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The Gods of War (Emperor #4)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  10,225 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
The year is 53 B.C. Fresh from victory in Gaul, Julius Caesar leads battle-hardened legions across the Rubicon river–threatening Rome herself. Even the master strategist Pompey is caught unprepared by the strike, and forced to abandon his city. The armies of Rome will face each other at last in civil war, led by the two greatest generals ever to walk the seven hills. Thus ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 2007 by Bantam Books (first published 2006)
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A fitting end to an epic story about possibly the greatest general in Roman history, this book takes you on the final leg of Caesars journey from Child to idealistic young man to conquering general and finally to a man who no matter how great had his head turned by power. The Line "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" sprang to mind as I read this book, its not quite true as Caesar seemed to be more changed by it than corrupted, there are flashes of the younger man still
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Bill
Oct 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My, but this series was a letdown. While there are many fictional works that tend to bend history to their own dramatic purposes (in this genre, HBO's Rome series comes to mind), they still manage to hew close enough to the facts to make a decent mix of history and imagination. Iggulden has decided to take the ignoble path of tossing history right out the window. So many of the basic facts of this well-known story are so distorted and/or ignored that it really detracts from the enjoyment one mig ...more
Beorn
A fitting end to a resounding series of novels focusing on the life of Julius Caesar. The author expertly plays with your allegiances, empathies and where you think the story is going.

Let's face it, even the most rudimentary historically educated will know that Caesar is assassinated but the way in which it is expertly handled is cleverly weaved so that by the end you're can understand why it happens and, far from feeling mortified at the loss of your favourite character - as you would have earl
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Lucinda
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An electrifying and spectacular conclusion to a universally loved, epic series that leaves you emotionally drained as Julius Caesar’s end comes to pass. This mammoth tale transports you back in time to when Rome was all powerful and dominating across the globe, taking the lead in social change and command changing the course of civilization for the future. Here in an Empire that is lead by a single man of great aspirations one is not prepared for the changes that occur, in regards to the leaders ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emperor: The Gods of War was my introduction to both Conn Iggulden and the world of Gaius Julius Caesar, despite the fact that this book is the fourth (and last) book in the Emperor series. My mother had bought it for me for my birthday one year and she is notoriously bad at finding the first book in a series. Nevertheless, I read it and it left quite the impression on me.

The Gods of War is the most exciting book in the series and is an example of Conn Iggulden at his finest. Love, lust, friends
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Arun Divakar
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
On the Ides Of March, the Roman senate bore witness to the end of the Roman republic. A man fell under 23 stab wounds and the curtains came down on an era.The liberators as they chose to call themselves thought they were ridding Rome of a tyrant but what they created in the wake of the murder was a legend. The buildup and assassination of Julius Caesar forms the story of Conn Iggulden's fourth installment in the Emperor series.

Caesar's troops arrive in Rome across the Rubicon and from then on pu
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Kara
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-ancient

The book picks up right where the last one left off, with Caesar crossing the Rubicon. As everyone takes sides, all of the main characters, plus literally boatloads of extras, head off to Greece for the battleground where they will fight for dominance. (Because it’s just so uncivilized and barbaric to fight wars on your own land. Think of the expense!)

From there, it’s a battle all around the Mediterranean as Caesar mops up his enemies with more of Iggulden’s trademark action style, and then- and
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Prajwalit
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
*If you don't know the history - Spoiler Alert*

