Deadly Politics in The Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

Wars of the RosesKing Henry VI inherited an England that was basking in the glory from the wars with France that brought land and money to the kingdom, but Henry was not interested in land, war, or politics. With his lack of leadership came the rumors of his weakness, and worse it gave the other contenders for the throne an opening for rebellion.

Henry also had another problem: he was to be married to the young Margaret of Anjou, but the marriage agreement was kept secret because England would give some of the land back they won in the war. The truth would soon be known. The nobles including Henry’s cousin Richard of York and his subjects were furious causing tensions at court to boil over as Richard readies to make his move to control Henry, England, or become the next King of England.

Conn Iggulden, best-selling author of historical fiction, has written Wars of the Roses: Stormbird the first book in a new series based on the epic struggle between the noble families of England as they strive for the throne. This novel captures the people, drama, treachery, and passions of this violent time. Iggulden also wrote The Dangerous Book for Boys and two other historical fiction series about Julius Caesar and Mongol Khans.

Christina Callison has been blogging about books for the library’s website since 2006. She has read hundreds of books that include mysteries, fantasies, horror, thrillers, non-fiction, general fiction, and some science fiction. She continues with her goal of finding new books and authors to recommend.