AUTHOR: CONN IGGULDEN • SERIES: WARS OF THE ROSES • CATEGORY: HISTORICAL FICTION • PAGES: 469
I first became aware of these books on a holiday to the UK. Waiting for the tube I saw a poster for the first book in the series “Stormbird” and liked the cover. Like all good bibliophiles I took a quick snap and filed it away for future reference. Later on the same holiday my husband and I were on a tour in York when our guide explained the significance of the Wars of the Roses. From that point I was hooked. Ravenspur is the final book in the series.
King Edward IV is driven out of London to France by the Lancaster forces. Here he rebuilds himself into the man he once was and sets to to reclaim his throne.
With his brother Richard at his side he is a force to be reckoned with. Little did they know the true threat was from Henry Tudor.
Four kings and only one crown…
I can only describe this book as a sensational end to a spectacular series. Conn Iggulden entire Wars of the Roses series is nothing short of a masterpiece. He has a gift for making historical figures alive through the written word. I felt the pain of Margaret of Anjou wanting to claim back her husbands throne and by doing so losses her son. Edward IV was a flawed man yet at the same time terribly charismatic. It was evident that in the end he knew that while Henry VI was alive his claim to the throne would face contest, but still felt at odds with killing such a simple man. Richard III was the most loyal and treacherous brother who whole heartily supported his brother, but cut down his nephews once his brother had passed. In the end Henry VII eclipses them all with his belief that he was destined to be king.
Beyond that we know that Henry VIII is the successor and he, not through war, but his need to marry Anne Boleyn changes the face of religion. I can only hope that Conn Iggulden will decide to write about this time in history too.
At times yes the genealogy of the characters was some what confusing, but this simply meant flipping to the family tree or list of characters in the front of the book. This cannot be considered a flaw. The author is portraying very complex time in English history where seemingly everyone is claiming the throne. The aforementioned charts and character lists help greatly.
The historical notes are so interesting themselves and the author give insight into factual events and his methodology in how to portray these. The Wars of the Roses are not simply a “fluffy” look at history. The books are detailed and very well thought out from a readers perspective.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 5/5 teacups
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