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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
  

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

Part of the The Wars of the Roses Series
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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.

Click here to see the 2nd book in the series, Wars of the Roses: Trinity which is published in September 2014.

If you like Conn Iggulden you might also like to read books by Manda Scott, James Forrester and Sharon Penman.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Richard Hamlin - 'Iggulden has produced a true account of the period of the mid 15th Century, “dramatised” into a captivating novel.'
  • Tracey Poulter - 'Conn Iggulden has made history come to life with believable, interesting characters – I can’t wait for the next book in the series!'
  • Linda Rollins - 'It’s an exciting story packed full of fascinating historical insight that sweeps you up, carries you along and then leaves you eager for more.'
  • James Ryall - 'A must read for any fans of Iggulden's previous historical works...he is a master of painting pictures from the past.'
  • Evelyn Barrett - 'A compelling insight into a remote but defining era in our history,revealed through the experiences of the people who endured them.'
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'I am not usually a fan of historical novels but this one is so beautifully written and characterised, that it has renewed my interest in this period.' 
  • Magda North - 'Loved it. I wouldn't normally choose historical fiction, but I'm so glad I did...Really looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.'
  • Sue Broom - 'Now that’s what I call historical fiction!  Terrific writing, fast-paced action, utterly credible characters and dialogue - a great book, don't miss it.'
  • Susan Walsh - 'Take a step back in time to the time of King Henry V1 & Margaret of Anjou outstanding book...10/10 simply wonderful.'
  • Gill Wilmott - 'Conn Iggulden is an excellent storyteller and his description of events, and especially characters, make it easy to identify with their triumphs and disasters.'
  • Suzanne James - 'A vivid, engrossing account of a period of history that deserves to be better known...The battle scenes were particularly well-written - conjuring up very vivid images.'

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Synopsis

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series. King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead. In 1437 his gentle son comes of age and takes the throne. Frail in body and mind, King Henry VI is dependent on his supporters to run his kingdom. Richard, Duke of York, however, believes that without a strong king England will fall. His fears seem justified as English power comes under threat from France, and discontent and rebellion spread at home. On the counsel of his advisers, Henry marries the young princess Margaret of Anjou, in order to forge an alliance with France - but is it too late? As the storm clouds gather, King Henry and his queen are besieged abroad and at home. Who can save the throne? Who will save the kingdom? The Wars of the Roses series will be a benchmark for historical fiction, showcasing Conn Iggulden at his finest. Praise for Conn Iggulden: This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience . (Independent). Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction . (Daily Mirror). Iggulden ...tells an absolutely cracking story . (The Times). Conn Iggulden is the author of the best-selling Emperor and Conqueror historical fiction series and also the co-author (with his brother Hal), of 2006's British Book of The Year, The Dangerous Book for Boys. Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full time writer. He is married and lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.

Reviews

Praise for Conn Iggulden:

'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience.' Independent

'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction.' Daily Mirror

'Iggulden ...tells an absolutely cracking story.' The Times

About the Author

Conn Iggulden

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.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Conn Iggulden

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9780718196349

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