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Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today; with UK sales topping almost 3 million, Conn has joined the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett on the A-list of historical novelists. Conn’s previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were number one bestsellers. An ex-school teacher and adventurer, Conn was the first author to ever achieve a simultaneous no 1 across and fiction and non-fiction charts with Dangerous Book for Boys. Over 7 million copies of his books have now sold globally. Conn lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and four children.
THE LATEST ANCIENT EPIC IN THE NEW ATHENIAN SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPEROR AND WAR OF THE ROSES TWO LEGENDARY BATTLES. ONE FEARLESS WARRIOR . . . Themistocles stands as an archon of Athens: the might of the city is his to command. Yet he is no nobleman, distrusted by many for his modest birthright. For his presumption. But those who stand against him cannot argue with two things: his victories as a warrior and the vast Persian force heading their way. And so Themistocles must fight. To survive the game of politics, to make his name, he must prove himself again and again in battle. On the sea. On land. In the arena of public opinion. His enemies are legion, his allies do not trust him and the Persians would corrupt him - but history belongs to the courageous . . .
The momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta as rival powers and political systems will last for twenty-seven years (431 to 404 BC). It will end in the fall of Athens. Filled with cunning political scheming, astonishing military prowess, invasions, treacheries, plagues, ambitions, virtues, and emotions and a lot of intrigue, Conn Iggulden brings to life one of the most thrilling chapters of the ancient world.
A stunning conclusion to ‘The Wars of the Roses’ series, ‘Ravenspur’ launches Henry Tudor, while around him Kings battle for survival. This series is absolutely fascinating and even more compelling knowing it is based on some of the most bloody and twisted history of our land. Conn Iggulden captures the nuances of political manoeuvring beautifully, and truly breathes life into the men and women of this time. These are not shallow caricatures from history, but distinct, observable people, I felt their intense passion and conviction, I saw them at their best, worst, and everything in-between. As I read, I occasionally found myself returning to the family trees at the beginning, and found them essential in order to understand just how tangled and contorted a battle for supremacy this really was. This series has, quite simply, been breathtakingly glorious from beginning to end.
May 2016 Book of the Month. A stunning conclusion to ‘The Wars of the Roses’ series, ‘Ravenspur’ launches Henry Tudor, while around him Kings battle for survival. This series is absolutely fascinating and even more compelling knowing it is based on some of the most bloody and twisted history of our land. Conn Iggulden captures the nuances of political manoeuvring beautifully, and truly breathes life into the men and women of this time. These are not shallow caricatures from history, but distinct, observable people, I felt their intense passion and conviction, I saw them at their best, worst, and everything in-between. As I read, I occasionally found myself returning to the family trees at the beginning, and found them essential in order to understand just how tangled and contorted a battle for supremacy this really was. This series has, quite simply, been breathtakingly glorious from beginning to end.
Wonderfully captivating and so very readable, this is historical fiction at its best. ‘Bloodline’ is the third in ‘The War of the Roses’ series, Henry VI is prisoner, his Queen is on the warpath, and the sons of the dead are set on revenge. Conn Iggulden excels in taking history by the scruff of the neck and making it feel intensely personal. Characters walked in front of my eyes, decisions they made were understandable, their feelings were relatable, yet a seething mass of revenge, jealousy and pride storms the pages. The family trees of the Houses of Lancaster, York, and their supporters were for me, an essential and fascinating read. In places the calculating, behind the scenes decisions twisted and took root, while in others the true and mighty horror of war stampeded through my imagination. ‘Bloodline’ took me prisoner from beginning to end, and I relished every second.
Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king.
The second instalment following Stormbird. It is 1454, Henry VI is ill. Richard of York is Regent in conflict with Queen Margaret who is determined her infant son Edward will succeed Henry. So the treachery, campaigns and manipulation begin with infighting between the Dukes of Warwick and Salisbury and the Percy family. It is a very complicated period beautifully explained and related to us, mostly through the Queen’s spy-master John Derry. For now Henry hangs on to the throne. It’s a vivid story of the life and times, its glamour and squalor interspersed with little known incidents to expand on the greater story.
