The Falcon of Sparta

The Falcon of Sparta

In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. This is their story.When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus, and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. This is their story.When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of ...

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Title:The Falcon of Sparta
Author:Conn Iggulden
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:B0788FG947
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Falcon of Sparta Reviews

  • Kate
    Apr 12, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

  • Jane
    Aug 30, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

  • Richard
    Sep 11, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

  • Fiona
    May 06, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

  • Robin Carter
    May 13, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

  • Graham McGhie
    Jul 16, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

  • David Kenvyn
    Jul 07, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

  • Keith Currie
    Jun 06, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

  • M.J.
    Apr 26, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

  • Paul
    Aug 26, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    Jul 28, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

  • David Stringer
    Apr 28, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

  • Nicholas
    May 25, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

  • Randhir
    Jul 27, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

  • Paul Allard
    May 07, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

    Another belter from the undisputed king of historical fiction! The book (initially) follows Prince Cyrus, as he is betrayed by his brother when their father lay on his deathbed. Cyrus builds an army, built around Greek mercenaries with the help of Clearchus, a renegade Spartan Gene...

    When the great king Darius dies his eldest son Artaxerxes succeeds him to the throne of the great Persian empire. However when Artaxerxes tries to kill his brother Cyrus he makes an enemy. Cyrus is nominally the leader of the army and he amasses a great force in the West including thou...

    The Falcon of Sparta is a history book unlike any other, the story, action and characters fill the pages with a wonderful tense and powerful adventure. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules the vast Persian Empire, warned by his father To trust no one once he is king including his brother...

    This book was interesting to read, but not, in my opinion, up to Iggulden?s best standard. Based on the fascinating book by Xenophon, The Anabasis, the author was thereby somewhat restricted in how he could structure his novel. He encourages the reader?s response to certain charact...

    For lovers of military history- a novel about Persian rule and rebellion I probably shouldn?t have chosen this book to review as I?m no fan of military novels but I had enjoyed Darien, a fantasy novel by the writer. This novel was relatively interesting although a bit long-wind...

  • Emma
    Apr 26, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

  • Anne Robinson
    Sep 06, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

    Another belter from the undisputed king of historical fiction! The book (initially) follows Prince Cyrus, as he is betrayed by his brother when their father lay on his deathbed. Cyrus builds an army, built around Greek mercenaries with the help of Clearchus, a renegade Spartan Gene...

    When the great king Darius dies his eldest son Artaxerxes succeeds him to the throne of the great Persian empire. However when Artaxerxes tries to kill his brother Cyrus he makes an enemy. Cyrus is nominally the leader of the army and he amasses a great force in the West including thou...

    The Falcon of Sparta is a history book unlike any other, the story, action and characters fill the pages with a wonderful tense and powerful adventure. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules the vast Persian Empire, warned by his father To trust no one once he is king including his brother...

    This book was interesting to read, but not, in my opinion, up to Iggulden?s best standard. Based on the fascinating book by Xenophon, The Anabasis, the author was thereby somewhat restricted in how he could structure his novel. He encourages the reader?s response to certain charact...

  • Jo-anne Atkinson
    Aug 24, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

    Another belter from the undisputed king of historical fiction! The book (initially) follows Prince Cyrus, as he is betrayed by his brother when their father lay on his deathbed. Cyrus builds an army, built around Greek mercenaries with the help of Clearchus, a renegade Spartan Gene...

    When the great king Darius dies his eldest son Artaxerxes succeeds him to the throne of the great Persian empire. However when Artaxerxes tries to kill his brother Cyrus he makes an enemy. Cyrus is nominally the leader of the army and he amasses a great force in the West including thou...

  • William
    Jun 18, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

  • Roy
    Jul 23, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

  • Samantha
    Aug 07, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

  • J. Jones
    May 16, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

  • Sabahat Azim
    May 27, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

  • Mrs
    Jun 01, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

    Another belter from the undisputed king of historical fiction! The book (initially) follows Prince Cyrus, as he is betrayed by his brother when their father lay on his deathbed. Cyrus builds an army, built around Greek mercenaries with the help of Clearchus, a renegade Spartan Gene...

    When the great king Darius dies his eldest son Artaxerxes succeeds him to the throne of the great Persian empire. However when Artaxerxes tries to kill his brother Cyrus he makes an enemy. Cyrus is nominally the leader of the army and he amasses a great force in the West including thou...

    The Falcon of Sparta is a history book unlike any other, the story, action and characters fill the pages with a wonderful tense and powerful adventure. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules the vast Persian Empire, warned by his father To trust no one once he is king including his brother...

  • catherine rennie
    May 17, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

  • Adam Lofthouse
    May 19, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

    This was Iggulden back to his best in my opinion. I was hugely disappointed by Dunstan but having a huge interest in ancient history, especially anything to do with Spartans, this book was a must for me when I saw it come out a couple of weeks ago. Set some 80 odd years after th...

    The Anabisis of Xenophon is a fascinating part of Greek history set midway between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Rise of Alexander. It tells the story of how a band of Greek mercenaries are left abandoned in the heart of Persia after the rebellion of Cyrus, the brother of the Great...

    Everything is very 2D. The only character with any depth is Cyrus. Persians = bad. Persian Soldiers = bad. Persian King = bad. Persian Adviser = bad. Persian Officers = bad. Persian forms of address = bad. etc. Greeks = good. Greek world = good. Greek soldiers = good. Greek offi...

