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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading!, 3 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Wars of the Roses 1) (Hardcover)
Conn Iggulden's new novel Stormbird is the first of his new Wars of the Roses series.

It is a part of history that I know very little about and Conn Iggulden has certainly whetted my appetite and left me wanting more! His way of writing is very accessible and easy to read whilst being quite literary and in no way sloppy or dumbed down.

All his characters come alive on the page and his descriptions are very evocative, whether dealing with the foul streets of London, moments of torture or the simple flight of arrows. There are many disparate characters and places woven into the story, moving from the nobility in France to the court of King Henry VI and on to the rioting Kentish freemen storming London.

Each chapter deals with more than one storyline at a time. The brilliance of this is that you don't get stuck in the rut of `one chapter one voice' while the clarity of Conn Iggulden's writing means that, amazingly, you don't get confused as to who's who or where they fit into the plot.

This is a compelling, exciting treat and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction or readers who are considering giving this genre a try. My one and only gripe is that I will have to wait so long before the next instalment!
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