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The Blood of Gods (Emperor #5)

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The fifth and final instalment of the Emperor series.
Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody.
Rome’s great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar’s adopted son Octavian, a man whose name wi
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Harper Collins (first published January 1st 2013)
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This had the feeling of a surprise party where the guest of honour fails to turn up. Fair play to Julius Caesar, he had an excuse to not be there with him being stabbed by the “Liberators” at the end of book 4 so it was obvious he would be missing but the story certainly lacked something for this.

The story revolves around the days and years after the assassination of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony and Octavian/Augustus taking it upon themselves to hunt down and kill all those involved with
Faye, la Patata

Right now, this is what I'm thinking to myself:


Ladies and gentlemen, I may have just finished the best historical fiction I've ever read. Granted, this is not my favorite genre, and to be honest, I have not read a lot about it, but WOW. This book hooked me from beginning to end, with its fast-paced action scenes, adorable characters, intriguing politics, talks of strategies and what have you... it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience. Period. No other words.

Nov 17, 2013 happy rated it really liked it
In the 5th and final installment of his Emperor series, Mr. Iggulden gives an interesting take on the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination. The main character in this novel is Julius’ nephew and successor, the young Octavian. The author builds his story around Octavian’s reaction to the news of Julius’ death and the Senate’s giving the assassins pardon’s for what they had done. This novel opens in Greece where Octavian and the man who would become his best general, Agrippa and another frie ...more
Robin Carter
Apr 01, 2013 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing

So after a gap of 8 years since the last book in this series

1. The Gates of Rome (2003)
2. The Death of Kings (2004)
3. The Field of Swords (2004)
4. The Gods of War (2005)
5. The Blood of Gods (2013)

How does this new offering stack up? does it have all that the early books did? or has it progressed with the writers skill?

I’m happy to say that the book retains the passion of the early Emperor books, but incorporates all the lessons learned since that time.

As usual with this series you h
Joseph Adelizzi, Jr.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

“How many times can you read the same story over and over?” my wife asks me every time I pick up a book about the early days of the Roman Empire. Logically I wonder the same thing too, but yet I do find myself repeatedly reading account after account of those days. That semi-insane behavior is made even more perplexing given there is no doubt I'd have been left on a hillside to die almost immediately upon my birth had I been born durin
Robin Webster
May 31, 2015 Robin Webster rated it really liked it
‘The Blood of Gods’ is Conn Iggulden’s fifth book in his ‘Emperor’ series. The previous four books were based loosely on the life of the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar right up to his assassination: while the central character in this book is his adopted son Octavian, who later went on to become the Emperor Augustus. The book opens where the last book left off. Julius Caesar has just been assassinated and the young Octavian makes his bid for power and is looking to take revenge on all those who con ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
I had no idea this book was part of a series when I requested it. I had heard from a co-worker that I needed to check out Conn Iggulden’s books, and after reading it I can understand why. I tend to be a real stickler for reading series in order, mainly because so much has happened in previous books, and I tend to feel lost. Not so with The Blood of Gods.

This book immediately captured my attention, and I loved the portrayals of all the characters. I found it very interesting how the author would
Arun Divakar
Apr 09, 2015 Arun Divakar rated it it was ok
The name of Julius Caesar is now on everyone’s tongues in Rome. He fell to the knives of the liberators and Rome stands stunned at his funeral. Across the sea, in Greece a young man named Octavian is blinded by grief and fury. The consul Mark Antony while staggered by the death of Caesar tries to reap his own rewards from amidst these murky waters. The last installment of Conn Iggulden’s series on Rome begins at the funeral of Caesar and concludes in the battlefield of Philippi with the defeat a ...more
May 18, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conn Iggulden ends his Emperor series with a magnificent account of the aftermath of Caesar's assassination and the determined mission of his adopted son Octavian to hunt down his killers. This is familiar history but it has new life here especially thanks to Iggulden's recreation of Octavian, his friends and Mark Antony. Agrippa is my particular favourite here. A superb novel.

Review to follow shortly on
Oct 18, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-ancient

We pick up just where the last book left off, with the body of Julius Caesar still warm and the blood still wet on his murders hands.

