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The Death of Kings (Emperor #2)

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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, and leader.

In a sparsely settles region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them: their leade
Mass Market Paperback, 531 pages
Published February 2005 by Dell Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jan 26, 2015 Leons1701 rated it did not like it
So horribly torn on this book. I really like Iggulden's writing and the period and characters are exciting and fascinating. But I found myself continually screaming at the author "That's not even remotely close to what happened!" I'm no expert on Roman history, but the flaws are glaring. Brutus was some 15 years younger than Julius Caesar, not the same age. Sulla was not assassinated in office, I could go on and on, many of the changes are trivial, but some of them completely change the motivati ...more
May 19, 2010 Merredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like history, action or adventure
This is the second in a series about julius ceasar. I'd read the first a couple years ago, and stuck the next one on my reading list and forgot about it. The book arrived, and I started to read it, and it seemed slow. But then it quickly picked up and was great! I had forgotten how much I like this author, and I think that the second book was even better than what I remember of the first. Sure, there are some historical innacuracies (which the author even admits and lists a few of the bigger one ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good follow on from the first book in this (Emperor) series by Conn Iggulden. In fact, in many ways the first book served as a really good introduction with so much more action, story, and character growth in this book.

A really well written book following the growth and experiences of Gauis Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and many other historical figures, like Crassus and others, as well as some character embellishments for the growth of the story.

It was a gripping read and very enligh
I was hoping for more from this book, I thought with Julius being older the story would get more interesting and the depictions of roman life and roman politics would be expanded upon. I was disappointed in this.

The story follows Julius through his capture and fight with the pirates off the African coast, Marcus returns from the army to find his mother and join in the politics of Rome while waiting the return of Julius. With the death of Sulla, Julius can return to Rome and join in the fight to
Lance Greenfield
Jul 24, 2013 Lance Greenfield rated it it was amazing
The adventure continues.

This is the second of a series of four historical fictions. This episode begins with Caesar as an outcast from Rome and beginning his military career as a junior officer on board a ship patrolling the waters of the North African coast. It also follows the early career of his closest friend, Brutus, who finds himself battling in Greece. Some amazing adventures ensue for both of them as they gain fighting experience. Although they both become excellent and well-respected so
Jeffrey Rasley
Nov 16, 2014 Jeffrey Rasley rated it liked it
Conn is a great story-teller but a con man when it comes to history. I loved his Genghis books, because I knew little of the subject and historical sources are limited. A very different case with Julius Caesar (at least for Anglo-Americans that have studied the classics). The first Julius book was more forgivable as to historical inaccuracies, because we don't know so much about Caesar's childhood. This second in the series has many grating on the anal-historian nerves. Still, it's a great story ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Phil rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historical novel lovers
This book continues the Ceasar saga started in 'Gates Of Rome'. It has the same looseness with the historical facts that is bound to endlessly annoy people who care about historical facts. The story progresses through Ceasar's capture by the pirates and it continues to build Brutus as a heroic but tragic figure. The book ends with the revolt of Sparticus, again very much at odds with the historical record. If you've gotten this far, you've been sucked in by the readability of Iggulden's writing ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-ancient

Julius Caesar battles soldiers, rebels, slaves, pirates, etc., but the parts where the stakes really go up is when he battles some really dangerous creatures – the politicians of the Roman Senate.

The legal battles were surprisingly the most engaging as the hand to hand combat kind of blurs together after a while, especially when the descriptions pull back to described the sweeping armies.

Its historical fiction, so events are compressed here and futzed with there for time, space, and dramatic ef
Arun Divakar
Oct 25, 2014 Arun Divakar rated it liked it
The second installment in the fictional biography of Julius Caesar as envisaged by Conn Iggulden has all the elements of a summer blockbuster.There is war, war, more war, a little bit of sex, war and some political intrigue as ingredients. As with the first installment of this series, the author throws any and all vestiges of historical accuracy to the winds and creates a swashbuckler of a tale.

The last we saw Iggulden's Julius Caesar, he was on board a Roman ship bound to patrol the maritime bo
Aug 19, 2011 Harte rated it liked it
My interest in Julius Caesar & ancient Rome was piqued by viewing HBO's Rome. I really enjoyed the series & read Gods & Legions by Michael Curtis Ford. I started this series with The Death of Kings. If someone read this books & the one that follows, without knowing anything about Rome & Caesar, I think they would really enjoy these books.

