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
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...
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.
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.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
This book only not as good as its predecessors because the original characters are aging out and because the outcome of every battle is so predictable - the Mongols always win. Indeed it becomes harder to root for the Mongols as they abandon their nomadic lifestyle as they simultaneously shrug off the mantle of "underdog."
Now they simply fight and destroy for the sake of fighting and destroying. If anything the series and this book in particular provide an example of sociologic evolution wherein we witness the hunter gatherer become the city dweller. The Mongols skip a few stages in between since they never learn how to farm, but who needs to farm when you can force conquered people to do it for you?
Top 3 series
The action, fighting and historical accuracy
I don't think so, but he really did an amazing job
Hmm... I'm not sure I would, I might not make it home alive
shhh.... can't you see I am reading?
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.
Felt like I was in the saddle next to these guys!
Too many to number!
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.
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.
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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