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Young Bloods (Revolution Quartet #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,804 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
YOUNG BLOODS is the first gripping novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Wellington and Napoleon quartet. Perfect for fans of Robert Harris.

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen
Paperback, 604 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by Headline Review (first published 2006)
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With this latest book Simon embarks on a new series, Book 1 is based around the young lives of 2 of the great generals from European history, Napoleon and Wellington.
The story Switches easily between life in aristocratic Ireland and rural Corsica, showing the differences in character and environment that shaped these two great men.
I myself have not read much about these two men and this period in history, except Bernard Cornwells Sharpe. I have found in the past that this can put some readers of
Middle of the road affair that starts out well only to turn distinctly grey.
The characters initially seem far more human & realistic than those in the Eagle series if a little short of the depth found in the characters in Sword and Scimitar.
I know that this is intended as the opening book to a series where you're introduced to the characters formative years but there's very little conflict, believable conflict or such to give any real depth to the otherwise engaging characters.

The longer you

Left:Napoleon Bonaparte Aristide Louis. Amsterdam Museum, CC BY. Right: Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington. Wellcome Library, London; CC BY

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Excellent comparison of the early lives of Napoleon and Wellington. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and look forward to the next in the series. If you're curious about what made these men, you'll appreciate this story.
Michael Hołda (Holda)
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Historical Faction is the beginning of lives journeys about two geniuses and heroes, Arthur Wesley (later Duke of Wellington) & Napoleon Bonaparte. Shows their life from very young age. Descendants of England-Ireland and Corsica-France. However from as soon as possible they had traveled to study and get knowledge along with their natural congenital advantages in future careers with military scholarship. And many more adventurous, like siege of Toulon, with brave artillery work. Before t ...more
Dan Oates
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Young Bloods the first book in the revolutions series by Simon Scarrow who is recognised as one of the leading authors of historical fiction for his Legion series set in the Roman Period. Young Bloods book is a departure from the period where Scarrow has made his name in this genre to look at the early life of Arthur Welsey and Napoleon. This genre of fiction is difficult to excel in due to the fact that it is difficult to match the history of the period with the detailed events of a novel, and ...more
Jean Poulos
I have been fascinated by Napoleon since I was a child. I have read everything I could find about both these men and the Napoleonic War. I found myself more interested in Arthur Wesley’s sister, Barbara; she was a fascinating person. So when I discovered Simon Scarrow wrote a historical fiction series about these two men I just had to read it.

The book covers the years 1769 to 1795. Scarrow starts with the early years of both men and it appeared to me that Scarrow was attempting to show similarit
Neal Asher
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished off the last book of four by Simon Scarrow telling the stories of Wellington and Napoleon. These are Young Bloods, The Generals, Fire and Sword and Fields of Death, and I heartily recommend them. As I noted before, the battle scenes and descriptions of the campaigning got a bit wearing and repetitive, mainly in the middle two books, but then how many different ways can you describe cannon balls and canister shot ploughing through files of soldiers? I would imagine that in trying to st ...more
Kate Millin
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and kept having to force myself to put it down. I really liked the concept behind the book of intermingling the description of the lives of these 2 military men who are so intertwined in history. The story was very believable and interesting describing as it does the way in which they were both formed by their early lives.
Europe in the late eighteenth century was a tumultuous place, with war and rebellions breaking out on many fronts. Young Arthur Wesley (later Welling
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give Young Bloods a 3.5 rating. Napoleon and Arthur (Wellington) are the focus of the book. It starts out with their births and their childhoods growing up, including the great demands that they were put under by parents who are struggling to maintain status. They both wind up in the military through having little choice, but they end up thriving. When France goes through a revolution it throws both of these men into the fray and gives them the opportunity to rise to the top.
I always lo
Sarah Kenchington
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
So my best friend lent me this book; my best friend is half French and, for as long as I've known him, has been utterly obsessed with Napoleon. So it makes total sense he owns this series. I'd been eyeing up this series on his shelves for a while now, so when exams finished I swept in and nabbed all four (but post exam reading slump hit me like an absolute train, hence it took so long to finish).
This book was interesting, and I loved how my opinion of Wellington and Napoleon constantly shifted
Richard West
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Volume 1 of 4 books on the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte. This covers their early years and like all of Simon Scarrow's books is easily readable.

This one ends with the young Bonaparte just being promoted to brigadier general and Wesley (later to become the Duke of Wellington) just barely escaping to England from the French forces which were overrunning Europe. As a lieutenant colonel, he has a long way to go, as does Bonaparte.

