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(Wars of the Roses #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  5,097 ratings  ·  299 reviews
This novel from bestselling author Conn Iggulden is the third book in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series. Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses.

Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton - the single most bloody conflict every foug

Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published October 8th 2015 by Penguin
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Sean Barrs
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just so damn good. The entire novel felt like one great big action sequence, as Iggulden captured the desperate, and crucial, nature of the fighting superbly. It was violent and intense; it was clever and brutal, more importantly though, it was careful. Edward and Warwick knew that their future and the continuing existence of their houses rested on this conflict. They couldn’t lose: they couldn’t make a mistake. So they didn’t.

The sons truly have been unleashed

-King Edward VI and Ea
Alice Poon
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had previously read the first novel in the series Stormbird and liked it but did not love it - the fictional character Derry Brewer was irritatingly unreal to me. In this third novel he only has a small part and his behavior and actions are much more believable.

The novel is divided into two parts: the first mainly dealing with the vicious Battle of Towton between the Lancastrian army led by Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's wife) and the one led by Edward of York and Richard Neville ("the Kingmake
Sean Smart
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better, but being a Yorkist I wish Edward IV was portrayed more positively but I suspect it's accurate. Can't wait for the next volume but a year to wait I guess ...more
Nearly a 5 Star as its a 4.5pts for me.

Back on familiar ground with the third instalment of Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses!

It grows on you, many new characters come to the fore after the last series climaxed in the fall of the Duke of York & it takes a little time to attune but once you are there its a smooth ride of a story. By now Derry is older & maybe not so wiser whilst the Queen has matured as she’s doubled in age from the frightened 15 year old girl that arrived in England. The sons of
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once again Mr. Iggulden has written a very, very good historical novel. This entry in his Wars of the Roses series covers the time from just after the Battle of Wakefield to when Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick AKA the King Maker, decides to throw his lot in with Lancastrian cause, roughly from 1460 – 1469. The novel is divided into two parts. The first part covers the time for just after the Battle of Wakefield to the Battle of Towton. I felt this section had some of the best and most evoc ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how Iggulden brings something new to the Wars of the Roses in each installment in this series. He has taken a story that has been told many times and adds in a few new details that other authors left in the background. An example: the opening scene at York's Micklegate with men struggling to place the heads of Richard of York, Richard Neville of Salisbury, and Edmund of Rutland on spikes. I think I was holding my breath.

Margaret should have taken the Duke of York's warning more seriously.
Conn Iggulden is one of the finest storytellers out there and it's no surprise to me that Bloodline proved to be an outstanding, powerful novel that fully immersed me in the events of the Wars of the Roses for two glorious days. History - and some of the most dominant personalities of the mid 15th century - comes alive on the page.

Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being slightly disappointed with the previous book in this series, I was anxious to see if Iggulden returned to some of what made Stormbird so fantastic. I was not disappointed with Bloodlines. This King Edward, oh my. What a beefcake.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with the buildup to the famous battle of Towton. Edward Plantagenet of House York has taken to the field. The English people and many lords are rising up for him. But Henry, primarily Queen Margaret, also have their forces. The two meet in a large snowstorm outside of Towton.

The rest of the book gets into the conflict that arises by Edward marrying Elizabeth Woodville and then promoting her family to high positions, which then cause problems with the Nevilles.

The Wars of the Ros
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read different books about the war of roses, but I feel this saga is one of my favorites about that period of war between cousins in order to achieve power.
In this book the house of York will rise with a powerful warrior king led to the throne by none other than the famous kingmaker, and the Nevilles will achieve their goals under king Edward's reign, until a she wolf changes things...
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book, superbly plotted and paced. Conn Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction

After the death of Richard, duke of York, the warrior queen Margaret of Anjou continues her battle against the houses of York and Neville, trying to secure the throne for her husband, Henry VI of Lancaster.

This third book is the best one yet. There are two battles and fortunes waivered. We see the rise of King Edward IV, the decline of Margaret of Anjou. The spotlight
The Book Queen
Dec 12, 2015 marked it as on-hold
For Christmas 2014, I received the second book in this series, Trinity. For Christmas 2015, I received Bloodline. And I'm feeling slight deja vu, because I'm doing exactly the same thing to Bloodline as I did to Trinity: putting it on hold. There's nothing wrong with it - in fact, it's really good - it's just not grabbing my attention at the moment. I have so many other books I received for Christmas to read, and this one is massive and will take me forever to get through, so it's going on hold ...more
Mark Harrison
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The York and Lancaster clans continue their struggles for the throne but each victory creates more factions and more plotting. Brilliant, true story and totally captivating with intrigue and battles on a huge scale. Love Warwick.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a time to feel sympathy for the Yorks in Conn Iggulden's Bloodline. The Duke and his young son are dead, their heads adorning pikes. The duke's oldest son, Edward, seeks revenge. If you know your history, you know how this turns out, but there's still a great deal of pleasure in reading about it. With the help of the Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker, Edward takes what he considers his rightful place in England.

