The Death of Kings

The Death of Kings

Conn Iggulden / Sep 21, 2019

The Death of Kings The acclaimed author of Emperor The Gates of Rome returns to the extraordinary life of Julius Caesar in a new novel that takes us further down the path to glory as Caesar comes into his own as a man

  • Title: The Death of Kings
  • Author: Conn Iggulden
  • ISBN: 9780440240952
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The acclaimed author of Emperor The Gates of Rome returns to the extraordinary life of Julius Caesar in a new novel that takes us further down the path to glory as Caesar comes into his own as a man, warrior, senator, husband, and leader.In a sparsely settles region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them their leadeThe acclaimed author of Emperor The Gates of Rome returns to the extraordinary life of Julius Caesar in a new novel that takes us further down the path to glory as Caesar comes into his own as a man, warrior, senator, husband, and leader.In a sparsely settles region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them their leader, Julius Caesar The soldiers are Roman legionaries And their quarry is a band of pirates who dared to kidnap Julius Caesar for ransom Now, as Caesar exacts his revenge and builds a legend far from Rome, his friend Marcus Brutus is fighting battles of another sort, rising to power in the wake of the assassination of a dictator Once Brutus and Caesar were as close as brothers, devoted to the same ideals and attracted to the same forbidden women Now they will be united again by a shock wave from the north, where a gladiator named Spartacus is building an army of seventy thousand slaves to fight a cataclysmic battle against Rome itself.

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        Also publishes under author name C.F Iggulden.I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember poetry, short stories and novels It s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk face In truth, I can t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories with dates My great grandfather was a Seannachie, so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited Vitai Lampada with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.I ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O Brian book and discovering there were nineteen in the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.That s about it for the moment If you d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me Conn_Iggulden I ll leave it there for the moment If you ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already There s no point overdoing it.Conn Iggulden


    709 Comments

    1. So horribly torn on this book. I really like Iggulden's writing and the period and characters are exciting and fascinating. But I found myself continually screaming at the author "That's not even remotely close to what happened!" I'm no expert on Roman history, but the flaws are glaring. Brutus was some 15 years younger than Julius Caesar, not the same age. Sulla was not assassinated in office, I could go on and on, many of the changes are trivial, but some of them completely change the motivati [...]


    2. I loved this book. I read some of the other reviews after I finished reading the book, and the biggest complaint seems to be summed up in two words: historical accuracy. That isn't a deal breaker for meI liked the story.I liked the history (even if it was completely fabricated)d I liked the characters. The tension was nice. The characters were well drawn. The writing was wonderful. It was a fun read. So 5 stars.One small note regarding the historical accuracy.while it didn't phase me at all (I'm [...]


    3. This is the second in a series about julius ceasar. I'd read the first a couple years ago, and stuck the next one on my reading list and forgot about it. The book arrived, and I started to read it, and it seemed slow. But then it quickly picked up and was great! I had forgotten how much I like this author, and I think that the second book was even better than what I remember of the first. Sure, there are some historical innacuracies (which the author even admits and lists a few of the bigger one [...]


    4. A really good follow on from the first book in this (Emperor) series by Conn Iggulden. In fact, in many ways the first book served as a really good introduction with so much more action, story, and character growth in this book. A really well written book following the growth and experiences of Gauis Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and many other historical figures, like Crassus and others, as well as some character embellishments for the growth of the story. It was a gripping read and very enligh [...]


    5. Συνήθως κάνω κριτική στο τέλος μιας σειράς αλλά επειδή μάλλον δεν θα φτάσω εκεί θα γράψω τώρα δυο λόγια. Είναι σημαντικό για εμένα τα ιστορικά μυθιστορήματα να είναι ιστορικά. Στο πρώτο βιβλίο υπάρχουν αποκλίσεις από την ιστορία αλλά σε βαθμό που μπορώ να το προσπεράσω, σε [...]


    6. Bello bello bello.Anche questa serie io l'ho cominciata con il secondo volume #yeah, ma Iggulden scrive benissimo e non ho fatto nessuna difficoltà ad entrare in sintonia e personaggi. Mi sono ritrovata a divorare pagine e capitoli, ad un certo punto volevo solo sapere e non facevo più caso ai fatti storici, alla loro veridicitàDevo recuperari i volumi mancanti. SUBITO!