    Another belter from the undisputed king of historical fiction! The book (initially) follows Prince Cyrus, as he is betrayed by his brother when their father lay on his deathbed. Cyrus builds an army, built around Greek mercenaries with the help of Clearchus, a renegade Spartan Gene...

  • Simon
    May 10, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...

    Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't someth...

  • Craig Hingston
    Jul 15, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

  • Clemens Schoonderwoert
    Jun 12, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

  • Unseen Library
    Jun 23, 2018

    The Persian Expedition is an outstanding adventure and by far one of my favourite ancient sources. It's an entirely readable chronicle of war and bravery, clashing princes and thrilling escape that's as stunning today as it has ever been. In this novel, Conn Iggulden follows Xenophon's...

    5-stars Truly fabulous. I know very little about the ancient Greek and Persian conflicts, but they were quite astounding and bloody. This book is Iggulden's fine re-telling of Xenophon "The Persian Expedition". Iggulden notes: For the details I could not fit in here, I recommend...

    7/10 A tale in 3 parts based on a historical tale of a determined and stranded group of mercenaries trying to flea hostile lands after a rebellion goes south. I didn?t realise that it was based on truth and actually thought it was going to be a retelling of Thermopylae but this is...

    I don't yet have the words to describe how magnificent this new standalone novel by Conn Iggulden is. The March of the Ten Thousand is an extraordinary tale and Iggulden breathes life into every step of it - he had me hooked by the end of the very first page. This could well be the fin...

    I was mesmerized from the outset by this loose construction of the Battle of Cunaxa and the journey to the Black Sea with Xenophon leading Greek mercenaries and baggage train. The Anabasis is still the best recounting of this, in Xenophon's own words. The story first covers the author'...

    ?The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.? Conn Igguilden quotes EL Doctorow in his notes at the end of the book, saying it was his intention to do both in this fictional account of The Ten Thousand, a force of Greek and Persian m...

    I started reading Historical Fiction partly due to the great work of Conn Iggulden many moons ago. His emperor series I loved and ignited my interest in the genre and that time in history, as I did his Conqueror series, but as I've commented before...the genre is saturated now. Swamped...

    A historical ficiton exploration of the persian expedition. The first 2/3 deals with the brothers squabbles. Of the two we really begin to form a connection with Cyrus. A major twist occurs ( if you know your history you know which twist) and then we begin a shorter part with Xenophon ...

    Review: Falcon of Sparta the latest stand alone novel from Conn Iggulden, As ever with Conn Iggulden you get a blending of fact with immersive fiction, you gain insights and education. For me the 10,000 was always about Xenophon?s struggle to get his people home. As always Conn Ig...

    Another exciting and very readable historical work from Iggulden. This had a feel of the Conqueror series which I thought were the suprior of his three series to date. Plenty of well written battles while still drawing you into the characters. Interesting look at the Persian empire, P...

    Love historical fiction and anything to do with Sparta! So good, I read it in one day! ...

    The Game of Thrones in the ancient Persian Empire A young soldier far from his home, Athens battled against the king of kings, Artaxerxes of the Persian Empire. Xenophon led the survivors from Greece and Sparta against the legendary Persian army in 401 BC. At the beginning of his yo...

    ?In the army was a certain Athenian, called Xenophon?? Loosely, very loosely, based on the Anabasis of Xenophon written in the Fourth Century BC, this is an entertaining modern retelling of the march of the Greek mercenary army hired by the Persian prince Cyrus to help him ove...

    The Falcon of Sparta starts with a bang, and maintains a fairly even consistency throughout, until, at about 70-80% it actually sizzles away into repetitiveness and a really disappointing ending. Until that point, I was happy to report that this was my favourite book by the author that...

    Disappointed Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors. However, I found it really difficult to engage with this book. Not the author's usual standard , it felt like his heart wasn't in it. ...

    A disappointment Well written but not well crafted. Cyrus the soul of the story loses his war and life due to Greeks. There was no valor in the indiscipline that forced Cyrus to throw all on one throw of the dice and lose his all and yet the Greeks are made out to be heroes. And Cyr...

    Iggulden brings to life a marvellous true story of war and survival: A fascinating, informative and gripping historical novel which relates the story of Prince Cyrus the Younger, a Persian who went into battle against his brother, supported by an army which included around 15,000 Gree...

    This stunning and amazing book by Conn Iggulden is about the exploits of the Athenian nobleman Xenophon, with also a very main part for Prince Cyrus, and important parts for Hephaestus, King Artaxerxes and not to forget the Spartans Clearchus and Chrisophus. At the beginning of the bo...

    Conn Iggulden is a reliable writer of historical novels. What you will get will be readable, pacy and exciting. That is certainly the case with Falcon of Sparta. This is the story of the Anabasis, the march of ten thousand Greek soldiers across the Persian Empire It was this march that...

    The story begins with the older brother Prince Artaxerxes being advised by his father, King Darius to kill his own brother once the crown passes from father to eldest son upon his death. Years later Prince Cyrus the youngest son is asked to return to the palace as his father is on his ...

    One of historical fiction?s very best authors is back with an enthralling story that follows history?s greatest warriors on one of their most legendary journeys. Without a doubt, Conn Iggulden is one of the top authors of historical fiction in the world today. Since 2003 he has con...