I'm far from a historical expert on Caesar & Rome, but there were some historical inaccuracies that distracted me from fully enjoying t
Mar 09, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Wow! This series just gets better and better. I don't know if anybody anywhere could really do a better job describing Roman legions in Battle.

Iggulden does a great job creating a biographical study of young Julius Caeser. I am especially impressed with the author's note at the end of the book explaining where the author took liberties and why-- and a few places where he just guessed. For example, a young Tribune like Caeser would have been in the midst of putting down the Spartacus rebellion, w
Arvind Balasubramaniam
Dec 24, 2012 Arvind Balasubramaniam rated it it was amazing
It's been many years since I read the first book of the trilogy, so I was initially wary that I'd be unable to follow this book properly.
However, the author manages to mention relevant anecdotes casually within the context of the story line so new readers would be able to pick up the story easily.
The Death of Kings traces Caeser's life as a young man, a time when the Republic of Rome was a major power and yet faced various threats from within her borders: namely, the dictatorship of Sulla, the
This is a pretty solid book in terms not only in it's size - 677 pages for a paperback! -but in how much action and story there's contained in it's pages, to the extent that by the time you get towards the end of the book it feels almost nostalgiac looking back even as relatively close as halfway through the book.

It's yet another example of Iggulden's expert humanising of real people from history with none of the irritating pomp & pretentiousness so prone to historical fiction authors writin
Zeke Chase
Oct 20, 2012 Zeke Chase rated it it was ok
Rating: 3.4 / 10

I can only take so much Iggulden at one time. This one reeeeally tested my limits. Throughout his Conqueror series, I was riveted and ultimately disappointed when he ended the series with Kublai's ascension instead of his decline. However, this novel is his worst yet (that I've read). Since I've already purchased “A Field of Swords”, I suppose I'll get to it...eventually – but I wouldn't if it wasn't already in my possession. I'm not going to lie, I gave up on the end of this one
May 10, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009may
Iggulden defies the "sophomore curse" with the second of his Emperor novels.

I liked the first (The Gates of Rome) enough to rush right out and buy the next three, so clearly, it was working for me. I had, though, to recognize its lack of depth -- and I think I even used "popcorn" in a description to friends.

The Death of Kings is a full-blown meal, easily sating my needs.

The core characters of Gates (Caesar and Brutus) are still at the forefront, but many of the secondary characters -- and many n
Feb 18, 2011 William rated it really liked it
Conn Iggulden continues his very successful look at Julius Caesar in this second book from the series, Emperor.
I am continuously amazed at how much Caesar did during his life, and the author explains in his notes after the fictionalized plot just how much he had to omit in order to make the books exciting without being too long winded. In fact, my only complaint is that he doesn't spend more time on Caesar's probable participation in the Third Sevile War with the infamous gladiator, Spartacus. Y
Dec 06, 2011 Johann rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I just finished this book and I found it very interesting. The book tells the youth of the first roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar and his best-friend Marcus Brutus, later governor of Gaul (France). The book plays from 82 BC, the end of the civil war between Caesars Uncle Marius and Sulla and the start of the dictatorship of Sulla, to 71 BC, after the Victory of Crassus and Pompey against the Slave Rebellion under Spartacus. The book plays in various places in the huge Roman Empire.

Tim Stretton
Jan 02, 2015 Tim Stretton rated it liked it
Immensely frustrating. Conn Iggulden is a really talented writer, who can bring the characters and feel of the late Roman republic to life; but he is so cavalier with the historical record that it's hard to give his work unqualified approval. The historical novelist will always need to tweak events to give a satisfying narrative, but Iggulden pushes this latitude so far it can only irritate readers who have even a superficial knowledge of the period. I'm no classical scholar, but the distortion ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
It has been some time since I have delighted myself with such a good series of historical fiction books (probably since Massimo Manfredi's last releases) but I must say I have missed it.

Conn Iggulden builds his story around Caesar's childhood and the events that have shaped him into one of the most iconic Roman generals in history. This second book of the series takes us from the Northern African shores to Greece and to the Italian peninsula as we follow Caesar's rise to power and prominence.

