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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Iggulden, coauthor of the Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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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I think what I loved so much, initially, about the series was the relationships between the characters. There were no battles, the number of main characters was limited, and you got to see Iggulden’s skill of writing this handful of people and how they connect. There were no battles, the number of main characters was limited, and you got to see Iggulden’s skill of writing this handful of people and how they connected with each other.
In my opinion, this really disappears once you finish the aforementioned first part of the first book. The second book in the series, Lords of the Bow is very much battle and conquest-driven as Genghis and his army take on the Xi Xia and the Jin. There’s also a good portion of this book were Temuge, Khasar and Ho Sa travel to Batou to find a mason and it was And when they finally get the guy back to Genghis, all of a sudden it’s another part of the book and they have siege engines. There is very little shown in terms of planning and development for these battles.
There were still moments here and there that I enjoyed between characters, like Genghis and his brothers or Genghis with his sons particularly his relationship with Jochior the half a second Borte shows up. Subedei also makes his appearance early on in the book, and he was a character I was waiting for. The book wasn’t bad, but not as good as the first.
And I have to admit that I’m having trouble recalling a lot of it to even write a review. But I’m already part way through the third book, so I’m moving right along. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis cunningly crushes each enemy differently, overcoming moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower—until his army calls the Emperor in Yenking to kneel.
Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, #2) by Conn Iggulden
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Lists with This Book. Dec 06, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, if the above adage igggulden an accurate sentiment, than I think it’s equitable to concede that Genghis Khanruler of the mightily manly Mongolsvanquisher and subjugator of a quarter of the known world, was Your enemies don’t come more dripping with macho-awesomeness than that!! Boe of an Empire. In the first book, we followed Genghis Oh really? In the first book, we followed Genghis from his formative, early years through the moment obw he begins uniting the various Mongol tribes under his rule of manliness.
As I stated previously in my review of that first installment, Iggulden does a superior job of making this complex, enigmatic figure come to life. This second installment maintains the high standards of the first. Birth of an Empirebut I think that was more a result of my fussy, unreasonable expectations than any patent failure of quality in the text itself.
As I mentioned above, the first book ended with Genghis having begun to unite the various warring tribes into a unified nation. Based on how the ivgulden 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. After that, we would move into Genghis pummeling more enemies into submission Unfortunately, Iggulden decided to take a more measured and less nut stomping pace to the narrative, which caused me some initial moments of melancholy.
However, Iggulden’s breezy style and well-crafted plot quickly drew me in and I found myself hooked again by the unveiling of this incredible historical figure’s momentous life.
Before starting this series, I knew next to nothing about Genghis, which shocks and appalls me given his impact on the world. I have found him prior to be a fascinating figure and one that on many levels I admire greatly. It’s also true that he was clearly the aggressor and that his campaign was offensive rather than defensive. Thus, when Genghis united the blw, part of his motivation was to be able to create a force strong enough to destroy these two enemies in order to secure safety and freedom for his own people.
Not exactly a monstrous goal. Now, I admit, that may not be a perfect justification for starting an aggressive war or even as good as say In addition, the book describes how Genghis usually offered his enemies the option of surrendering before he attacked.
Of course, if this offer was refused, he would be ruthless to those who refused upon his eventual victory. However, even that was for the purpose of encouraging future enemies to willingly surrender. A cold, calculating decision, yes. But not necessarily bloodthirsty. Genghis is also portrayed as being extremely lordds to those who follow him and inspiring tremendous loyalty in return. He lavishly rewarded those who fought with him and took care of the families of those who died in battle.
He cared about his people deeply, and they in turn cared deeply iggulden him. I think this above all else is something I greatly admired about the man as I boa inspiring love and loyalty is always worthy of recognition. He had many noble qualities and was a cojn leader of men, maybe among the best ever. He was also loved by his people and had understandable motives behind the actions that he took. Though certainly not perfect, I certainly think Gene Roddenberry should have received a bottom-smacking for placing such a great leader in this motley group: I’m looking forward to reading the final volume in the trilogy about this larger than life historical figure.
In closing, here are a few famous quotes ascribed to Genghis Conan fans will recognize the first one: View all 7 comments.
Dec 24, Mizuki rated it it was amazing. My review for the first book: My review for the third book: Thanks to the editor of the Chinese translated version of this book and all those footnotes in the text, here we can get some Mogul Empire History In this book, we follow Genghis Khan, his brothers and his warrior buddies on a quest to conquer more land across Asia!
Genghis: Lords of the Bow
Since this series was written now the view point of Genghis and the Mongol Empire, therefore the Chi Empire and their royal family are more iggupden less being painted as the ‘bad guys’ the author reasons that the Chi Emperor was responsible for the death of Genghis’ fatherstill fortunately the author didn’t rely too much on such xonn.
Beside Genghis, I like now his brothers are having more roles to play instead of being the mere followers of Genghis in the previous book. Not to mention, Lords of the Bow also ends with yet another heart-stopping epic battle once again I’m impressed! Genghis’ general Subutai https: Iggulden’s novels really help me to experience the charms of historical novels I’m not a huge fan of this genre, mind youmy knowledge on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire is mostly from what I’d read in my highschool textbooks, but Mr.
Iggulden and his story successfully manage to breath life into all those impassive historical details. I really appreciate what the author had done with his works. An ass-kicking book review here: Sep 29, Alice Poon rated it liked it Shelves: This was a gripping page-turner. The author paints a credible picture of Genghis Khan’s temperament and psychological tendencies in his decision-making processes and in his dealings with his family, his tribesmen and his enemies.
It igggulden how he developed and improved his assault tactics. Historical information about This was a gripping page-turner.
Historical information about the various battles is generally accurate and the battle scenes are vividly drawn. An entertaining read overall except that there are some glaring historical inaccuracies. Genghis Khan continues uniting the Mongol tribes and takes them across the Gobi Desert into the lands of the Chin.
The Khan’s forces sack village after village, until setting their sights on Ighulden. Can even the vast horde break an impregnable fortress-city? Lords of the Bow picks up a couple years after Birth of an Empire left off. While igtulden story wasn’t as gripping as Birth of an Empire, it was still good. The most interesting aspects were the ways Genghis inspired confidence in his men.
It wo Genghis Khan continues uniting the Mongol tribes and takes them across the Gobi Desert into the igguldeen of the Chin. It wouldn’t take much for me to leave cube land and ride with the Khan.
Lords of the Bow
Genghis’s relationship with his family was well done, particularly with Jochi, whose parentage is in doubt. The way he interacts with his brothers humanizes him a bit and makes him more than a cold military leader. He’s even funny at times, afraid of his two wives becoming closer. The budding hatred between Joshi and Chagatai sets up elements in the next book.
Iggulden makes the siege of Yenking and the battle of Badger Mouth pass sweaty-palmed page turners. I’m hoping the third and final book has its share of epic battles. A lot of people complain that Iggulden plays fast and loose with the facts.