    7. I was hoping for more from this book, I thought with Julius being older the story would get more interesting and the depictions of roman life and roman politics would be expanded upon. I was disappointed in this.The story follows Julius through his capture and fight with the pirates off the African coast, Marcus returns from the army to find his mother and join in the politics of Rome while waiting the return of Julius. With the death of Sulla, Julius can return to Rome and join in the fight to [...]


    8. Julius Caesar battles soldiers, rebels, slaves, pirates, etc but the parts where the stakes really go up is when he battles some really dangerous creatures – the politicians of the Roman Senate.The legal battles were surprisingly the most engaging as the hand to hand combat kind of blurs together after a while, especially when the descriptions pull back to described the sweeping armies. Its historical fiction, so events are compressed here and futzed with there for time, space, and dramatic ef [...]


    9. Wow! This series just gets better and better. I don't know if anybody anywhere could really do a better job describing Roman legions in Battle.Iggulden does a great job creating a biographical study of young Julius Caeser. I am especially impressed with the author's note at the end of the book explaining where the author took liberties and why-- and a few places where he just guessed. For example, a young Tribune like Caeser would have been in the midst of putting down the Spartacus rebellion, w [...]


    10. Conn Iggulden continues his very successful look at Julius Caesar in this second book from the series, Emperor.I am continuously amazed at how much Caesar did during his life, and the author explains in his notes after the fictionalized plot just how much he had to omit in order to make the books exciting without being too long winded. In fact, my only complaint is that he doesn't spend more time on Caesar's probable participation in the Third Sevile War with the infamous gladiator, Spartacus. Y [...]


    11. The adventure continues.This is the second of a series of four historical fictions. This episode begins with Caesar as an outcast from Rome and beginning his military career as a junior officer on board a ship patrolling the waters of the North African coast. It also follows the early career of his closest friend, Brutus, who finds himself battling in Greece. Some amazing adventures ensue for both of them as they gain fighting experience. Although they both become excellent and well-respected so [...]


    12. It has been some time since I have delighted myself with such a good series of historical fiction books (probably since Massimo Manfredi's last releases) but I must say I have missed it.Conn Iggulden builds his story around Caesar's childhood and the events that have shaped him into one of the most iconic Roman generals in history. This second book of the series takes us from the Northern African shores to Greece and to the Italian peninsula as we follow Caesar's rise to power and prominence.Mai [...]


    13. Conn is a great story-teller but a con man when it comes to history. I loved his Genghis books, because I knew little of the subject and historical sources are limited. A very different case with Julius Caesar (at least for Anglo-Americans that have studied the classics). The first Julius book was more forgivable as to historical inaccuracies, because we don't know so much about Caesar's childhood. This second in the series has many grating on the anal-historian nerves. Still, it's a great story [...]


    14. This book continues the Ceasar saga started in 'Gates Of Rome'. It has the same looseness with the historical facts that is bound to endlessly annoy people who care about historical facts. The story progresses through Ceasar's capture by the pirates and it continues to build Brutus as a heroic but tragic figure. The book ends with the revolt of Sparticus, again very much at odds with the historical record. If you've gotten this far, you've been sucked in by the readability of Iggulden's writing [...]


    15. This is a fast-paced and exciting story set in Roman times in the First Century B.C the second book in a series about the life of Julius Caesar. In this book he is a young man getting experience in combat. He's captured by Mediterranean pirates and later gets involved in the war against King Mithridates in present-day Turkey. Most interestingly, young Julius gets involved in the slave revolt led by Spartacus. Of course, he's fighting on the side against the rebellious slaves. There's no doubt wh [...]



    16. Enjoyed this!! even better than part one, but still not as good as the Genghis Khan series.Look forward to reading more from Iggulden.


    17. The second installment in the fictional biography of Julius Caesar as envisaged by Conn Iggulden has all the elements of a summer blockbuster.There is war, war, more war, a little bit of sex, war and some political intrigue as ingredients. As with the first installment of this series, the author throws any and all vestiges of historical accuracy to the winds and creates a swashbuckler of a tale.The last we saw Iggulden's Julius Caesar, he was on board a Roman ship bound to patrol the maritime bo [...]


    18. Rating: 3.4 / 10I can only take so much Iggulden at one time. This one reeeeally tested my limits. Throughout his Conqueror series, I was riveted and ultimately disappointed when he ended the series with Kublai's ascension instead of his decline. However, this novel is his worst yet (that I've read). Since I've already purchased “A Field of Swords”, I suppose I'll get to iteventually – but I wouldn't if it wasn't already in my possession. I'm not going to lie, I gave up on the end of this [...]


