Monstrous Salamanders the Omnibus!
So, apparently this rather large and imposing tome has gone up for pre-order…
It is a monster of a book, rammed with pretty much everything* I have ever done for the Salamanders in 40k.
Let’s take a look at what’s actually in it then.
First and foremost, perhaps, are the three novels that comprise the Tome of Fire series: Salamander, Firedrake and Nocturne.
Little nugget of info: I actually wanted to call this book Tome of Fire, but editors conspired against me and gave that title to the short story bind-up instead. Doh! and equal parts grr! Never mind.
In addition to the three novels are the following short stories, drawn from the various anthologies, chapbooks and audio dramas that I originally wrote them for:
Fires of War
Only Ash Remains
Rite of Pain
First off, all the novels and short stories are printed in chronological order, so if you’re either new to the Salamanders series and this is your first foray, or you want to read the whole saga again from the beginning then treat this as your road map.
Interestingly (perhaps), the last four stories on the list above all take place and will have a bearing on the next novel/s. Not only that, but Rite of Pain and The Cage will never have been seen before. Ever.
They’re not that long (Rite of Pain is quite dinky) but do add some crucial little sneak peaks into what’s to come. I wanted to do more. In fact, I wanted (and still want) to write the novella that describes exactly what did happen to turn Nihilan traitor (I have the title ‘Dragonborn’ rattling around in my head, but that’s probably already taken by some video game or other…).
Sadly, though, time and my schedule did not allow for that on this occasion.
However, in addition to all of the new shorts, I did have time enough to write a decent-sized glossary (I wanted to call it Noc-terms but my editors poo-poo’d that for some reason…), which is full of juicy stuff about the various rituals, creatures, places and so on that I invented for the series to flesh out the Chapter and their homeworld.
There’s also a fairly lengthy introduction by me to kick proceedings off.
I am not kidding when I say it’s a whopper. The book weighs in at an impressive 1014 pages and that’s not including the glossary or the small extract of ‘Vulkan Lives’ that the designers somehow managed to fit in.
Be warned, you need to be wearing Terminator armour just to lift it.
Any and all questions about the omnibus, Salamanders and anything else writing-related by me can be directed here.