I don’t think it’s an unpopular opinion. I know there are other people who dislike other books more, as much because of personal pet peeves as because they just never bothered to read it, but VL was so, so disappointing to me.
See, I loved Nick Kyme’s Tome of Fire trilogy. I love Vulkan, easily one of the most underrepresented Primarchs in 40K. I wanted to know what happened to Vulkan after Isstvan V SO BAD. I trusted Kyme to write something fantastic, to tell us about Vulkan’s childhood perhaps!
What I got was a book that felt like he was lifting pieces of other Primarchs’ backstories and attributing them to Vulkan. The Salamanders nearly dying out before they found their Primarch? Magnus’ Legion. Getting into an altercation with Konrad over something he did? Taken wholesale from The Dark King. Being “the strongest Primarch”? Oh gee, I wonder how many different Primarchs this has been attributed to?
Everything involving Konrad and Vulkan was gross torture porn and it was, depressingly, the most ‘original’ part of that story. Oh, and we have the reprisal of John Grammaticus, that no one wanted. We have a bunch of characters that I think were supposed to live? Die. At least one of them.
The afterword was particularly insulting. “No one knows what happened to Vulkan”. YES WE FUCKING DO. YOU KNOW BECAUSE YOU WROTE ABOUT IT. THIS IS BULLSHIT. WHY DID I PAY 17$ AND STAY UP UNTIL 3 AM READING THIS?!
The worst part, personally, was that I had a story about Vulkan drafted out, but I put it aside because I thought that Kyme would do such a better job than I ever could that it wasn’t even worth writing to be Joss’d. Ahahahahah no.
Unremembered Empire *attempts* to fix what Kyme broke, but it’s one of those things I just pretend never, ever happened.