Conn Iggulden is the author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first novel in the series, as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar. The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full a. For centuries, primitive tribes have warred with one another. Now, under Genghis Khan—a man who lives for battle and blood—they have united.

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Genghis: Lords of the Bow : Conn Iggulden :

I would rather be here and see this than live out my life in peace. Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis called upon his cunning and imagination to crush now enemy in a different way, to overcome moats, barriers, deceptions, and thw firepower—until his army faced the ultimate test of all. To ask other readers questions about Genghisplease sign up. The fact we start with the view of a minor character is a good signpost for the rest of the book.

There are scenes in which a character is abusive to a woman that are mildly graphic.

Balancing Genghis the barbarian and Genghis the family man is difficult. Feb 22, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book we step back a bit from the legend to encompass his army, ,ords war tactics, and his success and failures on the battlefield. Cornwell’s battles just seem that more in depth.

As I stated previously in my review of that first installment, Iggulden does a superior job of making this complex, fonn figure come to life. Subedei also makes his appearance early on in the book, and he was a character I was waiting for.

As I mentioned above, the first book ended with Genghis having begun to unite the various warring tribes into a unified nation. He was also loved by his people and had understandable motives behind the actions that he took.


I scoff at that notion. There’s always another angle to set this complex gift of God. Khasar and Temuge are also featured greatly in this book as they take a trip xonn a captured Xi Xia officer down the Yellow River to a Chin city to find pords to help them break city walls.

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Lords of the Bow

There were still moments here and there that I enjoyed between characters, like Genghis and his brothers or Genghis bpw his sons particularly his relationship with Jochior the half a second Borte shows up. I must confess, I haven’t read Wolf of the Plainsthe first book in the series, but I must say up front that this didn’t stop me from getting into or enjoying this second novel; it works as a book in its own right.

Birth of an Empire Conn Iggulden. It’s fast paced and you really can’t stop reading. Now, under Genghis Khan, they have united as one nation, setting their sights on a common enemy: Iggulden does a good job of putting a human face on Genghis and the Mongols, although I think he may have gone iggulven bit too far. There’s also a good portion of this book were Temuge, Khasar and Ho Sa travel to Batou to find a mason tue it was Review quote “A triumph of historical fiction.

It’s just difficult to know where I stand in lordw books, which is weird. Non permettete a nessuno di prendersi gioco di voi, nemmeno per scherzo. The pace of the narrative is relentless and breath-taking. I don’t know, a bit dispassionate or disconnected. Iggulden loses me from the first bending of a bow.

In terms of violence, if this were igguldeh film, it would have an eighteen rating. I probably didn’t make it clear in my review of Wolf Of The Plainsthat I felt that igulden large part of my enjoyment of that book derived from reading it in the steppe.

In addition, the book describes how Genghis usually offered his enemies the option of surrendering before he attacked. In closing, here are a few famous quotes ascribed to Genghis Conan fans will recognize the first one: Based on how the first novel ended, I was all revved up and geared in excitement for this book to commence the description of the giant, “out to the woodshed” ass-kicking that Genghis unleashed on the world.


Genghis: Lords of the Bow

In the city of Yenking—modern-day Beijing—the Chin will make their final stand, setting a trap for the Mongol raiders, confident behind their towering walls. Birth of an Empire. We rule wherever we are placed. After the killing of the Khan of the alliance, the defeated shaman decides to tie his fate to that of the new Mongol nation.

However, the way the writing co-ordinated simultaneous viewpoints for the attack on Badger Pass was masterful. My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories — with dates.

Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden – book review

They killed tens of millions in China alone, and his progeny did just as much damage when they rode their ponies west. Another fascinating read from Iggulden 4 stars It is these small details that round out this novel. The fight scenes themselves are masterfully played out; I found myself getting right behind the Mongols and cheering them on. We had a couple of scenes with him and his sons, but little more. Also by Conn Iggulden. Once I finally accepted that I was better able to relax and enjoy it.

The first book shifted POVs frequently and focused on other characters however whole chunks oggulden this book barely mention ol’ Temujin for chapters! This gives the book a roomy quality, which is a very good thing with a story with the epic nature of the insanely widespread Mongol conquests.

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