Conn Iggulden

The Blood of Gods

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"The Blood of Gods", the fifth and final book in the Emperor Series sees Julius Caesar cut down. His blood stains the hands of a band of bold conspirators led by famed general and one time friend, Marcus Brutus. The Senate are initially complicit in this act, and grant amnesty. The killers, however, turn toward plotting the empire’s future under their control. Caesar’s death does not rest easily with all of Rome. For Mark Antony and Octavian, who Caesar names son and heir to all his wealth and power, are bent on revenge, The shocking assassination is nothing less than treason and those responsible must pay with their lives. I was loath to start this book as I knew it was the last in this marvelous series about Caesar, his life, death and the future of the Roman Empire. Absolutely brilliant!

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Field of Swords

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In the third book of the Emperor series, Conn Iggulden continues the life of Julius Caesar. Having proved his valor in the slaves’ revolt, the time has come for Caesar to enter the political battleground of Rome, supported by the love of Servilia and the sword of his loyal friend, Marcus Brutus, He the establishes his reputation, first in Spain, then against the armies of the wilderness of Gaul, and across the English Channel, and to the wilds of tribal Britain and forges his legend with an army made in his own image. However, his political adversaries in Rome are growing ever more powerful, so that when the fighting in Gaul and Britain is over, he will face the greatest threat to him yet—a man, Pompey, who wants Rome for himself. Brilliant......

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Emperor: The Death of Kings

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This second book in the epic saga of Julius Caesar's life begins with him in North Africa being captured by pirates for ransom. Caesar exacts his revenge and begins to build a legend far from Rome. Meanwhile, his friend Marcus Brutus is rising to power in the wake of the assassination of a dictator. They are brought together by Spartacus, a gladiator leading a slave revolt who is building an army of seventy thousand slaves, to battle Rome itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly the writing. Although the plot events do not entirely follow the documented facts (which the author concedes) I can forgive, because I am totally captured by the story. I am already reading the next book in the series!!

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Emperor: The Gates of Rome

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Fantastic book. Highly recommend as a introduction to the early life of Gaius Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus! Great historical fiction as details of their early lives are not well documented. The author has made great use of what has been documented and woven a great tale.

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Bloodline

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The third book Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series, this is not only about the war between the York and Lancaster families, but about the loss of family members, fathers and brothers and the actions that grief can lead to. It is winter 1461: Richard, duke of York, is dead—his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city along with Richard Neville(Warwick) and Edmund (Neville) of Rutland. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. Margaret of Anjou rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. However, in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons, both York and Neville. Edward of March, now duke of York, proclaims himself England’s rightful king. and along with the son Richard Neville, now Warwick, they unleash their forces against Margaret's army. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Blood and treason are the forces that drive the tale of these men, as the son Richard of Warwick (Kingmaker)learns to his cost as events unfold. Conn Iggulden tells it brilliantly. Two men can claim a crown—but only one can keep it. I can't wait for the next book.

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Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou

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This book is a delight to read. I wish I had the next in the series in my possession already!!! It is 1454 and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband’s interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day come to know his father. Henry is all but absent as king, and Richard, the Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom. When the king unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again plunged into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York may be the beginning of a war that can tear England apart. A must read for all history nuts!!!

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War of the Roses: Stormbird

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In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court. A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it not only opportunity in the monarch, but also their patriotic duty in ousting an ineffectual king. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late? The War of the Roses begins. A great read for all 16th Century crazies!!!!

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