Emperor: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series #2)

Emperor: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series #2)

by Conn Iggulden
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Emperor: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series #2) by Conn Iggulden

From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys
 
The acclaimed author of Emperor: The Gates of Rome returns to the extraordinary life of Julius Caesar in a new novel that takes us further down the path to glory . . . as Caesar comes into his own as a man, warrior, senator, husband, leader.

In a sparsely settled region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them: their leader, Julius Caesar. The soldiers are Roman legionaries. And their quarry is a band of pirates who dared to kidnap Julius Caesar for ransom. Now, as Caesar exacts his revenge and builds a legend far from Rome, his friend Marcus Brutus is fighting battles of another sort, rising to power in the wake of the assassination of a dictator. Once Brutus and Caesar were as close as brothers, devoted to the same ideals and attracted to the same forbidden woman. Now they will be united again by a shock wave from the north, where a gladiator named Spartacus is building an army of seventy thousand slaves—to fight a cataclysmic battle against Rome itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385343022
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Emperor Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 77,487
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of three novels about Genghis Khan, as well as the Emperor novels, all of which are available in hardcover and in paperback from Dell. He is also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and children in Hertfordshire, England.

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Emperor: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read the first installment in the Emperor series, I looked forward to the next one, and this didn't disappoint me. I will note here that the graphic violence ratchets up a few notches in this second book. The story continues of Julius Caesar and Brutus, and we can already see a fissure in the facade of their friendship as events unfold. Caesar is captured by pirates and held for ransom, then puts down a rebellion in Greece, while Brutus works to establish himself in Rome. The story culminates in the doomed slave rebellion of Spartacus. Mr. Iggulden's straightforward narrative style is hard to resist - so what if some story elements don't jibe with historical fact? The author himself admits in an end note that Sulla actually retired from public life at one point rather than meeting the abrupt end here, but would that have made for high drama? Hey, that's why it's called historical fiction.
Nemoque More than 1 year ago
I'm not someone obsessed with every historical detail; however, there are some glaring errors in this story, such as in the book Brutus and Julius are the same age; however, in reality Julius is 15 years older than Brutus. Secondly, Servilia was not a prostitute, but she was Julius' mistress until his death.
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Mr. Iggulden's style pulls you into his books and into ancient Rome. The chapters jump around from character to character which keeps the story moving and is never mundane. I am now on the third book in the series and I am enjoying it immensely.
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