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A return to form,
This review is from: Conqueror (Conqueror, Book 5) (Hardcover)
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The last book in the "Conqueror" series that I reviewed was "Empire of Silver", and in that I felt that it was weaker than the previous books in the series. This was partly because Ghenghis Khan died at the end of Book 3, and so "Empire of Silver" was dealing with the aftermath. I think the problem, for me, was that the story that Iggulden was trying to tell just wasn't interesting enough, and the characters weren't sufficiently interesting to keep it going. This wasn't Iggulden's fault - he did a good job with a weaker subject.
I am happy to say that with "Conqueror", this fifth book, he is WAY back on form. He is now dealing with the rise to power of Kublai Khan, and the history is much more interesting.
I won't spend loads of time praising Iggulden's writing - he is perfectly competent, as we all know; he knows his history, and he gives us a cracking good yarn. His handling of the battles is very good, and one does end up feeling sympathetic towards the characters.
What makes this book is that the characters are so much more full and rounded. Kublai himself is an interesting character, and seeing his development from a peaceful scholar into a ruthless general makes the story worth telling.
To be honest, however, I did feel that the story slowed a bit in the middle - the first and last thirds were excellent; but I found it just a tad more difficult to bother picking up the book to continue reading in the middle third. But it was worth sticking with it - Part 3 rattled along and kept me hooked (and as I was reading it in the garden I nearly got sunburn as a result!)
I think Iggulden made a good choice ending the book where he does - not least because it was starting to get a bit long. It was rather nice to end the book with the main protagonist still alive!
Yep, definitely worth five stars. If you've read the others in the series, then you probably don't need me to recommend this one; if you haven't, you don't need to go back and read the others first (although I recommend that, as well).
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2011 08:23:33 BDT
Chris Jones says:
Can I ask how you've read this 2 months before release?!
Posted on 29 Aug 2011 14:12:36 BDT
Je Salter says:
The reviewer is on the Vine program so presumably he got an advanced copy of the book.
Posted on 29 Aug 2011 17:25:36 BDT
John Holmes says:
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 07:48:04 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 15:36:28 BDT
uncle barbar says:
You don't need to be a troll to have got hold of a copy - just an Amazon Vine Reviewer!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2011 07:30:53 BDT
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uncle barbar says:
Then I bow to your obvious expert knowledge of trollness... :0)
Posted on 5 Sep 2011 10:46:34 BDT
Ha I love the obvious jealousy from you people annoyed you'll have to wait another 2 months!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 08:51:27 BDT