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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling first instalment in the Wars of the Roses series - set at the beginnings of this turbulent period of English history which saw the throne change hands six times in 30 years.
The Swan sees Henry VI crowned King of England and married to the young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou - and so begins the extraordinary story of how England became a divided nation, where brother took up arms against brother. This was the war which defined the England we know today.
The Wars of the Roses series will be a landmark piece of historical fiction writing, with all the intrigue, drama, and action one expects from one of the biggest names in the genre. This is Conn Iggulden at his finest.
©2013 Conn Iggulden (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By P.M. Bedford on 12-03-15

A well executed set up.

Great writing, exceptional narration (one of the best, if not * the*best, I have come across) and beautifully developed characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jo on 10-11-15

Wonderful read and would read again.

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I have not read one of his books before but this book intrigued me from beginning to end. I look forward to reading the next book of the series. This book has enough historical information mixed with fiction that it gives an almost true account of that time. If this period interests you, then you will enjoy this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 11-25-13

Fresh and vivid historical fiction.

I really liked this. I read a couple of Philippa Gregory's and while I enjoyed her portrayal of the women involved, and think she writes well, it remained 'women's' fiction,' which is fine. But I found this stronger on the broader picture of the war and the affairs of important men. I grew into the characters and particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Margeret of Anjou's progress from naive 14 year old bride to the woman she becomes. Excellent.

When I gave up on Robyn Young's Robert Bruce thing I thought it was, perhaps, the multiple viewpoints and a slightly tired format. Sorry Robyn, but this shows it was the writing; Conn Iggulden's characters are strong and the storytelling is vivid. The battles are more exciting and the writing is generally fresher. I'm looking forward to the next instalment already.

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4 out of 5 stars
By malcolm on 12-03-13

historical fiction at its best

What made the experience of listening to Wars of the Roses: Stormbird the most enjoyable?

I think Conn Iggulden is a natural storyteller and it comes through in this book, a perfect pace, where the history and fiction are interwoven to give a great listen. The Characters are great and you can feel the action, either as an archer facing a charge or a Queen getting married. If history was taught like these books are written we would have a nation of historians.
Historical fiction is not everyones cup of tea, but if we still lived in times where stories were passed down in an aural tradition this would be how we learnt history and the powerful characters like Margaret of Anjou, and Jack Cade would be better known.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Derry Brewer was my favorite character mainly because he is who the story runs through, he is made up as is pointed out but there must have been someone who existed and did similar things, but Margaret of Anjou makes me want to find out more about her real history.

Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

to me the reader is not as important as the book, It is true a bad or boring reader can ruin a story, but Roy McMillan does a great job keeping the story moving, better than Richard E Grant, who has a voice that is to know which distracts.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Silent son of the lion king.

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