    19. My interest in Julius Caesar & ancient Rome was piqued by viewing HBO's Rome. I really enjoyed the series & read Gods & Legions by Michael Curtis Ford. I started this series with The Death of Kings. If someone read this books & the one that follows, without knowing anything about Rome & Caesar, I think they would really enjoy these books. I'm far from a historical expert on Caesar & Rome, but there were some historical inaccuracies that distracted me from fully enjoying t [...]


    20. It's been many years since I read the first book of the trilogy, so I was initially wary that I'd be unable to follow this book properly.However, the author manages to mention relevant anecdotes casually within the context of the story line so new readers would be able to pick up the story easily. The Death of Kings traces Caeser's life as a young man, a time when the Republic of Rome was a major power and yet faced various threats from within her borders: namely, the dictatorship of Sulla, the [...]


    21. Iggulden defies the "sophomore curse" with the second of his Emperor novels.I liked the first (The Gates of Rome) enough to rush right out and buy the next three, so clearly, it was working for me. I had, though, to recognize its lack of depth -- and I think I even used "popcorn" in a description to friends.The Death of Kings is a full-blown meal, easily sating my needs.The core characters of Gates (Caesar and Brutus) are still at the forefront, but many of the secondary characters -- and many n [...]


    22. I really glad I kept with this series as this book is loads better than the first one. Lots more action as Caesar gets captured by pirates and Brutus comes into his own. Both of them playing the power games of Rome and then having to face a slave rebellion. I also enjoy the side story with Alexandria. I don't know much about Roman history but from what I can gather from Conn's historical notes at the back, he has changed alot, which might annoy some history buffs. But for me I'm happy to carry o [...]


    23. This is a pretty solid book in terms not only in it's size - 677 pages for a paperback! -but in how much action and story there's contained in it's pages, to the extent that by the time you get towards the end of the book it feels almost nostalgiac looking back even as relatively close as halfway through the book.It's yet another example of Iggulden's expert humanising of real people from history with none of the irritating pomp & pretentiousness so prone to historical fiction authors writin [...]


    24. Yesterday I just finished this book and I found it very interesting. The book tells the youth of the first roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar and his best-friend Marcus Brutus, later governor of Gaul (France). The book plays from 82 BC, the end of the civil war between Caesars Uncle Marius and Sulla and the start of the dictatorship of Sulla, to 71 BC, after the Victory of Crassus and Pompey against the Slave Rebellion under Spartacus. The book plays in various places in the huge Roman Empire.In [...]


    25. Immensely frustrating. Conn Iggulden is a really talented writer, who can bring the characters and feel of the late Roman republic to life; but he is so cavalier with the historical record that it's hard to give his work unqualified approval. The historical novelist will always need to tweak events to give a satisfying narrative, but Iggulden pushes this latitude so far it can only irritate readers who have even a superficial knowledge of the period. I'm no classical scholar, but the distortion [...]


    26. This account of part of Julius Ceasers life is just what you'd expect from such a talented author.It makes you realise just what a brilliant man, soldier and leader Julius Ceaser was.This no holds barred book that sees the man enslaved on a galley, abandoned on the african coast, raise a small army to to gain vengence on his captors and eventually find his way back to Rome, surpress an uprising in Greece and take on Sparticus's slave uprising is not fiction but truth told in a story book way.No [...]


    27. As expected, this second book of Emperor series was fantastic. Only complaint I have about this book is Brutus's story line is made secondary. But then again, it's how history goes. Unfortunately.There's never a dull moment in this book. It's a full action (rather war) packed book. And I read it voraciously. Starting with early stuggles, building an army, vengeance, multiple wars, and a huge war at the end all make you keep reading. I'm sure you'll love this if you like the first book.I can't se [...]


    28. The second title in the 3 books series about Julius Caesar is much bloodier and intense than the first. I could not read it in the evening and expect to fall asleep. I didn't know Julius was kidnapped by pirates in the Mediterranean, was ransomed, and returned to Rome with men he had recruited in North Africa. The author kindly lets one know what he created and what he found in histories. Nevertheless, I am inspired to reserve some history to find out more about different aspects of the story. T [...]


    29. Finished this today whilst waiting with my daughter at the X-Factor auditions @ Villa Park [She didn't get through ho-hum no riches and fame for a while!]The second book in The Emporer series a great read, but very much a "bridging-novel" The same characters were there, there was character/plot development, but I felt that there was so much else that could have been done. The end, when it came, snook up on me and the book just ended.Still it was well written and lays a fine foundatiuon for the n [...]


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