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

  • Eric
    Jun 22, 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

    Conn Iggulden at his best. What a brilliant high octane and fast paced read this was. Human endurance, bravery, hope and grit, this has it all. Highly recommend! ...

    Outstanding historical fiction. Don't get too attached to any of the protagonists... ...

    enjoyable read, no problem finishing it, no real concerns. just, for me, not comparable to the conquest/genghis series. though I will read on if this is part of a series, for sure. ...

  • Andre Chiasson
    Jun 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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...

  • Linda Humberstone
    Jun 21, 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

  • Lesley
    Jun 02, 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

    Conn Iggulden at his best. What a brilliant high octane and fast paced read this was. Human endurance, bravery, hope and grit, this has it all. Highly recommend! ...

    Outstanding historical fiction. Don't get too attached to any of the protagonists... ...

    enjoyable read, no problem finishing it, no real concerns. just, for me, not comparable to the conquest/genghis series. though I will read on if this is part of a series, for sure. ...

    Full review to follow ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

  • Ruth Harwood
    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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Andrew Davies
    Jul 03, 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

  • RT Brogan
    May 21, 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Charlie Hasler
    May 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

    Conn Iggulden at his best. What a brilliant high octane and fast paced read this was. Human endurance, bravery, hope and grit, this has it all. Highly recommend! ...

  • Thomaslle
    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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

    Conn Iggulden at his best. What a brilliant high octane and fast paced read this was. Human endurance, bravery, hope and grit, this has it all. Highly recommend! ...

    Outstanding historical fiction. Don't get too attached to any of the protagonists... ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

  • Jon Merry
    May 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I was sent a copy of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden to read and review by NetGalley. This is a rousing novel full of action and tactics based on historical fact from the first-hand account by Athenian nobleman Xenophon, a pupil of Socrates. He had enlisted in the army of Price ...

    Ummmmm It?s not a bad read but is possibly not as gripping as most of his other books. I did enjoy it and maybe I?m being overly harsh with just three stars but it just left me feeling a bit let down as nothing really happens and there is no real climax.I assume this is because ...

    Although I have already read Michael Curtis Ford's book about this amazing achievement by the Greek army retreating back to Greece after their Persian paymaster's death, I still thoroughly enjoyed this account by Conn Iggulden. His character sketches of the main characters, apart from ...

    Fantastic! I've come to expect nothing less of Iggulden, having followed his book and owning all of them from the last near 20 years! He writes and takes you there, this time to Persia, where you think, from the start, that one thing is going to happen, and then another does, leaving y...

    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...

    Another excellent historical fiction by Igguldon. My only regret is that it's a standalone. The story is complete. I just enjoy his writing and always want the story to continue. An extraordinary tale of strategy, bravery, perseverance, daring, friendship, character... If you like hist...

    The stuff of heroes Very exciting, betrayal war and Spartan super heroes. This did not disappoint. Where next Will you travel Conn? What about more recent wars in Europe or have they been done to death? ...

    Conn Iggulden at his best. What a brilliant high octane and fast paced read this was. Human endurance, bravery, hope and grit, this has it all. Highly recommend! ...

    Outstanding historical fiction. Don't get too attached to any of the protagonists... ...

    enjoyable read, no problem finishing it, no real concerns. just, for me, not comparable to the conquest/genghis series. though I will read on if this is part of a series, for sure. ...

    Full review to follow ...

    Bought this at the airport and read in a couple of days, a true page turner. Another well written story with characters you can imagine. The detail brings this event to life. ...

  • 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 ancient Greece 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 Th...

    ?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 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 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...

    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...

    ?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. ...

    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...

    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...