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This review is from: Empire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
While 'Empire of Silver' has flashes of the brilliance and ease which marked its three predecessors, it falls a little short of the high standard Conn Iggulden has set for the series.
This may have more to do with the period of history itself than the writer. At times this feels like a bridging effort just to enable Iggulden to write the book he has done on Kublai Khan without skipping over a generation. Whereas the earlier novels had the easy hook of Genghis and his rise, here the author struggles a little with a narrative which necessarily splits into several parts; while he does due diligence to Tsubodai's campaign westward, the declining rule of Ogedai Khan and the scheming of his brother Chagatai, no one strand ever becomes primary, and the drive and pace of the Genghis novels is lacking.
Still, Iggulden remains a master of his genre, and this is a worthwile read, if the weakest of the series to date. The forthcoming effort on Kublai Khan should see a return to top form.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2012 05:21:08 GMT
Terence B. says:
Mr Iggulden .Please ignore these PC History Bods,i dont know why they bother reading your great books.Not this particular post,but dont some of em get right up your nose?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 14:24:49 GMT
If not this one, why comment here? As it happens I agree with everything this reviewer said about the book. Below par, lack of action (battles are rarely covered) and no really interesting characters, I go the impression that the author was as bored with this series as I was in this book.
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