A king is being held in the tower, another claims the throne, and a trusted life-long family confidant feels forsaken. Set amidst the bloodiest battle fought on English soil–the Battle of Towton, Conn Iggulden’s novel, Wars of the Roses: Bloodline, graphically captures not only the barbarous battle that claimed 28,000 lives, but also the contrast of honor versus indignity, trust versus betrayal, and love versus hate.
I jumped into this series with book #3, Bloodline, and was worried I would be lost. It took a few chapters to get the characters sorted, and then I truly enjoyed this book. I am a fan of historical fiction, and Bloodline was excellent.
The question of any character being fictional never crossed my mind because each was written extraordinarily well. Iggulden also painted the landscape and lifestyle so that I felt I was watching a movie in my mind. He skillfully conveyed the harshness and brutality of the time.
I felt a strong sense of what motivated the protagonists, why they felt threatened, and what was at stake for each. This narrative of the Lancasters, Yorks and Nevilles is fascinating, not only because of its historical value, but also because this is a page turner. This has become one of my favorite historical fiction pieces, and I can’t wait to read books #1 and #2!
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