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!Read Epub Ì Trinity Ë The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blankHis fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband s interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his fatherRichard Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom with each month that Henry slumbers The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colours in the name of Henry and his QueenBut when the King unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again thrown into turmoilThe clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York will surely mean a war to tear England apart 4 stars I really liked it This book was certainly on par with its prequel Stormbird So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed Iggulden s recounts of the War of the Roses, which I think he presents from a relatively balanced point of view.The action scenes are nice You really get to see a lot of character development of so many key players in the politics of the time Also, you get to see a whole lot of badass women Margaret is by far my favourite character, and she is 100%strong willed tha4 stars I really liked it This book was certainly on par with its prequel Stormbird So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed Iggulden s recounts of the War of the Roses, which I think he presents from a relatively balanced point of view.The action scenes are nice You really get to see a lot of character development of so many key players in the politics of the time Also, you get to see a whole lot of badass women Margaret is by far my favourite character, and she is 100%strong willed than any of the men she is dealing with Literally none of them could ever reach her standard She is god tier.But anyway If you enjoy medieval history, then you should definitely pick up this series You won t regret it This book contains one of, if not the best battle sequences I ve ever read it was just that good The battle at St Albams was told from alternating point of views capturing the field superbly The action is described simply yet vividly For a moment, I was there I was fighting beside the Kingmaker The Earl of Warick I was in his daring charge, across the alleyways as he rushed to capture King Henry VI The Kingmaker from The White Queen TV series as portrayed by James Frain I could not reco This book contains one of, if not the best battle sequences I ve ever read it was just that good The battle at St Albams was told from alternating point of views capturing the field superbly The action is described simply yet vividly For a moment, I was there I was fighting beside the Kingmaker The Earl of Warick I was in his daring charge, across the alleyways as he rushed to capture King Henry VI The Kingmaker from The White Queen TV series as portrayed by James Frain I could not recommend this book serieshighly This novel carries on from where the first one left of Henry is still in his stupor, Calais is the last English foothold in France and Richard Duke of York is lord protector Both sides of the war, York and Lancaster, are portrayed creating a complete picture of the turbulent times Derry Brewer is many things a spymaster for the house of Lancaster, Henry VI most loyal man, sworn enemy of Richard Duke of York and first and foremost a survivor This is one of the few characters in the book that is actually fictional and also my personal favourite The stuff this man goes through is almost funny how he survives it is a miracle He somehow scrapes through the French advance to arrive back in England and then to be persecuted by York s men My only major criticism for this novel is give meDerry Brewer From a young age the Duke of Somerset had where he would die He was told by a travelling seer or a gypsy I cannot remember which He was to die in the castle The way in which the Conn Iggulden executes this is brilliant, bordering on genius I loved it Obviously this is based upon history but it was grand nonetheless.Henry IV has my sympathies He was a good man but didn t have the strength of character or will to be able to rule effectively That combined with his frequent bursts of illness left him as a completely useless king He was controlled by whatever political faction had hold of him as they dominated him I liked the way the author has portrayed him as capable for a time but then his decline came again as the stresses of his burden were felt Without Derry Brewer and his loyal wife, he would have been usurped many years before he actually was Margeret of Anjou is portrayed as a fierce queen, a strong woman and being brutal towards her enemies, namely The Duke of York Moreover, she is convinced her side of the war is justified It s unsurprising that the characters figures never realised that this is a war with no right or wrong side and is just a simple struggle for power On the other side of the fence, Richard Duke of York is portrayed as honourable to a fault I read the authors note at the back and his reasoning behind this is clear I agree with the way he has been represented even though his decisions are frustrating His son however, ispragmatic as I m sure we ll see in later books This book ended in just the right place as Edward saw the three suns which leaves open for the rest of the wars of the Roses I m looking forward to seeing the relationship between Edward and the Kingmaker become strained Also it will be interesting to see how the author portrays Elizabeth Woodville I m especially looking forward to Richard growing up and am hoping he is not cast in an all too negative light.This book is one of the best I ve read this year it s marvellous, simply marvellous Iggulden has captured the rivalry in the Wars of the Roses superbly My favourite thing about this series is we have the full picture It hasn t begun half way through, like some other series The White Queen , but has chronicled the whole thing My hope is that the series ends as Henry Tudor slays Richard III at the fields of Bosworth, effectively ending the Wars of the Roses I eagerly await the next instalment War of the Roses series 1 Stormbird An interesting four stars 2 Trinity A bloody four stars3Bloodline A strong four stars Conn Iggulden is one of the young and talented authors that are standing proudly beside Ken Follett Iggulden writes books that once you open them you live them. 3.5 rounded up to 4 starsHave to say I nearly didnt read this only did so as forgot to cancel the Library hold on it glad i did in the end as have to say enjoyed it farthan the first in the series War of the Roses Why Well it sticks with the theme as advertised gets to the nub of the conflict by introducing the minor earls or should that be the major conspirators as we find it s those pesky Earls scheming jockeying for power that force the larger pieces to come to the board tak 3.5 rounded up to 4 starsHave to say I nearly didnt read this only did so as forgot to cancel the Library hold on it glad i did in the end as have to say enjoyed it farthan the first in the series War of the Roses Why Well it sticks with the theme as advertised gets to the nub of the conflict by introducing the minor earls or should that be the major conspirators as we find it s those pesky Earls scheming jockeying for power that force the larger pieces to come to the board take the game to the whole country I found myself wanting to knowabout the history which is always a good thing have to say Mr Iggulden keeps mostly on track with jus a few minor changes in the story which he does explain in the historical notes at the back.Most of us take the main players to be the Duke of York Queen Margaret, but it was the likes of Lord percy the Neville family s rivalry that brought about conflict, eventually leading to the Battle of St Albans which is excellantly told by swapping from side 2 side throughout as the battle reaches its climax Other battles are covered , the timeframe being 1454 1461, ending with the battle of Wakefield, but only in varying degrees although I would have likedof the battles to have been featured perhaps its best this way as come the end of the Conqueror series thats all there was, no story no plot, jus endless battle upon battle.To anyone who found the first in the series too choppy bitty this is defo a smoother ride as I said earlier sticks to the heart of the conflict draws us further into the War of the Roses through historical characters events A series I will be sticking with