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Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man.

Loyalties are tested and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor's Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption - a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V....

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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Descent into madness

Fulgrim is a little different from most Heresy books in that its as much a horror story as it is a tragedy. Sometimes psychological, sometimes downright uncomfortable it's a far cry from the relatively straightforward morality of 40k novels. Mostly Fulgrim is the slow-burning tale of a cultured, urbane man of great learning whose love of perfection proves to be not only his own undoing but that of his Legion.

The book is quite a long one, allowing the reader to savour the full measure of the tragedy. McNeill has given the stories the full depth and context needed to follow the corruption of the Legion as a whole rather than relying on clumsy shortcuts. There's a few nods to King's Needful Things and some parts of False Gods find their way into the canvas but as a whole Fulgrim is as vast, decadent and ultimately disturbing as the artworks of the Primarch himself.

David Timson as narrator is an excellent choice. Here his tones work perfectly, capturing the honeyed, menacing tones of the Primarch and the arrogance of his Astartes. Fulgrim sounds like Edward Fox and Vespasian - Jack Hawkins. Nobody else could have pulled that off

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A difficult start, but an incredible finish

There was several points at the start of the audiobook where I paused and gave serious thought to refunding the book, the story was clunky and the narrator struggled with either the script or the voices of two female thespians.

But I persevered and boy am I glad I did.

About a quarter (maybe a third) of the way into the book it suddenly snapped into place, the story, the pacing, the characters and the narrator all gelled together.... with perfection....the tragedy of the title character and his captains was paired wonderfully with the background lore of vitally important events that any fan of the Horus Heresy will be delighted to see brought to life.

The penultimate act is excellent and easily the equal of any of the novels that have come before it.

If not for the difficult start it would be 5*

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good story ,bad narrator

I found the story to be good but the ending seemed abit rushed , the narrator wasn't great ,he would be better narrating the wind and the willows or something along those lines ,not a story set in the grim dark 41st millennium

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A tragic story of perfectionism

Gripping story and superbly written. Fully represents Fulgrim, his legion (Emperors Children) and Slaanesh corruption with immense detail. The story is a tragedy with shocking scenes of love and betrayal.

The author explores real world philosophical ideas, of the positives and dangers of perfectionism, but in the crazy and messed up setting of 30k.
I Really enjoyed this book and I cant wait to start the next one.

Something other reviews write about is the narrator. Personally, it didnt bother me 99% of the time and I regret not buying this book earlier because I was put off by those reviews.
If you are dead set on the voices and narration being "correct" then it may put you off.
If you, like me, value the story arch of 30k and plot of the characters over the way the narrator "does the voices" then this is a must buy.

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Struggling with the narrator

Compared to the previous books I have definitely struggled with this one, the narrator Uses the same upbeat and jolly tone for everyone. Some guy loses all his limbs but it’s okay...*jolly tone* we can blame it all on perfection and art. Author Uses nearly a whole chapter about some guy talking about a lump of marble. Not sure if they were trying to hit a word count.

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Narrator more Iggle Piggle than Space Marine

Fulgrims story is an excellent descent into the realms of madness and Chaos dragging his entire legeon into the throng in search of the ever elusive Perfection.... The Narrator on the other hand would be more at home with some over acted Shakespeare or even some Black Adder. A number of times Kenneth Williams emperor of Rome popped into my head as did Iggle Piggle and the line "The Banner Falls" (listen for it) had me crying with laughter. I must admit I wish I had read this book myself I would have enjoyed it so much more...

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Ties in nicely

Parts of the book were a bit slow, others fantastic. Importantly, it ties in nicely with prior books and the ending is great.

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Over before I knew it !

Probably my favourite of the series so far, cracking listen and narrator was top notch as always. Now onto Fulgrim !

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Amazing

fantastic instalment in an incredible series. Excellent performance. A must read for any emperor's children fans

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slow starter but wow.... once it gets going

I was a bit sceptical at the start of this book, it focuses on the remembencer faction and if I'm honest I found that bit sightly boring but once the story gets going it's memorising. The way the characters are described and the depth of the story are impressive and immersing. This is the best book so far in my humble opinion and I've liked them all previously so is high praise indeed.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 06-04-18

Great Narration, okay story

What did you love best about Fulgrim?

The dropsite massacre, being so iconic in the heresy, is portrayed for the first time and is really quite incredible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham McNeill? Why or why not?

Absolutely, while Fulgrim wasn't my favourite book of his, I have read others and consider Graham McNeill to be amongst the best Black Library authors there are

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

I quite liked the portrayal of Eldrad Ulthran. I was curious as to how he would pull off the voice of the Eldar and I believe he did it justice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Istvaan V dropsite Massacre and the beheading of Ferrus Mannus

Any additional comments?

I liked the character of Fulgrim before reading this book, and now he is one of my least favourite traitor primarchs. I'm not sure what that says about the book, though.

