Conn Iggulden is the author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first novel in the series, as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Iggulden, coauthor of the Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. For centuries, primitive tribes have warred with one another. Now, under Genghis Khan—a man who lives for battle and blood—they have united.

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On one hand, it’s fascinating and occasionally awe-inspiring to hang out around the Mongols and see them in a fictional light.

Genghis’ brothers Kachiun and Khasar were basically the same person. If you read Birth of an Empire, you won’t want to pass this one up. Not only was the city wall nearly impenetrable, the entrance to the city plane was through a narrow passage and between a mountain range. Lists with This Book.

Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden | : Books

In the first book, we followed Genghis from his formative, early years through the moment when he begins uniting the various Mongol tribes under his rule of manliness.

Now, under Genghis Khan—a man who lives for battle and blood—they have united as one nation, overcoming moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower only to face the ultimate test of all: Genghis Lords of The Bow Author s: While the siege on Yenking was epic, large portions of the book were left to scheming, planning and searching out people to teach them that which they did not know.

Conn often lets us see both sides of the leadership before the battles take place so we are in on the various strategies being used.


They are always portrayed as the “villain”, so getting this perspective is an interesting concept. A Novel Conqueror series Book 2 Author s: So much bitching, so little time.

While the story wasn’t as gripping as Birth of an Empire, it was still good. Not many people can write a good battle scene by good I mean understandable enough I didn’t like this book as much as it’s predecessor. Iggulden and his story successfully manage to breath life into all those impassive historical details.

Genghis: Lords of the Bow

In terms of violence, if this were a film, it would have an eighteen rating. One can never master language. I think I liked Genghis coming of age story in the first book better because we got a real close up view of the man himself and his personal prowess.

Excellent second part of the Mongol story. The tribes are united under the great Khan and have moved to test their mentor against the Chin. I’m hoping the third and final book has its share of epic battles. Genghis is also portrayed as being extremely loyal to those who follow him and inspiring tremendous loyalty in return.

For example, there is a scene where Genghis and his warriors enter an opulent home in a Chinese city. I think this above all else is something I greatly admired about the man as I think inspiring love and loyalty is always worthy of recognition. All of the secondary characters have their own sub plots, which work well in increasing the tension throughout and providing at times an almost Arthurian intrigue.

Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis cunningly crushes each enemy differently, overcoming moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower—until his army calls the Emperor in Yenking to kneel.

He had many noble qualities and was a superb leader of men, maybe among the best ever.


Lords of the Bow (Conqueror , book 2) by Conn Iggulden

He also rushed over his merging of the tribes, igguldn I feel was important enough to deserve more page time. Tonight, let no man think of his tribe and mourn. There is a scene of mass suicide. I reduced the rating for the second volume and it was not pervasive as in the first.

Views Read Edit View history. Jan 06, Rachel rated it it was amazing. The fight scenes themselves are masterfully played out; I found myself getting right behind the Mongols and cheering them on. The entire Mongol nation then begins to ifgulden southwards, to take the kingdom of the Xia.

Lords of the Bow

As well as military support, Genghis negotiates that his shaman and his brother Temuge be taught to read and write. It tells how he developed and improved his assault tactics.

I think I liked Genghis coming of age story in the first book better because we got This books starts off with Genghis completing his subjugation of the Mongol tribes under his banner before marching on his hated enemies, the Chin, and we end at the walls of Yanjing Beijing There are a lot of large set piece battles this book, but most notable was the battle of Badger Mouth where the Mongols how the choke point by climbing what the Chin thought were impassable peaks – especially in winter.

The first book shifted POVs frequently and focused on other characters however lorrs chunks of this book barely mention ol’ Temujin for chapters!

The man is extremely underrated!