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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There is the engineer of much of it — chief spy and civil servant Derry Brewer who, titleless, mingles cleverly with our other leading personality in the court, William of Suffolk.

All this ambition is presented as a desire to do the best for England, who they feel needs a strong King. Learn how your comment data is processed.

But each one connn their own person, has some distinguishing feature, some anecdote, like the unforgetable teeth story of a French nobleman or the heartbreaking tale of the Jewish banker. Adam Lawrence Hi, Raghu!

I only wish she could have seen York for what he was. It’s a lggulden Conn read but it won’t be my last. Without wanting to resort to the lazy reviewers tack of comparing the work to that of other authors, at times this gives a similar sort of feel to a mixture of George RR Martin’s ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ books – heavily influenced by the Wars Of The Roses with some dragons superglued on top – and Bernard Cornwell’s books circa the Hundred Years War. I loved the passages featuring Margaret d’Anjou as she grew in confidence from a young 14 year old being gifted to the English king in order to gain a truce to a strong-willed, brave woman igguldej to hold on to her husband’s stodmbird while he was non compos mentis.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Igvulden have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. Book 1 The Wars of the Roses Author s: Review copy Review When Henry the Lion dies unexpectedly, leaving a worrisome youth on the throne, sadly so unlike his namesake, the powers that be decide that on his coming of age the best way to avoid disaster is to unite with the enemy, France.


His boots igguldrn just have to be burned afterwards. With Stormbirdhe has already shown Wars of the Roses to be as outstanding as it is anticipated. Margaret loves the sea voyage to England.

Stormbird (Wars of the Roses I) by Conn Iggulden

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.

Also by Conn Iggulden. Along with two stomrbird his best friends, he forms a band of armed farmers, who then march all the way to London, and sack it. His desire for peace at any cost is presented as playing into the French hands and directly leading to the loss of Normandy.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Nice to have more than one side of things. It is only a first part of a longer story and I’m quite excited about what’s coming next. Overall, the book feels very much like a Fictio Not a proper review, just a few comments. This is a stunning novel to possess. The Wars stormbirrd the Roses was a stormgird of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: The story of Jack Cade also provides you with an insight into the anger and fear felt by most of the population at the time, and their sense of injustice and betrayal, while conb the same time leaving you fretting over stormbidr safety of the queen.

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Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, #1) by Conn Iggulden

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Margaret surprised me the most – we meet her when she’s just a young girl, playing in her family castle in France, with her sister and brothers. View all 13 comments. Trinity A bloody four stars 3. Its shades of gold shine; within the covers are beautifully drawn and coloured maps and family trees. Quite a few gory descriptions of battle and torture which I could have done without.


All in all, the plot is a gripping one and the writing flawless, especially in the movie-like description of the battle scenes. There is a death dealt out to an unpopular Jew that haunted me for days; there are other moments of extreme brutality or high adventure; there are scenes with such tenderness or sadness; there is also great wit and humour. Also in Wars of the Roses.

Throw into the mix a mentally ill and physically weak king who increasingly relies on her guidance, and she becomes almost a martyr.

Sep 19, Stor,bird Mel’s Bookland Adventures rated it really iggu,den it. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement.

Obviously, as this is the first of an intended series, there is still a lot of the story to be told, but the finale does leave you wanting to read more.

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Margaret is possibly less perturbed than the modern reader by the sight of bloated corpses floating down the Thames. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I rushed stormbirx through Stormbird in a day. Nov 29, Marquise rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a “light” type of plotting that doesn’t care much for accuracy nor invests much in characterisation. Onward to Book Whilst I enjoyed Margaret of Anjou as a narrator, I do think he will have to move away from her as her centrality of English politics begins to diminish with the new York reign.

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