The royal house of France has fallen. Charles IV is dead, fulfilling the curse of the Templars once and for all. This leaves the path to the throne open for Robert of Artois to place his cousin, Philippe of Valois, upon it.
Having committed fraud, perjury, and murder in the name of the new king, Robert expects to receive a title and his full reward. But the days of betrayal are far from over and Robert is banished to England. In the land of France's enemies vengeance sparks fresh conflict as King Edward III and his new ally prepare for war. As swords are sharpened the lion wakes and a pretender threatens France once more....
©2014 Maurice Druon (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for The Iron King:
"Blood-curdling tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sexual passion" (The Sunday Times)
"Dramatic and colourful as a Dumas romance but stiffened by historical accuracy and political insight" (The Sunday Times)
"Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship...among the best historical novels" (The Times Literary Supplement)
"This is the original Game of Thrones." (George R.R. Martin)
"All Good Things..."
Despite being the sixth book of seven, The Lily and The Lion is the true conclusion to the series. The ending was perfect- perfect for the series and perfect for the character who dies in it's last moments. It even has an epilogue. Everything is tied up so well here that book seven, written twenty years later in a different style and not near as good, is almost not canon for me.
There were as many if not more good moments here as in the prior books. The best scenes in this series are usually the ones where people treat each other horribly. However, while there is indeed much misery here, I think two of the best passages in the book were the friendship moments involving Robert of Artois. Besides the ever-interesting death scenes, there is an interesting portrayal of medieval document forgery, as well as the scene where Beatrice explains her odd life philosophy.
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