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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking up a Storm..., 30 July 2013
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This review is from: Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Wars of the Roses 1) (Hardcover)
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If you like Historical Fiction, then read, Conn Iggulden's "Stormbird", the first book in his new series about the Wars of the Roses. Although this book is, of course, classed as "fiction", this is a misnomer as the historical facts and events are authentic and are only made more enjoyable by adding one or two fictitious characters.

The novel starts with the death of Edward 111 in 1377. He leaves five sons. Edward, the Black Prince; Lionel Duke of Clarence; John of Gaunt; Edward, Duke of York and Thomas Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester. However, the main character in the book is Derry Brewer who is spy master for Henry V1. This character holds all of the ensuing events together, and as the author himself says, such a person must have existed even though he is not mentioned in any historical records.

Over a period of 66 years, deaths and murders leave only two main contenders for the throne. The House of Lancaster and the House of York. Henry V1 is on the throne, but is a weak and sickly king, when what was needed was a strong monarch to address the many problems at home and in France. The Duke of York, a strong and intelligent man senses that his time is coming to make a bid for the throne. Meanwhile, in a truce agreed with France, Henry V1 is to marry Margaret of Anjou.

Stormbird is a Tour-de-Force, written by a master storyteller. Like all his books the characters leap of the page, and the reader is easily drawn back into the mists of time, itching to know how events transpire - even if you are familiar with them. Looks set to be a sensational series.

I heartily recommend it :)
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