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Bloodline

by Conn Iggulden

Part of the The Wars of the Roses Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Bloodline

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.

Liz Robinson

Bloodline Synopsis

The third beautifully written novel in the War of the Roses series by bestselling author Conn Iggulden. 'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times. - 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. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it. Praise for the Wars of the Roses series: 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times. 'Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent. 'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period' Daily Express. 'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday.

Bloodline Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, Stormbird.  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.'

Bloodline Press Reviews

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

'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times

'Conn 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

'Exceptionally well-written and gripping' Stylist

'Compelling reading' Woman and Home

'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday

'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780718196424
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780718196424
Publication date: 24th March 2016
Author: Conn Iggulden
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About 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 ...

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