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the TV drama The White Queen looked at the period from the female point of view, this is the male’s angle. It tries to make sense of the truce between the French and English with Henry VI’s marriage to Margaret of Anjou, his death and the Duke of York protector of the realm. Conn creates a fictional character in Derry Brewer which shows how Henry was managed by those about him leading to the Wars of the Roses. This is excellent, fans of his ancient Rome series will not be disappointed and I’m sure this now popular period will bring him many a new fan. Books in The Wars of the Roses Series: 1. Stormbird 2. Trinity 3. Bloodline 4. Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Sarah Broadhurst's view... Anyone having taken history or is a Shakespeare addict will be aware of the death of Julius Caesar but this informative, interesting and totally thrilling book goes behind the scenes and brings the whole business to life. Details of the political background and the turmoil and unrest that followed the assassination are full of action and tension. An excellent conclusion to a wonderful series.
With pace, action, lots of gore, compelling characters and what must be an enormous amount of research, ex-teacher Conn Iggulden brings the characters in the turbulent Khan dynasty to life. Conqueror focuses on the life and exploits of his Grandson Kublai Khan, who at one time ruled 1/5th of the world and changed the course of history. This is the 5th in the epic historical fiction Conqueror series. The Conqueror series1. Wolf of the Plains2. Lords of the Bow3. Bones of the Hills4. Empire of Silver5. Conqueror
A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read. This brilliant comic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
The fourth and final volume of the life of Julius Caesar. History brilliantly recreated, full of high adventure. It is sad to see the end of the series but his next, also about an ancient warrior, should be brilliant too. I look forward to it.Similar this month: None, but try Matthew Reilly.Comparison: Bernard Cornwell, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Steven Pressfield.The Emperor Series: 1. The Gates of Rome 2. The Death of Kings 3. The Field of Swords 4. The Gods of War
Conn Iggulden knows his history and knows how to tell a great story. This is the fourth in the Conqueror series and sees the sons of Genghis Khan fighting to see who will take their father's place. The pace and action packed sequences in this fantastic series sweep you along until you are almost breathless. Another great read. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 2 December 2010. The Conqueror series1. Wolf of the Plains2. Lords of the Bow3. Bones of the Hills4. Empire of Silver5. Conqueror
This is the first in the Emperor series following the story of young Caesar. A great, epic adventure following the power struggles and rivalries in the early days of Caesar's life. This is a thrilling, historical, action-packed read that will keep you glued from start to finish. The Emperor Series:1. The Gates of Rome2. The Death of Kings3. The Field of Swords4. The Gods of War
The second volume of this fantastic series follows Caesar who, having fled his enemies, is serving on a war galley. As he battles and earns respect he builds a following that will help him re-take Rome and become the powerful leader known through history. Rich in historical detail and jam packed with action this is a thrilling read. The Emperor Series: 1. The Gates of Rome 2. The Death of Kings 3. The Field of Swords 4. The Gods of War
The follow up to Wolf of the Plains following the life of Genghis Khan as he matures from the young warrior of the previous book to the great conqueror he must become. A powerful and fascinating story of a mesmerising historical figure. The Conqueror series1. Wolf of the Plains2. Lords of the Bow3. Bones of the Hills4. Empire of Silver5. Conqueror
Genghis Khan has built a powerful empire but must battle to retain power over his territories. Testing his sons, he sends them out as generals of various divisions not only to lead the armies but to see which of them has the strength to inherit their fathers position. Action, adventure, blood and gore! The Conqueror series1. Wolf of the Plains2. Lords of the Bow3. Bones of the Hills4. Empire of Silver5. Conqueror
Handy sized edition of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys. Perfect for carrying around with you and practising handy hints such as how to skim stones, teaching your dog tricks, tying knots and how to win at poker. As it says perfect for every boy from 8 to 80 (and pretty good for girls too!!).
Winner of Book of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.If you have a copy of this then you know that it is an essential addition to every household in the land. Quite the most brilliant book of hints, trivia, information, general knowledge and downright fun to have been published for ages. Beautifully produced and great to dip into, read aloud or share, it should be the Christmas present for all fathers, uncles, sons, grandfathers, boyfriends et al. Personally Iâd give it to the ladies too! (only the title might upset them).
A beautifully written thriller with a dark twist. Davy's life has become complicated when he confides in his older brother and calls on him for help. Is he taking things too far though? Compelling reading.
