From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething. : Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( ): Conn Iggulden: Books. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. If the Roman Empire had taken as long to rise and Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( Emperor Series Book 1) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it.

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Although embroidered and fictionalised it does give a graphic account of what it was really like in those times. Gaius, Marcus, Renius, etc were awesome.

There are other Roman series out there far superior. Jun 23, Pages.

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That in itself I don’t mind, but here it is just another disappointment. Frequent fight scenes, ranging from individual combat to full scale battles, liven the mix somewhat, but the cartoon-like ability of the characters to bounce back after a few stitches weakens the effect.

From my limited foray into historical fiction what I have seen from most authors is: I cannot tolerate what Iggulden has done here. View all 5 comments. Igguldsn recommend if like me you want to know more about the famous Caeser without being overloaded.

The number of errors, which can be clearly documented by numerous ancient sources, about the lives and upbringing of Caesar and his familyL. It really is a fun read, just don’t go expecting historical accuracy. The Gates of Rome Author Info: Mithridates known as the Second Mithridatic War. English Choose a language for shopping. What emerges is a coming of age tale set in igulden Roman Empire, where the author imagines a vibrant characterization of the early years of the man who would become the most powerful ruler of his era.

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The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1) by Conn Iggulden

The only part of Iggulden’s fictional experiment that works is his secondary characters. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. What emerges is both a grand romantic tale of coming-of-age in the Roman Empire and a vibrant portrait of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth: The two friends are forced to walk different paths, and by the time they meet again everything will have changed.


Don’t have a Kindle? Conn Iggulden always researches fully and explains at the end where he has altered the fact to make a better read. I am not claimimg that Iggulden is some sort of literary genius – far from it – but what he does do, he does well. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar did not grow up together. Of course not much is known about Ceaser’s tbe and childhood yet by putting a little flesh on the bones and using your own imagination you get caught up and carried along quickly in the whole story. This series of books creates a completely new Ceasar narrative, one that only vaguely tracks the actual history.

Iggulden’s facility with the historic setting and background but his ability to render action scenes in virtual Sensurround and, most of all, the characterizations of these five and of the great men and the women with whom they become involved. Just like if a book had Lincoln and Jefferson Davis growing up together and was put out as a historical fiction. However the thing that did annoy me was the relationship between Caesar’s daughter and Brutus.

However, the reality of the period is well described and as always, it is better to have some idea about this very important period in our civilization, than none at all. But it is a damn good and interesting read on one of the world’s greatest ever leaders and his life.

You don’t need to be fussing about with major plot points and historical events. Iggulden lingers long over boyhood pranks, trying the reader’s patience; the pace picks up only halfway through the novel. Barbarity aside, Iggulden’s new novel shows the imagination behind the Mongolian Empire.


I read all this author’s Ghengis Khan series. Renius prepares them for a life in the legions serving the Republic. The Khans weren’t exactly Comedy Central material and yet there’s so much more humor and personality in that series. Caesar’s father didn’t tne in a slave rebellion. Everything moved incredibly slowly and the violence, wars and intrigue just blended together in an unappetizing mess.

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At that time, the republic was beginning to fall apart, a collapse that would result in the civil wars that brought the emperors to power.

My problem with the book is that it rewrites history.

As Gaius grows up, he has an early introduction to the Roman Senate and shares some very tough training for his military manhood with Brutus. If I liked to be in the heads of kids for that long I would be reading the Young Adult genre. I aced my third year in high school where we had Greek, Roman, and Fo History. The Best Books of I never felt that come through. conb

First off, there was nothing wrong with the writing, or the pacing or action. Action-packed historical drama Conn Iggulden seemed to like my review of his “quick read,” Blackwater, almost as much as I enjoyed reading that book. That was the only problem I saw that might hinder you from enjoying this. Gaius Julius Caesar in this book is a cipher with no real personality.