolved, and was a literally explosive twist. The ending was interesting, and left questions unanswered that hints at maybe another few books (please). A brilliant conclusion to a great trilogy.
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After a long wait for the final installment of this trilogy, I was slightly disappointed. Even the author himself said on his blog that he was finding this one hard. It probably should either have ; been longer, been more heavily edited with some threads cut out, or a further book planned fleshing out all the threads fully. (The trilogy format is becoming a little irritating for general sci-fi and fantasy.)

One of the main characters gets very little 'airtime' and two recruits who feature heavily at the start fade out despite them being interesting and engaging.

Positives include the fleshing out of the enemy Dragon Warriors and Dark Eldar as well as the tense relationships between some of the major Salamander Characters like Velcona and Tu'Shan.

However the whole trilogy ends with ********SPOILER************

the enemy essentially attaining his objective with the heros merely surviving

***********************spoiler*********************************************
which is quite a down-beat enemy.

What mr Kyme needs to do is another book or two with similar high octane adventures like the first two books of this series focusing on finding the main enemy.
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In my time i have read many of theNocturne (Tome of Fire) fantastic warhammer 40,000 books.This book the third in the trilogy was a real classic which featured all the dark side of the 40k universe.
It features full blown war , battles, tougher bad guys and hero's . A real by the seat of your pants read...please buy it and enjoy.....
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I must start by saying that since reading the Tome of Fire trilogy, the Salamanders have fast become one of my favorite chapters. This book does not disappoint as it concludes the trilogy nicely. Good action, great set pieces, interesting characterization and a hint of more to come .
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