• Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix

  • The Horus Heresy Primarchs, Book 6
  • By: Josh Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (431 ratings)

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Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix

By: Josh Reynolds
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Primarchs, Book 6

Seeking a new challenge and a mighty triumph, Fulgrim - prideful primarch of the Emperor's Children - sets out to conquer a world with just seven warriors by his side.... 

Listen to it because: It's a unique look at Fulgrim, always one of the most fascinating of the primarchs. And with a focus on him and a small band of heroes, you're guaranteed explosions in character dynamics as well as the action....

The story: Lord of Chemos and bearer of the Palatine Aquila, Fulgrim, primarch of the Emperor’s Children, is determined to take his rightful place in the Great Crusade, whatever the cost. A swordsman without equal, the Phoenician has long studied the art of war and grows impatient to put his skills and those of his loyal followers to a true test. Now, accompanied by only seven of his finest warriors, he seeks to bring a rebellious world into compliance, by any means necessary. But Fulgrim soon learns that no victory comes without cost and the greater the triumph, the greater the price one must pay.... 

Written by Josh Reynolds.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Someone just tried to poison me, how rude!

This is a desperately needed addition for Fulgrim. it gives serious character beyond the "Peacock" that we have seen so far. Fulgrim plays to his strengths as a more subtle diplomat and builder rather than the blunt warmonger his brothers typically are. It explains a lot about him and his legion, his insecurity, his parents even. I honestly want this writer to go back and rewrite the other two dimensional Fulgrim stories. The Nerration meanwhile is Pitch perfect and really captures the subtle and refined Palette that is Fulgrim.

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Highly recommend.

If you are looking for what Fulgrim was before the Heresy this is the novel.

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Fulgrim the arogant

A lot of politics and Fulgrim trying for the perfect victory. To prove he is better than his brothers. An interesting look at the Phoenician.

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Great portrayal of the human side of Fulgrim

Captivating read, where you see Fulgrim on his first conquest - alone. This takes place just as he takes on the conquest of 28-1. We get to examine Fulgrims choices as he tries a bloodless takeover of a world. This story is such a great foil to his development later in the Heresy. Highly recommended

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Best primarch story yet IMO

I liked the look at the Phoenician and seeing a little insight into how he aimed for perfection. He doesn’t have any of the father issues of his brothers but instead is haunted by a desire to prove his worth.

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A Subtle touch

The best thing about this book is that it is not written by Graham McNeill. McNeill's Fulgrim is a cardboard cutout with the depth of a political caricature. If you ever wanted to see the true Fulgrim, the man who raised was raised by factory workers and never forgot his origins, read this book.

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Overly Meta Critique of Fulgrim's Hubris

This story reads/listens more like a subtly written character assassination of Fulgrim and makes the ends of the IIIrd legion in the Heresy seem an utterly foregone conclusion. If you are expecting a story that makes Fulgrim seem sympathetic and that magnifies the tragedy of what befalls him and his legion, this isn't it; for a story that had the potential to make him likable, it utterly fails and just instills apathy towards the character.

Worth a listen if you're a completionist, otherwise you can safely overlook this one, nothing of value is lost.

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The best insights into Fulgrim

Simply and amazing story that gives incredible insights into Fulgram before his fall. Great job

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Perfection

This was a good loyalist Fulgrim book. I highly recommend listening to this if you’re interested in the Emperor’s Children Legion

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Perfect book for the Perfect Legion

A great view into the thr Legion that could've been under Fulgrim at his best. if you're a fan of the IIIrd Legion and want to see them before the Chaos Corruption this book is a Perfect fit for you.

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  • Bradley Clarke
  • 05-30-22

Great Primarch Story - Needs a "performed" version

The book itself is great and read brilliantly. But I do do it needs a "performed" version to truly bring it to life. It might be my view after recently listening to multiple GW/40K performed books on Audible, but I know this story would suit a performed version of the audio book exceptionally well.

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  • alistair armes
  • 07-03-21

Another strong entry to the Primarchs series

An interesting look into the mind set of Fulgrim. Never my favourite character but an interesting look at the character

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-20

The Phoenix Rises!

An interesting in-depth look at the Third Primarch. Good performance by Mr Keeble. Not as action packed as some 30k novels but it doesn't need to be. Rather, it's an interesting look into the mind of Fulgrim, before chaos corrupted him. Recommended to all Primarch fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

A Perfect portrayal

A Fantastic book, the characters are likable the story is gripping and the performance is perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-22

A good insight to Fulgrim

A very good analogy on fulgrims philosophy and mind, the fight for desire and purpose. The journey to reach perfection

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-22

very good book, and great performance.

Loved how the book draws an analogy with the current time. the topics in the book are all very relevant in the current time.

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  • David E
  • 04-11-22

Perfection?

An really enjoyable tale of pre hersey Fulgrim, superbly narrated as usual by Mr Keeble.

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  • Alex
  • 02-06-22

what book 5 should have been

We see here a very different Fulgrim than book 5 from HH series. He is inteligent, calculated, he dreams of perfection but at the same time he is a realist. He knows perfection cannot truly be achieved but yet he still pursues it relentlesly. Appears to be arrogant only as defensive mechanism and to bait his rivals into trying to exploit it.
He is a very likeable character, total opposite compared to the childish and arogant Fulgrim we had in the previous book that was so blind and stupid and let himself getting toyed by chaos and Horus.

On short, I enjoyed this book alot. Very good writing and peformance but beware that it focuses more on politics and philosophy rather than action.

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  • 451
  • 07-03-21

As fabulous as you'd expect

A great companion to Fulgrim, we finally see why the Lord of the Third was so loved and admired, and already how far along the path of darkness he'd veered by the time his titular novel was written.

Here we see Fulgrim beginning to assemble his Legion, and enter a world of political intrigue and terrorism on such a scale you'd think the Alpha Legion were behind it.

It's an excellent book, well paced and perfectly narrated by Jonathan Keeble who manages the unthinkable - he not only makes early Fabius seem harmless but when the Apothecary begins ranting about the 'hobbies' of the populace, you're trying almost as hard as Fulgrim not to laugh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-21

Top 3 among the Primarchs series

I've waited a long time to listen to this audiobook and it did not disappoint, I think it’s one of the best of the series (14 titles roles at time of writing) with the Lorgar and Perturabo books. I can’t decide which is the best among those 3, the 2 others tell of the homeworld and growing up of the primarchs, which I really enjoyed but this one gave a really good picture of Fulgrim and his motives. I think it might be the best in making the listener understand the primarch, it was well written and well narrated. It was also a bit longer than some of the others. Overall one of the best 30k books in my opinion, can’t recommend it enough!