My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent tale which brings to life how the War of the Roses started. It is clearly a complex time and the prologue nicely sets the scene: Edward the third's death bed and several of his sons hovering in background, already plotting who will rule. Iggulden does a great job of bringing clarity to what is a confusing time. History books can be very dry but a well written historical fiction can add a huge extra dimension, making the period come alive. The historical note at the end provides a glimpse into fact versus fiction and I think Iggulden does a great job of steering between fact with intriguing fiction. This is a great period of history that Game of Thrones can only emulate. It has the same sense of betrayal, political motivated murder and great characters determined to succeed. There are epic battles seen from the point of view of either Lords or lowly archers. A great tale.
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