Jasmiina F
Oct 28, 2015 Jasmiina F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been so long since I read the first volume of this series that I don't remember much about it. But I liked this one, although the story was a bit bloody. But I like how Iggulden tells this story and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Sep 23, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
This account of part of Julius Ceasers life is just what you'd expect from such a talented author.

It makes you realise just what a brilliant man, soldier and leader Julius Ceaser was.

This no holds barred book that sees the man enslaved on a galley, abandoned on the african coast, raise a small army to to gain vengence on his captors and eventually find his way back to Rome, surpress an uprising in Greece and take on Sparticus's slave uprising is not fiction but truth told in a story book way.

Feb 25, 2013 Prajwalit rated it really liked it
As expected, this second book of Emperor series was fantastic. Only complaint I have about this book is Brutus's story line is made secondary. But then again, it's how history goes. Unfortunately.
There's never a dull moment in this book. It's a full action (rather war) packed book. And I read it voraciously. Starting with early stuggles, building an army, vengeance, multiple wars, and a huge war at the end all make you keep reading. I'm sure you'll love this if you like the first book.
I can't se
Jan 06, 2010 Karlan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, older-ya
The second title in the 3 books series about Julius Caesar is much bloodier and intense than the first. I could not read it in the evening and expect to fall asleep. I didn't know Julius was kidnapped by pirates in the Mediterranean, was ransomed, and returned to Rome with men he had recruited in North Africa. The author kindly lets one know what he created and what he found in histories. Nevertheless, I am inspired to reserve some history to find out more about different aspects of the story. ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Lyn rated it it was amazing
Julius Caesar, what an amazing military hero he was. He lacked something in the way of morals, but who didn't in those days. Mr Iggulden really made Rome and Gaul come alive with descriptions. I felt like I was part of the battle. The conflict that is growing between Brutus and Caesar is very intriguing...never lose sight of your true friends and don't forget to let them know how important they are to you, because they could sneak up behind you someday and stab you in the back too....Just one le ...more
May 18, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this today whilst waiting with my daughter at the X-Factor auditions @ Villa Park [She didn't get through... ho-hum.. no riches and fame for a while!]

The second book in The Emporer series... a great read, but very much a "bridging-novel"... The same characters were there, there was character/plot development, but I felt that there was so much else that could have been done. The end, when it came, snook up on me and the book just ended.

Still... it was well written and lays a fine foundat
David Campton
Iggulden continues his account of the young Caesar's action-packed career, taking in the period from Sulla's death through to the defeat of Spartacus. A slightly different take on the latter than in the Kirk Douglas film, but no more historically accurate. In fact the constant messing around with timelines, the alteration of attested facts and the wholesale change of characters and life-stories is a little annoying and unneccesary; its only the fact that he is such a good storyteller that keeps ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
I rate this book 4 stars because of the way the author made the words flow. I was intrigued by how descriptive the details were and how the book seemed to all flow together. I have read many books about the ancient Roman and Greek cultures, and this series has stuck out to me. However, there are a few historically incorrect pieces of information that bring my rating down.
Julius is older than Brutus in reality, not the same age. I do believe that this change makes the men seem more like brothe
Carrie Slager
Feb 17, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Death of Kings, Conn Iggulden has managed to simultaneously thrill and annoy me. He thrills me with his wonderful writing, the characters he brings to life and his fast-paced plot, yet he manages to annoy me in his usual fashion when he changes major historical events to suit his narrative. But before I start ranting, let me list the many reasons to read this novel.

It is mostly historically accurate and Iggulden excels in bringing near-mythical figures like Caesar, Sulla, Marius, Pompey a
I really glad I kept with this series as this book is loads better than the first one. Lots more action as Caesar gets captured by pirates and Brutus comes into his own. Both of them playing the power games of Rome and then having to face a slave rebellion. I also enjoy the side story with Alexandria. I don't know much about Roman history but from what I can gather from Conn's historical notes at the back, he has changed alot, which might annoy some history buffs. But for me I'm happy to carry o ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Mpreeti rated it it was amazing
Conn Iggulden is a master story teller almost as good as the Greek teacher of Marcus and Gauis who brings back history with sweeping strokes, unforgettable characters and the passion that the idea of a true Republic could inspire and mould men to greatness.

The Emperor series takes you to Rome where valour meets political intrigue and ideals make MEN of boys. It traces the life of Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus.

The second part of the series is a sparkling narrative that takes off on different t
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Emperor (5 books)
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