One of history’s most notorious assassinations sets the stage for a riveting tale of political intrigue, epic battle, and righteous retribution in a new novel of ancient Rome from number-one New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden.
Julius Caesar has been cut down. His blood stains the hands of a cabal of bold conspirators, led by famed general Marcus Brutus - whom Caesar once called a friend. Have these self-proclaimed liberators bravely slain a power-mad tyrant or brutally murdered the beloved Father of Rome? Hailed as heroes by a complicit Senate and granted amnesty, the killers eagerly turn toward plotting the empire’s future under their control. But Caesar’s death does not rest easily with all of Rome. For two men whose bonds of friendship, family, and fidelity to the emperor are unbreakable, the shocking assassination is nothing less than treason. And those responsible must pay with their lives.
Through countless battles and years of peace, Marc Antony has wielded a sword and raised a cup at Caesar’s side. Now, in the wake of the cold-blooded coup, he is powerless against the political might of Brutus and his treacherous senators. Yet, with no weapons other than eloquence and outrage, Antony will turn the tide of public opinion and spark a rebellion that will set the streets of Rome ablaze. At the same time, Gaius Octavian, adopted son and chosen heir of Caesar, has gained wealth beyond imagining and influence throughout Roman dominions. But the soul-deep wound of his father’s death will never be healed by gold or power. He will rest only with the blood of the killers on his blade.
Drawn together by their common cause, Antony and Octavian marshal their forces into an avenging army on a mission to reunite all that Caesar’s fall has torn asunder. Even as his cohorts flee for their lives - or fall prey to vigilantes - a defiant Brutus vows never to relinquish what his ruthless ambition has won him. As opposing legions join in mortal combat, the destiny of Rome will turn on which of their commanders is the mightiest and most cunning.
Marking the author’s triumphant return to the setting of his celebrated Emperor series, The Blood of Gods unfolds with unmatched power, electric with the high-adventure storytelling, captivating historical detail, and stirring battle scenes for which Conn Iggulden is renowned.
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Yes Conn Iggulden, no Michael Healy
Emperor, Gates of Rome
No!He should be made to listen to his performance.
Im upset with the overall effect of the narration in this otherwise stellar book
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I read the book & also in the process of finishing the book & I only downloaded it recently. The book obviously can't be about Caesar but after a 6-8 year hiatus Conn writes an excellent follow-up to the whole Emperor series... but unless he plans on expanding on Octavious (Augustus) Caesar who happens to be one of the longest serving Caesars as most people know, I think it was like 76 years which is unmatched, he can't really keep the series title of Emperor. Although I would love to hear more about the rule of Octavious but at the same time I think there was peace most of the time, well peace in Roman times, so maybe the books wouldn't be as action packed.
Conn does a great job of writing a novel that wraps up the effects Julius had on the people around him & u see the rise of Octavious, Marc Antony manipulations, Marcus Brutus & his crew of conspirators. His descriptions of large scale battles is excellent (on the scale of Cornwell, Ambercrombie, etc...), but I'm not telling u anything a Conn reader doesn't already know, he adds different viewpoints so u can always see why a character does what he/she does, & there is no real lag in the book.
I comparison to all the books Conn has written this book easily compares after the break between book 4 & 5, & I hope he writes more. I read the historical fiction for entertainment like most people I think, I get a bit thrown off when someones review starts off or has words like, well historically the book is highly inaccurate... thats why its fiction, u want the 'truth' as it was recorded read a 'real history book', but they are nothing like Conn, Cornwell, Scarrow, etc... Thats where the all the fun is & the imagination of an author plays part. Great book, not the same narrator which is not as good, but still good
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