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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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I had no idea why it was there and it took awhile to sort out why we kept coming back to his tale.

If you haven’t already started it anyway, I’d say Open Preview See a Problem? With the support of the people of London, the rebellion might have succeeded, or been far more debilitating.

He kept all the voices distinct to an amazing degree and totally engaged me in the goings-on. Especially the section about the marriage of Margaret and Henry.

The POV from the Frenchmen was well done. I felt the authenticity behind every word, which I could connect with as well as learn from. I am looking forward to reading more of Iggulden’s detailed view of the Wars of the Roses in the sequel, Trinity.

Any historical inaccuracies are explained at the end, so don’t stress too much if some of the events are a little different to your understanding of what actually happened. Jun 20, Lucinda igglden it really liked it Shelves: W F Howes Ltd Availability: Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, #1) by Conn Iggulden

The account of the stormbir itself is a brilliant tool for understanding the various power struggles of the time. Well it’s like this The first episode in the extraordinary Wars Of The Roses, in which two families plunged England into a terrible civil war for thirty years, Stormbird is Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical novel and the opening to his greatest series yet.


Derry, Margaret and Suffolk, were probably my favourites. This period is a time of lots of upheaval for England due to a bad deal made for Maine and Anjou in France but included the marriage of Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou and this started a chain of events that eventually became known as the War of the Roses – the ongoing ‘battle’ b Always an avid reader of historical fiction of England this is a new author for me.

It’s a “light” type of plotting that doesn’t care much for accuracy nor invests much in characterisation. I have written for as long as I can remember: I only wish she could have seen York jggulden what he was. It’s not often that you see conflicts from the viewpoint of the commonfolk who pay for the political games of the powerful.

It sets the stage for Duke of York’s throne-claiming ambitions to play out. While this novel is purported to be about the Wars of the Roses, Mr. But in this case, I have no idea what is “War of Roses”. 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.

Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, book 1) by Conn Iggulden

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s clear how Conn Iggulden has become one of our best-selling historical fiction authors – and I’m looking forward to the next in the series, which he says he is planned as a trilogy but will probably end up as a four or five parter.


Richard, Duke of York, however, believes that without a strong king England will fall.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Gratuitous violence and torture.

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Stormbird (Wars of the Roses I) by Conn Iggulden

Without that to go back to, well, this would have been a challenging read. 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!

Jul 08, Pages. Wars of the Roses 4 books. It is fitting that the cover of Stormbird is my favourite of the year. I’d love to review it in full. All interesting and helpful. PaperbackAdvanced Reader Copy79 pages. An exciting new historical novel which brings the past vividly to life, in all its bloodthirsty glory.

Henry VI had such a weak grasp on the reins of power that his subjects suffered terribly. This is a novel full of violence, battle and shock, but, for me, despite that, the most memorable figure is young Margaret of Anjou. She is a committed Anglophile and amateur historian specializing in the Elizabethan era. Jul 21, Beorn rated it really liked it Shelves: But, for me, most memorable of all, is the young Queen Margaret standing brave to fight for her husband and her adopted country in the face of terrifying odds.