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Fulgrim (The Horus Heresy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Graham McNeill
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2 July 2007
It is the 31st millennium, and humanity is at the peak of its powers. As the Great Crusade, led by Warmaster Horus, continues to conquer the galaxy, Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe. From the blood of this campaign are sown the seeds that will lead this proud Legion to treachery, taking them down the darkest of paths of corruption. Leading up to the carnage of the Dropsite Massacre on Isstvan V, this is the tale of Fulgrim's tragic fall from grace.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; 1st edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844164764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844164769
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham McNeill: Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in Surveying to join Games Workshop, where he worked for six years as a games developer. In addition to many novels, including False Gods, Fulgrim and Mechanicum for the prestigious Horus Heresy series, Graham has written a host of sf and fantasy short stories. He lives in Nottingham, UK. Visit his website at

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Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in Surveying to join Games Workshop, where he worked for six years as a games developer. As well as seven novels, Graham has written a host of sf and fantasy short stories. He lives in Nottingham, UK.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Scope 6 July 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well now... I enjoyed Graham McNeill's last outing in the Horus Heresy (False Gods), although found the pacing a little uneven at times. Fulgrim, for me, shows a writer with an enormous amount of confidence. McNeill has improved immeasurably on False Gods, and presents a novel that is truly epic in scope.

Fulgrim is structured brilliantly. We're shown the Emperor's Children before the fall - an exceptionally proud Legion searching for perfection in everything. There are strong characters showcased as they look for the approval of their Primarch during this period of conquest. Because we've seen the Emperor's Children before the bloody campaign on the Laer worlds, it is all the more heartbreaking to see the cracks appear. Of course, anyone who currently games in the 40K universe will know the future of the Emperor's Children, but McNeill manages to inject a real uncertainty so that new readers coming to the Horus Heresy who don't game will encounter a truly shocking revelation.

I also appreciated the pacing in this novel. McNeill keeps it at slowburn for much of the first half of the novel - there are some exciting set pieces, but truly we're learning about the characters and the nature of the Emperor's Children, set against the backdrop of uneasy rumours about the Warmaster and events already covered in the first three novels of the Horus Heresy. Gradually the action builds to a truly epic crescendo - this is a showpiece of the series so far, dark and powerful.

Still, the action would be nothing if there wasn't a strong heart to the novel; here we have the tale of Cain and Abel, in essence. Two brothers who have a seemingly unshakeable bond forced to face up to jealousy and betrayal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read. 3 Aug 2013
By lucy
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Another amazing read thanks to an expert author.

You really feel gripped to the story and the characters within it.

Can't wait to buy the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenicians Slide 23 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Warning - I give it away a bit.
This was a good book. Picking up the sideline of The Emperors Children from one of the earlier Horus Heresy books, where Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperors Children, is charged by the Council of Terra to investigate reports of public brutality by Astartes warriors.
However, the story is realy about Fulgrims slide into madness and the insidiousness of chaos. With a warp demon whispering into his ear, he leads his legion on a dark path which ends in the betrayal of his brothers and the encarceration of his soul.
Diffrent story lines wend their way through this book, keeping you both entertained and up all night.
Well written and with good battles, some of which are told from other characters perspective in other books, Graham Mcniells work compliments the Horus Heresy series greatly, and I recommend it to anyone who is a bit mad and wants to find out more about the roots of the Emperor, the steel of the Astartes and mankinds greatest fictional enemy, The Chaos Marines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Portrayal of Fulgrim's fall 3 April 2011
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I enjoyed this book a lot, the fall of Fulgrim was well made, portraying the fall of Fulgrim should have been impossible as he was an incredibly loyal primarch but Mcneill showed us the subtle and deciveing way of chaos, I give it 5 out of five just because of how he pulled that of.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at the fall of a Hero. 9 Mar 2009
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Five books in, and The Heresy Saga looks like it may stall. This is a story about the fall of a Primarch, just as the early books were about the fall of Horus, and 'Fulgrim' goes over events that have already been covered twice by the opening trilogy and 'Eisenstein'.

