The first book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical series about two families that plunged England into a devastating, . The first book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical series about two families that plunged England. Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English Civil War in this first instalment of his latest Wars of the Roses series.

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Conn Iggulden was interviewed by Mariella Frostrup for the BBC programme ‘Open Book’ recently and said, “The wonderful thing about historical fiction is it has to entertain and inform. This first This is Iggulden at his finest. Jun 20, Lucinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 03, Anna marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: This is a stunning novel to possess.

Hi, I am totally new to this Medieval European History.

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It’d be easy to overlook, but Iggulden continues with the misnom The book is readable and very easy to get into because of the fluid pace and style, but lacks substance. The Wars of the Roses was a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: I’m a sucker for historical novels, and this is a good start.

An archer in his past, he remains on good terms with Thomas Woodchurch, an ex-archer himself, Royally screwed by the truce, which results in handing back lands won in France by Henry V.

Parts of the story jggulden too slow. Jul 17, Yorkshiresoul rated it really liked it. Although Iggulden makes each character believable — no small feat — the sudden switches in narrators and scenes are sometimes confusing. The story begins inwith Henry VI, coming of age ascending to the English throne.


I couldn’t stop once I started to turn the pages. Learn how your comment data is processed. Also in Wars of the Roses.

Long-buried Kings are brought into the light once more, because some stories are too good to be allowed to grow cold. Feb 10, Mark Harrison rated it liked it. Stormbird Large Print Edition Author s: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It makes things complicated and rewarding to read.

Connn and Mortals Bernard Cornwell. More distracting are some of the stormbirv uttered by the characters, particularly the over-the-top bombast of Derry Brewer and the wooden delivery of the Duke and Duchess of York.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. When the King enters his catatonic state they have their perfect opportunity. It had a curious, and irritating, authorial choice related to addressing lords in a way that wasn’t the fashion back then, like calling Richard, Duke of York simply “Lord York,” or “Lord Suffolk” for William, Duke of Suffolk.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Stormbird Wars of the Roses 1 by Conn Iggulden. Henry VI is not written about enough and is such an interesting character because of his mental instability – as is Margaret, his wife.

Peter Harvie rated it really liked it Dec 18, It is fast paced, well written and has some interesting characters. Conversely, although it may just be something as trivial as the fact that Iggulden, like the subject matter is English, there is just something palpable that seems to click about the feel of this book that makes it feel like Iggulden is in his element.


Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

Supremely enjoyable first installment with enough blending of fact and fiction, historical characters and Igulden own creations, to prevent the story getting bogged down in over-familiar historical trudgery. Stormbird is the first in a trilogy on the Wars of the Roses, and his ibgulden is a truly mesmerizing romp through 15th-century England and France. His attempt fails in the end.

By that I mean, although there was elements of getting inside key characters minds, by and large it felt as if it were written by an observer, or an outsider rather than someone palpably in the middle of the action.

The story of Jack Cade also provides you with an insight into coonn anger and fear felt by most of the population at the time, and their sense of injustice and betrayal, while at the same time leaving you fretting over the safety of the queen. Nahid rated it really liked it Aug 15, A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series. Thank you comn this giveaway.

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In his gentle son comes of age and takes the throne. Bit of a conundrum there for me. All interesting and helpful. Michael Mulvey rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Praise for Conn Iggulden: