Another excellent historical series by Iggulden, who, regardless of whether or not he abides by every exact historical detail, certainly makes reading about history exciting and interesting. To be honest, most "facts" of history have been rewritten over the ages to suit whoever is in power anyway, so an accurate rendering of history is practically impossible. Iggulden always explains in his historical notes where he has altered the "facts" and his reasons for doing so. I found this book the least good of the series, partly because I found the section in Alexandria didn't seem to mesh with all that had gone before it. HAving read several book on Cleopatra I admit I was looking forward to this part, but it just didn't seem as real as all the rest of the story. It also ended very abruptly, but I suppose the end of Ceasar's life was abrupt. However, having read the Ghengis Khan series, which also ended very abruptly and somewhat unsatisyingly, I wonder if theis is an area of weakness for Iggulden? Overall, the Emperor series is a good read, and I would certainly recommend it.
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Melkorka is an Irish princess in Medieval times. Melkorka and her youngest sister Brigid are sent away before a possible Viking attack when they are captured by a slave ship. Melkorka now must "hush" as her mother always told her in order to possibly save her life and dignity. Brigid escapes leaving Malkorka on her own to survive. We follow her time building bonds with the other prisoners and trying to avoid being sold as a slave. This Icelandic folktale was beautifully retold and my only complaint was that the ending seemed to sudden and when you read the authors note you find out there was so much more to Melkorka's tale.