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on 30 January 2012
Conqueror is entertaining, with interesting characters and a page turning pace, which engrosses you in the struggles of its historical characters. I had read the previous book and was looking forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed. Having finished it, I went straight onto Wikipedia to explore the history (which I avoided doing while reading so as not to spoil the story).
What I found was that the history and Conn Iggulden's books don't match up very well. Now, I know that a writer has to shape real events, and trim things, and exclude events, while imagining new ones to make a good story, but Iggulden has taken a lot of liberties with history. There are key events which never happened in reality; there are even characters playing pivotal roles who were dead a decade before in reality.
It's a shame because one of the joys of reading this book was the feeling that I was immersed in history - in the real lives of long dead people. In actual fact though, I was not reading a historical novel, but a fictional novel loosely based on history.
However, it is a really good read and I would recommend it on that count.