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
 
“Brilliant…stunning,” raved the Los Angeles Times about Conn Iggulden’s first novel, Emperor: The Gates of Rome. “Iggulden is a grand storyteller,” declared USA Today. Now Iggulden returns to the landscape of ancient Rome and the life of Julius Caesar in a new novel filled with all the sumptuous storytelling that distinguished his first book. Sweeping from the windswept, pirate-ruled seas to the stifling heat of the Roman senate, Iggulden takes us further down the path to glory as Julius Caesar comes into his own as a man, warrior, senator, husband, leader.

In a sweltering, sparsely settled region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them. Ragged, dirty, and half starved, the men will follow their leader into the mad, glorious fight for honor and revenge that only he wants to fight. Their leader is named Julius Caesar. The soldiers are Roman legionaries. And their quarry is a band of pirates who made the mistake of seizing Julius Caesar—and holding him for ransom. Now, to get his revenge, Caesar will turn peasants into soldiers, building a shipborne fighting force that will not only decimate a pirate fleet but will dominate the Mediterranean, earning him the coveted title Military Tribune of Rome.

While Caesar builds a legend far from Rome, his friend Gaius Brutus is fighting battles of another sort, rising to power in the wake of the shocking assassination of a dictator. Once Brutus and Caesar were as close as brothers, both devoted to the same ideals and attracted to the same forbidden woman. Now, when Caesar returns—with the winds of glory at his back—they will find themselves at odds. For each has built an army of elite warriors—Caesar’s forged in far-flung battles, Brutus’ from Rome’ s political killing fields. But in an era when men die for their treachery and their allegiances, the two men will soon be united by a shock wave from the north. There, a gladiator named Spartacus is gathering strength, building an army of seventy thousand desperate slaves—to fight a cataclysmic battle against Rome itself.

Filled with unforgettable images—from the death throes of a king to the birth of Caesar’s child, from the bloody battlefields of Greece to the silent passion of lovers—Emperor: The Death of Kings is an astounding work, a stunning blend of vibrant history and thrilling fiction.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440334804
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Series: Emperor Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 38,584
File size: 779 KB

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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