Conn Iggulden: Bloodline

Nn Iggulden s War of the RosesIt grows on you many new characters come to the fore after the last series climaxed in the fall of the Duke of York it takes a little time to attune but once you are there its a smooth ride of a story By now Derry is older maybe not so wiser whilst the ueen has matured as she s oubled in age from the frightened 15 year old girl that arrived in England The sons of York Warwick have come of age armies are readily brought to battle as the struggle intensifies I really learned a lot about the period as well as the folk involved much so than a few Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography dusty history books about the periodThe battle scenes too of St Albans Towton leap out from the text the telling of the strategy is particularly impressive leaving you with a vivid picture of how it all played out Gorefest not included nor reuired as the compress the ordinary soldiers found themselves in fighting with billhooks staffs or cleavers is chilling enoughPartso At the Italians Command drift albeit very small nooubt important Oh Baby! details which will come to the fore later For the most it s an impressive tale of the War Of the Roses with the balance between narrative battle scenes spot on unlike his later two books in the Wolf of the Plains series which turned into endless battle after battleEndless scheming mistrust abound you clearly get to see how the Wars of the Roses came about why it continued as the sides fracturedespite victories on the battlefield One could say that the kingdom of England was torn asunder by two harpies firstly Margaret of Anjou latterly Elizabeth Woodville They certainly weren t confined to whispering sweet nothings in the earImpressive the series is to be continued cant wait This series just keeps getting better and better but being a Yorkist I wish Edward IV was portrayed positively but I suspect it s accurate Can t wait for the next volume but a year to wait I guess I had previously read the first novel in the series Stormbird and liked it but Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, did not love it the fictional character Derry Brewer was irritatingly unreal to me In this third novel he only has a small part and his behavior and actions are much believableThe novel isivided into two parts the first mainly The Maid of Lorne dealing with the vicious Battle of Towton between the Lancastrian army led by Margaret of Anjou Henry VI s wife and the one led by Edward of York and Richard Neville the Kingmaker and the second part focusing on the poisonous feud between Elizabeth Woodville Edward IV s wife and Richard Neville and the latter s ultimateownfallThe battle scenes are skillfully rawn to keep readers on their toes but after a while they lose some of their pull at least they id for me I personally found Part Two to be much satisfying than the first if only for the vivid characterization of the leading actors like Edward IV Elizabeth Woodville and Richard Neville and the piuant How to Become a Virgin description of their increasingly convoluted relationships with each other as self interest comes into play In particular Richard Neville is painted in a sympathetic light which is not hard at all to believe Upon Elizabeth entering Edward s life the friendship and trust between him and Richard begins to sour Richard once a loyal mentor and right hand man to King Edward is made to look like a fool in the French court on at least two occasions his two brothers are made to suffer overt and callous humiliation with the Neville family losing estates and titles and Edward meanly rejects Richard s petition for hisaughter to wed the Duke of Clarence Edward s brother So we can at least understand his rage and his Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, desire for revenge even if weo not see the prudence of his making a precipitous and brash move to imprison Edward and consider putting Henry back on the throne As things turn out he sadly underestimates Edward s popularity among the subjects which is enough to The Bosss Baby Surprise doom him to failure His subseuent regret is almost a foregone conclusionThis was a good historical fiction read that is worth 4 solid stars This was just soamn good The entire novel felt like one great big action seuence as Iggulden captured the esperate and crucial nature of the fighting superbly It was violent and intense it was clever and brutal importantly though it was careful Edward and Warwick knew that their future an. Ledge of the period' Daily Express'A page turning thriller' Mail on Sunday Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today Following the Sunday Times bestseller Stormbird and Trinity Bloodline is the third book in his superb new series set uring the Wars of the Roses a remarkable period of British history He has written two previous historical seri.

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I ve read Command Performance different books about the war of roses but I feel this saga is one of my favorites about that period of war between cousins in order to achieve powerIn this book the house of York will rise with a powerful warrior king led to the throne by none other than the famous kingmaker and the Nevilles will achieve their goals under king Edward s reign until a she wolf changes things This book starts with the buildup to the famous battle of Towton Edward Plantagenet of House York has taken to the field The English people and many lords are rising up for him But Henry primarily ueen Margaret also have their forces The two meet in a large snowstorm outside of TowtonThe rest of the book gets into the conflict that arises by Edward marrying Elizabeth Woodville and then promoting her family to high positions which then cause problems with the NevillesThe Wars of the Roses shows that while it is King that may rule England many of the troubles can beirectly to powerful landed families that are often the seeds for conflicts Neville Percy Woodville etc Their internal machinations often Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, draw in KingsA After being slightlyisappointed with the previous book in this series I was anxious to see if Iggulden returned to some of what made Stormbird so fantastic I was not The Perfect Blend disappointed with Bloodlines This King Edward oh my What a beefcake Conn Iggulden is one of the finest storytellers out there and it s no surprise to me that Bloodline proved to be an outstanding powerful novel that fully immersed me in the events of the Wars of the Roses for two gloriousays History and some of the most ominant personalities of the mid 15th century comes alive on the page I love how Iggulden brings something new to the Wars of the Roses in each installment in this series He has taken a story that has been told many times and adds in a few new etails that other authors left in the background An example the opening scene at York s Micklegate with men struggling to place the heads of Richard of York Richard Neville of Salisbury and Edmund of Rutland on spikes I think I was holding my breathMargaret should have taken the Duke of York s warning seriously In killing York and Salisbury she thought she had vanuished her enemies but she truly had unleashed the sons Warwick and March now York are able to Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss do what their fathers had not Rather than a triumphant entry into London Margaret finds herself running into exileThe portrayal of Richard Neville Earl of Warwick is particularly wellone I enjoyed the view of his inner struggle with the Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] death of his father the fight for his immature but undeniably kingly cousin and his eventual fall How he tried too the right thing at every turn but somehow things turned out Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, disastrously wrongEdward s reign is filled with it s ownrama largely Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm due to his choice of wife The young king may have established hisominance as a soldier on the bloody field of Towton but he is no eual to a manipulative older woman Elizabeth Woodville manages to isolate Edward from everyone who had formerly supported him and turn them against each other She is certain that the support of her own family will be sufficient to replace that of the Neville s and as we watch Warwick limp into exile we can almost believe that she is rightExcept we know there is to this story Book 4 Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors cannot get here fast enough Once again Mr Iggulden has written a very very good historical novel This entry in his Wars of the Roses series covers the time from just after the Battle of Wakefield to when Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick AKA the King Maker Whispers Of The Heart decides to throw his lot in with Lancastrian cause roughly from 1460 1469 The novel isivided into two parts The first part covers the time for just after the Battle of Wakefield to the Battle of Towton I felt this section had some of the best and most evocative scenes in the novel They included to impaling of the heads of the losers at Wakefield on the Micklegate Bar one of the Gates of the City of York the Lancastrian forces recovering Henry VI after the 2nd Battle of St Albans the refusal of the City of London to open its gates and welcome Henry and his ueen and finally the authors epiction of the Battle of TowtonThe second part of the novel opens ab. This novel from bestselling author Conn Iggulden is the third book in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton the single most bloody conflict every fought on British soil.

