Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

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?

Get ready for a fantastic tale set in the 15th century. I'm a sucker for the British kings and queens, but have always focused on the Tudor era - this story tells us what came before and how the so called Wars of the Roses came to be. So not only does this book open up new territory for me, but it's also vastly different as it's written by a male writer (I usually get my historical fix from Phillipa Gregory) and although we do get part of the story from the perspective of Margaret, the main story is more male. There's a lot of action. Fighting. Stubbornness. Pride. Ego. Lusting for the throne. [obviously women are also very capable of all these things, but the book is definitely just different from a more female storyline driven story]. We get the stories of both the high and low and learn why riots all over England led to London being invaded by it's own people and even the Tower breached.

Not only is the story fast paced and deeply engaging - it's also brilliantly narrated by Roy McMillan (whom I nominate to narrate the next Game of Thrones books, if doted legend Roy Dotrice can't do them any more).

As an extra bonus there's an afterword by Iggulden explaining which historical events and people he took artistic liberties with and so on (sometimes you've got to speed things up a bit to keep the story going).

Bogen og dens toer her er naturligvis også udkommet på dansk med titlen Stormvinge og Treenighed, og det kan altså varmt anbefales, hvis man er til historiske romaner.

Wars of the Roses #1
by Conn Iggulden
Narrator: Roy McMillan
ISBN13: 9780718178635
Audiobook, 13h, 46m / Published in 2013

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2015


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