Conn Iggulden : Ravenspur (Review)

Conn Iggulden

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Ravenspur  (2016)
Rise of the Tudors
(The fourth book in the Wars of the Roses series)
A novel by Conn Iggulden

book cover of Ravenspur


Ravenspur is the latest book in Conn Igguldens War of the Roses epic) series, a series that takes us through a hugely turbulent time for England and the monarchy. From Henry VI through to Richard III Conn Iggulden breathes life into a period of time we have all heard about, but many (inc myself) have never really explored in depth.

I have been fortunate enough to have followed Conn Iggulden since the very first book back in 2002 and even for a writer of his obvious skill and lets face it meteoric rise to the top of his genre right at the start of his career. There was always for him a drive for more, for excellence in every story, in every character, and every scene, there is no other explanation for the Genghis series and now this one. Its this that i think has brought us to this series and just how immersively absorbing it is. From the fear and uncertainty of those confined in sanctuary to the gut wrenching violence of battlefields like Towton, where the main characters are bathed in blood sweat and gore, held up only by armour and will power. Throughout it all the reader feels every emotion, every exhausting sweep of and bone crunching hit of sword or shield, and all of this wrapped up in something that educates the reader.

I always finish one of Conn’s books with a desire to know more, to delve into the life of one of the characters, or a particular aspect of the story, its this ability in his books that he brings from being an educator (he must have been a great teacher to have in the class room).

Ravenspur if anything is another step up, the book feels packed with emotion for so many characters, the weight of sorrow and loss is at times palpable, the pressing weight of depression that would sideline so many is shouldered aside for honour and duty. Men and women driven to the utter extremes both mentally and physically in their different arenas, all of this is captured so impressively and with a flow that feels effortless and yet exhausting for the reader, because  the reader has to experience each and every emotion and step.

As ever i am in awe of Conn’s writing prowess, and am left wanting more, always more.

Highly recommended


1. The Gates of Rome (2002)
2. The Death of Kings (2004)
3. The Field of Swords (2004)
4. The Gods of War (2006)
5. The Blood of Gods (2013)
Gates of Rome / Death of Kings (omnibus) (2009)
Emperor (omnibus) (2011)
The Emperor Series Books 1-5 (omnibus) (2013)

1. Wolf of the Plains (2007)
aka Genghis: Birth of an Empire
2. Lords of the Bow (2008)
aka Genghis: Lords of the Bow
3. Bones of the Hills (2008)
4. Empire of Silver (2010)
aka Khan: Empire of Silver
5. Conqueror (2011)
Conqueror and Lords of the Bow (omnibus) (2009)
The Khan Series (omnibus) (2012)
Conqueror Series 5-Book Bundle (omnibus) (2013)

1. Tollins (2009)
2. Dynamite Tales (2011) (with Lizzy Duncan)
Wars of the Roses
1. Stormbird (2013)
2. Trinity (2014)
aka Margaret of Anjou
3. Bloodline (2015)
4. Ravenspur (2016)
Blackwater (2006)
Fig Tree (2014)
Series contributed to
Quick Reads 2012
Quantum of Tweed (2012)
Non fiction
The Dangerous Book for Boys (2006) (with Hal Iggulden)
The Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook (2007) (with Hal Iggulden)
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do (2007)(with Hal Iggulden)
The Dangerous Book for Boys Kit: How to Get There(2008)
The Dangerous Book for Boys Kit: Nature Fun (2008)
The Dangerous Book for Boys: 2009 Day-to-Day Calendar (2008)
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Facts, Figures and Fun (2008)
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know(2008) (with Hal Iggulden)
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Wonders of the World (2008) (with Hal Iggulden)
The Dangerous Book for Boys 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar (2009) (with Hal Iggulden)
The Dangerous Book of Heroes (2009) (with David Iggulden)


Filed under Conn Iggulden, Historical Fiction

6 responses to “Conn Iggulden : Ravenspur (Review)

  1. Numbered? 😊

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  2. C.R.May

    Conn’s Emperor and Conqueror series are up there with the very best. It’s superficial really I know, but I can’t help feeling that the covers for this series don’t do the subject or writing justice.

    • I have enjoyed the covers, its another of those great things about books, its really so much personal taste. There is a lot of intricate design in the cover, and yet lots of simplicity as well. This cover will glow on the bookshelf, the pure white with the red dragon and white rose tells part of the story in images, and ensures that it will stand out, given so many gooks in the genre are very high colour at present (its quite a smart move)… I think the comment dont judge a book by its cover is about as wrong as it gets, everyone who buys books does just that, there is so much out there it needs something to grab you, so even just catch your eye… and this glow of white among the reds, blues , browns will really stand out… but… just a personal opinion and no more valid than yours. 😉

      • C.R.May

        I actually do stand corrected, (not like me at all!). There is a wealth of relevant detail there if you take a moment to study it. Obviously if you have Conn Iggulden writ large across the book you can afford to be a little more adventurous, the market for small fry has conditioned me to look for the instant hit. As you say, on a hardback it would look great.

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