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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007201818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007201815
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with three children, he lives in Hertfordshire. Since publication of 'The Gates of Rome', Conn has written a further thirteen books including the wildly successful 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'.

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‘Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction’ Daily Mirror

‘Iggulden…tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent’ The Times

‘Iggulden weaves an entertaining tale of this world of men, swords, bows and the call of war and the plains’ Daily Express

‘I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me…read the book before Hollywood takes it over’ Daily Express

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Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. His two number one bestselling series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Sir Furboy on 7 Sept. 2010
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I thought Conn Iggulden was done with this series in the previous book, which ended with the death of Genghis Khan, but this book takes up where the last left off - with the brothers, sons and grandsons of Genghis Khan rivalling for supremacy in the nation Genghis created.

This book, like all the others, is rich in historical detail, and the author has an incredible gift for transporting the reader into the period, capturing the mood and feel perfectly. Never is the action held up for unecessary detail, and yet the writing is so well done that I really felt like I was watching the events unfold.

I know too little about this historical period to comment on the accuracy of the descriptions and detail given, but I know from the Emperor series that the author spends a good deal of time time on careful research for his novels, so I am guessing it is a faithful one. Then again, I was aware that he occasionally played with the history a little in the Emperor series to make a better story, so I wouldn't trust this book for a history dissertation (although maybe that is unfair of me - a better student of the period may like to comment). Regardless of that though, this is a cracking good story. The adventure comes fast and furious, and the battle scenes flow so well, I have no idea how he manages it!

Any initial slowness of the story (and there is not much) is down to the fact that this is a historical narrative. Conn Iggulden could have perhaps created an even more delicious initial tension - but he is constrained by the need to tell the story as it actually happened (more or less), so he can't go assasinating characters who never died and such like.

Ultimately though this is a book that the author did not need to write.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2011
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Book four takes the story to the next stage, Genghis is dead and the legacy must go on, i was worried that this would mean that the story would get bogged down in detail of intrigue and lose its flow. But i should know better with Conn, his story telling ability seems to grow with each passing book.

This book, does not have the same frantic pace of empire expansion building as the previous three in the series, the first three books are the birth of an empire and have that raw power and pace you expect from the creation of something new. book four is more like the patient building of something solid.

We watch as the old in the form of Tsubodai see their power slowly whittled away by the young bucks, we watch while Ogedai creates a new order, taking the best of his nation and adding the best of the chin and other nations and building a new Mongol nation, but first he must hold onto power, we also get a glimpse of just how different european history could have been if one man had lived another year.

I came away at the end of the book having enjoyed the heady battles across Russia and the chin lands but also feeling educated, like i had learnt more than i had with the previous books, and that didnt mean the book lacked pace and flow, and it wasn't just the very well worded epilogue, it just felt like it was maturing.
I'm now left wondering if this isn't the best book in the series....although i did love wolf of the plains with its racing pace and energy.
again 9/10 Conn.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2010
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The year is 1229 and the successor to Genghis Khan as Great Khan of te Mongol Nation is about to take place. The heir is Ogedei, Genghis's third son and chosen over his ekder brother Chagatai. On the night before the confirmation of Ogedei as Khan of the Nation Chagatai's troops storm his palace in the new city of Karakorum and attempt to murder him so that Chagatai can claim to be Khan. The attempt fails and Ogedei send his brother to conquer the south. He sends his father's general, Tsubodai, west into Europe and he goes east to China to further conquests.

In this book we see the continued expansion of the Empire founded by Genghis. Iggulden brings us the politics and daily life of Karakorum, the newly built capital of the Mongol Empire as well as the start of the "Golden Horde", the Mongol Khanate that was to dominate Eastern Europe for many years. He also introduces the next generation of Mongol rules Guyuk Khan, Batu Khan and Mongke Khan who will no doubt be the main characters in future volumes. He describes Tsubodai's brilliant campaign of mobile warfare in Eastern Europe and shows how if the Mongol Armies had not been recalled in 1242 they would have reached the Atlantic.

This has a pacy narrative and there are not too many characters to follow. The author admits that aspects of the account are fictionalised but he describes the Mongol's strategic genius and how they used their intelligence and mobility to defeat their "cvilised" opponents with their reliance on heavy cavalry and infantry compared to the light horse archers and lancers of the nimble Mongol Tumans. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to lovers of historical fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2011
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Empire of Silver is the 4th book in Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series. It is the first book of that feature not to feature Genghis Khan. Instead, Empire of Silver is the story of the generation that spread the Mongol Empire through Russia to Europe. It is the story of the greatest of the Mongol generals, Tsubodai. It is the story of Ogedei Khan's short rule of the Empire. It is the story of the myriad of potential leaders of the great Steppe nation and their efforts to expand the domain Genghis delivered and protect it from one another.

As with the other books in the Conqueror series, Empire of Silver is a very easy read. Iggulden's writing style is flowing and enticing. The majority of the work features intrigue and politicking rather than fights for survival or conquest that were the epitome of the previous tales. Despite the change in focus, Empire of Silver is still a very entertaining and enjoyable narrative and is never dull. The shift away from battle towards politics makes it slightly less absorbing than some of the earlier parts of the series and it there are times when parts of Silver seem like they may have been better suited to Iggulden's Emperor series rather than the Conqueror line. However, in the main the further adventures of the Mongols is well worth reading for those who have followed their story so far.

Empire of Silver begins with Ogedei as Khan. Genghis has already died and it is up to Ogedei to forge a path for the nation. Ogedei's world is very different to that of Genghis. Where Genghis fought daily for his very survival, Ogedei builds the great city of Karakorum and rules the Empire from his seat of power. Ogedei's time is short.
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