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Conn Iggulden
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24 April 2014 Wars of the Roses 1

Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series.

King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead.

In 1437 his gentle son comes of age and takes the throne. Frail in body and mind, King Henry VI is dependent on his supporters to run his kingdom.

Richard, Duke of York, however, believes that without a strong king England will fall. His fears seem justified as English power comes under threat from France, and discontent and rebellion spread at home.

On the counsel of his advisers, Henry marries the young princess Margaret of Anjou, in order to forge an alliance with France - but is it too late?

As the storm clouds gather, King Henry and his queen are besieged abroad and at home.

Who can save the throne? Who will save the kingdom?

The Wars of the Roses series will be a benchmark for historical fiction, showcasing Conn Iggulden at his finest.

Praise for Conn Iggulden:

'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent

'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror

'Iggulden...tells an absolutely cracking story' The Times

Conn Iggulden is the author of the best-selling Emperor and Conqueror historical fiction series and also the co-author (with his brother Hal), of 2006's British Book of The Year, The Dangerous Book for Boys. 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 married and lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718196341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718196349
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404 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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Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. Stormbird is the first book in his brilliant new series set during the Wars of the Roses, an extraordinary period of British history. His previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were number one bestsellers. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, just wonderful! 4 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been excited to read this book for some time and yes, it may have taken me a while to get it and read it but it was oh so worth the wait!

Conn Iggulden's version of The War Of The Roses, beginning with Stormbird, is my first foray into reading Iggulden's work despite hearing some great things about his previous books. Stormbird is a bit unusual to the other books about the battle for the throne between the York's and the Lancaster's, unusual in that the book starts off much earlier than other books on the subject I've read (like Phillipa Gregory's Cousin's War books for example that start just before Edward of York meets Elizabeth Woodville) and things start off before Margaret of Anjou marries Henry VI which mean a lot of the players I usually associate with this time period and very young indeed and many that have already died by the time Edward meets Elizabeth and still alive and kicking including Edward's father Richard of York ,who is not the man I was expecting to find incidentally and it's all very interesting to me!

Followers of the blog already know I have a huge passion for this kind of historical fiction and as a English girl I am always hugely interested in our royal history but in particular in the Tudor time period. I have to thank Phillipa Gregory for introducing me to another branch of the Tudor family tree with the Cousin's War books as the York and Lancaster families are responsible for the Tudor family gaining the throne in the end (both directly and indirectly) and of course Edward Of York and Elizabeth Woodville are grandparents to our most infamous king Henry VIII and great-grandparents to our own Elizabeth I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start but not an instant classic 21 May 2014
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Having come off the back of Iggulden's Genghis Khan series I was really looking forward to this book.
To put that into context. I thought the Genghis Khan series much better than his Roman series - partly because he seemed to have found his style and tempo and secondly as an Ancient Historian by degree I have read many better Rome based series than his, which I felt were solid rather than spectacular.
I think this period he has settled on is fascinating - the end of the 100 years war and the Wars of the Roses is a fascinating part of British History - one that actually few Britons know much about in depth...me included.
I like what Iggulden has done here, the story is long but the natural set up is well paced and well delivered through out. It lacks that sense of urgency that Wolf on the Plains had - dragging you through page after page - rather than with this where there were plenty of times I was happy to put it down.
The characters are well rounded, with enough back story and arc to make them believable and likeable...but what is most obvious when reading this is that the overall impact of Stormbird is that the story of the Wars of the Roses is nicely simmering away - the boiling points are well in advance of the story arc of this "first in the series."
As a standalone or as a first in the series this is not the classic that "A Game of Thrones" is (I use that as an example merely as GRRM has openly sourced the Wars of the Roses as the basic inspiration for his popular series. However I am really looking forward to the next instalment because I genuinely believe that the following books will naturally be much more interesting due to the content (intrigue/murders etc) that have to follow.
Overall a good book, which I hope will be the set up to a strong series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rather good piece of historical fiction 8 July 2013
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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 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.

For me Wars of the Roses `Stormbird', proves to be just as promising a title as the ones mentioned previously. Without giving spoilers and regurgitating the plot summary, this current tale has the attention to historical detail that makes the narrative, ooze with history, and seems as if a newly discovered parchment from the past had just been discovered and published giving vivid new insights.

The tale of centres around `The Wars of the Roses' that were a series of dynastic wars fought between factions of two competing branches of the royal House of Plantagenet; the houses of Lancaster and York. A rather weak Henry VI's, who is plagued by both mental and physical ill health, has his right to the crown challenged by one Richard, Duke of York, who seems on the face it -initially away- being purposely marginalised by the Kings Court.
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I have read all of Conn Iggulden's earlier works and a firm fan of his writing. He writes fluidly, creates interesting multi-faceted characters and sets his stories firmly in a... Read more
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I love historical stories that are based closely on true events. This is a really good one - I will have to buy the next book!
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magnificent first book about the wars of the roses, well the events leading up to them, the battles really begin in the second book - Trinity. Read more
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It was very hard to put this book down just one more page and then another having the need to find out what would happen next was too compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I ever read.
Very well written, It takes you back to those times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The road to hell is paved with good intentions
I learnt a lot about the run up to the war of the roses that I was unaware of before.
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