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Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Conn Iggulden
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Book Description

The second in the bestselling new Conqueror series on Genghis Khan, it is a wonderful, epic story which Conn Iggulden brings brilliantly to life.

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 accolade of the overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself and them is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin and attack them there. The distances and terrain-the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains-make it a difficult venture even for the legendary Mongolian speed of movement, but the greatest problem is that of the complex fortifications, a way of fighting wars of a settled urban population which the nomadic Mongolians had never come across. Finding ways to tackle that and keeping his tribes together in a strange environment presents another new and exciting challenge for Genghis Khan.

Not only must Genghis succeed in this incredible campaign, but he must also reconcile the restless factions among his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers and cope with his own reactions to his growing sons. The young warrior has become a notable and victorious military commander of thousands: he must now learn to become a great leader of peoples of many different races and religions.

Lords of the Bow is a deeply satisfying novel. It is epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in the narration of an extraordinary story. Above all Genghis Khan continues to dominate the scene as he matures from the young boy of Wolf of the Plains to the great Conqueror.

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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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    `Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction'

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2776 KB
    • Print Length: 547 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002RI9U0Y
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    More About the Author

    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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    41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incessant pace and brilliance. 17 Jan. 2008
    By TG XIX
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This is Conn Iggulden's best book to date. Wolf of the Plains was a magnificent book which can now be seen in context as a very good prologue to this remarkable next chapter in the Genghis Khan story.

    With military detail, political intrigue, cultural richness and thrills and spills aplenty you cannot help but read this book in double quick time. The descriptions of battle (particularly breaking through the Great Wall for the first time and the battle at Badgers Mouth) are stunning and utterly compelling. But the story lines of the politics, diplomacy and "human interest" are no less readable in their way. There is so much for everyone in this book.

    The sense of scale is awesomely expressed and again, like Wolf of the Plains, you can almost feel the weather and experience the vibrancy of the Monghol horde. There is brutality in the book, but it is integral and important to the realism of the story and the times; not gratuitous.

    With rich story lines for the rulers, generals, spies, foot soldiers and assasins throughout this book you build a rich kaleidoscope of image and emotions. You also cannot help but learn historic fact. Granted this is a fictional book, but the technologies, techniques, weaponry, politics and many of the characters were real.

    I loved this book and it was a shame to finish it. A year to wait for the next one? I really hope not.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another big hit by a great author 6 Jun. 2008
    When I read Lord of the Bow, during my holiday, I knew that I should take a rest from reading, put the book down and go out site-seeing, but unfortunately, the mistake of taking this book with me has already been committed! I was unable to put it down. I find it very difficult to find writers who can put melees without sounding like they are doctoring the whole situation so that somehow they come out smart strategists in the end. Conn is a very talented strategist and can put details in a way that makes you not want miss a line because you know it all counts when you get to the numerous great fights. This is a really good book and nothing less of the many other books Conn had authored about war. It also gives us men a very good insight into the politics of man and the effects of power on us.
    I just hope that 1, Conn would not be as explicit with sexual encounters and 2, that he would write the next book asap!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the sons! 6 May 2008
    Format:Audio CD
    I greatly enjoyed this next chapter of the Genghis story but not as much as Wolf of the Plains.
    I think this is partly history's fault, Genghis was so all conquering that this books lacks for a bit of competative tension, also, whereas the first book made you very sympathetic to Genghis cause, following his childhood exile, in this his exploits of mass slaughter, rape and plunder make him a little less easy to share a camp fire with. Iggulden tries to a degree to excuse his actions as him 'removing the foot of the Chin from the neck of his people' however as the book progresses this is hard to buy and I really don't think he should bother, Genghis is what he is, the original meglamaniac.
    The intrigue with his sons and ancestors is where the Mongol story really gets interesting and I do hope Mr Iggulden explores this part of history for us rather than stopping with the death of the great Khan himself.
    Then I hope he does for the Alexander story what he did for Julius Caesar, as I don't want to think of him as Colin Farrell for the rest of my days.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Powerful Historical Fiction 18 Sept. 2009
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The second book in the Conqueror series is an outstanding contribution to the historical fiction genre. Following on from Wolf of the Plains, Lords of the Bow begins with the Mongol nation having been united under the rule of Temujin, the Genghis Khan. Fighting and conquering rival nomadic factions, the tribes are drawn together under the leadership of one man for the first time. This momentous turning point in history is given a superb treatment from Iggulden. Temujin's character, his flaws and his abilities follow on without halt from book 1 and the character development of those around him is of the very highest order.

    In particular, it is the relationships that form and ebb throughout the book that knit the whole together. The narrative of battle, conquering, and violence is well known history but Iggulden's characters are believable. Iggulden understands that being ruthless was a fundamental part of the success of Genghis. He is tested as are his brothers by those who have seen their own authority diminished by the rise of Temujin. The differences between the characters are intriguingly drawn for the modern audience - Temuge for instance is derided consistently for his lack of abilities but he is the one who most closely represents the modern day aesthetic and he who is relied on to take care of the pragmatic busines of running a nation.

    Temujin's other brothers Khasar and Kachuin form differing characters - Khasar the traditional barbarian, perhaps the model to which we still view the Mongol hordes as a savage and unstoppable brute. Kachuin though is the more subtle picture, his worldview coloured by the events of book 1 and the bond established during that time with Temujin.

    It is the relationship with women though that is the most impressive.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of the Bow A great Read
    Like all of his books never tire of reading them, Another great historical fiction account of Ghengis. Get thee sen a copy
    Published 10 days ago by Sommeguy
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    I am on my third reading of this book, twice from local library and now bought it for my kindle so I think that says its a crackin read.
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    Another good story from "The Conqueror" series.
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    Published 3 months ago by Sarah Godson
    5.0 out of 5 stars and Conn Iggulden is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
    This is the second book in the series following Wolf of the Plains I have been spell bound by both books not only at the content but also in the manner they are written. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by K G
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
    Couldn't easily put this book down. Iggulden is a fantastic writer and in my humble opinion, the best there is for both Khan and Roman fiction. Read more
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