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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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Important story, but not the most exciting

book told an important and somewhat interesting story. unfortunately it's somewhat slow. Glad I listened to it, but it wasn't the most entertaining

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decadent and alluring

love the detailed decent into the extreme and deranged,
how even transhumans that belive themselvs seekers of perfection come to a point were morals and etchis just becomes a hindrance

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Good,but not the best in HH

The book wasn't bad, but it wasnt as interesting as others in the series. Worth it if you're wanting to go through the series.

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Awesome book one of my favs from HH!

Awesome book one of my favs from HH!
Great writing, great telling and i want more!

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Liked it.

I didn't like the beginning. it didn't grasp my attention as much as the rest of bool. it starts to pick up on chapter 3. afterwards it is a damn good treat.

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Great, but disturbing.

This is what a slaanesh themed book should be. It's a slow and incredibly disturbing decline in to decadence and madness.

All in all a required read. Especially as it's the only story that talks about the Dropsite Massacre in detail. (others only cover it in brief)

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Another great addition to the series

alittle slow to get into on this one and alittle over the top at times but thats the emperor's children for you, overall outstanding book and yet another great read for the Horus Heresy series

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  • 451
  • 10-26-17

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 11-20-17

Amazing

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

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  • Chris M
  • 05-19-18

good but perhaps not quite the right narrator?

As title but you get used to the narrator and his style quickly. The book itself is good I just wish the producers stuck with narrators more like the two that read the first 4 books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

A slow, sinister burn of increasing depravity!

The performance was great and the story gripping! Excellent writing portraying a fall to damnation...

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  • Tinypaws
  • 04-30-18

perfection

Fulgrim was brilliantly narrated. It has a great story, I was gripped. I can't wait to listen to the next one

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  • Richard D.
  • 03-12-18

Great book to any sci fi fan amazing for a 40k fan

Never got board or old even the parts you thought would. Like any thing not involving fulgrim. ( there are not many)
Have just got 3 more books from the black library.

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  • J. R. Cann
  • 03-08-18

A real tragedy (Spoilers)

A great story about the fall from grace of Fulgrim and his legion. The most concise and complete story in the whole series.

The biggest flaw in The Horus Heresy series in my opinion is the extent of which it's being drawn out. To the point where I feel like the central story of Horus' tragic fall gets a bit lost amongst it all.

But with this book you get a largely self contained plot featuring Fulgrim's own tragedy, and it's the single best story I've read in the series.

The only complaint I have is that Fulgrim's horrific fate is apparently undone in later books, and he no longer a experiences any suffering as a result of his actions.

This honestly really disappoints me and it robs the ending of so much of its impact. But i can't hold that against this book

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  • J Smith
  • 03-07-18

Disappointing continuation of story

After listening to the first 4 books (and 2 other side stories), which were dark, gritty, atmospheric and gothic, I was disappointed in this narrator’s suddenly upbeat, flamboyant and theatric portrayal of the characters (very Griff Rhys-Jones in 3 men and a boat!)
I can’t fault the narrator’s skill in reading, and I’m sure I’d love him in another setting, but it just ruined the mood of this book for me, to the point where I couldn’t even tell if the story was good and I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it... I sped it up to x1.25 to get through it without much quality loss.
I feel I’ve given a generous 3 star rating for each!

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  • Alec Walker
  • 02-09-18

Very enjoyable

very enjoyable, showing the slow fall of the emperors children and their primarch fulgrim.
The book actually managed to humanise one of the most debauched chaos factions in the 40k universe, making you care about their origin story and eventual fall from grace.

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  • David C.
  • 02-03-18

very good

really great story, a little slow at first but by the end of the book it picks up its pace. The voice acting makes the book enjoyable throuout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-18

excellent

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-18

Disappointing voicing for the Primarchs

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