The Blood of Gods (Emperor Series #5)

The Blood of Gods (Emperor Series #5)

by Conn Iggulden


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ISBN-13: 9780385343084
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Emperor Series , #5
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 83,693
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of the Emperor series—Emperor: The Gates of Rome; Emperor: The Death of Kings; Emperor: The Field of Swords; Emperor: The Gods of War; and The Blood of Gods—as well as the Khan Dynasty novels. He is also the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Dangerous Book of Heroes, and Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children. He lives with his wife and children in Hertfordshire, England, where he is working on his next book.

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The Blood of Gods 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt about this author's talent. I have read all of his books in the Emperor Series, but this book needed to be written. It opens with Mark Antony saying words over Julius Caesar's corpse. Rome is in chaos. Octavian, heir to Julius Caesar, vows to kill those men who murdered Julius. He and Mark Antony, friend to Julius but not to Octavian, join their forces and go to Philippi, Greece, where Cassius and Brutus are in hiding. The battle of Philippi ensues, and Cassius and Brutus lose. Cassius kills himself by assisted suicide. Brutus kills himself without any help. There is a host of characters and events in this book, but I have limited my review to Mark Antony, Octavian and Brutus. I have never read a completely favorable account of Octavian. He is generally depicted as a two-faced coward who sends others into his battles while he stays in camp sick with some malady. This author gives him a slightly better light. When the battle at Philippi is starting, Octavian becomes very ill and comatose. Agrippa and Maecenas strap him on a litter and quite literally force him into the fight. Antony is an experienced warrior but not a friend to Octavian. After the battle is over, Mark Antony and Cleopatra make plans for themselves and Julius' son borne by Cleopatra. Mark Antony can do no wrong in my eyes, and his character is solid and positive in this book. After losing the battle at Philippi, Brutus takes a trip down memory lane and then kills himself. Mark Antony shows his respect for Brutus by covering his corpse with a cloak. Mr. Iggulden writes about Brutus with respect. (I hope I am not mistaken in that belief.) Brutus and Julius Caesar loved each other. Life changed their positions but not their love. "Brutus" is a four letter word by most accounts, but most accounts are not always true. My review skims the people and events that I liked most in this book. I do not expect other readers to fall in my line, but I do expect they will enjoy reading this book. Thank you, Mr. Iggulden, for another good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the birth of Caesar to the death of Augustus a great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole series!
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Great followup to his other 3 in the Emperor series! Can't wait for more!
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
It started off with an oomph that developed a slow pace and petered out. The scene of betrayal and the subsequent actions of those that murdered him was very well done. The only scene that topped it was Mark Anthony describing Brutus walk towards his victim in the final moments. Unfortunately I felt it lost its initial swagger after that. The story seemed more like reading/watching a TV show. When it comes to staying clse to historical facts you often find that the author has to to be mindful not to be overly academic or over the top fanciful fictious. It is a double edged sword and quite a balancing act. The read was pleasant but it wasn't memorable. Iggulden didn't replicate the same aura of camaraderie and sense of power in this book, as he did with the previous ones in the series. These strong historical characters become mere afterthoughts due to weak character description and depiction, instead of the powerful figures they actually were. At least that's what it felt like for me. It almost felt as if the author wasn't really into it or was just going through the motions. Not at all like his Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) Genghis Khan series. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
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