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Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Conn Iggulden
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The second in the bestselling new Conqueror series on Genghis Khan, it is a wonderful, epic story which Conn Iggulden brings brilliantly to life.

The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of the overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself and them is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin and attack them there. The distances and terrain-the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains-make it a difficult venture even for the legendary Mongolian speed of movement, but the greatest problem is that of the complex fortifications, a way of fighting wars of a settled urban population which the nomadic Mongolians had never come across. Finding ways to tackle that and keeping his tribes together in a strange environment presents another new and exciting challenge for Genghis Khan.

Not only must Genghis succeed in this incredible campaign, but he must also reconcile the restless factions among his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers and cope with his own reactions to his growing sons. The young warrior has become a notable and victorious military commander of thousands: he must now learn to become a great leader of peoples of many different races and religions.

Lords of the Bow is a deeply satisfying novel. It is epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in the narration of an extraordinary story. Above all Genghis Khan continues to dominate the scene as he matures from the young boy of Wolf of the Plains to the great Conqueror.



Editorial Reviews

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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

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. His two number one bestselling series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 547 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000720177X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9U0Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant second installment of the Conqueror series February 29, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Having united the tribes into the unified nation of Mongols, Genghis Khan and his brothers lead their great army into the land of the Chin. They encounter a new type of warfare, besieging great cities with high, strong walls and massive defensive weapons.

Keeping the tribes united is a difficult task and relies upon the brains of the great khan combined with his, sometimes shocking, ruthlessness. It works.

There are many sub-adventures, and there are new surprises for the reader around every corner. The only constant is the cunning plotting of the shaman, Kokchu, who is feared by all, even Genghis.

Once again, Conn Iggulden sweeps the reader along with his wonderful descriptive story-telling. The only disappointment for me is that, having finished this book, I am going to have to wait for the third and final instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good series March 22, 2011
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I've read the whole Iggulden series about Ghengis Khan now and really enjoyed it.

He creates a real sense of place and time (and smell). Even a squeamish 21st century urbanite like me, was convinced to set aside modern day prejudices and immerse myself in this visceral experience.

I am a difficult person to impress when it comes to historical novels. I insist on historical integrity and abhor sloppy wordsmithing.

So if you love history and a cracking good story, this is a series you'll probably enjoy. Will now have a look at his other series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, bold and bloody October 9, 2010
Format:Paperback
"Wolf of the Plains" was a hard act to follow for Mr Iggulden, as it set a high precedent for the successive sequelae. But deliver a sure-fire success he has done, with this second instalment in the Genghis series, which if anything is faster paced than the first book.

In "Wolf of the Plains" the reader is treated to the early life and times of the young Temujin (as Genghis was first known), his harsh and often incredible initiation into manhood against soul destroying odds, and the first paths taken on his steps to greatness and a united Mongol nation. With "Lords of the Bow" the unification of the Mongol tribes is complete, if a little shaky at times, and Genghis in his maturity is now Gurkhan (Great Khan) of all Mongolia and able to turn his martial attention to the Chin empire. He is eager to exact retribution for past Chin wrongs, which have pitted Mongol tribe against tribe for hundreds of years through bribery, false promises and ruthless manipulation. But Genghis is to find that his greatest battles are to be found at home from very unexpected quarters. His brothers Kachiun and Khasar, now great generals and khans in their own right, are steadfast as always, and in his youngest brother Temuge, he discovers a shrewd intellect and a skilled politician/administrator he has to finally admit the Mongol nation needs. But after accepting a Chin princess,Chakahai, as a second wife, he estranges himself partially from his premier wife, Borte, and finds his role as a father to four growing sons a difficult one to fill. With Jochi, the eldest, he is particularly uneasy, as Jochi's true paternity is strongly in question.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genghis Rocks! February 21, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Genghis Khan is the world's great warrior bar none. The empire he conquered was larger than those of the Romans and Alexander's combined. The odds he met were incredible. Great Walls, internal dissension. Unlike Alexander, he was not born a prince.

In Lord of Bows, Genghis challenges the incredible might of China. There was an element of luck when a Chinese mafia betrays his country out of vengenance, but let's face it...It's not easy for a small nomad to challenge China's walls to begin with. Tsubodai also rocks the scene, playing dead to get behind the walls literally.

I think readers will also identify with the crazy brother Khasar, who rambles on and makes a big risk spying on China and cavorting with funny kung-fu monks.

I think Conn Igulden is the best historical fiction writer, even better than Bernard Cornwell, who has rather narrow themes than only revolve around England, and Lords of Bow is by far his best book. I first read his Caesar series, but even Gods of War was not this fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the saga continues May 25, 2014
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This series continues to be a compelling account of life on the plains. The characters are deep and clear, the scenery well described and the flow believable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read April 14, 2014
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I enjoyed the historical story and would recommend it to others. Although it mixed historical details and fiction to bring the characters to life, I found the book to be a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! March 21, 2014
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I very much enjoyed reading this book and bought the others by this author. Would recommend to anyone. Great characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good March 5, 2014
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I read many oft his author's books and find them fun and rewarding every time. Manly writing, sorry great ladies who try to deal with these subjects, but is feels like a man wrote this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!
What a great read. Took me a few chapters to get there but then I was hooked. I was interested in every character.
Published 6 months ago by L. J. Wager
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and gripping
Excellent narration and suspense. By the end of the book, I actually started feeling sad that Genghis dies!! The story post his death is gripping and evokes good amount of suspense
Published 7 months ago by Nilesh Jani
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I read the first book in 3 days. This book was just as good. Loved the history lesson. Very entertaining
Published 9 months ago by Terry Bienefelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden
The book arrived as advertised, which is very important. This author is tremendous. It was hard to put this book down!
Published 11 months ago by Roberta E. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Genghis is the man
Great book. Some historical fact with fiction mixed in. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one
Published 12 months ago by Ozzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Or maybe brilliant author. Havent read anything of his yet that I havent really enjoyed. Most impressed with the Mongols!
Published 12 months ago by Jill Batty
4.0 out of 5 stars Spell bound can't put it down
Good continuation of the development of the Mongol empire
Although author stated characters fictitious one knows that they are based on real people and one can accept the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laurens Pieter Arnoldus Grützmacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Potent read
Excellent historical novel, good action and story lines. Liked the way the characters were woven into the story and the linkage to historical events
Published 12 months ago by greg smith
5.0 out of 5 stars the lords of the bow
I had no idea that the mongol empire was so huge. This book is a look into their past and is a unique insight into the culture,of the Mongols and other cultures. Read more
Published 13 months ago by lucy little
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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."


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