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The Death of Kings ❮Reading❯ ➹ The Death of Kings ➱ Author Conn Iggulden – 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 boo 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 and The Death ePUB í 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 suadron 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 conseuences 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 uiet assurance.

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 thirdthey 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 uit 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 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 3Book 2 325A 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 expecting Hopefully 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 storyI liked the history even if it was completely fabricatedand I liked the characters The tension was nice The characters were well drawn The writing was wonderful It was a fun read So 5 starsOne small note regarding the historical accuracywhile 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 eually incensed So sometimes ignorance is bliss

  5. Dawn Dawn says:

    I was hoping for from this book I thought with Julius being older the story would get interesting and the depictions of roman life and roman politics would be expanded upon I was disappointed in thisThe 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 SpartacusThe historical inaccuracies become even glaring in this second book and while they did not particularly effect my enjoyment of the first book I found myself becoming far annoyed 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 it sordid There are changes to the lives of Sulla Cato Octavian Cornelia Pompey and Servilia; there are changes to the slave rebellion The changes are made the the 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 uickly 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. Barry Barry says:

    I am not an historian and know little about Julius Caesar so I viewed this book much as I would view a novel The plain fact is that I loved the book and only reluctantly put it down each evening to go to sleep It was my seventh Conn Iggulden book having read the series about Genghis Khan and I have loved all seven but none than this Some reviewers were rather harsh in their judgement because the book deviated from accepted history in places My belief is that all historical novels are fiction in the sense that the vast majority of the dialogue is made up by the author as is many of the small details which were too miniscule to be recorded It seems a shame to me that many did not enjoy the book simply because it did what the author said it would and that was to deviate from history for the sake of the novel Iggulden has the uniue gift of making the characters and the scenes come alive through his descriptions and dialogue The characters seem very real and the situations seem very plausible and are so well described that I couldn't help but visualize them as I read If you choose to read this series by all means do it in seuence I truly hope that you enjoy it as much as I did For now I will take a break from Caesar and turn to Michael Servetus as I find that I enjoy Iggulden's seres is that the plural of series? when I don't read the books in succession The End

  8. 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 much action 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 much I'm tempted to give this book '5 stars' as it certainly deserves '45 stars' For info on this series you may wish to read some of the comments

  9. Phil Phil says:

    This book continues the Ceasar saga started in 'Gates Of Rome' It has the same looseness with the historical facts that is bound to endlessly annoy people who care about historical facts The story progresses through Ceasar's capture by the pirates and it continues to build Brutus as a heroic but tragic figure The book ends with the revolt of Sparticus again very much at odds with the historical record If you've gotten this far you've been sucked in by the readability of Iggulden's writing and the building rivalry between the two 'brothers'

  10. 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 BattleIggulden 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 bit modern 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

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