Conn Iggulden is the author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first novel in the series, as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Iggulden, coauthor of the Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. For centuries, primitive tribes have warred with one another. Now, under Genghis Khan—a man who lives for battle and blood—they have united.

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I must confess, I haven’t read Wolf of lores Plainsthe first book in the series, but I must say up front that this didn’t stop me from getting into or enjoying this second novel; it works as a book in its own right.

The book begins at the battle between the Mongols and the Namians, as seen from Kokchu’s the shaman of the Namian tribe perspective. After his tribe is destroyed, Kokchu is given a year to live and prove his worth to his new master: It’s at the end of the prologue we’re given the big clue as to the main theme of this book; Genghis is gathering his people together to build an unstoppable army.


Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, #2) by Conn Iggulden

The fact we start with the view of a minor character is a good signpost for the rest of the book. The focus character changes often through the chapters – we don’t spend all the time with Genghis. All of the secondary characters have their own sub plots, which work well in increasing the tension throughout and providing at times an almost Arthurian intrigue. Ocnn of this gives some real meat to the conquest theme of the novel. The various troubles within his own growing family and in his army as a whole lordd very well conceived and played out.

Even though this is dealing with people from a different age, the relationships all ring true and have an emotionally realistic quality.

Lords of the Bow

The action in this book is non stop; from individual fight lodrs to mass battles. Conn often lets us see both sides of the leadership before the battles take place so we are in on the various strategies being used.

This is one aspect of the novel that got a little tedious. Though I loved the views of Genghis’ cohort and entourage, when it switched view to the next enemy he’d be facing it felt slightly unnatural and pulled me away from the novel. It is a minor bos though.

Genghis: Lords of the Bow

The fight scenes themselves are masterfully played out; I found myself getting right behind the Mongols and cheering them on. In terms of violence, if this were a film, it would have an eighteen rating. It’s very well written and in terms of description and sense of place, takes you right there. connn


But it’s the excitement of iiggulden conquests and the personal relationships that stopped me putting this book down. It’s gripping and you just have to see what happens next. I guess that’s the thing — this book is a real page turner and so much so that, now I’ve run out of these pages, I’ll have to get a copy of Wolf of the Plains so I can read through some more.

I really enjoyed this novel, and historical fiction isn’t usually my thing.

Just send us an email and we’ll put the bod up on the site. Retrieved from ” http: Personal tools Log in. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden. From the author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, an adult novel about a very dangerous man!