The third in this magnificent adventure series sees the crack in Caesar and Brutus’ friendship appearing and some of the possible reasons why former friends and colleagues turned. It’s history brought to life. Thrilling stuff, he’s a brilliant storyteller.Comparison: Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Steven Pressfield.Similar this month: None but I think you’ll enjoy William Landay too. The Emperor Series: 1. The Gates of Rome 2. The Death of Kings 3. The Field of Swords 4. The Gods of War
The first book in the bestselling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants. 'I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter.'Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only eleven when his father died in an ambush.His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis.
It's Peter Pan with attitude as Conn Iggulden, creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new fictional world."e;Tollins are not fairies. Though they both have wings, fairies are delicate creatures and much smaller.Tollins are also a lot less fragile than fairies. In fact, the word 'fragile' can't really be used about them at all. They are about as fragile as a housebrick..."e;In these three tales, Conn Iggulden introduces the explosive, magical and adventurous world of the Tollins, all beautifully illustrated in full colour by Lizzy Duncan. Complete with thrilling stories of danger and derring-do, glorious drawings, maps and diagrams, this is more than a fantastic fiction debut for children - it's also the definitive guide to these remarkable little flying creatures. Just don't ever call them fairies...
PRE-ORDER THE LATEST ANCIENT EPIC IN THE NEW ATHENIAN SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPEROR AND WAR OF THE ROSES Set in the bloody, brutal world of Ancient Persia, an age of ever-shifting loyalties and epic battles. Witness the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire. Praise for Conn Iggulden 'The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent' Times 'Pacy...and packed with action' Sunday Times 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror
BE TRANSPORTED TO THE EPIC WORLD OF THE ATHENIANS WITH CONN IGGULDEN'S LATEST LEGENDARY TALE 'Astonishing, convincing and compelling, with ferocious battles that bring the Ancient World of Greece alive' 5***** Reader Review ______ A STATESMAN IS BORN, NOT MADE . . . Marathon. A Persian king stands at last on Greek soil. His Immortals have come to raze the cities of the west. The Athenians are hopelessly outnumbered. The gods are silent. All they have is the shield line. Xanthippus takes a breath. If they cannot stand, all Greece will fall. Thermopylae. Ten years later, Athens has betrayed its favourite son. When the Persians return, when they cross the Hellespont to take revenge on the Greeks, will Xanthippus come home to save his people? Athens cannot stand alone a second time. In desperation, the city calls on men of Sparta to block the pass at Thermopylae. To give them time. To give them hope. Featuring two of the most famous battles of the Ancient World, The Gates of Athens is a bravura piece of storytelling about a people driven to preserve their freedom at any cost. ______ Readers are raving about The Gates of Athens: 'What a brilliantly addictive read' 5***** Reader Review 'This author never fails to deliver!' 5***** Reader Review 'Another brilliant historical novel from the master of the craft' 5***** Reader Review 'It's like being on the battlefield' 5***** Reader Review PRAISE FOR CONN IGGULDEN 'The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent' Times 'Pacy . . . and packed with action' Sunday Times 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror
Spark your imagination, forge your own adventures and unearth long-lost skills. In this long-awaited follow-up to his much-loved bestseller, written with his sons Cameron and Arthur, Conn Iggulden presents a brand-new compendium of cunning schemes, projects, tricks, games and tales of extraordinary courage. Whether it's building a flying machine (keep your temper with this one) or learning how to pick a padlock (or your own front door, but not someone else's), discovering our forgotten explorers and the world's greatest speeches, or mastering the lauded task of solving a Rubik's cube, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is the ultimate companion to be cherished by readers and doers of all ages.
Penguin presents the audiobook CD of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden, read by Michael Fox. In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. 401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. The sons of Sparta, those whose fathers and grandfathers fell at Thermopylae and perished in the Peloponnesian Wars, work as mercenaries for Persian princes eager to play the game of thrones. When Cyrus the younger, brother to the Great King, lays claim to his father's crown, he does so with an elite army of Spartans at his side. Yet battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. Drawing on one of history's most epic stories of adventure, The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity, heroism, and savage bloodshed that was the ancient World.
