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The Field of Swords (Emperor #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  6,940 ratings  ·  143 reviews
With his acclaimed Emperor novels, author Conn Iggulden brings a dazzling world to life–the rich, complex world of ancient Rome as seen through the eyes of one extraordinary man: Julius Caesar. Now Iggulden returns to the story of Julius Caesar and a realm that stretches from the sands of North Africa to the coast of Britain. Against this magnificent backdrop, Caesar, his ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Goge
Perfect series for all who are intrigued and owed with the old Rome and great man that was Gajus Julius Ceasar. Conn Iggulden is taking us through the life, tastes, smells, blood and politics that shaped the world we know today. Cesar was a brilliant man in a cruel world and with cruelty that matched that same world with ease. At the same time, he was loved by the ones he turned into the deadliest force the world saw even long after he left this world. These books also show us how hard life was ...more
Lance Greenfield
From Spain to Gaul to Britain and back to Rome

This is the third book in the series of four and continues at tremendous pace. Caesar is posted to Spain by his political rivals who, rightly, see him as a threat.

He is successful in his Iberian adventure, but returns to Rome in time for the consular elections. Following his election to high office, the means of which is highly amusing, he cannot sit still for long and soon leaves Crassus and Pompey in charge so that he can take his armies to Gaul to
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Ruth
1995:Conn Iggulden complimented another author by saying that “Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both.” . I think that this also describes Mr Iggulden's writing as well. If I wanted an exact historical rendition of Julius Caesar, I would pick up a relevant historical tome. But I happen to like my history told as a story with an explanation offered for some of the seemingly random choices made by people great and small. Many of the revi ...more
Arun Divakar
As the story opens, Julius Caesar is wrapping up his adventures in Spain. With his ever ambitious and never silent mind driving him, he sets out to Rome. What follows is the creation of the first triumvirate with Pompey, Crassus and Caesar after which he sets course for the conquest of Gaul and thereby carving a place for himself in history. The curtains fall at the time when Caesar decides to lead his men across the Rubicon and back to Rome to challenge the might of Pompey.

Romans as I understan
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Julie
My book review for www.audiojukebox.com

Today is March 15th, or as most of us know, the Ides of March. The three most common facts known about Julius Caesar is that he was one of the greatest rulers of the Roman Empire, he was assassinated on the Ides of March, and he created an amazing salad dressing that he named after himself. Okay, so I made up that last bit about the salad dressing to see if anyone really reads these reviews. But if you are at all curious and want to learn more about the lif
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Steve
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous two in this series. Why? Good question. For me, Caesar spends far too much of the books' emphasis on his campaigns out of Rome. Starting in Spain, then a really long time (much of the book) in Gaul, then his failures in Britain. I love historical fiction, and facts, but there was no way of knowing all the conversations and details of what happened in his long campaign in Gaul. That part dragged on too far for me, for too much of the book ...more
David Campton
I've consistently whined about the historical innacuracy in this series, but this one, apart from the core fiction that Caesar and Brutus shared much of their lives and careers together, sticks much more closely to the facts of Caesar's rise to the Consulship and his subsequent Gallic wars. Iggulden downplays some of the horrors of his subjugation of Gaul (such as watching the women and children of Alesia starve to death between the twin walls) but I suppose a lot of detail has to be sacrificed ...more
Lori
Ah, Gaul. And Gaul. And more Gaul.

Field of Swords is a bit battle-riffic for my preference. The first half of the book, full of politics and intrigue, is much more my style. The endless sword and horse and spear scenes made my eyes roll back in my head. Just for a minute, but over and over.

I know, I know, it's a necessary part of Casear's history. And it's not even that I minded him being away from Rome, because watching him purge his grief in Spain worked for me. But there are only so many bloo
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Carrie Slager
The Field of Swords is truly riveting historical fiction of the first order and Conn Iggulden managed to write it without changing history around as much. Surprisingly, the third book in his Emperor series is my favourite out of all four because it is by far the most exciting in terms of plot and character development. It covers the most famous part of Caesar’s life: the Gallic Wars.