This book is about Julius' last major war when he decides to go against Pompey's dictatorship. How he prepares for war against Pompey to protect what he loves most - Rome. And what happens afterwards when he defeats Pompey. With all this politics, betrayals, military tactics, advanced weaponry, you can't believe you're reading a true story that has happened more than 2000 years ago. Mongols sound ancient compared to Roman empire. Though mongolian mi
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Kate
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The last in the Emperor series, this one was the hardest for me to get through. There is an inherent problem: the historical spoiler. This is the end of the story of Caesar. You guessed it: Brutus and Caesar don't just make up and live happily ever after. The author therefore makes a fatal mistake by dwelling on their relationship, making it central to the novel and losing the suspense completely. There is a sense of melancholy, too much reflection, too little action in the novel, as though the ...more
Phil
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
The final book in Iggulden's four-volume saga very loosely based on the life of Julius Ceasar. In this book we meet Cleopatra and track the rise of Octavian. Ceasar has turned into a bad guy, he's gone too far and Brutus, led on by his courtesan mother Servilia, finally delivers the coup de gras in the last pages. The whole Plutarch, Shakespeare narrative of the fall of the Late Republic has been abandoned in this series. The old factions and the interplay of the political forces are missing, ab ...more
Angela
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
just finished these 4 emperor books. i liked the conqueror series a lot more, and i'm not quite sure why. did iggulden get more license there because the details of his life (and mongol culture) are fairly unknown in the western world? or is it that caesar is just an ambitious aristocrat and general, whereas genghis khan was left on the plains to die as a boy and then lived to create a nation? whatever the case, i found myself less impressed with the emperor books.
Rick Brindle
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Conn Iggulden's high octane Caesar series ends on as high a note as it starts, covering the crossing of the Rubicon to the Ides of March. I don't know if it follows the exact historical details as we know them, and quite honestly, that's not the point here. What we've got is a thoroughly entertaining historical fiction, with brilliantly drawn characters, and battle scenes as written by no one else. An excellent read, throroughly recommended.
Aaron Bright
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really sad this one is over; fantastic bit of writing yet again from Mr. Iggulden. This is the second series of his I've read now, so I'll probably just read anything else he's put to paper as well, never disappoints. The ending here was not a shock, but you're still upset to see it happen, and so vividly told. I feel like I've leaned a good deal about leadership from this one, perspectives I haven't looked from before. A great series all around.
Wayne
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful book and a fantastic series. So well written, fast paced, great characters...I couldn't put it down.
Marcos
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foi o que menos gostei da série, mas vale como fechamento e não é ruim. Talvez o fato do final ser conhecido tire um pouco a emoção do livro.
Kris Van Laer
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The series get better and better, the fourth chapter when Caesar returns from his conquest in Gaul, crossing the Rubicon and starts a civil war with Pompey. After finally becoming the new leader of Rome and his new adventures in Egypt and relationship with Cleopatra, going to the finale and tragic ending of a famous general and warrior. In the 20th century he would have been a dictator and war criminal, if you return in ancient history he was a hero and conqueror. Iggulden keeps the pace very fa ...more
Cameron
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to say this book lacked in excitement, but frankly, we were spoiled in previous books with grand battles and adventurous escapades. By this point in Caesar's life, there wasn't much left to write about that compares with the events of the previous three books. However, Iggulden did a very good job with what he had to work with for the second half of this book, and created a fitting end to the series. He later wrote a fifth book, but that's irrelevant - it's my review so I can say things ...more
Sharang Limaye
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who find history dreary should read Conn Iggulden. This is how you entertain your readers while telling a historical tale without taking too many liberties with the facts. Iggulden's Julius Caesar is far more intriguing and complex than the character created by Shakespeare. The Roman general's complexities that make him a compelling leading man. With a life like his, the author doesn't have much to do to keep the reader hooked. That the writer goes beyond the known facts about the great ma ...more
Mike
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great way to end the series (kinda, its not really over,). You know the Ides of March are coming, but that doesn't lessen the blow of losing the great Caesar. I LOVED this series. Conn Iggulden really knows what he's talking about. The amount of research he did is astounding. I would read anything by him.
Anna
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-rome
I thought this book was much more interesting than the preceding one as it had a lot more human psychology in it. Julius Caesar was a force of nature and Mr Iggulden has done very well to bring that figure to life. The underlying motivations of his relationships with key figures, Brutus and Cleopatra included, are explored in this work so it wasn't such a straightforward narrative of the wars he fought.
John Johnston
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am becoming a huge fan of Conn Iggulden historical novels. I have read both the Emperor Series about the life and times of Julius Caesar and the Conqueror series about Genghis Klan.

