The Iron King

The Iron King

Book - 2013
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"The Iron King--Philip the Fair--is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a statue. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; while his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men. A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King; but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Knights Templar, Philip sentences Grand Master Jacques Molay to be burned at the stake, thus drawing down upon himself a curse that will destroy his entire dynasty..."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013, c1955
ISBN: 9780007491261
Branch Call Number: DRUON
Characteristics: xxiv, 340 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hare, Humphrey

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starel
Oct 30, 2016

The translation seemed to lack a native English speaker's flow. Not a great book, but I am interested in the period. I will read the second one and see how it goes. I agree with other reviewers that there is not a lot of character development.

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finn75
Sep 27, 2015

A very entertaining historical fiction read. I already have a hold on the next in the series.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

I often have a hard time liking translated works. I find that many don't come across as well written and this one fell into that category for me.

I like this period of history and the politics is always interesting to read about. I just found that the characters were poorly developed and the intrigue I was supposed to be involved in was rather weak and boring.

This is the end of the road for me with this series.

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jwilson01
Aug 10, 2014

It was okay. I thought it would have alot more drama than it did. I read this book because George RR Martin said Game of Thrones had nothing on this book, but I disagree. I didn't realize it was based off history at first. It was kind of interesting once I found out that it was because the author put thoughts into real people that happened a long time ago, but it still reminded me of some old soap opera my grandma could watch. I couldn't relate to the characters at all and the men in the book were pansies. I felt like each character was just touched on lightly. For some reason I couldn't really imagine the setting either. I don't think I will be reading the sequels.

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bladeoface
Dec 22, 2013

I enjoyed it to a certain extent, but as a whole i felt the book was very boring.

It does the whole thing where it tells you what happens in the book at the beginning and shows you how it happens.

Except it does it in the worst way possible. There was hardly any excitement, and when you do finally learn something new, you're left with a feeling that could only be described by the word "eh"

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BrianSioui
Jul 30, 2013

If you like historical fiction or just happen to be interested in this period of history, then this is an excellent book.

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

... the exercise of power leads to unworthy relationships.

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

The king's will was his only law.

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

When one is compelled to have accomplces, one is also compelled to trust them

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

..., the richest women are always the most expensive.

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

..., a spy within the walls is worth an army outside.

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SEBoiko
Apr 23, 2015

Everyone must accept the royal authority and obey it or be broken by it.

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