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Fulgrim (The Horus Heresy #5)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,513 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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 darke...more
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Games Workshop (first published July 2007)
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Keamy Loken
Well other teenage girls obsess vampires or werewolves and are busy making their babies, I was busy making babies with pre-heresy Emperor's Children. (I don't think I'd live through it all after heresy...or it wouldn't matter.)

OK that off my mind, amazing book! Possibly a few spoilers.
Things I liked:

1. Fulgrim's personality. Reminds me of my younger sister, only she's probably not gonna fall for a demon sword talking to her.

2. Fulgrim's fall to chaos was well done, I once had a warhammer 40k fr...more
After a near-perfect run up until now, the fifth book In the Horus Heresy begins to show some cracks, chiefly around Graham McNeill's biggest stumbling block; Characterisation. At a whopping 512 pages, this is a story which is in no hurry to be told which would not be a problem if there was a central character to cling onto, instead there's absolutely no-one to match up to the previous books' heroes so we're stuck with Fulgrim. For 512 pages.
The further problem with the Emperor's Children as a l...more
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 showcase...more
Bart Tredway
I am really having a hard time believing that so many people didn't like this book. While i can understand the perspective of others that said that this installment of the Horus Heresy series was "formulaic" and were otherwise disappointed in this book, i really think that this book is where the series evolves from a "shoot-'em-up" and intrigue-driven storyline, to unmask the truly sublime forces which are driving the entire Horus Heresy itself. Graham McNeill is at his very best here, being abl...more
Unfortunately for the Horus Heresy series this is where it really starts to repeat itself. While The Flight of the Eisenstein was just the same story as in the previous books, it was still fresh because it was the first time we really stepped out of the established characters and followed some one totally new who really comes into his own at the end of the story. The plot and the writing was also good enough for it to still feel new.

Fulgrim, however, feels very much like the same story just told...more
Feb 22, 2008 Troy rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I really tried to like this book but for me it had a lot of things going against it. I've never been a big fan of Graham McNeill but I thought he did a good job with "False Gods". In Fulgrim nothing works for me. I think this book is about Fulgrim's fall into Chaos but since Fulgrim and the other Emperor's Children (with the exception of Saul Tarvitz) have been depicted as arrogant pricks in the previous stories they are not sympathetic characters. Without sympathetic characters this "fall from...more
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Richard Stuart
This book accomplishes a lot. It is epic in its scope and torrid in its style. It is an account of weakness, seduction, and depravity. It gives context to a great many things that will lead to a great many more things more terrible than these...

Fulgrim is really a tragedy. While striving for perfection, he and his legion are struck low by a subtle evil unbeknownst to them. What bothers me is that Fulgrim didn't understand the idea that perfection is a 'concept' not a reality; it is an adjective...more
Chris Youngblood
While formulaic and somewhat slow in getting to the meaty stuff, this book eventually becomes a good representation of the world of the Warhammer 40K wargame in fiction form.

Dealing with the Horus Heresy as first developed within that game system, the book tells of the downfall of and betrayal by the Emperor's Children, one of the Chapters of Space Marines that guard the galaxy against enemy incursions.

While characterizations, plot points, and details are nothing to crow about, the book itself...more
I must say, I was mightily disappointed with this book. Having been introduced to the Emp's Children in previous books, none of which were positive interactions, I do not see the wisdom in writing a book on a highly dislikable legion. I did not like or connect with any of the characters, and even those that remained loyal were still perfectionist pricks that you felt unable to feel anything for.

