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Another fine addition in The Accursed Kings series
on 1 October 2013
I devoured this as soon as possible after its release. It is a great addition to a great series and if you're this far along, you probably don't need any extra convincing. Fear not, the writing, even through translation, is as good as it has been in the previous two and the plot is full of intrigue. The pace is a little slower in the first half of the book than it was in the previous novels, but this sets the scene for a cracking second half.
It is an absolutely riveting page-turner. Druon has a knack for taking issues long resolved, characters long dead, events long decided, and, despite the 'end' effectively known, being able to continually excite and grip with the journey there. The characters are living, multi-dimensional human beings. Easy to love, hate or sympathise with> Crawling inexorably to success, failure or death.
If you're a fan of The Accursed Kings so far, don't hesitate. If you've chanced upon this book somehow without reading its predecessors, please go right ahead and acquire The Iron King as soon as you can! If you're wondering when the next novels in the series are due, I contacted the Publisher, Harper Voyager, on Twitter and the release dates for subsequent books are as follows:
The Royal Succession - 2/01/14
She-Wolf - 10/04/14
The Lily & the Lion - 25/09/14
King Without a Kingdom - 8/01/15