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Summary

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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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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Great story, mediocre reading.

An amazing book that gives great insight into the character of Fulgrim and the lead up to gis fall. Sadly let down significantly by what in my opinion was poor voice acting. Would recommend the book extremely highly to any 40/30k fan but maybe not the audio book.

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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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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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McNeill captures the essence of a forgotten god

I have to say, at the start of this book I had my doubts. I find McNeill at this stage of his career to have quite a poor vocabulary, and who's writing from a technical perspective feels amateur.

However, I have to admit his storytelling ability is good. Fulgrim is a Primarch I knew absolutely nothing about, and Slaanesh, even as an Eldar player myself, is a Chaos god that is often ignored by Games Workshop.
I won't say too much, but if you're familiar with the Emperors Children, I expected some of the models you see on the table top to be awkward/ridiculous to describe seriously, but McNeill really captures the essence of the Dark Prince, excess, and how it effects those it comes into contact with. Honestly, I was so impressed and swept up in the story. I think he did an incredible job of bringing one of the more difficult to explain chaos gods to life.

I imagine some people will find this book slow. There is very little action at all, and it concentrated in the last couple of hours. But if you have been invested in the characters and development of the universe of these books you should enjoy this.

Overall a very unique and brilliantly executed novel.

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Great book

loved it, however I'm not as keen on the reader just personal preference like, I enjoyed the book though really good listen

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Unlikable characters with a story

Although the narrator does a fantastic job, the story doesn't pick up until Isstvan 3.
I admit I struggled with the story, none of the characters -bar Tarvitz and Lucian with whom I already liked- did much for me. It was only when the story got to Isstvan 3 and where the 3rd book left off that I started to get into it properly. The end of this book is quite good having said all that.

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Good book but not the best in the series

Was a good story that moved the series along. Not the best characters like Lokan etc... The lord of pleasure arrives!

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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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  • Lambert
  • 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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  • Outpatient8
  • 29-08-18

narrator sucks

the narrator makes all the characters sound like pevish fops, not at all like the towering badasses they are supposed to be.

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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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  • Jordan
  • 16-11-18

very mediocre

this book is almost as bad as anything written by Brian Herbert. William Blake is heavily plagiarized and distorted. Skip Graham McNeil.

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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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  • Edward
  • 24-10-18

a beautiful heart wrenching story

it perfectly describes what happened to fulgrim and he did what he did god bless the authors and narrators for giving life to such a beautiful story

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  • James
  • 16-10-18

Another great book in the Horus Heresy series.

This just as entertaining as the first book. Voice actor sounds like Bilbo Baggins is reading you an epic tale. This entry into the series is not for the faint of heart as the forces of chaos begin to reveal themselves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-18

character battles

love the book! Although all Warhammer fans know the outcome of all the Fallen primark's, you almost hope that full girl fights off the demons within him and fights for the emperor instead of Horus. there's almost a flint of Hope for him and his Legion. The book presents is very well, as if there's an alternate history about to be made. not much of a fan of the gruesome satanic parts of the book. But that's just me. But the book is amazing! I'd recommend this to anyone who Love's battles and a character's mind and fights his inner demons.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-18

Not my favorite in the series so far

awesome book with great narrator but this one just wasnt as awesome as its predecessors in the series, i was mainly disapointed with the rememberancers role in this one as there plots have formed interesting breaks from all the killing in the other books as well as making for good "red shirts" in this book its all about the gore and blood lust of a twisted demi god seaking "perfection" and retelling the events of horus' betrayal from another perspective.