This book became very odd about halfway through. Dang that Laer temple, eh? The "stimulating" and "aro...more
Oh my god, the best of the horus heresy series so far. Everytime I read this (about 3 times now in last few months) I anxiously await the "Maraviglia"....read it trust me. This explains how Fulgrim (Primarch of the Emperors Children Space Marines), and his legion fall the the chaos influence of Slaanesh. It also gives more background on Lucius (later Lucious the Enternal), Fabius Bile (evil apothecary of the chapter), and Eidolon.
Alain Dewitt
I like the plot, the setting and the action, but the writing style is really starting to get on my nerves. I've mentioned this in previous reviews of volumes in this series, but the constant use of superlatives is really getting on my nerves. It makes the writing melodramatic and over the top. If everyone is perfect and everything is epic, then nothing is. Good thing these are quick reads.
A well written book overall however I felt it contributed little to the Hersey mythology like the previous books have. It is possible there were seeds planted in this book that may bear fruit later in the series but we'll see. The more compelling parts of the book for me revolved around the remembrancers. There is an interesting dynamic concerning how these chroniclers experience the same fall as the characters ultimately embracing the darkness of the warp. This leads to a great build of their s...more

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 tr

The perfect brother falls...

We have struggled for months to accomplish this task on our own when it should have been clear that we could not. In all things we strive to eradicate weakness, but it is not weakness to ask for help, my brothers. It is weakness to deny that help is needed.

Julius laughed and said, ‘Get some sleep, Solomon, you understand? Or did that crash scramble your brains too?’ ‘Sleep?’ said Solomon, slumping back onto the bed. ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’

(...) a truth that is tol...more
Richard Pennertz
A fascinating glimpse inside the Hedonist's Paradox. Beholding the madness spawned from a rapid acceleration of that phenomena is deeply disturbing, yet entrancing at the same time. Graham McNeill does a masterful job of revealing the pain and anguish of the characters as they find prior pleasures waning and the shock of onlookers at the twisting and contorting of those same characters' distorted sense of aesthetics. The use of art as a marker of each character's stability or descent into madnes...more
Fulgrim is one action packed book with everything that you could possibly want in a Warhammer 40k novel. Primarchs, Xenos, Chaos Daemons and big battles. For me, this was an excellent book only slightly let down by not having a character that I can connect to.

McNeill does a good job describing the changes in Fulgrim as he is slowly corrupted by Chaos but due to the immense plot, not enough time is spent exploring the struggles that the Primarch goes through during his transformation. There are a...more
Dylan Murphy
When I first read Fulgrim a few years ago, it cemented itself as my favourite book of all time. Reading it again in the glorious hardcover collector's edition complete with some awesome(and some ok) internal artwork as well as an author afterword was just as amazing as I remember.

The novel focuses on the Emperor's Children's fall to Slaanesh. The Emperor's Children just happen to my my all time favourite Legion and Warband(s) and Slaanesh is my Chaos God(dess) of choice! So naturally just based...more
Speaking as a 40K fan in general, and a Horus Heresy fan in particular...

I really liked this book, and almost gave it five stars for pushing the boundaries of what I thought I could expect from sci-fi. Maybe that just means I don't read enough sci-fi, but even so. In the dedication, McNeill says thanks to friends for "keeping him sane during the long hours of writing the madness," or something like that. At first I thought he was just referring to crazy deadlines, but no...he wasn't.

Anyways, pra...more
The fall of Fulgrim, the Primarch of the Emperor's Children legion, is tragic and quite dramatic. It is a descent into madness driven by dark forces for a figure that was brilliant and good for starters. And like a good tragedy, you know that there is no stopping the fates once they get going.

