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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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excellent

really enjoyed it, bit slow to start but towards thd end I couldn't put it down

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Disappointing voicing for the Primarchs

I think that the narrators don't do much honor to the emotions or tones of the Primarchs speeches.

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  • Erik Rose
  • 07-01-2018

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
  • 06-04-2018

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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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 09-02-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2018

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.

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  • Phillip Krzeminski
  • 09-09-2018

McNeill is the weakest of the series authors

Though I’m glad there wasn’t yet another reprise of the Istivan III battle, the first third of the book was a real crawl. I didn’t really feel connected to any of the characters this time around, as there was no real protagonist. The fall of Fulgrim was certainly more thought out and tragic than Horus’...this is definitely guilty of the “every warrior is more perfect and beautiful than the last” descriptors of the series. When everyone is perfect/grand then no one is.

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  • Wanderer
  • 06-09-2018

Excellent

I loved this book. I only wish it had gone more in depth into fulgrim before he fell.

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  • June L Burcham
  • 01-09-2018

So good

My favorite of the Heresy series up to this point.
The theatrics of the legion and the irony of their fall was engrossing to say the least.

Brutal, sadistic, and debaucherous in a way that reminds me of the horror of Clive Barker.

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  • Outpatient8
  • 29-08-2018

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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  • Ruby Herrera
  • 19-08-2018

Good read

I liked it. The story dragged on a little far to long at the beginning.

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  • alex
  • 03-08-2018

Left something to be desired

Speaker: He had somewhat of a uniform and annoying voice. It was hard to tell the characters apart. He wasnt that bad though i suppose...and was probably tainted by the story.

Disclaimer: possible spoilers.
Story: It was meh. The plot was dull. The dialog was cliche and boring. You'll hear the word "perfection" so many times itll drive you insane. I get why they fell to chaos. Thier mind was gone from all the dumb diatribes thier primarch spat out. Everything is touted as being so epic....yet i had trouble feeling it. The characters seem naively incompetent. I dont identify with them at all. Ok ....so they are evil and im not supposed to. Well the author seems to be wanting the readers to see fulgrim as a tragic hero. Instead hes just a panzy that was like "Oh....chaos? Sure why not?" And at least could the good guys of the book not stand around sucking thier thumbs???? I mean....they are all like "hey things dont seem right here" right before they die horrible deaths.

Ok...the book isnt all bad... there are some good parts. Actually the elements of a good story are there. Its just like a soup with good ingredients but some are cooked all wrong.

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  • 451
  • 26-10-2017

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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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 20-11-2017

Amazing

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

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  • brian proctor
  • 13-08-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2018

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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  • Jack cash
  • 09-09-2018

what a crazy story

after listening to the book I'd say out of the 3 horus heresy books I've listen to this is the most exciting one. fulgrim is a slick basterd I didn't even mind the little stories about the money space marines they all add something to the overall story it left me wanting to carry on the heresy straight after this book

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  • Billy Snowdon
  • 08-09-2018

Great book

Detail of the whole campaign was great, and how the fall of Fulgrim slowly took place

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2018

Too arty for my liking.

It just seemed to dwell too long on the arts and although the narrator suited that subject it just didn't fit with the previous books.

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  • Daniel
  • 27-08-2018

Pursuit of perfection

The most eloquently written book I've read thus far from the Horus Heresy series.
Great narration.