Brutus is mad that things are instantly sunshine and roses, mad that he isn’t instantly getting respect, mad people don’t seem to appreciate what he did, mad that no one openly objects, and mad that his has to hide from mobs. He’s just all around upset by Every. Single. Thing.

Meanwhile, Octavian and Mark Antony are constantly at each other’s throats, despite the f
Sep 30, 2014 Valwis20 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
Emperor The Blood Of Gods
Book Information:
Author: Conn Iggulden
Title: EMPEROR Blood Of Gods
Publication Date: 2013

This book is about the chain of events that started with Julius Caesar’s assassination, and ended with tens of thousands of deaths. It takes us through a number of historic battles, example the Battle of Philippi where the war was finally ended. It gives us a window into Octavian’s rise, a real testament of determination and what it can accomplish as seen in the quote "I sent into e
Cheryl M-M
Jul 11, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
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
Jason Golomb

"...walk as their heir to a god and the richest man in Rome. Walk as one who can call down the wrath of Mars with a snap of his fingers."

Conn Iggulden's "The Blood of Gods" is everything that makes Iggulden so successful and such a fun read: characters that are solid, if not completely three dimensional; colorfully evocative prose that can't help but get any testosterone-laden blood pumping; and an undeniably compelling mix of history, action and drama.

"The Blood of Gods" is officially the fifth
May 24, 2013 Nick_britten rated it it was amazing
ome, the Ides of March and Julius Caesar is dead, stabbed to death by his friends and colleagues in the very city he had dominated for so long. For the killers, the elation of bringing down a tyrant is quickly dispelled as the people of Rome vent their anger on the city and the men who brought down their Caesar.

Instead of being seen as liberators and heroes they are hounded and abused by the mob and with Mark Anthony cleverly using the mob to his own ends they soon have to flee the city.

When Cae
Jan 05, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing
I love a good historical novel and this book was most satisfying. I am very familiar with Shakespeare's version of the death and aftermath of Julius Caesar's assassination which focuses on Brutas' story. This book foregrounds Octavian and Mark Antony and the details of the war that followed, giving much more detail of Roman warfare and the logistics of organising so many soldiers, boats, provisions along with issues of communication on the battlefield.
Oct 10, 2013 Mohammed rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading Iggulden kind of historical fiction that focus on military history,battles but i also really liked how he captured the color,life of Ancient Rome as city,culture,city politics in the earlier books in this series. Thats why its a shame this book narrows down interesting part of post Caesar power struggles to only battles,war.

Also its impossible to tell the story,history of Octavian/Augustus in one single book. He is not historically famous only for this war, i was more int
Dec 13, 2015 Marcos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Segue a mesma linha dos outros livros da série. Iggulden mantém o estilo conciso, focado na história, mas sem negligenciar as motivações dos envolvidos. Como eu não conhecia a história real, gostei como o autor deixa as possibilidades abertas.
Mar 14, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited when I heard that this was being released. And I wasn't disappointed. A lot of books that are add on's to a series can feel like they've been written for money or just don't fit the style of the rest of the series, but this felt like it was always intended to be written.

Even though Brutus was the enemy in Field of Swords and for part of The Gods of War it was odd seeing him as a full blown enemy for the entire book. The new character of Agrippa was very well written and gave
Aug 12, 2014 Calvin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any history buff interested in Caersar and the Liberators that killed him
Recommended to Calvin by: No one
This is great book to read if history is your passion. After reading this book I had a much better sense of what really happened on the Ides of March.
It is written as part fiction,but mostly historical facts based on the death of Julius Caesar and the people who orchestrated his death. According to the author, Conn Iggulden, traveled to the places that are referenced in historical documentation of the period. The book allows the reader behind the scenes when Octavian became Caesar. Mr. Iggulden
M.J. Webb
Feb 22, 2016 M.J. Webb rated it really liked it
Another good book from a great series by a brilliant author.
Dec 17, 2014 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently the fifth novel in Iggulden's EMPEROR series, but reading this out of sequence is not a problem. The story being with the Ides of March and the assassination of Julius Caesar and is about what happened in the Republic and what happened to the Liberatores -- those who took Caesar down.

