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Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire (Conqueror #4)

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The Great Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capitol for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis' sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their ancient enemy, Chi ...more
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Published December 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published 2010)
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Jun 16, 2016 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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إمبراطورية الفضة

أظن أنني كتبت عن هذا مراراً، أظن أنني تحدثت عن قيمة الرواية التاريخية في مراجعات سابقة، تلك القدرة المذهلة على إيقاف الزمن، إيقاف التيار المتدفق للأحداث التاريخية، تفكيك تشابكاتها وتعقيداتها، ومن ثم نفخ الحياة في شخوصها.

قارئ الرواية التاريخية يشبه عندما يقرأ كتاباً تاريخياً من يحلق في حوامة فوق مدينة عملاقة، يمكنه أن يلم بالمدينة بنظرة شاملة، يشاهد تدفقها، حركة الناس من تحته، يمكنه أن يسمع الضجيج ولكنه لن يميز الكلمات، لن يلتقط التفاصيل إلا عندما يقرأ الرواية، لحظتها يهبط إلى ا
Vagner Stefanello
Feb 05, 2016 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muito bom, como já é de praxe! O modo como o Iggulden descreve a história do povo mongol é simplesmente sensacional.

Muita treta acontecendo com a sucessão de Genghis Khan, Tsubodai mostrando por que foi o grande General do falecido khan, Ogedai e seus problemas de saúde atrapalhando o avanço dos mongóis, que poderiam ter conquistado todo o oeste europeu, assim por diante.
Mar 23, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific. Simply. This is my all time fav book series. Easily. (well, maybe the Boxcar Children was close). Conn Iggulden continues to write great historical fiction with this Khan series. Is it all historically correct? I don't know. Is it geographically correct? I don't know. Is it a great story filled with great characters? Definitely. I was super excited when I saw this book at our library and it was one of those books you read slowly because you don't want to finish. Surely there is another ...more
David Sven
Mar 01, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it
Genghis Khan is dead. His son Ogedai becomes khan, but not without incident. There's a lot more political intrigue this book than the previous three. Genghis built an Empire and remained virtually unchallenged as khan by virtue of the fact there was no one with the same force of will and personality to oppose his absolute hold on the Mongol tribes. Now that he's gone, who gets to be khan is not so clear cut.

While Ogedai builds a Mongol capital from the ground up, establishing a centre for Empir
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I remember starting this series and thinking to myself just how little information we usually get about the Eastern cultures trough our educational system. Just the basics really. Truth be told, not a lot of people would just sit and research some random piece of history either. It takes precious time, that we really don't have these days.

So once you find an author who can so creatively rouse your interest and get you invested into researching it's a brilliant thing.

This is the final installmen
Dr. Sulaiman
Apr 02, 2016 Dr. Sulaiman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية تاريخية بامتياز، أمتعتني كثيراً، ولا زلت بانتظار الجزء الخامس من هذه السلسلة!
Lance Greenfield
If I had read this book as a standalone, without its three predecessors, I think that I may have awarded it five stars. It really is a wonderful work of historical fiction. However, it is just not up to the standard of the other three in this series.

There is quite a lot of politics in this one, and the rivalries between the secions of the family continue. There is a fair share of savage brutality, and some of it is shocking, but you expect that by now, don't you?

Ogedai is the new Khan, but only
Mar 20, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a bit of equestrian and archery action - especially, it turns out, when it involves the smelly, rapacious, bandy-legged, furry-hatted Mongols. I've savoured every sword slash and pike thrust of Conn Iggulden's romp through Central Asia in the 'Conqueror' series. In 'Wolves of the Plain', there's the desperation of Genghis Khan's early years: the fractious tribal politics that resulted in his father being killed and his family left for dead; his mother who could never forgive him for the f ...more
Eugene Boytsov
Jul 06, 2012 Eugene Boytsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book, though I tend to assess such historical novels through the prism of the History of Russia, where the name of Batu-khan (pronounced Batyi) is remembered to this day as a synonym of total and irreparable disaster (Russia spent 300 years under the Tartar-Mongol yoke), and I always compare such books with Vassily Yan who wrote a fascinating trilogy about the Mongol invasion (published in 1942!). Conn Iggulden largely omits the campaign in Russia and Ukraine, but what the heck! It is ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another exhilarating read in the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. I was worried that this series would run out of steam once Genghis Khan left the stage in BONES OF THE HILLS, but I need not have worried: this is one of the best in the series yet, a thoroughly engrossing, exciting, and indeed epic retelling of the events that shaped the Mongol Empire.

