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It is 1454, and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son, Edward, will one day come to know his father. With each month that Henry is all but absent as king, Richard, the duke of York, protector of the realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom.

The Trinity - Richard and the earls of Salisbury and Warwick - are a formidable trio, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colors and their armies in the name of Henry and his queen. But when the king unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again plunged into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York may be the beginning of a war that can tear England apart....

©2015 Conn Iggulden (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Richard III Wasn't a Cripple

A blatant fallacy was being perpetuated in this novel. When Richards body was discovered he did indeed have scoliosis but to claim the boy was a deformed cripple from birth is lunacy. He was a noted fighter a would have had to fight on horseback and in plate armor. Historical Fiction needs to get the big facts right.

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Impressive

This is truly one of the best stories I've ever read, such details and an amazing narrator. Can't wait to start the next book of this series.

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Conn Iggulden is marvel!

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This is the second in the War of the Roses series, which is even better than the first book. As with all of Iggulden's books, they just get better and better!

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Master piece continuation!

Conn is my new favorite author. His historical works are fascinating and he has hooked me on English history of this period. It led me to begin reading the actual historical reports of the period. I especially like how well he describes action and intertwines it in the story. The timing of the vivid descriptions, exposition, motivations, explanation and action is done so well that there is never a dull moment.

I like historical fiction and unlike some critics, slight variations from facts is more than ok when it keeps the story to the point the author is striving to achieve. Here Conn makes the movement of the story with all of its arcs graceful and entertaining.

I am also a fan of history and read it often. Usually this has been American history but Conn has broadened my interest. The fictionalization of history, especially in an audio book, makes for engrossing relaxation when done this superbly. It is not meant to supplant history it’s self.

I have the audible versions of many of his other works and highly regard them. Somehow, even having different narrators with different talents, does not detract from Conn’s masterpieces. The narrator here is especially talented.

I am looking forward to Conn’s continued works in the future. His latest: An Abbot’s Tale, is just as fantastic as his other works. His history fiction, like the War of the Roses series, brings to vivid life an episode of fascinating history that was, to me, an otherwise obscure dull episode of English history. I would like to see him try his hand at some portion of the rich field of American history. Perhaps the early days of the revolution, the civil war in the West, or WW II focusing on the interplay of top British leaders, political and military, with their counterparts.

He has my thanks for a great work.

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another good tale by a master

Again Conn has done a wonderful job with his historical fiction much more on the history side than the fiction side. I've already downloaded the next book.

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great book!

interesting story with lots of political maneuvering and great battle. really good if you are a fan of the period.

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loved it!

narrator and story are both superb! looked forward to my long commutes every day with it! My loyalties have always been with York, but I found myself wavering back and forth! such a rich tapestry of history woven with personal stories.