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Emperor: The Blood of Gods (Emperor Series, Book 5) Hardcover – 23 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition - Later Print Run edition (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007271174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007271177
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with three children, he lives in Hertfordshire. Since publication of 'The Gates of Rome', Conn has written a further thirteen books including the wildly successful 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'.

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‘A clever and convincing narrative … the best book in the series’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Iggulden brings his five volume series about Julius Caesar to a close with this clever and convincing narrative… with a compelling grasp of Roman realpolitik’ SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

Praise for the EMPEROR series:

‘If you liked Gladiator, you’ll love Emperor’ THE TIMES

‘A brilliant story – I wish I’d written it. A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read’
Bernard Cornwell

‘The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life’ GUARDIAN

Praise for the CONQUEROR series:

‘Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction’ DAILY MIRROR

‘This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience’ INDEPENDENT

‘Iggulden…tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent’ THE TIMES

‘I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me…read the book before Hollywood takes it over’ DAILY EXPRESS

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. His two number one bestselling series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
So after a gap of 8 years since the last book in this series
1. The Gates of Rome (2003)
2. The Death of Kings (2004)
3. The Field of Swords (2004)
4. The Gods of War (2005)
5. The Blood of Gods (2013)
How does this new offering stack up? does it have all that the early books did? or has it progressed with the writers skill?
I'm happy to say that the book retains the passion of the early Emperor books, but incorporates all the lessons learned since that time.
As usual with this series you have to accept the authors slight meddling with the timeline for places and character names, this as per previous books is done to make the book a tight, fast paced novel, whilst retaining the integrity of the history (it is fiction after all). All those niggles the purist may have are answered in the author notes at the back of the book.
This book tells how Octavian starts his rise to power, how does a young boy of 17 take over from his adopted father? how does he suddenly take on the devious and wily Liberatores, the men who killed Caesar? And how does he command the respect of the people and legions of Rome?
Conn gives a convincing and powerful portrayal of this young man and his two friends Agrippa and Maecenas, their journey from adolescents enjoying leave in Greece, to absorbing the news of the murder of the greatest man of their age and then the audacity and prowess needed to take on the might of the senate, Cassius, Brutus, Mark Anthony and the systemic corruption and arrogance of the Roman elite.
Conn charts this progress with skill and believability, we know Octavian managed all this, what many know is how, the high level story but we don't know all the problems he faced along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2014
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I have either read or listened to a number Conn Iggulden's historical fiction books and CD audio books. They have all been, for me, very well done and highly entertaining. Dare I say that his books set a high standard across the board for `historical fiction'. Mr Iggulden's first presentation was a book called `The Gates of Rome'; this was to be first of a series of five books of what is now known as Emperor Series.

The series is based around the life of Julius Caesar, from juvenile to his eventual betrayal and death (The Gods of War). The author's ability to cleverly entwine fact and fiction, in seamless fashion is truly flawless in my opinion, and this really makes his books work. This range of books has proved so popular that a film company has optioned the rights.

In this concluding book in the series Conn Iggulden gives a superb account of the aftermath of Caesar's assassination and the resolute mission of his adopted son Octavian to hunt down his killers. This is familiar history - but Iggulden has breathed new life here especially thanks to his recreation of Octavian, his friends and Mark Antony. Agrippa is my particular favourite here. A superb novel where the narration is top notch and crisp in its delivery as we see a nation that is in turmoil looking for revenge, which will be paid in blood on the battlefield at Philippi - who will be the victor and control Rome Mark Antony, or the untested Octavian?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bob blake on 27 Jun. 2013
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Conn's books up to now have been among my favourites of all time, with the Emperor series particularly high on my list, so I must admit to being quite excited when I got this. I was crushingly disappointed. Even being a history buff, I didn't mind that throughout the Emperor series, history had been changed here and there to fit in with the story as the books were such an enjoyable read, and the introduction of fictional characters and the omission of quite important characters in the real story bothered me not at all, such was my enjoyment. So what happened here?

Brutus hardly knows Octavian in the new book which is surprising considering how much time they spent together in the last 4. what happened to Domitian, Ciro and the rest of the crew, surely just a paragraph to either kill them off or retire them would have been tidier. It seems with the introduction of some of the real historical characters and trying to be a little (not much) closer to actual history, this book lost its soul along the way. For those readers without a passing knowledge of the period but who have enjoyed the 4 previous books, there would have been a lot of "where the hell did he come from? " going on.

This would have been far better billed as a stand alone book, not as No5 of the series, with a footnote distancing this book from the rest. Then I would have been able to fully enjoy it, as it actually (once I got my head around it) is really quite good.

So in conclusion, don't read this expecting it to be No5, it isn't, but saying that I hope Conn now tidies it all up and does the final book and documents the fall of Antony and expands the story of Agrippa who was quite an extraordinary man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BruceB VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2013
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I don't read this sort of book as a history primer - I don't expect it to be spot-on in facts and timing.

What I do look for is an entertaining read, plus a feel for the times the book is staged in, plus, a feel for the general flow of the historical events. This book provides that in spades.

While I have read the rest of this series, I've never really thought about the events following Caesar's death, until Graves' "I, Claudius" kicks in. This book is a very good book indeed and bridges that span well.

Quite an eye-opener describing a load of historical characters I know the names of, but have not been able to link, even if loosely, before.

Well recommended. I couldn't put it down.
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