Ogedai Khan is the leader of half the known world in EMPIRE OF SILVER, yet his fragile health means that the threat of a coup is ever present. In
While not the best of the series I still enjoyed Empire of Silver, the fourth in this epic saga on the Mongolian Empire. Put it this way, not as good as the first two, but better BY FAR than the third, Bones of The Hills.

And I learned something, which is always good. I did know much of Ogedai Khan. He was a son of Ghengis Khan and this book covers his reign. His story is quite interesting. There are events that took place during his reign that truly did shape the world, such as, the invasion of
Faith Justice
Jan 04, 2011 Faith Justice rated it really liked it
From the Synopsis:

“Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis’ sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their great enemy, China’s Song dynasty.”

Conn Iggulden (author of the Emperor series on the life of Julius Caesar) brings us the fou
Tanja Berg
A sprawling historical panorama about the all-conquering Mongolians. Genghis is dead though and his designated heir has a weak heart. The scene is being set for intrigue and civil war. I didn't think I would be in it for the long haul, but this was the fourth book in the series and I have bought the fifth and last installment. The over-all quality is high, although I still find that the first book was the best by far.
-Novelando cómo se va acercando a su cénit el Imperio Mongol.-

Género. Novela Histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Ogedai ha visto cómo la ciudad de Karakorum se construía a partir de la nada en medio de la estepa con las riquezas conseguidas en las diferentes conquistas mongolas, pero tanto su salud como los movimientos políticos de otros mongoles, algunos de su propia familia y con derechos teóricos a dirigir a los suyos, hacen que el khan no sepa cuánto tiempo más va a vivir. Los Chin y los Sung no es
Samy Maher
Sep 17, 2015 Samy Maher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent book full of excitement and thrill. This book tells the story of the mongols invasion of Russia and eastern Europe. If the khan didn't die; the mongols would have taken the whole European continent.
The only bad part in the story is Temuge failes attempt to take power.
highly recommended to read. straight to my favorites
Mark Halse
Jan 09, 2016 Mark Halse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment much more than the last. The books were getting a little stale and formulaic in my opinion. Big battle in the beginning and end and then weird Mongol politics in between. This one broke that mold. The big battle was in the middle.

Genghis is dead and his wiener of a son, Ogedai has assumed the mantle of Khan of the silver people. Ogedai spends almost no time on campaign and instead builds his capitol, Karakona, relying on his family and the great Subutai to continue his
Rachel Star
Apr 17, 2015 Rachel Star rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story of battle on the fields and in the palaces. Ended too soon and a little unresolved.
Luke Bishop
Nov 13, 2015 Luke Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The khan novels continue to be massively interesting, adding great plot to historical facts. I find Iggulden's explanations at the end of the book justifying some of his decisions for the plot to be fascinating. It's great to have a book that is so easy to read, full of action and yet understand the most accurate history we have of that era too.

Overall i would say i have found Empire of Silver to be the weakest of the series, although still a brilliant read. Perhaps this was always likely to be
Tony Taylor
Mar 21, 2011 Tony Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and well written historical novel. I had previously read an historical account about the Genghis Khan and his armies of Mongols "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World"), but here the author took as many facts as his research could garner and put together a great tale of intrigue and fierce battles as the armies of the Khan swept across Asia and Eastern Europe. To the author's credit, he closes with a chapter of historical notes giving the reader an insight as to how ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would I have bothered to start reading this book if I had realised it was book 4 of a series? Probably not and that would have been my loss. Reading the other books in the series would have helped me with understanding the characters and their relationship with each other but careful reading solved that problem. It would have been interesting to know how everybody had reached their current state and the price paid for success or failure but while I will go back and read those other novels at som ...more
Dec 22, 2010 أحمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الجزء الرابع من قصة الامبراطورية المغولية
بعد وفاة جنكيز خان و تولي اوجيداي الحكم و الصراع علي السلطة و القفزة العسكرية الهائلة لاحتلال موسكو و كييف و الانتصار علي النمسا و بولندا
ممتع جدا رواية مليئة بالتفاصيل و المؤلف موهوب جدا و خاصه حفاظه علي سياق كل شخصية بشكل متماسك طول احداث الرواية

قمت بالبدء في قراءة تلك الرواية كنوع من التغيير و البعد عن القراءات السياسية وخلال هذه الرواية وجدت نفسي في مفترق الطرق السياسي لاوروبا و المنطقة العربية و الصين في فترة تاريخية نادرة اقتربت فيها تلك الحضارات لح
Jeffrey Crimmel
Nov 22, 2010 Jeffrey Crimmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Khan; Empire of Silver on Nov. 15. I was sent this book as a free copy in a drawing. There are several more in the series and I now feel I must get to them as well. The book comes out to the public in December and I am not suppose to write any reviews until then. All I will say is if you like Historical Fiction and you think you would have wanted to live during this era, think again. The book is an incredible account of certain battles, struggles for power, and a detailed account of w ...more
Sep 10, 2010 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered this book and had finished it by the evening of the day after I received it. I enjoyed the author's earlier books about Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan and will pre-order his next title based on the strength of those novels, all of which would be at least 4* and some definitely rating 5*.

