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Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire | [Conn Iggulden]

Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire

A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.
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A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.

©2010 Conn Iggulden (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 03-08-11
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Next Chapter"

    Although this is the fourth book in the series of Genghis Khan this book could actually stand alone because this is the next generation afte Ghengis has died. On the other hand if you did hear this book as the first book then you'd most likely want to go through the first three books to get the full rich story of the rise of the Khan empire.

    The author starts with the actual history, but then creates a fiction to fill in the blanks. As you listen to the books you get a feeling that you understand the way certain warriors thought. You develope an understanding of how the society functioned, and how certain individuals either excelled or were basically expendable. It's a harsh life with hard decisions on a daily basis, but that was what made them so damn tough.

    I really like all four books and I'm pretty sure the story will continue with another book in a year or so...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    thawstone Reno, NV USA 05-27-12
    thawstone Reno, NV USA 05-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No letdown to the great Conquerer series"

    I really can't rate each book of this series seperately because really all six books make up a single story, and the story is great. All stories ebb and flow and some of the books are a little better than the others, but all in all the six books make up one five star story. Think about it. A bunch of nomadic goat herders decide to conquer the world and nearly succeed. This is one of the greatest stories of history and Iggeldon's fictionalized recounting is masterful.

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    Deborah United States 10-12-11
    Deborah United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Not My Favorite But Still Good"

    This series fascinates me and I am collecting all of them. However, this was my least favorite, but all in all, I was satisfied. I am looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clinton Kippley 07-04-15 Member Since 2015

    shhh.... can't you see I am reading?

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    "Ogedai Khan"
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    Ogedai Khan is my favorite character in this series and I was thrilled to read this book which encompassed the full length and breathe of the Mongol Empire at that point. Neither man or woman will be bored with anything that Conn Iggulden has written.

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    Greg Frandsen 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Book!"
    What did you love best about Khan: Empire of Silver?

    Felt like I was in the saddle next to these guys!


    What other book might you compare Khan: Empire of Silver to and why?

    Tipan!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to number!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-01-15
    Sarah 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Very Authentic"
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    Iggulden gets so many details of the Mongol culture, and what is known of Ogadai's Khanate, wrong, that this book is barely historical fiction, let alone fictionalized history. If you don't care about accuracy, then you might enjoy it. The reader is good but not exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Smith 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally recommend"

    Great book and good performance. Can't wait for the last one as well as all of Conn's other books. K

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-07-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "MONGOL EMPIRE"

    This is Conn Iggulden’s fourth book about the Mongol Empire. It is a story about a family of warriors, Genghis Khan and his heirs, who assemble the largest conquered land mass in history. The “Empire of Silver” covers 1229 through 1246/47, when the Mongol empire nears its peak of power and size. This fourth volume begins after Genghis has died and Ogodei, his son, is chosen to lead the empire.

    Iggulden plays with historical truth (if there is truth in history) about Mongol ascension and intrigue but he excites the imagination with plausible explanations. The role of Tolui’s wife in the political future of the Mongol Empire seems fanciful but, after all, “Empire of Silver” is a novel; a decent entertainment with a little history about an extraordinary family.

    Conn Iggulden offers some interesting insight to the 13th century. Aggression and brutality pay when used in war but are less reliable when used in peace.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-19-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "We Have Had Too Many Years Of Peace"

    HE HATED THE LABYRINTH OF POLITICS THAT HAD ROSE UP SINCE GENGHIS' DEATH.
    This is the fourth book and I suppose it could be stand alone, but it would much better if you started at Birth of An Empire. The first five chapters of this was really difficult for me, as they threw so many names at me so fast. All the names are of course foreign, and it took me a while to sort out who was who. (and I read the first three books) This book also has a lot more politics in it and less action. The book is kind of spotty until Part 3 and chapter 26. Then the action really heats up and like the previous books it is really good. Don't miss the last nine chapters.

    FOR A PEOPLE TO BE AT PEACE THEY HAVE TO HAVE A FOOT AGAINST THEIR NECKS.
    With Genghis dead, the new Khan builds a city. Genghis had tried to tell them that sitting in one place would make them soft and he was right. Still it amazes me how a certain race of people can kill other people and enjoy it. These Mongols were really no better then animals. Which makes for great reading. Of the five books of Conn's that I have read this is my least favorite and the first I did not give five stars too. Still it was a good book and I am glad I got it. I am looking forward to the next one. I also hope Conn does not finish the Chinese history with the next book, as we should be entering the Romance of The Three Kingdoms era. Which should be an exciting time filled with great generals, lots of warring and back stabbing. A book on Cao Cao would be great.

    MY WORD IS IRON

    Richard Ferrone is the voice. He makes this series come alive. He is the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Friend, NE, United States 09-10-12
    Jordan Friend, NE, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best so far and the others were pretty good"

    Iggulden is a great story teller and Ferrone does a super job reading. The characters flow seamlessly through the series. Great book(s) for a relaxing evening away from the turmoil of the day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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