Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Blood of Gods

The Blood of Gods
By Conn Iggulden

Summery courtesy of goodreads.com
The fifth and final installment 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 will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.
Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father’s death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar’s childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators.
As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi


Conn Iggulden, thank you for finally giving us The Blood of Gods, eight years I have been waiting for some answers to how Octavian rose to power. Octavian is the 17 year old adopted son of Julius Caesar, who takes on the devious and dangerous Liberatores, the men who killed his adopted father Julius Caesar.

Conn Iggulden brings Octavian's story to life, there's a wee bit of poetic license taken in-places but overall this book is a fantastic read with lots of fast paced action.

Octavian arrives back in Rome, a penniless officer with no hope of avenging Caesar's murder. All he has of value is the company of his only his two closest friends, friends that endeavor to help him
seek justice. Caesars will, changes Octavian's fortunes when he is named Caesars sole air and inherits the bulk of his vast fortune.

He changes his name to Caius Julius Caesar in honor of his father and the power of that name brings him power, influence and more importantly the loyalty of the Roman Legions,with the Legions at his back he can now influence the senate and have the killers declared outlaws.

Octavian and Mark Anthony are saddened by Caesars assassination, these rivals work together to bring the killers to justice and in particular Brutus, Caesars oldest friend the man who betrayed him twice.

This book was definitely well worth the wait. The battles, the intrigues, the history all it,culminates in a book that had me reading in to the small hours. Highly recommended
5 Stars

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