War of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden review

King Henry V – the great Lion of England – is long dead.

In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king -Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom.

Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England’s territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisers will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real.

As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?

Omg this book was so amazing. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it. I am also kicking myself in the ass for not ordering the rest of the books in the series when I bought this one. Hopefully in October I can get the rest and binge them.

While this is a historical fiction series Conn does an amazing job sticking to the facts while filling in holes.

I am in love with the Duke of Suffolk William de la Pole. He was such an amazing man. While I am sad st at what happened to him, I am glad Conn stuck to the truth of his death (NOT a spoiler since of course ALL these people are dead for real. I mean this is happening in the 1400s).

Now my other favorite character is Derihew (Derry) Brewer, spymaster to King Henry VI. Now Brewer is a fictional character in a way. Kings did have spymasters for sure but of course they are unknown. Conn gave a name and personality to King Henry VI’s spymaster and did an amazing job of it. He was a very intriguing character.

Reading this book got me excited to read the nonfiction book about the War of the Roses and learn all I can.

For those of you who are not history nerds let me fill you in a bit….

Back in England during most of the 1400s there waged a war for the throne. There is actually 2 parts to the War of the Roses. The first was between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Both fought to the death for the throne….eventually one house won to only be fought again by the House of Tudor..it is a very interesting piece of British history…lots of blood, death, backstabbing and wickedness




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