The distances and terrain - the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains - make it a difficult venture, even for the legendarily speedy Mongols. But the greatest problem is confronting complex fortifications, a way of fighting a settled urban population - which the nomadic Mongolians have never come across. Finding ways to do 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, epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in its narration of an extraordinary story.
©2008 Conn Iggulden; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
After listening to the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden, which I enjoyed enormously, I wasn't sure about listening to this book series. Thankfully at the recommendation of my brother I did.
Okay, it starts off a bit slow and sometimes you find yourself thinking who is he again? So many names, I got a little mixed up with the characters early on. Please don't let this put you off purchasing or listening, this book / series is absolutely brilliant. I found myself taking the long round to places I was going just so I could listen a bit longer!
Just incredible how Conn manages weave his stories around some facts and create a compelling story.
Mixes fact with fiction and really brings the events to life and left me really wanting to know more, it does not read like a history lesson at all though, a very entertaining story - the history is very well kept intact here, it is not altered to a degree where it is a problem. Well narrated, excellent characters. Highly recommend this book and I really do hope we have more available from this author very soon at Audible.
"A great series"
This series by Conn Iggulden is not my usual genre but I'm loving it. In the first book we saw how Gengis's hard childhood forged him to be the brutal warrior that brought together the Mongol tribes.
This second in the series is just as thrilling if a little bloodthirsty and it tells the story of his conquest of the Chin Emperor. The Mongol people are a hard people who live by simple rules. As an army they are really mobile not needing much in the way of supply lines because they drink blood from their animals and eat dried curds from their milk. The bows they use are very advanced compared to their enemies and can shoot much further. The warriors themselves are tough and fierce. Genghis is ruthless in his warfare taking no prisoners and striking fear into his enemies.
The narration is excellent and I found it useful for knowing how to pronounce some of the Mongol names. I tended to switch between listening and reading.
This is the first Iggulden book I have read and I loved it. I like the mix of history and fiction and the narration was very strong. Highly recommended
With audiobooks the reader is as important as the writer. S/he can make or break the book. I fear this reader has broken it. After hearing Jason Isaacs rendering of 'Wolf of the Plains', I was keen to listen to the next instalment in the series but failed to check whether the second book was also read by Jason Isaacs. Big mistake. This reader cannot decide whether to put on an American accent or stick to British, and the mix of sounds is intensely IRRITATING. I am not even sure I shall last the course.
Well written and more important for an audio book narrated very well indeed. The story brings to life the history of this time and makes for an exciting listen, carefully blended with just the right amount of action and connivance so good I had to listen to it a second time.
"couldn't stop listening"
I bought this for our family holiday. We couldn't stop listening to it. This is a compelling story well told. Highly recommended. I read his trilogy about caesar and knew he was a good writer. We need more form this author.
"A must listen for historical fiction fans"
This is the sequel to the vastly entertaining Wolf of the Plains and is the best book in the Conqueror series imo. The battle of Badgers Mouth is one of the great battles in historical fiction. The world of the Mongols is barbaric, cold and tough yet one the listener inhabits with pride and joy over the course of the book. Those pesky Chin will pay...the arrows are flying and they cannot be stopped. Listen here and you will not be disappointed.
"A must read, sorry, listen..."
Very good story... As are all Conn's books...
Especially as they are mostly from historical fact. Buy all his books :)
"Great story and excellent narration!"
Having read the Conn Iggulden Julius Caesar series I'm not new to his ability to bring history to life and this book lives up to the high expectations I have of his books.Bringing the characters to life with their varied personalities and adding minor villains and heroes to give depth the story means it rolls along brilliantly.I listened to the abridged version for the first book (first time listening) but so glad I have swapped to the unabridged version since.
excellent book, could hardly bear to wrench myself away
other conn iggulden or ken follett gripping historical series
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