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The Death of Kings ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Death of Kings Author Conn Iggulden – Thomashillier.co.uk The first book in Conn Iggulden s highly impressive Emperor series, The Gates of Rome, marked the author out as one of the most accomplished practitioners of the sweeping historical novel The second b The first book in Conn Iggulden s highly impressive Emperor series, The Gates of Rome, marked the author out as one of the most accomplished practitioners of the sweeping historical novel The second book, The Death of Kings, creates another panoply of the Ancient World with the young Caesar serving onboard a war galley in the dangerous tempest tossed waters of the Mediterranean Achieving a striking victory with his already fully formed intellect and forceful personality, things suddenly turn disastrous for him when he is captured by pirates The Death Epub / and imprisoned on the North Coast of Africa But Caesar knows he is not fated to end his prospects here, and uses his charisma and leadership abilities to forge a lean and lethal squadron of warriors who break out of captivity and find themselves involved in a bloody uprising in Greece And, inevitably, Caeser is soon back on his way to Rome for another encounter that will have tremendous consequences both for him and his fellow Romans Iggulden s skills are many and varied he is well aware that narratives such as this must have an irresistible forward impetus, and that s maintained with an inexorable control here And he knows that the reader must constantly have the details of these fabulous ancient times conjured afresh throughout the book but never at the expense of the trajectory of the story The author s key achievement, though, is in his laser sharp characterisation of Caesar and those he encounters and this is where the real splendour of The Death of Kings lies Caesar is very much a man of his time, but the conjuring trick of allowing the modern reader to enter his psychology is always handled with quiet assurance.

    The Death of Kings MOBI Ù The Death Epub / his time, but the conjuring trick of allowing the modern reader to enter his psychology is always handled with quiet assurance."/>
  • Paperback
  • 677 pages
  • The Death of Kings
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 10 July 2017
  • 0007136927

About the Author: Conn Iggulden

Also publishes under author name CF IgguldenI was born in the normal way in , and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember poetry, short stories and novels It s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect for those who The Death Epub / still labour at the chalk face In truth, I can t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on aboutMy mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories with dates My great grandfather was a Seannachie, so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales 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 My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited Vitai Lampada with a gleam in his eye and that matters, franklyI ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O Brian book and discovering there were nineteenin the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good taleThat s about it for the moment If you d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me ConnIggulden I ll leave it there for the moment If you ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already There s no point overdoing itConn Iggulden.



10 thoughts on “The Death of Kings

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    I loved this damn book Everything What was truly exasperating though was how it fucked with the truth Yes, I did try to find a kinder word, but I couldn t Mr Iggulden screwed the pooch I have spent as much time looking up the truth, as I have reading this Whatever this is Yet, I still give 5 stars This book, and the first, and now I m on the third..they are unstoppable So long as I keep the real facts straight, then I m good I will admit that I have 2 coffee table books on the Rom I loved this damn book Everything What was truly exasperating though was how it fucked with the truth Yes, I did try to find a kinder word, but I couldn t Mr Iggulden screwed the pooch I have spent as much time looking up the truth, as I have reading this Whatever this is Yet, I still give 5 stars This book, and the first, and now I m on the third..they are unstoppable So long as I keep the real facts straight, then I m good I will admit that I have 2 coffee table books on the Roman Empire, that I ve had to take down off the tippity top of my bookshelves Just to keep it all clear I m not sure that I like that much I don t understand why Mr Iggulden skewered things so much Julius Caesar s life, associates, kin and really, just everything isn t something that needs to be embellished I understand that this is historical fiction I love historical fiction Yep, I realize I m complaining about a book that I rated 5 stars What that says is that I have loved every minute of this series It reaffirms my dislike of Rome, the corrupt Senate Republican Figures Just kidding I would have loved Julius Caesar It s difficult reckoning the Brutus in these books to et tu That s why I m going to read the third book in this series and then quit I know how it really goes I don t care to see all these people turn on each other Facts are one thing Unfortunately, historical fiction is another

