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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Quite brilliant battle sequences, subtle espionage in the Chin cities, politics, betrayal, love, death, decapitation, mayhem, chaos and more decapitation.

The way he interacts with his brothers humanizes him a bit and makes him more than a cold military leader. Tough soldiers against sedate armies could only have one result.

With each battle his legend grows and the ranks of his horsemen swell, as does his ambition. Genghis shows up on igguldem scene, and tries to sort out the situation.

Another character of note introduced in this book is Kokchu, a shaman who smells of blood and is very self-serving.

I think this above all else is something I greatly admired about the man as I think inspiring love and loyalty is always worthy of recognition. However, even that was for the purpose of encouraging future enemies to willingly surrender.

The Khan’s forces sack village after village, until setting their sights on Yenking. The efforts that Genghis army took to besiege the city and fight the army was extraordinary. The book follows Genghis’ completion of the consolidation of the disparate Mongol tribes and subsequent campaigns against the Western Xia and Jin empires. Also, I would have liked a bit more cultural information about not only the Mongols but the different Chinese nations in the book.

Historical information about This was a gripping page-turner. This is the story of a man.


The author maintains as much of the historical fidelity as possible and fills in the gaps where needed. Lords of the Bow Also Read. It’s also true that he was clearly the aggressor and that his campaign was offensive rather than defensive.

If the first book of the series covered Genghis’ troubled youth, in Lords of the Bow we see a full grown leader on a warpath. As I mentioned above, the first book ended with Genghis having begun to unite igghlden various warring tribes into a unified nation.

Then again, Iggulden is using broader strokes to propel the reader swiftly across events covering years rather than days or weeks. Their Khan submits privately to Genghis, which is taken as even more binding than the public oaths the entire Mongol nation takes under a ceremony presided over by the shaman.

I feel like there could be some more insightful interaction between the cast members. View all 7 comments. There is certainly name calling and phases that would be considered insulting in the context of the culture.

If you want history, read a history book. With each battle his legend grows and igyulden ranks of his horsemen swell, as does his ambition.

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I definitely cinn a positive opinion of this man’s writing now. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Spero che troviate degli uomini di cui potrete fidarvi e che creiate con loro un legame forte e profondo. It wouldn’t take much for me to leave cube land and ride with the Khan. He forbade the selling and kidnapping of women, adopted a writing system, allowed freedom of religion and more.


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When his brother, Temuge, tries to intervene, he kf forced to his knees. Dec 24, Mizuki rated it it was amazing. Excellent second part of the Mongol story. I guess that’s the thing — this book is a real page turner and so much so that, now I’ve run out of these pages, I’ll have to get a copy of Wolf of the Plains so I can read through some more. They are still very interesting but I can’t help comparing Iggulden’s battle descriptions with Bernard Cornwell.


Of course, if this offer was refused, he would be ruthless to those who refused upon his eventual victory. Thus, when Genghis united the tribes, igggulden 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. In fact, I had some jggulden about the quality of the writing but it just about managed to keep me engaged and the narrative afloat.

Published Now 25th by Conn Press first published January 2nd Mi aspetto che pretendiate il massimo da voi stessi. This is one aspect of the novel that got a little tedious. Hopefully this will be explored in later volumes.

Lords of the Bow picks up a couple years after Birth of an Empire left off. While I was aware that he was successful in bringing together disparate Mongolian tribes I was unaware of the sheer ferociousness and determination of these warriors. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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We had a couple of scenes with him and his sons, but little more. Genghis Khan comes from over the horizon, a single Mongol warrior surrounded by his brothers, sons, and fellow tribesmen. 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. They are always portrayed as the “villain”, so getting this perspective is an interesting concept.

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