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  • Erik Rose
  • 07-01-18

Not my favorite, but maybe the best of the Horus Heresy.

I don't like the emperor's children or many of their characters to begin with, and this book made me dislike them more. They were prancing dandies shouting perfection perfection etc.

But! This book embraced all those annoying, offsetting, decadent, and offensive traits to make the reader hate then more and more as the book goes on. The imagery is truly top tier and while I don't like the focus of the book, it rivals Eisenhorn and Gaunt in quality. A must read if you are going through the Horus Heresy. It ties the last two books together neatly while telling its own descent into madness. And much less Lucius than the last three books. I hate that guy lol.
And David Timson did a great job too, characters were easy to tell apart.

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  • Joe Gingerich
  • 28-10-19

Erebus did nothing wrong.

This book was an in depth look at Fulgrim's decent into demonic excess. I really enjoyed the entire HH series so far.

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  • NikEliJoe
  • 01-10-20

PERFECT

PERFECTION AT ITS FINEST!
The Story Was 👏
The Reading Was 👍
The "Execution" Was 🤤
Chapter 22 Was ✊😳
The Universe of Warhammer 40k Is 🤯

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  • Jared Saunders
  • 09-03-19

Great connective insight from previous books

This book had several connective moments, developed a wider vision of the story, and gave voice and personalities to many Primarchs. However the narrator didn't have the gravitas nor bass to allow those magnanimous and galacial characters to live up to their import.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

The best Horus Heresy novel, narrated perfectly

After listening to this audiobook in full for the third time, I still get chills as to how well-done it is. The gradual descent of Fulgrim and his legion from honorable to deplorable is perfectly paced, and remarkably well-illustrated through the eyes of the Astartes as well as a handful of humans; whose skills in the arts begin to reflect the shocking, horrifying realities their so-called protectors become. The infamous Maraviglia chapter, one of the most inspiring segments in all of the WH40K lore, is written with a staggeringly sinister tone that conveys just how far the mighty can fall. All along, the narrator's voice leads you unflinchingly into the depths, and despite the terror and disgust he makes you feel, from the first cries of victory to the final, guttering death of hope, you will beg for more.

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  • Garrett Newton
  • 20-05-19

Not the best.

didn't really hold my attention. Wasn't horrible, just a bit of a let down after some of the previous books in the series.

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  • Dave W.
  • 07-11-18

Iconic Book in the Heresy

I found this book in the sci-fi aisle back in 2008 looking for a cool book that I would have to do a book report on(I was in middle school). The tantalizing black and gold cover caught my eye and even more so that incredibly hulking Space Marines on the cover art. Before that point I had never heard of the Warhammer universe let alone the Horus Heresy series. I purchased the book and read the entire thing from cover to cover in a few days. From then on I was absolutely fascinated with the 40k universe to include the video games and table top figures. The Heresy has continued with a boarderline overwhelming number of books to listen too but I have renewed my pursuit to finish the series through audible starting from book 1 as I do not have the patience for reading anymore. For the most part one could just read what is on the 40k Wiki website and know what happened in a general sense as I have done already. With that said although many of us know how everything plays out it does not take away any enjoyment from listening to or reading the books yourself at least not in my opinion. Fulgrim is an iconic book in the series and provides back story to all the future books and events. It is a must read for an Heresy fans. The voice acting is amazing minus the females parts which obviously males actors won't ever get right. Depending on which side you favor loyalist or traitor in the Heresy determines the emotions you will feel throughout the book and your connections with certain characters. I am a loyalist fanboy through and through so the events that take place towards the end of this book were dramatic and depressing a bit but nevertheless awesome to read! Since I read the book many years ago I forgot many minor events and interactions between characters and listening to it through audible made it even better then reading it myself. Being the first book I read in the 40k lore the Emperors Children will always be one of my favorite legions(prior to falling to choas) a long with the Iron Hands. Many fellow readers I have talked to find this book rather boring and long compared to other installments before and after but I deeply enjoyed every piece of it. I find it refreshing when the book isn't always being narrated about or from Astartes. Cannot reccomend this read enough, onto the next book!

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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 09-02-18

Rough beginning for narrator

For the first 5 or so hours I was zoning out or lost. No matter the situation the narrator sounded like he was narrating a water buffalo wandering around in some national geographic show with no emotion. The voices all sounded the same I couldn't tell who was talking. I ended up stopping for the day and when I started it again he seemed to get a better rythem although I did find myself zoning out occasionally.

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  • Joshua Cristiano
  • 13-04-21

The Fall of Fulgrim!

If you are a fan of the Emperor's Children and wany to know more about how they turned from the Imperium, this is the novel for it. Inquote enjoyed seeing the story advance beyond Isstvan III to the battle at Isstvan V. highly recommended and heretical novel!