War is one of my favourite parts of historical fiction because of all the details of ancient warfare fascinate me.
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Daniel Parker
I have never read a book by Conn Iggulden, but I would read another. Emperor: The Field of Swords was a wonderful novel. It combined fact and fiction totally emerging me, the reader, in the book. It tells the story of young Julius Caesar, it tells of his rein over Rome as Consel, and also of his conquest for Gaul. As the title suggests, there is lots of blood AND gore. The details Conn provides make you feel as if you are there and make you unable to put down the book. If you are intrigued by An ...more
Hollis
With two novels behind him, Iggulden is definitely into his stride by now as he writes this. It was just as action-packed and entertaining, but the prose was much less blocky and the technical use of language much better. I'm glad that the violence was toned down as well: I felt like the violence and brutality in the first two books was mindless at times and it often hampered my enjoyment.
John
Taking up the story where the last one left off... this is the third book in the four book Emperor series.

We finally meet Mark Antony... Caesar, Crassus and Pompey form their Triumvirate... we lose some favourites... fight more battles.... and face more duplicity than you'd expect to find at a Two-timers get together....

Wonderful...
Tasha
Another good round from Iggulden. I generally enjoyed this one although at times I felt like it could be a 3.5 star read. Overall though, a good read so will give another 4 stars.
Ben
This series gets inside of you! Well for me it does, it feels like you know all of the characters and as other Roman fiction authors, Conn has evoked a great sense of the times.
Leen
Het derde deel van dit epos over de grote G. Iulius Caesar. Het verhaalt Iulius' gevecht om van Rome een leefbare stad en van het Romeinse Rijk een wereldrijk te maken. Hij wil grootser zijn dan zijn oom Marius en het verder schoppen dan zijn grote voorbeeld Alexander.
Hij brengt het tot consul en vormt met de machtige Pompeius en Crassus het eerste driemanschap in de geschiedenis, zodat hij vrij spel heeft in Gallië en vérder, om deze gebieden aan Rome toe te voegen.
Na tien jaar veroveringen in
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Susan
Once again, Conn Iggulden has kept me up late, distracted at work, and spouting Roman marching commands in my sleep. Naughty author. So far in the series, I think this is the best novel. Iggulden switches smoothly between the two main locations, but also smoothly between the main characters, showing the rift building between Caesar and Brutus over years, the friendship growing between Marc Antony and Julius, the wrangling back and forth (with mutual respect) between Crassus, Caesar, and Pompey. ...more
Sara
E num ritmo de tempo que não pára segue a vida de Júlio César que me continua a maravilhar não só pela pessoa em si, mas pelo General em que se tornou e que neste terçeiro volume marca pela diferença.

Num atropelo de acontecimentos Júlio César continua as suas conquistas numa Roma cujo espírito e dignidade se perde algures por entre aqueles que apenas no poder desmedido encontram seu belo prazer, esquecendo que uma cidade, um povo é feito de pessoas.

Rodeado de amigos, Júlio César atravessa aqui u
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Tom
I am excited to read the final book now. This volume follows Caesar through his election as Consul and his almost decade long conquest of Gaul. The relationship between Caesar and Brutus begins to show the cracks that become fatal later. This seperation started at the end of the last book, but there is no doubt about the internal battle taking place in Brutus by the end of this one. Caesar is not totally oblivious to what is happening, but he is too focused on himself and his legacy to think it ...more
Samantha
Feb 02, 2010 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, Roman history
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Alex
Wow. Just Wow! The Field of Swords really takes it home. Covering Caesar's conquest of Gaul and Britain Iggulden creates 400 pages of non stop action in all possible settings. The author covers Caesar's rule in Spain, his return to Rome and his rise in the Senate. We are then thrown straight into one of the biggest conspiracies in Roman history - the Catiline conspiracy - which planned a coup d'etat in Rome.

