The Death of Kings (Emperor, #2)
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The Death of Kings (Emperor #2)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  7,178 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Brilliant...stunning," raved the "Los Angeles Times" about Conn Iggulden's first novel, Emperor: The Gates of Rome. "Iggulden is a grandstoryteller," 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,...more
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Published March 2nd 2004 by Dell Publishing (first published January 1st 2004)
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Leons1701
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
Merredith
May 19, 2010 Merredith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Steve
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...more
Dawn
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...more
Lance Greenfield
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...more
Phil
Jan 29, 2008 Phil rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Harte
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...more
David
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...more
Arvind Gops
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...more
Paul
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...more
Zeke Chase
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...more
Lori
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...more
William
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...more
Johann
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.

In...more
Tim Stretton
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
Alex
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.

Mai...more
John
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.

No...more
Prajwalit
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...more
Karlan
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
Linda
First read --2011
Review--B&N Customer Review

The book is better on the second read. Caesar, 100-44, b.c., is still a young man when his accomplishments start to multiply. The reader gets a glimpse of his emerging character, which is not without flaws. The flaws hardly matter to those who love Caesar, but they are fodder to those who do not.

I like this author. The read was smooth. His mechanics of good writing were excellent. I recommend this book to readers of historical fiction.

Thank you, M...more
Lyn
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
John
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...more
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
Carrie Slager
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...more
Redfox5
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
Mpreeti
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...more
Tasha
A solid 4 star read for me, maybe even a 4.5. Iggulden is a great storyteller. Although there are some changes to historical fact (acknowledged by Iggulden in the Historical Notes), I don't mind as the story itself was very well-done and the characters well developed. I looked forward to getting back to this one every chance I had. I am on to the next in the series.
Elizabeth
I really enjoyed this book. This author is a fantastic writer and I like that he tells you at the end the historical facts he's changed in his story. it's a great piece of fiction to read. I'm sure if you're looking for historical accuracy you won't probably like it but I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Mike
While entertaining and engaging in its own way, this series about Julius Caesar is not nearly as scholarly in depth as historical fiction as the novels focused on Caesar that are part of Colleen McCullough's nine-volume "Masters of Rome" series.
Tim Dunn
Great second part to "The Gates of Rome". Not much more I can say about it, once again, it's a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone. All sorts of elements in these books should please most readers.
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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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