Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He has written three previous bestselling historical series, including Wars of the Roses. Dunstan is a stand-alone novel set in the red-blooded world of tenth-century England.
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In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. This is their story.
When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them.
One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.
Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon’s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Iggulden starts it well before that, in fact for more than half the book Xenophon is a bit player, far from the central figure of the plot. The story follows the plight of Cyrus, Son and upon his demise brother to the great king of Persia.
Following Cyrus we are introduced to the Greek generals, the soldiers he admires most for their professionalism, and we start to learn the vastness of the Persian empire, and how the Greeks were masters of their art (of war). We learn the differences in cultures, and how the people perceived themselves, only after the great betrayal do we truly find Xenophon and his mettle, and struggle home with him and the remaining people.
As with all Conn Igguldens books, its his totally immersive characters that you grow with that bring the story to life, that enfold you the reader into the plot and in this case make you a Spartan in the front line, a scout out hunting, a member of the camp scared at night wishing only to survive even a Persian running from the utterly terrifying red cloaked war machine that is a Spartan army.
Falcon of Sparta means i have now read 2 books this year that i would class as great, its never a surprise to put an Iggulden in this category and Falcon of Sparta is one of Conn Igguldens best ever books, quite an achievement for a man who has written so many fantastic books.
This book will appeal to Historical Fiction and Fantasy fans, the march of the 10,000 and the Persian empire being the basis for many fantasy novels. But most of all its because its such a fast paced story with a rich tapestry painted for the reader.
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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)
Wars of the Roses
1. Stormbird (2013)
2. Trinity (2014)
aka Margaret of Anjou
3. Bloodline (2015)
4. Ravenspur (2016)
Wars of the Roses (omnibus) (2017)
The Abbot’s Tale (2018)
The Falcon of Sparta (2018)
Fig Tree (2014)
Series contributed to
Quick Reads 2006
Quick Reads 2012
Quantum of Tweed (2012)
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)