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Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

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Vanessa
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Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Post by Vanessa » Thu September 5th, 2013, 9:02 pm

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series.

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 Historical fiction master Conn Iggulden retells the gripping story of the English civil war in his new Wars of the Roses series.

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?

The Wars of the Roses series will be a benchmark for historical fiction, showcasing Conn Iggulden at his finest.


My Review:

Combining fact with fiction, this is the first in an exciting new trilogy about the Wars of the Roses, telling the story right from the very beginning. In Stormbird Henry VI marries Margaret of Anjou to try to form a truce between England and France. As in all great tales, this goes horribly wrong and mayhem occurs.

Although I do think this is basically a book for the boys, I still found it an engrossing and engaging read. It is full of adventure, action, battles and espionage with a smattering of romance. I have to admit that the battle and rioting scenes did seem to be never ending at times but I thoroughly enjoyed it nevertheless.

It's well written and researched with some great characterisation. The characters are vividly depicted and came alive for me. The writing is descriptive and the story entertaining. I thought the author did a fantastic job at filling in the gaps. My favourite character is Derry Brewer. Although he is fictional, he seemed very real to me!

I look forward to reading part two in this fascinating new series.

Read and reviewed for Lovereading.co.uk.
Last edited by Vanessa on Fri September 6th, 2013, 9:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
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