  2. Leons1701 Leons1701 says:

    So horribly torn on this book I really like Iggulden s writing and the period and characters are exciting and fascinating But I found myself continually screaming at the author That s not even remotely close to what happened I m no expert on Roman history, but the flaws are glaring Brutus was some 15 years younger than Julius Caesar, not the same age Sulla was not assassinated in office, I could go on and on, many of the changes are trivial, but some of them completely change the motivati So horribly torn on this book I really like Iggulden s writing and the period and characters are exciting and fascinating But I found myself continually screaming at the author That s not even remotely close to what happened I m no expert on Roman history, but the flaws are glaring Brutus was some 15 years younger than Julius Caesar, not the same age Sulla was not assassinated in office, I could go on and on, many of the changes are trivial, but some of them completely change the motivations and conflicts of the characters The fate of Sulla is probably the single biggest flaw, changing not only Sulla s personal character but the character of Roman politics for the worse Worse, Iggulden knows exactly what he s doing, but tries to justify it as a better story It seems we have here a major philosophical disagreement about the purpose and nature of historical fiction I believe the idea is to take what actually happened so far as we know it and extrapolate further flesh for those bones, not to assemble a whole new skeleton out of random pieces parts that we think look better I may read the other books in the series, Iggulden s writing style earns a four star rating at the least, but I ll probably rant and scream at them too And I ll never buy them

  3. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    Book 1 3 Book 2 3.25 A better book than the first This still reads like being told a story and is very stiff After reading his Ghengis series which put you in the heart of the action I was expectingHopefully the next 3 books get there.

  4. Donna Donna says:

    I loved this book I read some of the other reviews after I finished reading the book, and the biggest complaint seems to be summed up in two words historical accuracy That isn t a deal breaker for meI liked the story.I liked the history even if it was completely fabricated and I liked the characters The tension was nice The characters were well drawn The writing was wonderful It was a fun read So 5 stars.One small note regarding the historical accuracy.while it didn t phase I loved this book I read some of the other reviews after I finished reading the book, and the biggest complaint seems to be summed up in two words historical accuracy That isn t a deal breaker for meI liked the story.I liked the history even if it was completely fabricated and I liked the characters The tension was nice The characters were well drawn The writing was wonderful It was a fun read So 5 stars.One small note regarding the historical accuracy.while it didn t phase me at all I m no history buff , I will say that if it had been about something I actually had knowledge of and love of like Alaska , I would have been equally incensed So, sometimes, ignorance is bliss

  5. Dawn Dawn says:

    I was hoping forfrom this book, I thought with Julius being older the story would getinteresting and the depictions of roman life and roman politics would be expanded upon I was disappointed in this.The story follows Julius through his capture and fight with the pirates off the African coast, Marcus returns from the army to find his mother and join in the politics of Rome while waiting the return of Julius With the death of Sulla, Julius can return to Rome and join in the fight to I was hoping forfrom this book, I thought with Julius being older the story would getinteresting and the depictions of roman life and roman politics would be expanded upon I was disappointed in this.The story follows Julius through his capture and fight with the pirates off the African coast, Marcus returns from the army to find his mother and join in the politics of Rome while waiting the return of Julius With the death of Sulla, Julius can return to Rome and join in the fight to protect his beloved city from the slave rebellion led by Spartacus.The historical inaccuracies become evenglaring in this second book and while they did not particularly effect my enjoyment of the first book I found myself becoming farannoyed with these changes I think the life of Caesar is fascinating as it was and the changes did not make the story better, they have made itsordid There are changes to the lives of Sulla, Cato, Octavian, Cornelia, Pompey and Servilia there are changes to the slave rebellion Thechanges are made, thethe end of the story will be modified Unfortunately my interest in the series is waning and I will be taking a break from the series

  6. Merredith Merredith says:

    This is the second in a series about julius ceasar I d read the first a couple years ago, and stuck the next one on my reading list and forgot about it The book arrived, and I started to read it, and it seemed slow But then it quickly picked up and was great I had forgotten how much I like this author, and I think that the second book was even better than what I remember of the first Sure, there are some historical innacuracies which the author even admits and lists a few of the bigger one This is the second in a series about julius ceasar I d read the first a couple years ago, and stuck the next one on my reading list and forgot about it The book arrived, and I started to read it, and it seemed slow But then it quickly picked up and was great I had forgotten how much I like this author, and I think that the second book was even better than what I remember of the first Sure, there are some historical innacuracies which the author even admits and lists a few of the bigger ones at the end of the book but overall it creates an interesting picture of roman life It s not supposed to be a textbook Its historical fiction The characters were all really engaging and people I d like to know I could relate to them There were some great battles as well This is a great adventure story and I highly recommend it I can t wait to read the next in the series, or his other series he has

