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Lords of the Bow: The Epic Story of the Great Conqueror (Conqueror 2) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I just hope that 1, Conn would not be as explicit with sexual encounters and 2, that he would write the next book asap!
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.Read more ›
On another level - it is a brilliant piece of writing and an adventure book to thrill.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good book condition, book was ok, if you really liked the first in this series its well worth a read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book but of course you have to read Wolf of the Plains first!!Published 3 months ago by Dragonette
An excellent book, well written, in which the tale of Genghis Khans and his family and foes could be followed comfortably.Published 3 months ago by James Anderson Ramsay
This book like the first is brilliant, you get swept along so easily with the great writing, the book is so absorbing that you cannot put it down and before you know you have... Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Debbie