Out 4 yrs after Towton and is of a political potboiler than an adventure story Mr Iggulden tells the story of the fall of the Earl of Warwick While it too has some excellent seuences it moves much slower pace than the first part In this half of the novel the author looks at how Edward IV s ueen Elizabeth Woodville moves to neutralize influence of the house of Neville and how that eventually rives Warwick into exile The picture Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, drawn of Warwick as he tries to figure out just what is happening to him and his family is very wellone Some of the events included in this section of the novel include John Neville s Warwick s brother legal executions of the ueen s father and brother after being stripped of the Earldom of Northumberland the embarrassment of Warwick at the King of France s court as he is trying to negotiate a commercial treaty with France In this scene Warwick is actually meeting the French King when he is told that Edward has concluded a treaty with Burgundy France s wayward Dukedom totally embarrassing him in front of the French Court The romance between Warwick s Let Go daughter and the Kings brother is also wellone as its conseuences when the King forbids the wedding between the twoAs far as the characters go most of those written about in the novel are actual historical figures The main exception to this is Derry Brewer He makes his return after being almost totally absent in the second novel of the series His is Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition depicted almost as Margaret s Henry VI s ueen ande facto leader of the Lancastrian cause right hand man He is always there to give advice and pass on intelligence Sometimes the advice is good and sometimes it isn t but he still remains high in her esteem I felt that Warwick is portrayed fairly sympathically especially in the second half of the novel He is shown as feeling that he has earned his position as the most powerful non royal in England He feels wronged by the ueen as she attempts to Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh distance his family from the King and put her numerous relatives in place of the Nevilles It all comes to a head when the ueen basically vetoes the marriage of Warwick saughter Isabel to Edward s brother George Duke of Clarence The relationship between the two is portrayed as a love match Warwick is Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward depicted as not uite understanding why the King won t approve the union He sees it as a natural match good for both the young people involved and at the same time cementing his family s relationship with the Royal family I thought the authorid a good job a explaining the ueen s reasons for strongly suggesting that the Edward not approve the match The novel ends on Warwick and the two young lovers fleeing England and going ahead with the wedding espite Edward s isapprovalKing Edward is the other main character of the novel In the first half he is How to Disappear depicted as a head strong youth wanting revenge on those who killed his father In the second half is pictured as totally infatuated with his wife and as willingly going along with her plans toisentangle the crown from the Nevilles in general and Warwick in particular Obviously this back fires when Warwick flees England If there is a villain in the novel it is Act Like You Know definitely Edward s ueen Elizabeth She is portrayed as scheming and underhanded She is not above using her influence on the King to get what she wants That is usuallyisplacing some Neville relative with one of her own familyI thought the battle scenes while not particularly gruesome where very well A Guide to Americas Sex Laws done esp Towton The movement of York s army through the snow was really brought to life In his author s note Mr Iggulden says that if the high estimates are to be believed Towton was eveneadly the first Agewise day of the Somme in 1916 In in contrast to the Somme and its machine guns and artillery all theeaths at Towton were with arrows swords axes billhooks halberds and other edged weapons hand to hand combatIn summary this is a very good historical novel Mr Iggulden brought me into the times and minds of those who experienced the chaos and uncertainty of those ten years This just might be the best of the series and one of his best novels I would give this 425 stars so I ve rounded own for good reads Nearly a 5 Star as its a 45pts for meBack on familiar ground with the third instalment of Co. The victorious Edward of York seals his claim to the English throneThe fourth and final installment in the series will publish in 2016 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 know.

CF IgguldenI was born in the normal way in 1971 and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember poetry short stories and novels It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk face In truth I can’t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers’ room as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on aboutMy mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories – with dates My great grandfather was a Seannachie so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially he also loved poetry and cracking good tales 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 My father loved working with wood and euations but he also recited ‘Vitai Lampada’ with a gleam in his eye and that matters franklyI’ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan Flashman Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O’Brian book and discovering there were nineteen in the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good taleThat’s about it for the moment If you’d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me ConnIggulden I’ll leave it there for the moment If you’ve read my books you know an awful lot about the way I think already There’s no point overdoing itConn Iggulden