One man. Seven Kings. England's bloody throne. 'Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story. The pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent' The Times Tenth century England: a divided and broken country of misrule. Yet King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, seeks to unite the kingdom under one crown. By his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury - priest, soldier, visionary and, some insist, traitor - whose task is to steward seven kings through fire, war, murder and fury to see Athelstan's dream come true. But what stain will it leave on his mortal soul? 'Iggulden has created an intriguingly complex saint - flawed, spiteful and unreliable as the teller of his own tale. Through his eyes we watch the story of the making of England' The Times 'Engrossing. Rich in intrigue, with Iggulden breathing life into this remarkable and complex figure who played a vital role in safeguarding a newly united England' Daily Express 'A gripping and glorious legend. Brilliant!' Weekend Sport 'Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times' Star 'Dunstan is a vivid, convincing character' BBC History Magazine
'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic historical fiction' Daily MirrorConn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses Ebook Bundle contain the following:TrinityStormbirdBloodlineRavenspur
England, 1470. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The Yorkist king Edward IV is driven out of England, his wife and children forced to seek sanctuary from the House of Lancaster. Yet rage and humiliation prick Edward back to greatness. He lands at Ravenspur, with a half-drowned army and his brother Richard at his side. Though every hand is against them, though every city gate is shut, they have come home. The brothers York will not go quietly into banishment. Instead, they choose to attack. Yet neither Edward nor Richard realize that the true enemy of York has yet to reveal himself. Far away, Henry Tudor has become a man. He is the Red Dragon - 'the man of destiny' who seeks to end the Wars of the Roses. His claim will carry him to Bosworth Field. There will be silence and the mourning of queens. There will be self-sacrifice and terrible betrayals. Two royal princes will be put to death. There will be an ending -- and a new royal house will stand over them all. Praise for Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series: 'A tough, pacy chronicle of bloody encounters, betrayals and cruelties. Superb' Daily Mail 'Iggulden is a master storyteller and makes our blood flow faster' Sunday Express 'Iggulden breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times, with a flair for both the huge scale and human interest of it all' Star 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror 'Absorbing and bloody' The Times 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express
1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by illness for over a year. Meanwhile his fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests. Richard Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom with each month that Henry slumbers. The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard, and together they seek to break the support of Henry. But when the King unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London, the balance of power is once again thrown into turmoil.
This is the brilliant short story that featured in the back of the special edition ebook of CONN IGGULDEN'S bestselling novel EMPEROR: BLOOD OF GODS.As the effects of age creep up on Augustus Caesar, he is left with the whispers of his wife Livia in one ear and the echoes of his youthful dreams in the other, as he tries to come to the rescue of his beloved grandson, Marcus.
Conn Iggulden's bestselling Emperor series, now in one complete eBook for the first time.Rome uncovered.This is the astounding life of Julius Caesar, chronicled here in all five novels from Conn Iggulden's bestselling and magnificent EMPEROR series.Iggulden brings to life the glorious, gritty Roman world that held such vast power in its hands. These epic novels brilliantly interweave history and adventure, and expose the ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal, all told from one of the most vivid voices in historical fiction today.
Conn Iggulden's No.1 bestselling series, which tells the epic story of Genghis Khan, his warrior sons, and their fight to rule an empire, now in one complete eBook for the first time.WOLF OF THE PLAINS, LORDS OF THE BOW, BONES OF THE HILL, EMPIRE OF SILVER, CONQUEROR.The masterful series which brings to life the mighty Khan dynasty and one of the most powerful military empires in history. From the triumph of the great Genghis Khan, the architect of the vast Mongol Empire, to the extraordinary life of his grandson Kublai, this is the story of a family of warriors, who had to learn the art of war in order to survive.
The ultimate Rome storyFrom the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that secure the power of the empire to the betrayals that threaten to tear it apart, this is the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar.In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the Republic to its core. Citizen will fight citizen in a bloody conflict - and Julius Caesar, cutting his teeth in battle, will be in the thick of the action.The first instalment in the bestselling Emperor series.