Nothing's ever easy, though, is it? You're meant to be king, and there's a pesky, w
Cormac Healy
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok, this actually pains me a little to write this but I have been a massive Conn Iggulden fan since as a teenage lad I picked up Wolf of the Plains and got sucked into the world of Genghis Khan, which has remained both my favorite book of his and my favorite historical fiction book of all time. Until now. Maybe. I'm actually still undecided. But one thing I am decided on is the awesomeness of this book.

The third in the trilogy on the Wars of the Roses and things are in full swing. There are batt
Robert French
Superb historical fiction. Conn Iggulden is without doubt, one of the best writers of historical fiction today. The complexity of the various factions and switches in fortune during the Wars of the Roses can be difficult to follow. From the very start, even after a year of waiting, you are quickly drawn back into the history and excitement. Now comes the wait for the next in the series. After all, the Wars of the Roses have still not drawn to a close. ...more
Dan (Reader&Writer)
An exciting read, great if you want to learn about the war of the roses. Though make sure you fact check before taking it all to literally!
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rosie Lee
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 and what a fabulous read action packed and a real page turner one more book in the series to read and what then😞
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bloodline is a continuation of the excellent historical fiction series about the Wars of the Roses. This book takes place between 1461 and and 1469, coverings several of the major battles between the two factions. It also covers the downfall of the Neville family due to the influence of Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV's queen.

Iggulden's battle scenes are excellent. In this book, he paints a vivid picture of the famous Battle of Towton, which was one of the largest battles fought on English
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Another excellent edition in Iggulden's War of the Roses series.

Here he brings the battles front and center with an absolute minimum of backroom deals and bedroom intrigues. Its a masculine take on the events, which makes for an interesting angle, given other takes on the events of the era. This is historical fiction meets military fiction. He wants the reader to GET IT why, exactly, the Battle of Towton goes down in history as one of the worst battles EVER.

And as Iggulden's teases out the perh
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's the individual authors take on these historical times and how each author brings them life in different way that makes historical fiction so much for me and how I am able to read so many books based on the same points in time and still learn something new from each of them without ever getting bored. I loved Sharon Kay Penman's books, especially The Sunne in Splendour. But Iggulden gives me a different view. If you want more action less talking and if you love descriptive passages of histor ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took a long time to finish this with exams and work piling up my desk, but nevertheless, finished it I did. AND HELL YEAH WAS THAT A GOOD BOOK!

I like how despite the fact that it is the third instalment of the series, the story is as gripping as the other two. However, the only flaw is that it seemed a little bit one-sided? In other words, it's more like a historical account of the Nevilles than the Plantagenets themselves. It would be nice to read through more of the Woodvilles or Plantagene
J.P. Ashman
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The jump from the last update to this was in one read. I couldn't put it down!

I love historical fiction and yet (apart from documentaries and text books) this series is my first foray into Wars of the Roses. I'm enjoying what Conn has done with it so far. An interesting viewpoint on the main players in this, the original Game of Thrones. The battles are visual and visceral and the setting and characters quickly become familiar. Warwick was my fave in this book and I look forward to the next to c
The Book Queen
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the War of the Roses series. I’m not surprised really, Conn Iggulden is one of the best authors ever.
You’re not just reading facts about true events from the past, you are there, fighting with Margaret of Anjou, Richard of York, Richard of Warwick, and my favourite character, Derry Brewer.

In this book, I finally get to read the big battle of Towton. Of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I was on the edge of my seat even though I knew the outcome.

I was really looking forward to
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
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'A page-turning thriller'
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Wowsers! These books just get better and better with each and every book!
Finally in this book we catch up with the more well known portion of The War Of Roses as Edward of York becomes king and takes widowed Elizabeth Woodville as his wife. Slowly the Woodville family begins to insinuate themselves into every corner of the crown, much to the disgust of Warwick, the Kingmaker.
Margaret of Anjou is still on the
Rebekah May
Book 1: Stormbird review
Book 2: Trinity review
Book 4: Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors review

Reread: May 2016
It's been less than a year since I first read this, but I decided to reread the entire series in preparation for the new book coming out this month. I have to say, I enjoyed this so much more reading it straight after books one and two. It flowed a lot better and I was left more satisfied at the end. Also, for some reason I thought this was a trilogy - I'm not entirely sure where I picke
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this series and NEED to get the next one soon because despite knowing what happens I need to know what happens! Been grateful for the 'historical notes' at the end of each novel to clear up a couple of 'but I thought...' moments. ...more
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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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