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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FQN91AG
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For all that, his style of writing flows really well with a good mix of action, dialogue and repertoire.
In my opinion, there are 3 good writers of this type on the market, and in my order of preference, they are Iggulden, followed by Scarrow, followed by Cornwell, although I like them all. It's just my personal choice, probably governed by the style of writing that I like best.
Overall, it wasn't badly written, but I was less than halfway through and couldn't wait for it to be over (I'm far to stubborn to give up part way through!). We lurch from one battle, to a nice bit of torture and a bit of violence and some more blood and another battle..... you get my drift! And no, I don't think I have an unrealistic view of the past and it was bloody and those in power would have been what we might call self serving but they would probably though of as pragmatic, but this seemed to concentrate on the violence to the exclusion of just about everything else.
I'm not sure if Iggulden anticipated the reader feeling sympathy with any of the characters, but I found this difficult as there wasn't a great deal of character development, as it tended to get in the way of the blood letting. Everyone seemed to be self serving and the expression 'smug' was used on a number of occasions - not exactly endearing!
I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series and just go back to my non-fiction books on the period.
The author has written epic sagas before, but the fifteenth century English setting is a new departure for him I believe. I found this book a good novel of the prelude to, and beginning of the Wars of the Roses, but not great. The characters were largely historical figures, but there were `fictional' characters used by the author to expand on the historical sources, and these were drawn more fully than the historical characters I thought. I found the characters were rather shallow, and we never really got inside their heads - while we saw action, we never really understood motivation or intention.
The action is well portrayed, but I didn't ever really feel that I was drawn into the story entirely; personally I didn't feel an empathy for any of the characters, historical or fictional, and I never really felt like I was totally involved in the whole story. There's much more to be told of the Wars of the Roses, but I think that Mr Iggulden will not be able to entice me to read more of his saga. Good, not great.
If they'd taught history like this at school we'd have been fighting to get into class, not fighting the will to live.
Iggulden's a man who knows how to press all the buttons that make a British-born man's blood course and thrill, his juices flow, his mind run riot in a world where actions speak louder than words, and the words are pretty damn loud.
He did it with his Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan series, and now he's taken what is for many a subject as dull as ditchwater and turned it into living, bleeding, aching, loving, scarred flesh.
Stormbird delivers the background and build-up to the Wars of the Roses: A limp-d***ed king, a b*****d of an enemy within, a well-fit and feisty queen, an uppity French noble, a loyal but doomed diplomat and a home-grown troublemaker with a rag-bag army hell-bent on violent revolution.
Thrown into the boiling pot are characters made up to drive the tale along and keep it gripping your mind and guts: An all-action, dangerously devious spy, and a dispossessed war veteran with a mighty longbow arm.
Though historians might quibble, every inch of this book is believable, not least the battle in the stinking streets of London at night...you can feel yourself slipping in the filth and blood.
This is a serious MUSCLE book with just enough gore to satisfy the animal within and enough intrigue to keep readers eager.
In short, it's yet another masterpiece by Conn Iggulden.
The Wars of the Roses may be just beginning but he's already won the prize...King of Historical Fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finished Wars of the Roses book one-Iggulden is a favourite author; he never disappoints. Solid historical storyline and interesting detail thrown in and of course great characters... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by joeltoombs
Historically informative. More precise about a time of strife in England and the loss of our territory in Europe.Published 1 day ago by Graham Peacock
The Wars of the Roses have been well covered in historical fiction, not least by Philippa Gregory, but this book from Conn Iggulden - better known for his series on Julius Caesar... Read morePublished 2 days ago by History Geek
The writing on this is superbly descriptive. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.Published 11 days ago by Twiggy
Enjoyed the storyline regarding William de la Pole re the marriage contract for Margaret of Anjou. Subsequent consequences for those English who had settled in France well told.Published 14 days ago by C Z Archer