Stormbird

Stormbird

Book - 2013
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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?

'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action.' Kate Saunders , Sunday Times

'. . . a novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period.' Harry Hodges, Daily Express

'Yet another masterpiece by Conn Iggulden.' Jon Wise , Sunday Sport

'. . . exceptionally well-written and gripping.' Stylist - Top 10 Books of October

'Conn breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times, with a flair for both the huge scale and human interest of it all.' Star

'. . . compelling reading.' Woman & Home

'. . . gripping.' The Bookseller

'. . . superbly plotted and paced.' Simon Hills , The Times

'Full of period detail, the narrative weaves a glittering thread through the complex, political chaos of the time. It's been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy- this is the real thing, more glorious, more passionate, far, far more gritty.' Manda Scott (author and head of HWA)

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

'. . . a benchmark for historical fiction, showcasing Conn Iggulden at his finest.' Parmenion Books

'The writing is as ever impeccable.' Jaffa Reads Too

'. . . deliciously addictive.' Falcata Times

'Great pacing, fascinating people, and vibrant descriptions make this a must read!.' Historical Novel Review

'Bursting with period detail and jam packed with action, Stormbird is an excellent start to a promising historical fiction trilogy from a bestselling author. I definitely recommend this for Iggulden fans old and new and anyone that loves history. I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment.' Bookshelf Butterfly

'Another riveting 'hist fict' from a master hist fict riveter. If you feel that Philippa Gregory has the 15th century all sewn up with her Cousins' War series, you haven't read Stormbird.' Bookbag

'. . . an engrossing and engaging read.' Historical fiction online

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, 2013.
ISBN: 9780718159832
0718159837
Branch Call Number: FIC Iggul
Characteristics: xxiv, 481 p. : maps. --
Alternative Title: Wars of the roses, stormbird

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greg2016
Nov 09, 2016

Took a while to get into this one. My advice is to not try to follow the family trees at the beginning - just read the book. People and their place in the story will become clearer as you proceed.

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charlie2911
Feb 11, 2015

I have previously enjoyed Iggulden's books very much. I especially loved the 'Emperor' series about Rome. I was disappointed here and I think it was due to the vast array of characters and their changing attitudes and allegiances. It was a struggle

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

When 22-year-old Henry VI, scion of the House of Lancaster, takes the throne of England in 1437, the rival House of York sees an opportunity to unseat the gentle, pious king known as "the Lamb." Especially once Henry agrees to trade certain British territories to France in exchange for a royal bride, Margaret of Anjou, and a truce between their constantly warring nations. This opening installment of the Wars of the Roses series combines the intricate dynastic politics of Sharon Kay Penman's historical sagas and the fast-paced, visceral military action of Bernard Cornwell's novels. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

When 22-year-old Henry VI, scion of the House of Lancaster, takes the throne of England in 1437, the rival House of York sees an opportunity to unseat the gentle, pious king known as "the Lamb." Especially once Henry agrees to trade certain British territories to France in exchange for a royal bride, Margaret of Anjou, and a truce between their constantly warring nations. This opening installment of the Wars of the Roses series combines the intricate dynastic politics of Sharon Kay Penman's historical sagas and the fast-paced, visceral military action of Bernard Cornwell's novels. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

I rushed right through Stormbird in a day.

Appreciated a lot about the book. There are extensive historical notes and family trees. All interesting and helpful. Good characters were to be found in Margaret of Anjou, Thomas Woodchurch, Derry Brewer & Lord Suffolk. The POV from the Frenchmen was well done. Nice to have more than one side of things.

Still ended up with only a 2 star from me. Parts of the story felt too slow. Especially the section about the marriage of Margaret and Henry. The negotiations and troubles and proxy and......after awhile I just wanted to get on with the story. Though without it all, I doubt I would have liked Margaret as much. Bit of a conundrum there for me.
The story of Jack Cade felt jarring at the beginning. I had no idea why it was there and it took awhile to sort out why we kept coming back to his tale.

I imagine the next book will be better as the subject matter will be more interesting. Bring on the Duke of York!

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