Caesar's appointment as Consul gave him the freedom to pursue his goals - of becoming as
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David Brawley
I picked this up at the library completely randomly. I had no idea that it was book 3 in the series, just that it started with Caesar in Spain, and would take him to Gaul. It wasn't until I was a couple of disks in and actually looked it up here on Goodreads that I realized I'd missed the first two books! I guess being vaguely familiar with the history helped.

I haven't read a whole lot of historical fiction, but one of the aspects I appreciate about it is how it takes a figure who is almost myt
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Olivia
May 09, 2010 Olivia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barnicles, Keith
What a fantastic book! This is the third in a four book historical-fiction series about Julius Caesar. This book starts with Caesar wrapping up in Spain and returning to Rome to campaign for Consul. After winning his Consulship and forming the Triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus, he heads off to conquer Gaul. This book details his war campaigns through Gaul and Britain and ends with him crossing the Rubicon on his back to Rome. Iggulden's ability to write about battle strategy is uncommonly good ...more
Dillwynia Peter
Disappointed & stopped reading 2/3rds of the way through.

The major factual errors became way too annoying. I realise this is a piece of fiction, but really! You can't fiddle with the major players of one of the best preserved portions of Roman history.

I had to stop reading after the continued reference that Clodius was a plebian. Um, No! He actually was a member of the Claudius family, one of the ancient families, but had decided to revert to the primitive spelling to make him more approacha
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Dave
Im really enjoying this series of books. Conn Iggulden has become one of my favourite historical fiction authors. This book brings Caeser and his companions into his years of war in Gaul. Very accurate to Caesers actual writings and it is good that the stories Ive read when researching Roman history are coming to life in these novels. I will be picking up book 4 very soon.... cant wait
Redfox5
More exciting adventures with Caesar and Brutus. They both change alot in this book. You hardly see any of Rome but you do get lots of battles. I was sad to see that Caesar doesn't really connect with his daughter much in this book or that we hear much about her marriage to Pompey. Seems like the next book is the last one. With one last big battle to come. Really gotten into this series, after a not so great start. Can't wait for the last one!
Jessica
I love the Emperor series. There are few historical figures as deeply fascinating to me as Julius Caesar and Conn Iggulden does a masterful job of bringing the ancient Rome to life, as a backdrop to the legendary man's life.

So far, this book is the weak link in the series though. Most of the second half is concerned with Caesar's conquests in Gaul, which are an extreemly important part of his life but which basically amount to battle after battle after battle. Luckily for the reader, Iggulden i
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David
Still an entertaining book, Iggullden continues to capture the image of the Roman and Gallic world quite vibrantly, but this installment lacks the detail I enjoyed in the first two.

This is almost certainly because a decade has been condensed into a couple of hundred pages, but this book largely fired me even further to read more about Rome in general.
LaDawn
The best in the series so far, this volume covers the battles of Julius Caesar in what is now France and sees him head to Britain. It also sees the commander come to terms with the deaths of his most trusted friends.

The two previous volumes felt dense with battle, blood, and gore but this third book taps more into what Julius may have been feeling and thinking at various times. I could also feel the stage being set fort he return to Rome and the final betrayal.

I enjoy historical fiction not for
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Jamie Maltman
I'm still enjoying the series, but my favorite was still the first. I think it's mainly because the pace suited the story of hus youth better, jumping in and out in a less historical period of his life. Doing the same in a more detailed period results in it feeling a little rushed at times.

I'm not complaining that it's historical fiction, weaving a story from selected threads from history without trying to be the work of a historian, and there were more significant milestones in this one that w
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Jonathan
Good book, like the rest of the series. I like that the author includes a historical accuracy section at the end of each book. It helped to answer some of my questions about what was fact and what was fiction, since I didn't know either. I must say that I didn't think it would take until the forth book for him to become emperor - I assume since he hasn't become the emperor yet in the first three.

A good series with plenty of action. This book does seem to jump around a some - time line wise - but
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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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