I enjoy how the author transcends these historic people, places and spaces into the present tense - you can practically feel the dust of the march before the battle, the fear of facing an enemy and the relief that you have survive another day.

It is also interesting to note the parallels between Julius Caesar and Gen
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Sara
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O último livro da saga "O imperador"...e é absolutamente fantástico!!! Conn Iggulden passou a ser um dos meus escritores de preferência, pois o seu dom para a escrita maravilhou-me!

A descrição da Vida de Júlio César já me fascinava no passado, pois das suas mãos um império ganhou força e lugar no tempo que ainda hoje é recordado e visível, ou não fossem as ruínas romanas um marco da passagem deste povo por inúmeros lugares.

No centro deste último livro, encontramos um Júlio César sedento de conqu
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Olivia
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Keith, the Barnicles
Great book! I found myself eagerly awaiting the boys' bedtime so that I could plop down and read uninterrupted. The life of Julius Caesar is SO fascinating. The facts are better than any fiction. This is the last book in Iggulden's 4 book series about Caesar and I highly recommend it to everyone. You do need to start with the first book and read them in order. This particular book starts with Caesar returning to Rome after his Gaul conquests. He and Pompey start a civil war as they fight for pow ...more
Alex
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
As it was to be expected this last book in the series dives into Caesar's final stage of his "adventures". The conclusion of his conflict with Pompey is well documented and thoroughly depicted in the series of battles culminating with Pharsalus. I had the feeling that, in comparison with the other books, this one had more awe-inspiring scenes. One of the most interesting scenes (not entirely attested by the historical facts, but not entirely dismissed either) was in Pompey's command tent when he ...more
Nigel
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book four in the Emperor series and the original end of the series takes us through Caesar’s civil war with Pompey and onto his entry into Egypt and meeting with Cleopatra and the eventual problems this causes.
During this story we see the strange dichotomy that rules his live. He is a great general and tactical genius and this leads to his supreme confidence that his armies can beat anyone in battle regardless of the odds. In contrast to this we see his strong passion for justice and mercy. De
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Shane Barr
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great end to a great series of books about the life of Caesar. Caesar returns triumphant from Gaul but all is not well as Brutus is jealous of his popularity and the seeds of betrayal are down. Pompey fled to Greece and Brutus one of Caesars most faithful generals goes to join him. Pompey is sick and afraid to face Caesar despite having twice the amount of legions.
Caesar attacks at night and is left stranded as his legion flees around him and Pompey fails to deliver a killer blow and eventua
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Lance Greenfield
The brilliant conclusion

Every schoolboy and girl knows what is going to happen at the end of a quadrilogy about Caesar's life. Nevertheless, the story continues with relationships building and fast-moving action from battle to battle, as the inevitable conclusion approaches.
Julius and his supporters confront Pompey and pursue him to Egypt. From that point onward, it is impossible to put this book down until you have read the final words. The twists and turns, and the intrigue that the powerful C
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Fahed ( Fred )
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emperor
My god what a brilliant books AGAIN. Loved it from start to finish truly amazing. Reading the Historical Notes at the end just got to me I don't know why but to read about Alexanders' grave being lost and other things really got me upset and felt sad.
Divya
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Crash! Boom! Bang!
This book is what makes Iggulden a master chronicler, as he deftly brings together elements from the first three, and takes us to the bloody end of Caesar's life. Here is where we start to see how Gaius shaped into Julius, and then into Caesar, and how ambition turned into arrogance and ego, and made Gaius Julius Caesar a 'God of Rome'. As he chases Pompey across Greece and into Egypt, we start to see just how far along the young boy from the somewhat noble Julii clan has come
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David
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
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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
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