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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Thus starts the Royal Line of Lancaster.

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

Patrick Langan rated it really liked it Jan 07, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here With Stormbirdhe has already shown Wars of the Roses to be as outstanding as it is anticipated. Overall, the book feels very much like a Fiction rather than Historical Faction. Stormbird is the first of a series of books about The War of the Roses and I am sure it will be as successful as Iggulden’s previous stormbirf. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales.

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

There’s not much more I could say about this, it’s a first installment in a longish series, and it does show because a lot is left underdeveloped or hanging out there by a cliff so you go pick the next book up. Hence the mark due to the above analogy, as it truth it flares from a 3. Iggudlen authors are quick to dismiss de la Pole as an inept blunderer but it all looks very different from his point of view.

Add that rich vein of superb characterisation to a mastery of weaving various threads of characters into an over-arcing tapestry of a story, teasing and manipulating the reader so expertly that you end up actually rather caring about what happens to the characters.

It is only when Iiggulden delved into this advanced preview that I realised just how well suited a writer like Conn Iggulden is to tackling this very English affair. Jun 20, Lucinda rated it really liked it Shelves: He suffers from a mental breakdown one wonders what the diagnosis would be today and if treatable and black clouds are emerging as the inevitable war of the roses begins.


On to book 2. As Normandy, too, threatens to fall under this avalanche of bounty for France, it is not just young Margaret of Anjou who arrives on English shores to stir the half-mad king. iggulcen

The Wars of the Roses was a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: Sep 07, Kevin Piggott rated it it was amazing. Given the subject matter, this was quite a quick read. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find tropes for these characters, to put them in boxes.

They simply wanted a better leader not one who surrender hard won land in France; they wanted a man like Henry Bolingbroke or his son: 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 guess I was expecting more? Yo prefiero las intrigas palaciegas.

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.

Beginning with a prologue that placed Edward III on his death bed, surrounded by his three remaining sons, Iggulden sets the stage for family drama. It’s a first Conn read but it won’t be my last. As in his Emperor series, which details the life of Julius Caesar, Iggulden has tackled a complex and lengthy historical period.

War of the Roses: Stormbird

Conversely, although it may just be something as trivial as the fact that Iggulden, like the subject matter is English, there is just something palpable that seems to click about the feel of this book that makes it feel like Iggulden is in his element. Added by 11 of our members. Watching the lengths that Derry must go to in order to avoid the ire of Richard of York is a joy to read, with its perfect mix of danger and wit.


Michael Mulvey rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

The reader will look forward to the growth of her famously forceful personality and political acumen in the rest of the trilogy. It was such a tumultuous time for England! This is simply a preview only taking in the first 79 pages but it still had me gripped coonn I can’t wait to discover the rest of the book and, indeed, the series!

It’s a “light” type of plotting that doesn’t care much for accuracy nor invests much in characterisation. Deftly plotted and with both great scope and good characters, I thoroughly enjoyed Stormbird and look forward to the next instalment. He intended the decision to lead to peace, but instead many of his subjects were slaughtered. This site uses cookies.

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

Pippi rated it really liked it Apr 06, Frail in body and mind, King Henry VI is dependent on his supporters to run his kingdom. View all 7 comments. Although Iggulden makes each character believable — no small feat — the sudden switches in narrators and scenes are sometimes confusing. coonn

There’s some history here you should be knowing. Not a proper review, just a few comments. Dec 14, Lisa rated it it was ok. Gratuitous violence and torture. Jun 26, Thorsten rated it it was amazing. Stormbird Large Print Edition Author s: 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.