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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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...
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.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
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.
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.
This is book 4 of 5 in the series. A truly great story and the reader is great, but it is not a series for the faint of heart. I have long been curious about the phenomenon of Mongolian horsemen conquering most of Asia and eastern Europe. This series brings it all to life and makes it all credibal. The names of the characters are a bit difficult to grasp, and an effort is needed to remember the names in order to follow the chacters as they weave in and out of the story, and across the volumes. Each volume can stand alone, but are better taken from start to end. I found each volume to be better than the previous, but maybe it was because I was getting so wrapped up in the story.
A second warning - the Mongols were bloodthirsty destroyers, and it is often hard to be sympathetic to them. The descriptive writing is graphic, but probably very authentic. In fact one often feels more sympathetic to their victims, who were trapped in their situation and had little ability to alter their fate.
Others in the series.
I was appalled by the butality of the age.
A long listen, but an education about the times.
The Dragon Mother
This book was mostly about Ogedai’s rise to power and the struggle to keep the power and the nation held together. Since Genghis did not name his first born son as heir, there is a struggle amongst his sons, each believing they would be better suited to rule the nation.
The Mongols battle against several different types of armies and they all had different tactics to try and use to defeat the Mongol warriors, so there were still plenty of battle scenes in this story. The reach of the Mongolian army was almost from sea to sea and still mostly mobile. Ogedai’s vision of settling the nation made him build decide to build Karakorum, a great city that would serve as the capital city for the Mongol nation.
Ogedai has health issues and at times he makes things worse for himself with drinking and generally not taking care with himself. He knows he is in ill health and decides he will just wait to die. It takes Sorhatani’s firm hand and sharp tongue to draw him out and set him on the path to living and ruling the nation again.
This fourth book in the Conqueror series covers a time period that I wasn’t even aware of. Silly me, I thought that the line went from Genghis directly to Kublai. Once again Conn Iggulden’s story captured me with vivid details and made this historic time period very interesting and memorable.
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Richard Ferrone and once again he doesn’t disappoint. He has a great voice and I find myself captivated by his storytelling. I think this historical fiction is a good fit for him.
NV, not NY
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.
top five among my books.
The rest of the series is just as great, I would sujest any of Iggulden's other books as well as Bernard Cornwell's.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
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