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Conn Iggulden
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1 Sep 2008 Conqueror 2 (Book 2)

The epic, action-packed and powerful second novel in Conn Iggulden’s bestselling Conqueror series, bringing to the story of Genghis Khan 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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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000720177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007201778
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,512 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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A major new series on Genghis Khan from the number one bestselling co-author of `The Dangerous Book For Boys'
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incessant pace and brilliance. 17 Jan 2008
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 22 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Powerful Historical Fiction 18 Sep 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book what a battle 27 April 2008
By joff
the battle in this book is so good this book has made it in to my top three books you have to read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars converted to admiration 10 Sep 2008
This book is "un-putdownable". On a purely historical note it taught me new facts about Genghis Khan, but the whole tenor of the story shows him as a blood-thirsty thug and yet a brilliant tactician and leader. It is this absolute blend of leadership with tyrrany that engenders a (grudging?) admiration for the man.
On another level - it is a brilliant piece of writing and an adventure book to thrill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conn, take a Bow 12 Jun 2011
By J. Wise
If you only read one book all year you'll have to admit that you're not much of a reader. But you'll want to make that book this one.
Conn Iggulden has conquered the world with his works about men who conquered the world. And Lords of the Bow is his second about the mighty Genghis Khan, or Temujin of the Wolves to his mum.
The first in the series told of his struggle to survive having been cast out into the vast frozen wastes of Mongolia by a usurper in his tribe. He finds an inner steel, claims back what's rightfully his then sets out to claim what rightfully isn't.
As Genghis, his scheme is to unite all the warring tribes of his people under one flag, one mighty mobile nation of fearsome killers out to kick some Chinese butt. Their "civilised" neighbours to the south-east have been toying with them for too long, and though they surround themselves with formidable defences, Genghis will stop at nothing to deliver some payback.
As ever with Iggulden, it's the easy eye for detail that keeps you hooked. The builds to major battle scenes are as convincing and thoroughly believable as the awesome blood-spilling itself. Feel the cold, the impatience, the smell of dirt and mutton grease and sweat, the fear and full bladders, the mindless anger and the icy-hearted malice. In this episode, matters are spiced up with the addition of wives, restlessness among former tribal leaders, snotty sons, a dark assassin cult and a dangerously noxious witch doctor.
The inevitable culture clash is stark and you find your mind awash with those times and their possibilities long after you put the book down. Lords of the Bow is a truly spectacular epic lodged so deep in "man" country it goes commando in freezing weather and wipes bacon-fatty fingers on its vest!
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Fantastic story , writer at his very best. Was carried away the monguls on the plains. Best book in conqueror trilogy and that's saying a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I felt as if I was there.
This story is told so vividly I could smell the mutton fat,feel the heat and could almost believe I was with the Khan and his family. Read more
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I enjoyed the first book in this series (Wolf of the plains) about the early life of Genghis Khan, and this book more than matched it. Read more
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