However I don't rate this book nearly as highly - primarily due to its length. Although 428 pages long, the text is large and it is not a long book. This is made worse by the fact that the book span
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 28, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘All men had a price, but it was almost never gold.’

In 1229, Genghis Khan is dead, and his son Ogedai has been named his successor as the Great Khan. Ogedai is Genghis’s third son. The night before Ogedai is due to be confirmed as Genghis’s successor, troops loyal to his elder brother Chagatai storm Ogedai’s palace at Karakorum and attempt to murder him. This attempt fails and once Ogedai is confirmed, he sends his brother to conquer the south. Tsubodai, Genghis Khan’s great general, is sent wes
Tariq Mahmood
Apr 06, 2016 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a classic page turner. It is an unbelievable fairytale in which tiny Asian people on small ponies are thrashing the mighty Russian and Hungarian knights with impunity.

There are not many moments in history when the death of a single man changed the entire world. Ogedai’s death was one such moment. If he had lived, there would have been no Elizabethan age, no British Empire, no Renaissance, perhaps no Industrial Revolution. In such circumstances, this book could very well have been wri
Clare Cannon
Dec 12, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is not the type of book I usually review, but the first in this series wasn't too bad and I need more action/adventure/historical recommendations (please send some if you have any!).

A disclaimer: Khan is gritty, quite bloody, teeming with political and physical warfare, fierce rivalry, pagan customs and the great but ruthless process of making a Mongol empire. Yet the story of each character is very human, which brings the historical portrait of this people to life.

What impressed me the mos
Hassan Mohammed
Aug 14, 2014 Hassan Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد موت جنكيز خان تستعرّ نار المنافسة على قيادة المغول بين أبنائه الثلاثة وأحفاده الأربعة. وبعد تنصيب ابنه أوجيدي خاناً، يضحّي أحد إخوته بنفسه، بينما يُبعَدُ الآخر ليحكم مملكة بعيدة، في حين يشرع الأحفاد الأربعة بالتخطيط لمؤامرة تدفعهم طموحاتهم إليها.
وبينما الخان منشغلٌ في بناء مدينة كاراكوروم، كانت النيران تلتهم فرسانه بفعل بارود مدفعية جيش أعدائهم الصينيين في الشرق. أما في الغرب، فإن جيش المغول تحت قيادة تسوبودي أفضل رجال جنكيز خان، استطاع سحق الروس والبولنديين عبر عدة غزوات متتالية. وبينما عص
Nov 01, 2010 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Khan, Empire of Silver is a well-written historical novel. Conn Iggulden writes with the knowledge of an historian and the objectivity of a journalist. He neither extols nor demeans the conquering warriors. Skills as a novelist allow him to vividly portray events as they unfold.

The novel focuses on the conquests of Genhis Khan’s third son Ogodie. Also, quests for power lead to alliances and conflicts between the descendents of the khans. Sorkhaqtani, Ogodie’s sister-in-law, is a strong force who
Mohamad Dahrouj
امبراطورية الفضة انه الكتاب الرابع من من سيرة القائد المغولي جنكيز خان لكنه هذا الجزء يتحدث عن امبراطورية المغول بعد جنكيز خان حيث استعرت المنافسة على خلافة جنكيز بين ابناءه وخاصة اوجيدي الذي اصبح خانا بفعل وصية جنكيز وليس بسبب امكانياته وقدرراته وبين اخيه تشاغاتي الذي كان يرى انه الأحق بخلافة والده . يشهد هذا الجزء أيضاً بناء اول عاصمة للمغول مدينة كاركوروم ، كما يشهد اول دور بارز للمرأة في هذه الامبراطورية وهي سورهتاني أرملة اخ الخان الذي ضحى بنفسه في سبيل اخيه.
شهد هذا الجزء أيضاً تمدد المغول
Петър Стойков
Сребърна империя всъщност описва началото на Златната империя на наследниците на Чингис след неговата смърт и като цяло се справя доста добре, за разлика от предишните книги, с пресъздаването на огромния териториален мащаб на цялото начинание. 5000 километра дължина си е заслужаващ уважение размер каквото и да си говорим и фактът, че монголите са имали създадена мрежа от пътни постове за предаване на съобщения, която е успявала да предаде писмо от единия до другия край на империята за 20 дена е ...more
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I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Conqueror (5 books)
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
  • Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, #2)
  • Bones of the Hills (Conqueror, #3)
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