LOOK WHAT CAME IN THE POST FOR ME TODAY. :D (ignore my shabby bedspread, I didn’t have a table to put it on!) Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s new series about the Wars of the Roses - I don’t think it’s out until October, but I won an advance copy on Goodreads.
So far I’ve only had a quick flick through, but I’m definitely pleased to see that it covers the start of the Wars of the Roses, as that’s the bit that interests me - what Hilary Mantel would call the moment of transubstantiation, how we get from “the king should have better advisors” to “I should be the one on the throne”. I suspect York and Cecily are going to be the villains, but it’ll be interesting to see a book take a Lancastrian perspective when so much WotR fiction is unabashedly Yorkist, and when York is actually being treated pretty shabbily at this point - e.g. having the governorship of Normandy taken away from him so that Somerset can be compensated for the loss of Maine. Plus Richard and Cis are clearly villains in love if nothing else, and I am incredibly weak for that trope. :D
Naturally I skipped to the end to see how much we get of young!Warwick (because I’m nothing if not predictable in my priorities), and the bear cub is absolutely perfect — very much a young man suddenly catapulted to one of the greatest earldoms in the kingdom, and slightly awkward and uncertain as he tries to figure out how to be a leader of men, but there’s still the same vivacious impetuosity and indestructible self-belief we know and love. (fingers crossed for Anne Beauchamp in the second book.) Plus he and Margaret find themselves getting along surprisingly well, which is inordinately amusing given what they’re going to end up thinking of each other.
There’ll be a proper review later, definitely!