  7. Steve Steve says:

    A really good follow on from the first book in this Emperor series by Conn Iggulden In fact, in many ways the first book served as a really good introduction with so muchaction, story, and character growth in this book A really well written book following the growth and experiences of Gauis Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and many other historical figures, like Crassus and others, as well as some character embellishments for the growth of the story It was a gripping read and very enligh A really good follow on from the first book in this Emperor series by Conn Iggulden In fact, in many ways the first book served as a really good introduction with so muchaction, story, and character growth in this book A really well written book following the growth and experiences of Gauis Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and many other historical figures, like Crassus and others, as well as some character embellishments for the growth of the story It was a gripping read and very enlightening on Caesar s growth, both as a man, a leader of men, and into the Senate After being gripped by the first book Emperor 1 I d say I actually enjoyed this book muchI m tempted to give this book 5 stars as it certainly deserves 4.5 stars Forinfo on this series you may wish to read some of the comments

  8. David David says:

    Wow This series just gets better and better I don t know if anybody anywhere could really do a better job describing Roman legions in Battle.Iggulden does a great job creating a biographical study of young Julius Caeser I am especially impressed with the author s note at the end of the book explaining where the author took liberties and why and a few places where he just guessed For example, a young Tribune like Caeser would have been in the midst of putting down the Spartacus rebellion, w Wow This series just gets better and better I don t know if anybody anywhere could really do a better job describing Roman legions in Battle.Iggulden does a great job creating a biographical study of young Julius Caeser I am especially impressed with the author s note at the end of the book explaining where the author took liberties and why and a few places where he just guessed For example, a young Tribune like Caeser would have been in the midst of putting down the Spartacus rebellion, which is part of the story told in this book The author carefully crafts a tale of intrigue, political machinations, and the reality of the brutal life of a legionaire His prose especially shines in his descriptions of battle, whether it be man to man, or force to force This is the second in the series, and now I begin my search for a used copy of 3, though I have 4 already, courtesy of the local used bookstore. I ll read something a bitmodern before launching into the next one but only because I don t have the next book in the series handy and I feel the need to read every night before bed

  9. Kara Kara says:

    Julius Caesar battles soldiers, rebels, slaves, pirates, etc., but the parts where the stakes really go up is when he battles some really dangerous creatures the politicians of the Roman Senate.The legal battles were surprisingly the most engaging as the hand to hand combat kind of blurs together after a while, especially when the descriptions pull back to described the sweeping armies Its historical fiction, so events are compressed here and futzed with there for time, space, and dramatic ef Julius Caesar battles soldiers, rebels, slaves, pirates, etc., but the parts where the stakes really go up is when he battles some really dangerous creatures the politicians of the Roman Senate.The legal battles were surprisingly the most engaging as the hand to hand combat kind of blurs together after a while, especially when the descriptions pull back to described the sweeping armies Its historical fiction, so events are compressed here and futzed with there for time, space, and dramatic effect, but, unfortunately, my suspension of disbelief was completely shattered when view spoiler Julius Caesar and Brutus meet up with Spartacus and Crixus the night before the Big Battle Julius and Spartacus have a brief lets be civilized and have a brief chat about philosophy before we kill each other while Crixus and Brutus, in old fashioned head henchmen style, bristle at each like dogs hide spoiler Change a few nouns and they might have well been comic book characters.Other than that, the series continues to be a good take on fleshing out the emergence of someone who had such an impact on the world stage

  10. William William says:

    Conn Iggulden continues his very successful look at Julius Caesar in this second book from the series, Emperor.I am continuously amazed at how much Caesar did during his life, and the author explains in his notes after the fictionalized plot just how much he had to omit in order to make the books exciting without being too long winded In fact, my only complaint is that he doesn t spendtime on Caesar s probable participation in the Third Sevile War with the infamous gladiator, Spartacus Y Conn Iggulden continues his very successful look at Julius Caesar in this second book from the series, Emperor.I am continuously amazed at how much Caesar did during his life, and the author explains in his notes after the fictionalized plot just how much he had to omit in order to make the books exciting without being too long winded In fact, my only complaint is that he doesn t spendtime on Caesar s probable participation in the Third Sevile War with the infamous gladiator, Spartacus Yes, I know, the book isn t about Spartacus, and Iggulden admits that he doesn t have any real evidence that Caesar participated in the battle against him, but it would have been neat to witness two of ancient history s most celebrated men in battle against one another That being said, the book offers plenty of characterization, emotion, and action I am almost certain that the subsequent books will be much of the same

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