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Excellent Story from Overlooked History

Advantages: Great story, covers unexplored parts of history
Disadvantages: Nothing

Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors of historical fiction, previously covering such dynamic and interesting periods/characters as Caesars rise in Rome (5 novels) and Genghis through to Kublai Khan (5 novels). For his latest series he has rather ...

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Review of War Of The Roses: Trinity - Conn Iggulden

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Peaceful Countryman Goes to Town

Advantages: Lady Jane and her family are brought to life.
Disadvantages: Philosophical discussion slows the tale down.

...*** The Author *** The author has a good educational background but both this, and his experience in the workplace, had been in the world of commerce, until he turned to writing. He was born in Wales in 1941 and now lives in Devon where he writes, ...

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Review of In the Shadow of Lady Jane - Edward Charles

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Shadowy Deeds and an Implausible Hero

Advantages: Competent, enjoyable historical novel set in a turbulent time.
Disadvantages: Slow start, somewhat clichéd and unrealistic.

...Historical novels tend to fall into one of two categories: they are either extremely rigid, sticking to the bare facts and losing any entertainment that might have been found in the story, or full of conjecture and implausible occurrences. In the Shadow o ...

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Review of In the Shadow of Lady Jane - Edward Charles

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Approach with Caution!

Advantages: Quite a good story overall
Disadvantages: Chapter III

I wanted to read Caligula by Douglas Jackson, as I am a big fan of the 1970s television series I, Claudius which introduced me to the brutal Emperor Caligula, there played brilliantly by John Hurt. Reading the book, it was John Hurt's face who popped into ...

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Review of Caligula - Douglas Jackson

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Empire of Silver - Conn Iggulden

Advantages: convincing, good value for money, difficult to put down
Disadvantages: occasionally a little too complicated

I bought this book in Waterstones for £9-10 (it was on a half price special offer), which is a pretty good price for a new, hardback book. I'd been a big fan of the series, and hadn't realised that it would be continued after the third book, and was delig ...

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Review of Empire of Silver - Conn Iggulden

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