At first, it looks familar. The Eponymous Primarch and his legions decend upon a planet to wage war, only to uncover a mysterious power that begins to twist those who came into contact with it. From there on, the temptation and fall from grace of a hero begins.

This could have been a carbon-copy of the events in the earlier Horus books, but interest is held by the simple fact that the devious powers that play on Fulgrim, and which twist his mind, are different from those seen in previous books. Whereas Horus was ambitious and proud, Fulgrim is described as someone who enjoys the sublime appeal of art, and a desire for perfectiom that leans towards narcissism. Whereas Horus was tempted by promises of Grandeur, Fulgrim is tempted by pleasure and sensuality. It helps make 'Fulgrim' stand out, as The Primarch and his followers are tempted to indulge in, and are twsited by, abhorent pleasures and decadence.

On a negative point, there is little plot to speak of. The plot, as it is, follows Fulgrim's fall as a series of campaigns are waged, but there's no real narrative. As an example, The appearence of The Eldar is bound to be a joy for any 40k fans, but their presence doesn't seem to have much of a place in the narrative, and a lot of the events in the book could probably be shuffled around and it wouldn't make any real difference, as only the changes in the (admittedly well conceived) characters gives the book any kind of continuity.

If you can overlook that, there's a lot to enjoy.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a picture in the attic. 11 July 2007
By David
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The longest in the series so far, and the best as well, chronicling Fulgrim's tragic fall from grace. It is action packed, well written and exhaustingly detailed.

Strikingly it seem's to draw heavily on influences from "The Picture of Dorian Gray," from the descent into grotesque hedonism, the influence of a piece of controversial literature (although not the same piece), murders disguised by dissolving the bodies in acid and a picture, that has disturbing qualities.
It inevitably suffers in comparison with Wilde although it is by itself excellently written. It also suffers, unfairly, in that many will already know the end of the story (although this is by no means the fault of the author).

It is however, a gripping read, smooth, fantastically detailed and at times genuinely moving. If you are a regular visitor to the hall's of the Black Library then this is a must, and if you aren't familiar then this is as good an introduction as any.
My only real criticism is that the end feels a bit rushed (or perhaps compressed). The first half is given over to a meticulous account of the corruption, whilst the second half (in the same amount of pages) deals with a vast amount more. The result is a book feeling slightly lopsided.

This is a minor failing though and overall the book is excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr N Doust
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good coverage
Fulgrim is my favourite fallen primach and this book just empathised that belief he has such power and talent but strives for perfection and this is his downfall even realising... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I thought it was real treat to read this book. I do like the Warhammer 40,000 universe, so I guess that helps, but never the less, great character descriptions and if you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Magnus Borg
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good seris must read you will get hocked like I have got so give it a go and see what you think
Published 11 months ago by mike harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's Children, the slaves of Slaneesh
This is the most psychological book of the series, and it's a good thing. You get to see what makes Fulgrim stoop so low, and become a slave to his base desires, bringing his whole... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Arda Yigitoglu
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read!
I was kinda wary about this buy but after buying it, as an avid 40k lore nut, and it was stellar in the way it describes the tensions in a legion as it is torn in two by the change... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sam Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good at all.
Graham McNeill has several faults as a writer and all manifest themselves here. As had been pointed out, his characterisation in not the best (at least with False Gods he had... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2012 by G. Quigley
5.0 out of 5 stars A book fitting of a Primarch
After reading some of the negative reviews of this book, I was rather apprehensive about reading this especially after reading the previous book, Flight of the Eisenstein, which I... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2012 by Arckenphel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulgrim frazz reveu
This is one of the best of the horus heresy book so far in this seres of book.
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Published on 22 April 2012 by fraser
1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody stop him.
Having recently started the Horus Heresy series, and being an enthusiastic 40k fan (imperial guard army) I have to admit I expect much of these books. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by Kostas.
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