I've been reading the Horus Heresy avidly. However, I'm curious.
In almost every instance I can think of, the primarchs who support the forces of Chaos are depicted as more reasonable and rational than the servants of the Empire. Ok, except Angron. He had Khorne written all over him.
The deamons that appear to them always appear open, honest and reasonable. I know they are supposed to appear so, but usually they seem to be actually telling the truth - That the Emperor has lied about the nature of the warp, that the Emperor would probably dispose of the Primarchs and SMs once the galaxy was won and hand control back to mortal humanity.
The servants of the Emperor always seem like a bunch of idiots. Russ, who is easily manipulated and blindly destroys a misguided but loyal legion, driving them to really rebel; The Lion, who has the empathy and people management skills of your average spoon; Dorn, who can't stop worrying about things - ever (You're a primarch, 'man' up, for Emperor's sake...). Guiliman seems ok, but a bit superior. The rest, easily suckered in by all and any plot against them. Even the Emperor seems to have only the vaguest clue as to what he is doing - all powerful, but in serious need of a vist from Super Nanny.
Only in Fulgrim did I feel any sort of sympathy for a character being manipulated into descending to Chaos. For everyone else, it's actually been written as if it was entirely justified. Not that the character is made to feel justified, blind to what we, the reader, can see is the truth, but that they REALLY are justified.
Add to that that all the Primarchs seem a bit numpty-ish, what ever side they are on. The architects of the Heresy actually seem to be Kor Phaeron and Erebus, with Lorgar (and in turn Horus et al) manipulated very successfully by them, effectively pulling the wool over the eyes over the eyes of the supposed greatest minds in all humanity save the Emperor himself. Who seems to not have been to aware of what was going on anyway...
Only in First Heretic did I feel real sympathy for the loyalists primarchs (during the massacre), and perhaps in the Raven Guard audio book.
So, my question is this; am I alone in finding it hard to be sympathetic with the 'good guys'?