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The Blood of Gods

(Emperor #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,171 ratings  ·  283 reviews
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 2013)
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Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has given me some firsts:
1. My first book in the series, though it shouldn't have been since it isn't in chronology.
2. My first attempt at reading books related to Roman History (not used to reading books which involve too many fight scenes nor accustomed to the language).
3. It's the first time I haven't felt like juggling between books; I usually read 2-3 books at a time.
4. I mostly read very slowly, but this book made sure I increase my pace, keeping up with the tempo building up at
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free advance reader's edition of this book. It describes in vivid detail the aftermath of the murder of Julius Caesar. The book is full of political intrigue and military planning. The characters were compelling and the plot was very involving. It was a wonderful way in which to learn more about this period in history.

The book was completely engaging, well written and conveyed a wonderful feeling of actually being present at the events depicted. That is exactly what I want from his
Lewis Weinstein
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A terrific read, full of action and true to the history. There is sadness in the horrible waste of life that war always is, in this case a civil war of Romans vs Romans, prompted by the murder of Julius Caesar. The end notes by the author reviewing the actual history were particularly illuminating.

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 wi
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
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3*
Book 2: 3.25*
Book 3: 3.5*
Book 4: 3.25*
Book 5 3*

A very mediocre and disappointing series. As I've said with every book in this series if you're having to choose one read his Genghis series. I'll still read War of the Roses at some point because the Genghis series was that good.

I think the problem was the characters were too stiff throughout and the pinnacle scenes lacked gravitas and were over before they picked up momentum.
Mark Harrison
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belting conclusion to the five Caesar books. Having killed the Emperor poor Brutus and his conspirators are hunted down by Mark Anthony and Octavian as a new Caesar rises from the ashes. Lots of politics, violence, intrigue and huge battles as the story comes to a fitting end. Good rollicking adventure story.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This author is one of the few whose books I look forward to. Everything he’s written is engrossing, well written, reasonably accurate historically, and always fascinating. If you appreciate good historical fiction, with the emphasis on historical, you should, like me, love this author’s work.
Robin Carter
Apr 01, 2013 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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conn Iggulden is one of my favorite writers of historical fiction. He does an excellent job with whatever subject he chooses to cover. This one covers the rise of Augustus Caesar.

The story starts with the death of Julius Caesar and then goes directly into how the killers, calling themselves "Liberatores", were perhaps a wee bit optimistic in how their deed would be received by the people of Rome who happened to revere Caesar. It is a good look at how Octavian became Julius' adopted son and event
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I raced through this final book of the series, I have erred between a 4 or 5 rating, I would give it a 4.5/5 and rounded down.

Follows the events from The Ides of March to conclusion of the Battle of Philippi. The book introduces some new characters like Agrippa and Maecenas. Also thnakfully not much romance in a book dominated by battles, manouvering and intrigue.

For me this is a decent conclusion but I think a perfect ending would be another book to bring things to a close with the Battle of
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, Conn Iggulden is one of the biggest names in historical fiction for me. He is only behind Bernard Cornwell. And, the best thing? They tackle completely different moments in history.

The Emperor series is about Julius Caesar, and spans from his childhood to his assassination. And that was where the series lost a bit of footing. Why? Well, because this book starts immediately after Caesar is murdered and shows the aftermath of that. From the chaos of his death, Octavian rises. At first, I thoug
Nov 08, 2013 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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed ten of Conn Iggulden's books including the series on Genghis Khan and the Series on Julius Caesar (best know for the salad named after him). It is important to understand that these books are historical fiction because they include many things, like dialogue, that could not possibly be known. I read them as such and not as history books.

Iggulden does a superb job of taking what is known of the history of the time and reshaping and fleshing it out with the end
Daniel Millin
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The final book in the series serves as the end of one and, at the same time, a new beginning of another story. It reminds me so much like The Heritage of Arn, but the protagonist has been introduced in the earlier books and witnessed all the events that transpired during the last 30 years or so. Some of the characters return and some new are introduced, while the others are no longer mentioned. Unlike previous titles, this one doesn't jumps years ahead, because it's main purpose is to conclude u ...more
Jul 01, 2013 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
Robin Webster
Mar 23, 2015 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
Zitong Ren
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked Wolf of the Plains, but I can say that I genuinely enjoyed, Emperor, Blood of the Gods. This books tales off after the assassination of Caesar and goes through some of the most important events in Roman history such as the formation of the second triumvirate. I greatly enjoyed seeing the Roman world through these historical figures which I found that Iggulden managed to do really well, making them not just historical figures, but rather bringing them to life as real people who lived two ...more
May 16, 2013 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.

This book is so well written that I regret when I finally came to the end of it. I wish I just could keep reading. I can't wait to start reading his serial about Genghis Khan. ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is I loved this book and the series. Conn you are reaching the heights of David Gemmell. Yes I said it .
Fuzzball Baggins
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weird pacing, felt like the beginning of the book for almost the entire thing and then there was a weird rushed ending. But despite that, an entertaining read - it's hard to go wrong with a Caesar as a main character ...more
Anna Bowe
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've been struggling to write this review - I just found it blah.
Maybe it's my tendency to dislike Roman forum politics... it didn't manage to help me past my disinclination.
Sadly it slid into a 2*.
MG Mason
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

Imagine my delight and surprise to learn that Conn Iggulden was to write a fifth book in the series about the life of Julius Caesar. I read the first four around 15 years ago shortly after their release. I thought, as many no doubt did, that that was that – Caesar dead, story over. But no. This fifth book in the series follows Octavian (later to become Emperor Augustus) as he sets about righting the wrongs of the senate.

My first concern was that this would be a shameless cash-in, but Iggulden tr
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Arun Divakar
Apr 08, 2015 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
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
Cheryl M-M
Jul 03, 2013 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
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Also publishes under author name C.F. Iggulden.

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 Lo

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