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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors - Conn Iggulden

I have never read Iggulden before picking up his Wars of the Roses series, but I certainly will now. Most WotR novels place one firmly on the side of Lancaster or York. Even if the characters are well fleshed out and multi-faceted, the reader still knows which side they are supposed to be on.


Iggulden does much more than that. I feel such mixed emotions right now as I approach the Battle of Barnet that I feel that the author has torn me into pieces and placed part of me with Edward, the glorious and arrogant York king, another portion with Warwick, who has tried to do the right thing and is crushed by going to battle against young men he thinks of as sons. A small part of me is even ready to cry with Margaret of Anjou when she gets the inevitable news that her precious son has been killed in battle. I know what's going to happen, but I want them all to win.


Bravo, Iggulden.