Iggulden brings young Octavian to life, and gives character to the assassins, Cassius and Brutus, Suetonius, to Mark Antony, and to Octavian's best friends, Maecenas and Agrippa, plus gives a good pictur
Edoardo Albert
Jun 08, 2014 Edoardo Albert rated it really liked it
Hugely enjoyable fictional recreation of the turbulent, traumatic period after Julius Caesar's assassination. Iggulden is particularly good at showing how all the main protagonists believed, honestly, that they were acting honourably and for the good of Rome. A peculiarity of my reading is the extraordinarily long memory shadow cast by watching 'I, Claudius' on TV in the seventies - it's all but impossible for me to read about Augustus (Octavian in his youth) without seeing Brian Blessed. In the ...more
Chris F
Nov 02, 2013 Chris F rated it really liked it
Probably the best in the series so, maybe because the others were written sometime ago and he has developed as a writer since. The ending was perhaps not as strong as other parts of the novel, but overall an enjoyable read.
Joe Dorrian
Feb 15, 2014 Joe Dorrian rated it really liked it
An enjoyable end to Conn's Caesar books (if it is the end), and if you've read and liked the previous ones you'll certainly enjoy this. The book walks a good in making a complex historical and political situation interesting and engaging for readers who would have no prior understanding of either the situations or previous novels.

The characters were as fascinating as they should be and the intrigues and battles were well written and drew me into the scope of the scenes and how they must have fel
Klavs Martens
Sep 07, 2014 Klavs Martens rated it it was amazing
Et brag af en afslutning på serien om Julius Cæsar. Jeg har virkelig nydt serien, selvom jeg var lidt betænkelig ved at læse historisk fiktion. Jeg havde wikipedia ved siden af hele vejen, så jeg føler ikke at står tilbage med sæk historisk vrøvl, men snarere at jeg har fået nogle personligheder foræret imellem fakta.

Hvis jeg skal komme med et minus, er det han har lidt samme problem som f.eks David Eddings. Det store persongalleri gør at folk tit lyder, taler, og tænker ens i de små bi-karakte
Umar Hashmi
Nov 21, 2015 Umar Hashmi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book: Absolutely bloody brilliant, at times quite literally.

The Blood of Gods is the fifth (and final) entry in Conn Iggulden's acclaimed Emperor series and chronicles the immediate aftermath of The Ides of March, 44 BC. Octavian, the future Augustus and first emperor of Rome, has vowed vengeance against the Liberatores and will stop at nothing to have their heads on spikes. Meanwhile, Marcus Brutus and his bitches have fled Rome although they hoped to be welcomed as saviours; this being s
Ell Eastwood
I read the Emperor series a few years back, and I do not remember a lot from it. I read the Conqueror last year and that stuck with me though: as awesome as Emperor was, I just enjoyed Conqueror even more. So yeah, my memory of exactly what happened at the end of the last Emperor book is not too good: I do remember feeling that Brutus was completely justified in killing Caesar, and not only because Caesar slept with his mom (which I guess I at the time thought was reason enough because I used to ...more
I expected more from this novel given that I enjoyed the previous books in Conn Iggulden's "Emperor" series so much. The book prior to this one ended with Julius Caesar's assassination so I knew that Iggulden would probably expand on the events that followed in this novel. And he did, but he didn't do a lot to give much life to Caesar's avengers: Mark Antony & Octavian (later Emperor Caesar Augustus). Sure, he described the difficulty these two men had in just agreeing to fight on the same s ...more
L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time)
I received this ARC from a GoodReads Giveaway.

The story begins with the still-warm body of Julius Caesar on the marble floor and his assassins fully expecting to be greeted as heroes by the Roman republic. Yeah, it doesn't quite work out for them that way. The following year is a hectic whirlwind as Caesar's adopted heir, Octavian, swoops in to claim his inheritance and plot vengeance against the killers. Along for the ride is Octavian's two closest compadres: Generic Friend #1 and Generic Frien
Between 2003 and 2006, Conn Iggulden released a series of books about the life and times of Julius Caesar, all with the word 'Emperor' somewhere in the title. those books were: The Gates of Rome, The Death of Kings, The Field of Swords and The Gods of War.

After that last book, he then wrote a series on Genghis Khan (which I haven't got round to reading yet - it's on my to-read list), before returning to the Emperor series roughly 7 years after the last with this entry. This, he states, will be
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I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous ...more
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