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Genghis: Lords of the Bow: A Novel (The Khan Dynasty) Paperback – July 13, 2010

Book 2 of 5 in the Conqueror Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Iggulden, coauthor of the megaseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, continues his masterful series on Genghis Khan (following Genghis: Birth of an Empire) with another vividly imagined chapter. In the debut volume, the Great Khan rises from the barren plains of central Asia to unify the scattered Mongol tribes into a nation. Here, Genghis turns to the conquest of the bloated, wealthy cities of the Chin, or Chinese, Kingdom. Aided by his brothers Kachiun and Khasar, Genghis strikes first against the Xi Xia Kingdom south of the Gobi Desert—a route into China that circumvents the Great Wall. The Mongols' insatiable quest to conquer drives the narrative, but Iggulden deftly weaves several intriguing character-driven subplots into the saga, including tales of sibling rivalry between Genghis's two eldest sons and the cupidity of a powerful and enigmatic shaman. Borrowing from history and legend, Iggulden reimagines the iconic conqueror on a more human scale—larger-than-life surely, but accessible and even sympathetic. Iggulden's Genghis series is shaping up as a triumph of historical fiction. (Apr.)
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Adult/High School—This novel begins where Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Delacorte, 2007) leaves off. After defeating the last of the Mongol tribes, Genghis, with his formidable army, sets his sights toward the Chin, whom he has long vowed to conquer. He has become a fearsome force who, with his ruthlessness and cunning need to vanquish, will lead his army to unfathomable victories. Along the way, readers are introduced to the devious shaman Kokchu and witness the troubled relationship between Genghis and his first born, the dynamics between Genghis and his brothers, and Genghis's complicated romantic interests. Treachery, intrigue, and rivalry carry the powerful story to its satisfying conclusion, though with the understanding that there will be a third novel that will likely continue with the next generation. Iggulden is a master storyteller who keeps readers hooked with the unexpected twists and turns of an intriguing plot along with insightful character development. A real page-turner.—Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA
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Product Details

  • Series: The Khan Dynasty (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385342799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385342797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Despite finding time to write historical novels and The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden is in some ways better known as a trainer of Tollins. His Tollin troupe, "Small and Mighty," are famous in Tasmania, where they often play to packed houses. "It used to be just a hobby," he says, "but when you've seen a display of Tollin synchronized flying, you realize it's your life's work. Also, they can be transported in shoe boxes, so it's pretty cheap to get around."

Customer Reviews

This is the 2nd book of this series that I have read.
Thomas A. Rausch
Combined with good characters and a good paced story, I have enjoyed both books in this series.
C. Reich
Conn Iggulden is an excellent writer of historical fiction.
R. Slade

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this second novel in `The Conqueror' series, the metamorphosis of Temujin of the Wolves into Genghis Khan is completed. Gathering the tribes is the first step towards Genghis building a nation which he will then lead against the fortress nation of the Chin.

This is an epic story magnificently written. From the beginning, as Genghis seeks to unify the tribes as one nation, we can sense the magnitude of the task ahead. The Mongolian tribes are people of the plains, fighters on horseback and nomadic in lifestyle. Their greatest strengths are their capacity to move quickly, their iron discipline and their skill with the bow. To prevail against the Chin, they need to travel vast distances over desert, cross inhospitable mountains, and deal with complex fortifications.

Tackling these challenges and keeping the nation together in a strange environment presents new challenges for Genghis. The success of this campaign depends on his ability to effectively govern the tribes, manage his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers and deal with his own feelings. The transition from young warrior to conqueror of nations is not easy, and is not without cost.

`Some of you will die, but the sky father loves the warrior spirit and you will be welcomed.'

This is a deeply satisfying novel. If the first novel gave us the boy who would become the man, then this novel gives us a sense of both the conqueror himself and the challenges of command. The fiction is largely supported by the known history and will provide a wonderful adjunct to those interested in this period.

`We ride because we have the strength to rule.'

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a good and solid sequel to the author's Birth of an Empire, which recounted the life of Temujin up to the merging of the tribes. In Lords of the Bow, the tribes are united (some with more enthusiasm than others) under Temujin, and the first steps towards an empire are taken. The Xi Xia to the south and the Chin to the east are conquered.

There are good descriptions of the culture shock that greets the Mongols when they come upon the stone-walled cities of the Chinese, the permanent houses, the writing, the caltrops which can wreak havoc upon horsemen, and writing. You get a good feel for the problems with communication over distance, Temujin's reluctance to leave any living enemies behind him when he advances, and the Mongol style of warfare.

Birth of an Empire had Temujin as the dominant central figure: you saw the forces that shaped him. In Lords of the Bows, Temujin is still, of course, the dominant figure, but the novel spends more time with his brothers than with Temujin himself. In a way this is good: you get to see more details of life. But in another way, it may not be so good: there is something to be said perhaps for seeing things through Temujin's eyes, and seeing them through his ears, so to speak. Unlike Birth of an Empire, Temujin is no longer in a position to travel on his own--he is always surrounded by tens of thousands of people, and so he must learn, must experience most things through the eyes of others. It's the difference between a general and a scout: the general is usually well behind the front lines and must depend on others. I presume that we will, before long, be seeing the next installment in this well-done series: the move westwards. Until that time, if you want a fictional account of the campaigns in the west, try Cecelia Holland's superb novel Until the Sun Falls.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on April 14, 2008
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"And hear the lamentation of the women."

Poor China - seems they can't get a break these days. Like it's not bad enough with the "Free Tibet" crowd and the Olympic Torch fiasco, here we've got Conn Iggulden piling on, sending Genghis Khan and his fearsome horde crashing through the "Chins" walled cities and wrecking the kind of havoc made popular in John Kerry's now infamous "Jenghis" Khan testimony to Congress in post-Vietnam America.

And like it's predecessor, "Genghis: Birth of an Empire", "Genghis: Lords of the Bow", is a raucous, swashbuckling mayhem fest that is at the same time intelligent and illuminating - a rare peak under the covers of a man as ruthless as he was a great - make that extraordinary - field general and tactician. A man who through sheer determination and the magnetism of his personality united tribes of the northern plains that had been warring among themselves for centuries, succeeding in bringing their foes of far superior resources literally to their knees. As with "Empire" before it, "Lords of the Bow" puts a human face on Genghis - but just barely this time. For unlike the man-child we were introduced to in the first volume, we see the transformation from the child turned out on the steppes to die to a conqueror larger than life, the vanquisher who tramples his enemies not out of cruelty, but simply of cold efficiency. Iggulden resists the temptation of putting a politically correct kind face on the Genghis of nightmares, penning a masterful portrait of a leader with military brilliance of Alexander, forged with the diabolical cleverness of Machiavelli.
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