The Kings Nursemaid gThis was just so damnood The entire novel felt like one Outback Survival great big action seuence as Iggulden captured the desperate 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 and the continuing existence of their houses rested on this conflict They couldn t lose they couldn t make a mistake So they didn t The sons truly have been unleashed King Edward VI and Earl Warwick from the White ueenIn his final moments Richard Duke of York had the right of things He knew his demise wouldn t change areat deal His son could simply take on the role of head of the house the role of head of the house carry on the bloody war The sons can take vengeance for their father s defeat They are now the leaders of vast armies and they want blood they want revenge on the house of Lancaster So they proclaim Edward King of England and contest the weak King of house Lancaster Henry VI The white rose is set to face the red once again The action that commenced was as epic and turbulent as these historical times Iggulden describes battlefields perfectly It almost feels like your there witnessing the events I still attest he is one of the best historical fiction author s at this particular aspect of writing I stormed through these parts of the book as Edward stormed his enemies with sword in hand Pages seemed to fly like the arrows of the English longbow I do love a ood historical novel and this is easily the best one in this series so far The broken bonds of war So Warwick and Edward set out what they achieved to do won a crown and avenged both their fathers but now that the fighting has finished and so politicking begins is finished and so politicking begins Edward is king and Warwick is left with the task of trying to manage a headstrong youth who thinks he knows how to rule He doesn t listen to his friends and in the end terns him against himself He doesn t appreciate what he has done for him in the past he doesn t reward Warwick enough for his service and backs the Woodville faction Had he sense he would have kept such a powerful friend and such a dangerous enemy much closer His loss wasn t worth the ain of the Woodville family It s like exchanging Collected Stories gold for copper It is no wonder why tension begins to rise between the two Edward makes Warwick look the fool in France But he did only marry for love I think in this the self serving and fickle nature of each family shines through the writing Everybody is out for themselves The Woodville s wanted power and to destroy those thatot in between them and the king thus another bloody chapter in the Wars of the Roses begins It will be interesting to see how Iggulden handles the fall of the Kingmaker Earl Warwick and the murder of the Duke of Clarence I m looking forward to the end of this series at the bloody field of Bosworth with the last charge of the final Plantagenet King Richard III War of the Roses series1 Stormbird An interesting four stars 2 Trinity A bloody four stars3 Bloodline A strong four stars This series just keeps Reassuring Tales 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 Iuess Once again Mr Iggulden has written a very very ood 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 decides to throw his lot in with Lancastrian cause roughly from 1460 1469 The novel is divided into two part. 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.
Conn Iggulden ✓ 3 free readHe 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 dusty history books about the periodThe battle scenes too of St Albans Towton leap out from the text a few dusty history books about the periodThe battle scenes too of St Albans Towton leap out from the text telling of the strategy is particularly impressive leaving you with a vivid picture of how it all played out Gorefest not strategy is particularly impressive leaving you with a vivid picture of how it all played out Gorefest not nor reuired as the compress the ordinary soldiers found themselves in fighting with billhooks staffs or cleavers is chilling enoughParts do drift albeit very small no doubt important 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 et to see how the Wars
#of the roses #the Roses about why it continued as the sides fractured despite 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 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 details 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 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 well done I enjoyed the view of his inner struggle with the death of his father the fight for his immature but undeniably kingly cousin and his eventual fall How he tried to do the right thing at every turn but somehow things turned out disastrously wrongEdward s reign is filled with it s own drama largely due to his choice of wife The young king may have established his dominance 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 et here fast enough After being slightly disappointed 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 disappointed with Bloodlin I ve read 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 oals under king Edward s reign until a she wolf changes thing. 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 during the Wars of the Roses a remarkable period of British history He has written two previous historical seri. S The first part covers the time for just AFT CONN IGGULDEN IS ONE OF THE FINEST STORYTELLERS Conn Iggulden is one of the finest storytellers 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 lorious days History and some of the most dominant personalities of the mid 15th century comes alive on the page 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 " Henry PRIMARILY UEEN MARGARET ALSO THEIR ueen Margaret also have their The two meet in a large snowstorm outside of TowtonThe rest of the book ets 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 be directly to powerful landed families that are often the se I had previously read the first novel in the series Stormbird and liked it but 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 is divided into two parts the first mainly 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 ultimate downfallThe battle scenes are skillfully drawn to keep readers on their toes but after a while they lose some of their pull at least they did 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 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 his daughter to wed the Duke of Clarence Edward s brother So we can at least understand his rage and his desire for revenge even if we do 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 doom him to failure His subseuent regret is almost a foregone conclusionThis was a Wirtschaftsgesetze, 35. Auflage: IDW Textausgabe good historical fiction read that is worth 4 solid stars Nearly a 5 Star as its a 45pts for meBack on familiarround with the third instalment of Conn Iggulden s War of the RosesIt Scribbleboy 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 doubled in age from the frightened 15 year oldirl that arrived in England 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 ElfQuest great know.