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Conn Iggulden
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26 Sep 2013 Emperor Series (Book 5)

The epic new novel in Conn Iggulden’s bestselling EMPEROR series, featuring a new short story by the author.

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody.

Rome’s great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar’s adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.

Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father’s death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar’s childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators.

As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007482825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007482825
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,312 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

Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conn at his best 4 Jun 2013
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ooooops 27 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed 17 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although I did enjoy this book to be fair it left me wanting more. I've enjoyed all the series and waited with anticipation on the arrival of the final book but didn't think it was up the previously high standard set by Conn Iggulden
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The story of the aftermath of the assassination of Julius Caesar in the Theatre of Pompey in 44BC is a familiar one, possibly the most famous of all Roman tales thanks to Shakespeare and Hollywood. For Conn Iggulden, though, it represents the inevitable and natural culmination of his superb series Emperor, which has brought alive the rise to power of the god Julius. Now, in The Blood of Gods, he depicts Caesar's fellow Romans slipping in his blood, scrambling for position, giving way under the indomitable obsession for revenge wielded by his adopted son Octavian, the new Julius Caesar - Rome's first emperor in everything but name. The story might be familiar but Conn Iggulden brings a context to it, to Octavian's dramatic rise to power, as well as a poignancy thanks to all that we have learned over previous books about Caesar's deep friendship with Brutus, the final assassin. We can't forget Mark Antony here either. Iggulden replaces the famous speech of Shakespeare's Antony with a piece of gutwrenching theatre performed over the corpse of his friend. The die is cast and we're on the road to Philippi before you know it.

The familiarity of the novel's story is offset by Conn Iggulden's perceptive insight into the characters of Caesar's friends and enemies. This is especially true of Octavian, his brave and loyal friends Maecenas and Agrippa and Mark Antony. Both Octavian and Mark Antony, ingeniously, are very likeable. You could almost feel pity for Brutus and Cassius but in The Blood of Gods the time for sympathy for Brutus' ideals is past. In this book, the focus is very much on the complex character of Octavian instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good.
One of the best historical writers around.
Historically accurate,his books are always hard to put down and easy to read.
Yet another triumph.
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