From the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, the Khan series is a triumph of historical fictiona bold, epic account bursting with gritty realism and exhilarating action. Now this eBook bundle assembles the entire seriesBirth of an Empire, Lords of the Bow, Bones of the Hills, Empire of Silver, and Conquerorsparing no detail, from the Great Khan's first conquest and the heights of his unprecedented empire, to his brutal ancestral legacy and the rise of Kublai Khan. GENGHIS: BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE ';Invigorating . . . zesty historical fiction, the kind with plenty of unbridled combat, accurate research, rampaging hordes and believable characters.'USA Today Genghis Khan was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters and driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed. Through a series of courageous raids, Temujin's legend grew until he was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject all nations and empires to his will. GENGHIS: LORDS OF THE BOW ';Readers who enjoy well-researched tales of historical adventure with an emphasis on political intrigue, exotic settings, and military conflict will enjoy the ride.'Library Journal For centuries, primitive tribes have warred with one another. Now, under Genghis Khan, they have united as one nation to face the ultimate test: the great, slumbering walled empire of the Chin. In Yenkingmodern-day Beijingthe Chin will make their final stand. But Genghis will strike with breathtaking audacity, never ceasing until the emperor himself is forced to kneel. GENGHIS: BONES OF THE HILLS ';Page-turning . . . a sweeping historical saga [that] will appeal to fans of gritty combat fiction.'Booklist As Genghis enters a strange new land of towering mountains and arid desert, he stirs an enemy greater than any he has met before. Shah Ala-ud-Din Mohammed has under his command thousands of fierce Arab warriors, teeming cavalry, and terrifying armored elephants. But another battle is taking shapebetween two of Genghis's feuding sons. Soon the most powerful man in the world must choose a successor, touching off the most bitter conflict of all. KHAN: EMPIRE OF SILVER ';Epic . . . alpha-male fiction . . . The book has much to teach about a time and a people long shrouded in legend.'The Wall Street Journal The Great Khan is deadand his vast empire, forged through raw courage, tactical brilliance, and indomitable force, hangs in the balance. Even as the sons of Genghis Khan maneuver for supremacy, the Khan's armies extend his reach farther than ever before, into southern China and across the rugged mountains of Russia to the vulnerable heart of Europe, where the most courageous warriors the West commands await the coming onslaught. CONQUEROR ';A rip-roarin' read, and inspiration to go and sack a few cities on your own.'Kirkus Reviews A succession of ruthless leaders have seized power in the wake of the Great Khan's deathall descendants of Genghis, but none with his indomitable character. It is Kublairefined and scholarly, always considered too thoughtful to take powerwho will devise new ways of warfare and conquest as he builds the dream city of Xanadu. His gifts will serve him well when an epic civil war breaks out among brothers, the outcome of which will literally change the world.
The year is 53 BC. Fresh from victory in Gaul, Julius Caesar leads battle-hardened legions across the Rubicon river-threatening Rome herself. Even the master strategist Pompey is caught unprepared by the strike, and forced to abandon his city. The armies of Rome will face each other at last in civil war, led by the two greatest generals ever to walk the seven hills. Thus begins Conn Iggulden's towering saga of Julius Caesar as he approaches his final destiny-a destiny that will be decided not by legions but by his friend Brutus and an Egyptian queen named Cleopatra, who will bear his only son ...The Gods of War follows Julius Caesar through politics and passion, ruthless ambition, and private grief, and into the corruption of power itself. Those he has loved will play a part in his triumphs-as will the jealousy and hatred of his enemies. From the spectacles of the arena to the whispered lies of conspirators, Conn Iggulden brings to life a world of monumental drama. And at its heart is one extraordinary friendship-marked by fierce loyalty and bitter betrayal, with dark events shrouded in noble ideals.
No. 1 bestselling author Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world's inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever.A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar.A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.From a young scholar to one of history's most powerful warriors, Conqueror tells the story of Kublai Khan - an extraordinary man who should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.It should have been a golden age, with an empire to dwarf the lands won by the mighty Genghis Khan. Instead, the vast Mongol nation is slowly losing ground, swallowed whole by their most ancient enemy. A new generation has arisen, yet the long shadow of the Great Khan still hangs over them all ...Kublai dreams of an empire stretching from sea to sea. But to see it built, this scholar must first learn the art of war. He must take his nation's warriors to the ends of the known world. And when he is weary, when he is wounded, he must face his own brothers in bloody civil war.