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Created in the Emperor's own image, the primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny - they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy.

Find out the deepest mysteries of the primarchs. Who is in control of Fulgrim's body - him, or a daemon? What happens when the Alpha Legion fights against itself? Just what secrets is the Lion keeping? And what could the tragic Ferrus Manus have done to prevent himself from becoming a head shorter?

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3 great books

3 excellent short stories (no spoilers), first follow up from 'Fulgrim' about the emperor's children.
Second on Iron Hands (first time listening on anything on those) and last on Alpha Legion, you can listen to the HH book 'Legion' but it's not a must think, good performance on them all

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falsely advertised

this offers no original information on the primarchs , 4 badly written and boring short stories, story 1. fulgrim gets tortured by his sons for being possessed till he brings up making a city of mirrors and then instantly forget about the possession that's the whole story. second story is about the iron hands and you go from thinking they are a cool legion that never got a chance to shine (book 5 fulgrim) to thinking their primarch was incompetent to say the least and that trait seems to pass on to his sons. They fall into a elder trap that turns their cybernetics against them and leads to at least 50% casualties, so one of them chops off his cybernetics and is treated like a utter retard by his brothers who just watched half of them die to their own cybernetics. Story 3 is slow but actually turned out to be a good one however ends too quickly ones it picks up. Story 4 is classic alpha legion cloak and dagger stuff and is pretty boring, basically they had a traitor and had to clean house a bit and its underlying message is trust, incredibly boring. I honestly would not waste time or money on this, this advances the story in no way whatsoever and is just 3 terrible stories and one mediocre one .

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About time

After listening to a lot of the HH books, Finally this must be one of the best performed ive heard.

The stories are good though the first and second could do with being in reverse order.

The different narrators are great at the roles they read.

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Four short stories. 3 of them are really good

The iron hands story is a bit meh. The fulgrim one is classically messed up. The dark angels and alpha legion stories are pretty great. The alpha legion one particularly has a different tone and feel compared to the standard warhammer stories and stands out for me.

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Primarchs

I always struggle with these shorter stories due to a massive amount of information being chopped into 4 stories, instead of the same depth in just one. However, this was a very good selection of stories, and the Narrator is fantastic. A voice like grinding rocks is very fitting when learning about these giants in the steps towardq the Heresy.

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Hit and miss

Fulbright and The Lion were very good, the rest were filler I am afraid. Just not up to standard.

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The Lion is the best story

I have to say I found the fulgrim, ferrus and alpha legion stories quite tiresome and this book was saved only by the Lion, the narration in all 4 is very good but the stories leave left me wanting sadly

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Great Listen!

Really good insight into the Primarchs and the story about the Lion is worth the admission alone!

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A mixed pleasure.

I liked the first novel about Fulgrim and his sons but the other two were, at least to me, long and tedious with no real backbone.

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Great book one of the best in the series.

Great book one of the best in the series. First heretic is really good and nemesis.

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  • Per
  • 25-06-18

Mixed bag

Four novellas centered around different primarchs. The first two are trash, the third average and the fourth excellent. Only recommended for dedicated fans of the series. Otherwise, borrow from a friend if possible.

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  • Shecky
  • 26-03-18

Last Story Was Good

I found the first two stories disappointing. The last story was an Alpha Legion story and it was well done. As always, the narrators were exceptional.

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  • Devin
  • 03-05-19

solid read

very good book, worth reading, doesn't move the story along very much, so you can skip if you're trying to power read the series

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  • S. Youngdahl
  • 04-12-20

Good Novella Compilation

Good Novella Compilation, some are better than others. the Alpha Legion one is easily best though.

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  • George S.
  • 19-11-20

Good if partially blind (or headless?)

Was a good book, but like every book in the Horus Heresy series involving a primarch it beats you over the head with foreshadowing.


Like come on. We get it. Ferrus gets his head chopped off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-20

Hydra Dominatus

Loved the stories. They were rich with lots of lore on the worlds of 40k. The four star rating on performance is because I wished the sections were better annotated.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 11-09-20

we meet a lot

A great way to meet a bunch of primarchs and keeps you updated on the movement of the many parts of this unfolding story.

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  • Nolimt
  • 08-08-20

good

loved it. great stories, and quality performances
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  • Michael C Redl
  • 16-04-20

Great listen!

Great onsite into the minds of the primarchs. Learned a lot about how they all were, and what made them different.

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  • Harper Micko
  • 09-02-20

Hit and miss shorts, as usual.

The worst parts of the HH series so far are these short story compilations. Not because they're *ALL* bad short stories, but because there are only a handful of good ones. In this issue, there are two good ones. The others are boring and inconsequential.