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Genghis is dead and the legacy must go on
on 11 June 2011
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.