Emperor: The Blood of Gods (Emperor Series, Book 5) Paperback – 23 May 2013
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- ISBN-10 : 0007525060
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007525065
- Paperback : 432 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins (23 May 2013)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
‘A clever and convincing narrative … the best book in the series’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Iggulden brings his five volume series about Julius Caesar to a close with this clever and convincing narrative… with a compelling grasp of Roman realpolitik’ SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
Praise for the EMPEROR series:
‘If you liked Gladiator, you’ll love Emperor’ THE TIMES
‘A brilliant story – I wish I’d written it. A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read’
‘The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life’ GUARDIAN
Praise for the CONQUEROR series:
‘Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction’ DAILY MIRROR
‘This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience’ INDEPENDENT
‘Iggulden…tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent’ THE TIMES
‘I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me…read the book before Hollywood takes it over’ DAILY EXPRESS
About the Author
Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. His two number one bestselling series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.
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During the first four novels in the Emperor series, we see Octavian rise through the ranks to become one of Julius Caesar’s trusted generals. However, when we start this book, Octavian does not seem to belong to any legion and is barely recognized by Mark Antony. Disappointingly, the author does not acknowledge this inconsistency in his Historical Note and this takes from what is otherwise an excellent book.
Mr Iggulden is a gifted storyteller and “The Blood of Gods” is every bit as much of a page turner as the earlier volumes. It just doesn’t join seamlessly with the rest of the series.
I love how Iggulden makes the series remain compelling even after the main protagonist in Caesar or Genghis Khan have died. There's enough in the other characters that you are eager to read on.
Are there any characters in the Emperor or Conqueror series in all 5 books? I can't think of any. Yet you keep reading regardless.
However, I needn't have worried. Iggulden continues the series in fine style. In essence, after the death of Ceasar, we follow the political twists and turns of the senate, Mark Antony, and Ceasars adopted son. It's his son that takes centre stage, and it's his story we follow, but as usual in these books, there is plenty of background information in the form of conversation.
Needless to say, it's brilliantly written and well executed and rounds of the series of books well.