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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All this ambition is presented as a desire to do the best for England, who they feel needs a strong King.

Henry VI has misplaced his marbles, but who wouldn’t, a victim of ages old, but no more just for it, rule of primogeniture, constantly com Oh, no! War breaks out in Normandy, as many fleeing farmers rebel against the French who come to evict them. Each of the characters are the most vivid, intriguing and genuinely believable that I have ever encountered in any of his books.

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale. Is it worth it? The English loses not only Maine and Anjou, but also Normandy. The Wars of the Roses was a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: It is about Margaret of Anjou, the Queen he married twice, who was cast into a savage and hostile English court at the tender age of fifteen.

Stormbird holds a wealth of realistic characters, from the brave Engligh archer Thomas Woodchurch, the conniving but likeable Derry Brewer and the emerging strength of character of the new English queen Iggulden handles them all well, creating a believable cast filled with opposing and interweaving desires and actions.

The characters the author has created are not just the famous characters from history but he uses the lives ordinary people. Richard of York is sly and cunning and fierce and angry – who wouldn’t be, seeing the state of his once-proud homeland?

That said he introduces many of the real life characters that rose to prominence during those wars. The marriage will go ahead and all we need to strombird now is mention casually to the English living in Maine and Anjou that their service is no longer appreciated by the Crown. Conn Iggulden’s Waf of Roses series of Historical fiction, is a very fine series to read.


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Storkbird, for me, made the story quite strong because we got to see how the decisions made by the ruling class affected those in the ranks of the army. With Stormbirdhe has already shown Wars of the Roses to be as outstanding as it is anticipated. Want to Read saving…. Lois rated it liked it Oct 01, Nov 29, Marquise rated it liked it Shelves: This is Iggulden at his finest.

Conversely, although it may just be something as trivial as the fact It is only when I delved into this advanced itgulden that I realised just how well suited a writer like Conn Iggulden is to tackling this very English affair. HardbackKindlePaperback Source: 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.

He’s obvs got a humor part to play as well as the machinations of getting sh! The French looked for foxes and found only innocent chickens, just like we wanted. Nice to have more than one side of things.

John rated it really liked it Storjbird 26, Iggulden always has a section at the end where he explains which parts are facts and where he …more The series is very close to being historically accurate.

Stormbird (Wars of the Roses I) by Conn Iggulden | For winter nights – A bookish blog

In his gentle son comes of age and takes the throne. Please try again later.

A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. It makes things complicated and rewarding to read.

His was actually one of my favourite plots in the book, because I never considered before what happens to colonists when their lands are being given back.


The Wars of the Roses is a popular theme, boosted by the recent discovery of the remains of one of its most notorious protagonists Richard III, but Iggulden brings the origins of this conflict to life through the stories and experiences of a host of less familiar characters, both factual and fictional, both powerful and near destitute.

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 at the same time leaving you fretting over the safety of the queen. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Ralph Sassone’s new novel explores the trouble with intimacy. Personally, I was rooting for the house of York.

Stormbird: A Preview (Wars Of The Roses, #1)

She was, undeniably, a strong woman. He leaned closer to read it and for an instant raised his eyes to heaven. Jun 20, Martin Turner rated it really liked it. People Who Read Wars of the Roses: Conb was born in the normal way inand vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to stormbord. England was ruled by the once fierce warrior king, Edward the Third, the victor of conn legendary battle of Agincourt.

I was born in the normal way inand vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. Book 1 Author s: Cade is known to Thomas from his time in the army and Thomas is coopted into helping Cade turn his rabble into an actual fighting force. This is a stunning novel to possess. Jul 18, Teresa rated it liked it.

Conn Iggulden at his best on the wars of the Roses York vs Lancasterall three, stormbird, Trinity and bloodline are fabulous and give a disturbing insight to the brutality, ruthlesness and igguldne that was going on before and behind thee scenes.