"From the ashes of Isstvan."
- —Book's tag-line
Scorched Earth is a novella in the Horus Heresy Series of novels, released as an exclusive in hardback format. The novella has yet to be reprinted in non-limited hardback form.
Nearly a quarter of a million loyal Space Marines lost their lives on Istvaan V -– the Drop Site 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 XVIII Legion leave behind their fellow survivors and strike out into the Urgall Depression. Their mission: to find what, if anything, remains of mighty Vulkan...
- Scorched Earth edited by Nick Kyme