Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden, read by Roy McMillan.
The fourth and final novel in Conn Iggulden's epic Wars of the Roses series. The season of vengeance has begun.
©2016 Conn Iggulden (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
Praise for the Wars of the Roses series: "Superbly plotted and paced." (The Times)
"Pacey and juicy, and packed with action." (Sunday Times)
"It's been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy: this is the real thing, more glorious, more passionate, far, far more gritty." (Manda Scott, best-selling author of Boudica)
"Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience." (Independent)
"A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period." (Daily Express)
"A page-turning thriller." (Mail on Sunday)
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"Engrossing - the Finale at Bosworth is Superb"
The much anticipated (by me anyway) final chapter in Igguldens War of the Roses continues to capture both how I'd imagine the mood of the time and and also the attitudes of the characters - a fascinating insight in the authors semi fictitious medieval England... Rather sad that it's over...
Written in much the same manner as the previous books.... it's a brooding blend of plotting, spying, fighting and the humour of Derry Brewer the fictitious spymaster.... using the Wars of the Roses as a plot outline - which in itself is quite fantastical. It's a great way to learn by osmosis how the country evolved into the more stable Tudor period - bringing to life the dull and dusty dates and events which I vaguely remember learning in class.
We're very lucky to have characters like Iggulden around - not only willing to put in the research but having the talent to convert that into entertaining literature. If you haven't read the previous parts then you have the fabulous opportunity to get hold of them and read straight through all 4.
"Gripping final episode."
What a storyline! Conn Iggulden has a mastery of storytelling and when it's mixed with brilliant research, makes for an addictive story. He draws you into caring for the characters, so when events unfurl, you're either shocked or saddened by them. I particularly like the way he delves into snatches of how life was like for characters we meet along the way, from servants to wannabes, and also details of weaponry, and the working of trades and barter etc. I really feel over this series I've been living in those times, and it's been immense!
Roy McMillan is a superb narrator, the inflections of sarcasm, hate, remorse, arrogance and some black humour, the intonations in his voice are brilliant. His pauses, softness and harshness of spitting and cussing bring this story to another level.
My only struggle, was that I'd last listened to what I 'presumed' was the ;last book 6 months ago, having listened to them in desperate quick succession. With such a twisting plot and people changing allegiancies, I was a bit lost at first and had to re-read some of third book, Bloodline to get back to grips with the characters and how they all fitted in. So now is the best time to dive into this 'other' world and just go with the flow!
"Wars of the Roses"
What an amazing set of four books covering this extraordinary and complicated period of English history. I found it gripping from start to finish, and it got me taking a more academic interest in this period as well. Beautifully written and read, this is the historical novel at it's best.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as the first three.
A great story of the bringing about of the end of the wars of the roses and the rise of Henry Tudor put together with detailed and accurate historical facts and wonderfully read by Roy McMillan who is by far one of the best narrators on Audible.
An interesting authors note at the end too. I highly recommend listening to this book if you're into historical fiction, you won't be disappointed.
"Tails off a bit, but still a good read."
Not as good as the previous books in the series. Still a very enjoyable listen.
"A Great End to A Brilliant Series."
Exciting, Informative, Tragic
The battle scenes are really well written.
Bosworth, you know how it ends but its still an exciting read.
Conn Iggulden is one of those authors that I recommend to people who like history or exciting reads. He writes believable characters, no just baddies and goodies! Even the people, that through school history lessons, you should revile you find yourself understanding and respecting their motivations. My favourite character was Derry Brewer, the Lancastrian spymaster (a made up character) who never loses his fierce loyalty to the king and queen. I think he is the only major fictional character in the whole series. I've read all of Conn Iggulden's books and I think that this is my favourite series. I look forward to see the subject that he's going to write about next.
"Brilliant and well paced"
Some long book series drag on but not Conn Igguldens' - would have been happy to have this last spread across two books such is the wealth and richness of the events - excellent book and perfect narration
"A good ending ... But mot great"
I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book and felt that it was on par with the first book. The last qtr however seemed to be rushed i would of liked to of seen the Edward 4th bit extended and maybe ended with the rise of Richard the 111 then had another book
"historical fiction close to its very best"
whistling through the last year's of the wars of the Roses, it is both brutal and fascinating.
"A fine conclusion to a great series."
Maybe not knowing all that much about the wars of the roses helped, because I was particularly impressed, in 'Ravenspur', with the rising stakes and tension. The battles were excellent, of course, but I would recommend the entire series for a credible and imaginative insight into the motivations of the key players. All of it was handled with the deceptive ease of a really good writer.
I loved this series, which I imagine to be among the genre's very finest. And it was very well read too, so it has been great fun listening.
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