Fulgrim is the Primarch of the Emperor's Children, one of the legions of the Emperor of Mankind fighting in the Great Crusade to unify the worlds of men. The Emperor's Children pride themselves in their pu...more
Fabian Scherschel
This is the weakest book in the Horus Heresy series so far. The writing style in general works well enough, but I was not getting pulled in with the characters at all — they seem somewhat bland and it is very hard to identify with them. Now, a lot of that is due to the fact that the Emperor's Children in general are a bunch of egomanical, elitist, arrogant bastards which McNeill does portrait quite nicely; the downside of that being that there is no real protagonist in the novel. The person one...more
A brutal, horrifying, and magnificent story encompassing the primarch Fulgrim's journey from one of the Emperor's chosen ones to an agent of Chaos bent on assisting Horus' vision of all-out galactic war. Having read the previous four in this series, I was able to clearly place where Fulgrim fit in with the overall saga, and McNeill does a masterful job of furthering the saga while describing how elements of this novel mesh with events of the previous four. The civil war that occurs on Isstvan V...more
Derek Weese
So far this ranks as my favorite of the Horus Heresy series. I don't want to spoil any of the story but this story focuses on one of the Primarch's Fulgrim of 'The Emperor's Children' Legiones Astartes.
This book has it all; love that is lost, betrayal, deceit, byzantine intrigue, the lost lead guitarist of Motley Crue (ahem...excuse me, I meant Fulgrim), Ferrus Manus (who really should have a book of his own in my opinion) a wacked out-overly sensitive artiste and did I mention daemons? Oh...an...more
"Fulgrim centres on the eponymous Primarch of the 3rd Legion, the Emperor's Children, as both the flamboyant, perfectionist Commander and his Space Marines fall into Chaotic corruption around the time Horus meets the same fate. As a result, a warning about Horus' imminent betrayal and the disaster that may follow – delivered by the alien Eldar to Fulgrim and his staff – goes unheeded. The Emperor's Children eventually become the "Chosen" of Slaanesh, a god of Chaos, while Fulgrim is slowly and u...more
Although not a continuation of the main storyline, (more a different viewpoint of past events) Fulgrim gives a more detailed insight into the changes that happen to the Emperors Children legion as they pledge their cause to the Warmaster.

I found it quite chilling to read how the legion goes from perfection striving to Chaos crazy in such great detail. The descriptions on the slight changes that happen to some of the main characters are very well written and really give you a sense of how quickly...more
Emil Söderman
Now that the main stage of the Heresy has been set, there's going to be a lot of going back-and-forth, Fulgrim is the first (and arguably, the worst) of a bunch of books that basically is all about how and why some legions fell to Chaos and sided with Horus.

As such it is fairly enjoyable, but it is clearly one of the weaker of this set of books (much worse than say, A Thousand Sons) the entire thing feels vaguely contrived, and unlike the Lorgar or Magnus there is no real pathos to Fulgrim's fal...more
I thought Horus was a tragic figure but he doesn't have anything on how badly Fulgrim fell to Chaos' corruption. Many characters who fall to Chaos are NOT sympathetic but Fulgrim is. One of the common factors about the ones who the reader can feel bad about falling is that they are proud and they actually personalize their relationship with the Emperor. Fulgrim is driven to be perfect and it is through this pride that Chaos approaches him. Chaos also portrays the Emperor as really uncaring for h...more
This is the only Horus Heresy book with compelling characters--human and posthuman---, a truly tragic story, and themes which keep pushing the story forward. If you don't like, or are not interested in the Emperor's Children, then you probably shouldn't read this. But if you want a story about a legion which turns traitor without a predictable self-victimizing reason, then you should enjoy it. Fulgrim is the best Horus Heresy book in my opinion, because it fleshes out the NSFW legion with seriou...more
John Back
Excellent. This series just keeps getting better and better. No surprise it has a fanatical following. Well fleshed out book though the main skirmish makes up surprisingly little of the book. However as the story of Fulgrim himself, it excels, carefully mapping his fall. A good read.
So, so good! Grahan McNeill is a master of tension building. Even in the face of the inevitable he takes you on an absolute rollercoaster of excitement. As soon as one nail-biting moment is over, another one begins.

The story fits in perfectly with the original Heresy trilogy and drops little reference markers so you always have your bearings. It also sets up many other story arcs which I assume form the rest of the series. I have enjoyed every page of The Horus Heresy so far and Fulgrim delivere...more
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Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in surveying to work for Games Workshop as a games designer. He has a strong following with his novels Nightbringer, Warriors of Ultramar, Dead Sky, Black Sun and Storm of Iron.
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