Next up: Volume 2

If you're a Scarrow fan, what are you w
Paul Servini
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a series of four books about the period of the French revolution, following the careers of Napoleon and Wellington. I found it a very enjoyable and informative read as it enabled me to get to know these two characters about which I've heard a lot but didn't really know. The characters were well drawn and captured my interest. Of course, being part of a series, and also being historical fiction about which the major facts are known, there was not a lot of conflict in the boo ...more
Marietjie Steyn
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uiteindelik klaar! Daar was dele in die boek wat só goed was en ander dele wat my verveel het. Tog goeie leesstof oor Napoleon en Arthur, maar ek gaan nie die res van die reeks lees nie.
Paul Gibbs
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very easy read, covering the start of Wellington and Napoleon's rise to prominence.
Has managed to make me sympathise with both men, I'm looking forward to the rest of the quadrilogy.
Bethan Taylor
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another really good read from Simon Scarrow. Well written, lots of interesting detail but doesn’t bury the reader in descriptions, looking forward to the next book.
Professor no colégio de Norwich, Simon Scarrow partilha o seu amor pela antiguidade clássica para levar os seus alunos a ruínas e museus, locais para onde corre de cada vez que pega num livro. Tem como autores favoritos, os “grandes” da ficção histórica militar, como Cornwell, O’Brian ou Forester, e um dia decidiu seguir os seus passos, o que os seus leitores vão agradecer até ao final dos seus dias. A Série da Águia foi um tremendo sucesso mas A Revolução não ficou nada atrás com os seus quatro ...more
Jordan Ricks
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book felt more like a detailed outline than a story, bouncing from one bullet point to the next without a natural-feeling progression. I recommend sticking to biographies of these men rather than fictionalized accounts.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Young Bloods by Simon Scarrow is an amazing book about the lives of the 2 most famous Generals Napoleon and Wellington. The book starts of when both 2 men are born and grow up in two completely different places. Napoleon is poor and is just born after Corsica had been taken by the French is father plans to send him to France were he will grow up to become a soldiers as Napoleon dreams of being. Wellington is born fragile and almost close to death he is rushed to Dublin and is treated unlike Napo ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Scarrow tells the story of young Napoleon and Wellington in a competent and easy to read manner. Step by step we follow the development of their early lives and find surprising parallels. While at the end of this first volume both men have set out for a military career, they encountered a number of turns and twists on their respective paths. For the young Bona Parte it has been a risky and dangerous way during the early years of the french revolution, and his ambitions were focused on his homela ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
As much as I love the characters Cato and Macro in Scarrow Eagle's series, they just cannot compete with the plot of this book. I think alot of it has to do with the time period as well. I thought I would like this about the same as the Eagle's series but this is so much better. Before I've only read books from the point of view of Marie Antoinette, as I'm very interested in Europes Royal families. It's very different to see all these other pov.

Napoleon seems the much more interesting of the two
Scott Vout
So I tricked myself in to reading this book.

I am heavily into another series of books by Alex Scarrow, so i did a google search for other books by Alex and ended up with a listing of books by Simon Scarrow.

I did not really pay to much attention to the first name, i mean what are the chances of there being a bunch of Scarrow authors. Well wouldnt you know it they are brothers.

So I started reading the book, it is historical fiction about Napoleon and Arthur Wesley and the french revolution. Napole
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a quartet about Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington. Not surprisingly, the first book is about both men growing up and taking their first steps in the military. It is therefore sometimes a little too good to be true (the scenes which depict both of them as promising strategists are just a little too much). On the other hand, the turbulence of the period is depicted brilliantly. Both France and England are being terrorized by violence, and Simon Scarrow never hides the a ...more
Христо Блажев
Саймън Скароу описва детството и младостта на Наполеон и Уелингтън:
Не, “Млада кръв” не е вампирски роман, макар името да сочи в тази абсурдна посока. Романът на Саймън Скароу е първата част от тетралогията “Революция”, посветена на едно от най-емблематичните противоборства в световната история – между френския император Наполеон Бонапарт и Артър Уелингтън, победителя от Ватерло. Исторически роман с потенциал, особено с избраната гледна точка да проследява
Johnny Sparrow
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished it! Although it is such a great book, it took me ages.

This is the first book in Scarrows Revolution-Quartett, about Napoleon Bonaparte (Naboleon Buona Parte) and Arthur Wellington (Wesley).

It is beautifully written and the characters are true. This novel covers the years 1769 (the year in which both were born) to 1795. It perfectly captures the confusion and brutality of the french revolution, the surprising and lucky career of Napoleon and the early years of Wellington; inclu
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Yeah, it was just 'ok.'

I didn't realize until I was part way through the book, that this is the first in a quartet. I'm not sure if I would've randomly picked up the book like I did, without having had the series/author recommended to me.

I can't quite put my finger on it exactly, but the book didn't quite cut it. It was missing something. There was no real plot; it just followed the lives of the two men (Duke Wellington & Napoleon Bonaparte) until they were 26 years old. Just when the Revo
Rupert Fenton
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading the book I thought about all the problems with writing adventure biographies of Wellington and Napoleon. By any measure both are unsympathetic people. My knowledge of the era and events means that we know before the book even starts both are going to become great generals and that it would all end at Waterloo. The first book must struggle with tackling childhoods, schooling and inauspicious starts.

Page by page the book won me over, I began to care about what happened to th
Radi Radev
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Роденият да пълзи не може да лети, но родения да лети стига висините, дори да е роден в най-големите низини. Чрез описанието на преживяванията на двамата главни герои Саймън Скароу доказва, че съдбата предопределя, но човекът определя своя възход и падение. Наполеоне Буона Парте се ражда в Корсика, в бедно семейство. Артър Уесли е роден в Ирландия, но е "погален от съдбата", защото дори когато фамилията му обеднява, живее най-малко с двама слуги.
Авторът прави страхотен паралел още при раждането
-Extraña revisión en paralelo de dos figuras que no son equivalentes.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Narración en paralelo de la niñez y juventud de Napoleón Bonaparte y el Duque de Wellington, las experiencias que supuestamente vivieron y cómo debieron afectarles, un teórico desarrollo de sus personalidades y la descripción de los tiempos que vivieron. Primer libro de la tetralogía Napoleón vs. Wellington.

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Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I've been a big fan of Cornwell's Sharpes books for some time so i was intrigued by the idea of this sereis which follows Welling ton and Bonaparte. Its initially daunting size is made up by the fact it is a quite light read. It introduces the historic background without being too overbearing about it and the two central historic figures both come to life. It took me a while to get really into this book because of its scope it initially deals with the upbringing of the 2 boys Arthur and Napoleon ...more
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Simon Scarrow is a UK-based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk. He completed a master's degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.

He is best known for his "Eagle" series. This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequen
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Revolution Quartet (4 books)
  • The Generals (Revolution, #2)
  • Fire and Sword (Revolution, #3)
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