From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work.
The King is dead. Long live the King. With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France. Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.
The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.
"Dramatic and colourful as a Dumas romance but stiffened by historical accuracy and political insight" (The Sunday Times)
"Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship…among the best historical novels" (The Times Literary Supplement)
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More Of The Same, But The Same Is Good
That everything that was solid in The Iron King continued to be solid here. It has the same tone, characterization, prose style, etc. Going from that book to this one is less like ending a novel and more like ending a chapter then flipping the page.
Thus, if you liked everything about the first book, as I did, you'll like everything about the second book.
As far as this specific book is concerned, I liked how it drove home how very second-rate Louis the Hutin's court is compared to the way Phillip The Fair ran things. Phillip could be cruel, but Louis is just as cruel and much more bumbling.
That it's every bit as good as it was in the first book. Peter Joyce is an excellent reader.
Several. Druon turns in good moments here like he did the first book. Robert's meetings with Marguerite stand out, as well as one doomed character's musings on how we create our own downfalls.
It occurred to me while I was listening to this that the worldview expressed here is very much similar to that of François de La Rochefoucauld's famous maxims. I wouldn't be surprised if Druon read a couple pages each day before sitting down to his typewriter.
- JT "JT"