Wars of the Roses: Stormbird
Book 1, Wars of the Roses
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“Capturing the violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory. A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series.”
The first book in #1 New York Times–bestselling author Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical series about two families who plunged England into a devastating, decades-long civil war.
In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named “The Lamb,” Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court.
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it not only opportunity in the monarch, but also their patriotic duty in ousting an ineffectual king. 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?
From Publishers Weekly
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It's been awhile since delving into historical fiction, but as a stout follower of Sharon Kay Penman, I found this book to be very well written. Even if you know the overall storyline of the this era, Iggulden makes you feel like it is all new again. Lots of unexpected twists and turns, the foreshadowing is deceiving, and I found myself cheering for the characters I wouldn't have anticipated.
The start of another great historical fiction series. While not as compelling as ghengis khan or Julius Caesar I found the book engrossing and I look forward to the next installment.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Jul 08, 2014
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
- Print Length: 512 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Wars of the Roses