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Lion: Book 1 of The Golden Age: 'Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life' ANTHONY RICHES Hardcover – 26 May 2022
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
EXPERIENCE THE EPIC BATTLEFIELDS OF ANCIENT GREECE WITH MASTER STORYTELLER CONN IGGULDEN
'Pacy and propulsive . . . Crackling with energy, violence and stirring speeches, Lion chronicles power struggles, political machinations and the bloodthirsty ravages of up-close combat' DAILY MAIL
'Iggulden draws the Greek world convincingly and he is strongest writing battle scenes' THE TIMES
THE FIRST BOOK IN CONN IGGULDEN'S EPIC NEW SERIES THE GOLDEN AGE
Ancient Greece, 5th century BC
The age of myths and legends has given way to the world of men. In the front rank stands Pericles, Lion of Athens.
Behind Pericles lies the greatest city of the ancient world. Before him, on land and at sea, stands the merciless Persian army. Both sides are spoiling for war.
Though still a young man, Pericles knows one thing: to fight a war you must first win the peace.
It's time for a hero to rise.
For his enemies to tremble.
And for Athens, a city of wisdom and warriors, to shine with glory . . .
'The master historical storyteller returns with the first of a new pair of novels about Athenian general and politician Pericles. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient world to life, telling the story of the ongoing clash of empires between Greece and Persia. Conn Iggulden's research is second-to-none and his writing has never been more addictive. At home, Pericles is navigating a difficult marriage while shoring up his position in Athenian politics and art. But, in this gripping read, he also faces the ever-present threat of a resurgent Persia on the battlefield' DAILY EXPRESS
PRAISE FOR CONN IGGULDEN:
'Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life' ANTHONY RICHES
'Another masterpiece from Iggulden' 5***** Reader Review
'It's like being on the battlefield' 5***** Reader Review
'An epic piece of historical fiction, full of political intrigue and vivid action' ROBERT FABBRI
Iggulden draws the Greek world convincingly and he is strongest writing battle scenes ― THE TIMES
The master historical storyteller returns with the first of a new pair of novels about Athenian general and politician Pericles. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient world to life, telling the story of the ongoing clash of empires between Greece and Persia. Conn Iggulden's research is second-to-none and his writing has never been more addictive. At home, Pericles is navigating a difficult marriage while shoring up his position in Athenian politics and art. But, in this gripping read, he also faces the ever-present threat of a resurgent Persia on the battlefield. ― Daily Express
Included in 'Top 20 Summer Books' ― survey conducted by The Reading Agency
Praise for Conn Iggulden ― -
Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent ― The Times
One of our finest historical novelists ― Daily Express
Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction ― Daily Mirror
Pacy...and packed with action ― Sunday Times
Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times ― Star
Compelling reading ― Woman and Home
About the Author
- Publisher : Michael Joseph (26 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 024151312X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241513125
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story flows from the page with an ease that leaves the reader fully immersed in the trials of the ancient past. Some of the greatest characters in history spring from the page, weapons in hand.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, this book is for you.
At the very beginning of this book you'll see a well-drawn map of the Ancient (Greek and Persian) World, and a few pages of names pronunciation, while at the back you'll notice a Historical Note, where the historical details are wonderfully defined.
Storytelling is excellent, and where Christian Cameron excel in describing famous battles and picturing these landmarks, Conn Iggulden excels in describing human emotions interwoven with great dialogue, so that all characters come vividly to life within this amazing story.
The Golden Age of Athens refers to the period of history that will start in 480 until 404 BC, where Athens and its allies will rise up and be victorious against Persia, as well as becoming once more an enemy of Sparta.
The title of the book, Lion, refers to Cimon, the son of Miltiades, who will play the most dominant part in this superb book of victory and conquer of part of Persia, on land and sea, with Cimon in his role as Strategos of the Greek Alliance.
With Cimon as the leader of the Athenian League and with him are Pericles, Epikleos, Zeno, Anaxagoras, and the annoying Ephialtes and his guard dog, Attikos, and they will certainly bring Athens very much to the forefront with ferocious battles, political debate and plays during the Festival of Dionysus.
What is to follow is an awesome tale about the Ancient World, with scheming Athenians turning Sparta into an enemy, and defeating Persians, while also heroism, cowardice, dirty politics, backstabbing and power within and without Athens will bring the best and worst out of some people from Athens, and that's all brought to us with great dialogue and action to make this book such a wonderful read.
Highly recommended to all who like an Ancient History tale (Greek, Spartans and Persians), for this is a great start of this two-set series, and that's why I like to call this first episode: "A Terrific Begin"!
Always a shame to reach the end of one of his books knowing it'll be a while until the next is published.
Hope the final book in this series is better?