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The War of the Roses as it has never before been told!,
This review is from: Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Kindle Edition)
I've read novels about the War of the Roses before, but never like this one - with so much detail. In this first novel of the series, Conn Iggulden drills down deep into the history of this war, bring forward details about how it began and why. What makes this book so successful is that the author has time to develop each character, bringing their motivations and issues to the forefront.
It is the story of King Henry VI, a man plagued by frailness and a strange illness that renders him mute. His weakness demands others run the kingdom when he is incapacitated, and it is these men who are at the root of the problems. The English held territories in France are also at risk, with France working to seize back their lands. To bring peace, he marries Margaret of Anjou, the French king's daughter. As their marriage progresses, Margaret must take a stronger hand in guiding the kingdom's affairs.
Impeccable historical detail, coupled with compelling, well draw characters, and a fascinating period in history makes Conn Iggulden's version a must read. There are plenty of brutal and detailed battle scenes which contrast nicely to the gentler, kinder, or harrowing domestic scenes between the king and queen. This is definitely the book to read if you want a greater understanding of the cause and effects of the War of Roses on England and its people. Great pacing, fascinating people, and vibrant descriptions make this a must read!