Wars of the Roses: Stormbird
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
October 2013 MEGA Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the recent 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.
The Lovereading view...
Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series. Stormbird is a fast paced and brilliantly weighted historical thriller. With its juxtaposition of characters from the high nobility and ordinary peasants, it gives a full flavour of the age. Whilst the key events are true, they are expertly blended with the fiction to create a three dimensional and absorbing portrait of the momentous events of the period.
The action shifts at a breath-taking pace between France and England, between the royal chapel, rural farmsteads and all manner of detailed locations in-between. The complex politics of the era are distilled down and accessible to all readers and with no faction given undue weight what emerges is a set of strong and believable characters all flawed in their own way.
The mixture of fact and fiction is well balanced and the plot which emerges is engrossing and full blooded. Whilst it does not end on a cliff hanger it still hints at further turmoil to come, and we eagerly anticipate the sequel.
The first in the series, Stormbird is set to be a landmark piece of historical fiction writing. It's not published untill 10 October but you can read a extra long extract today.
For more information about Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series, direct from the publisher, click here.
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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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne.
His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king - Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom. Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England's territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisers will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what, can save the kingdom before it is too late?
'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
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Publication date10th October 2013
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