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Lords Of The Bow (Conqueror #2)

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Under Genghis Khan, warring Mongol tribes unite as one nation against mighty Chin empire who kept their firefights burning. Across the Gobi Desert lies Yenking city behind soaring walls and broad canals. Genghis strikes with breathtaking audacity, persistent creativity, against treachery and overwhelming odds, never ceasing until the Emperor himself is forced to kneel.
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Harper Collins (first published 2008)
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Stephen
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Oh really? Well, if the above adage is an accurate sentiment, than I think it's equitable to concede that Genghis Khan, ruler of the mightily manly Mongols, vanquisher and subjugator of a quarter of the known world, was...to state it bluntly...the...MAN...
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Your enemies don't come more dripping with macho-awesomeness than that!!

This second installment of Iggulden’s Conqueror trilogy begins several years following the events of Genghis: Birth of an Empire. In the first book, we followed Genghis f
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Dan Schwent
Jan 15, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Genghis Khan continues uniting the Mongol tribes and takes them across the Gobi Desert into the lands of the Chin. The Khan's forces sack village after village, until setting their sights on Yenking. Can even the vast horde break an impregnable fortress-city?

Lords of the Bow picks up a couple years after Birth of an Empire left off. While the story wasn't as gripping as Birth of an Empire, it was still good. The most interesting aspects were the ways Genghis inspired confidence in his men. It wo
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Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Alguns meses após ter lido O Lobo das Planícies, primeiro livro dessa série do Conn Iggulden, consegui encaixar Os Senhores do Arco na lista infinita de leitura e afirmo: deveria ter lido antes!

Esse segundo volume começa alguns anos após o anterior, quando Temujin havia acabado de se anunciar como Genghis e começado a juntar as tribos em prol de um objetivo maior. Liderados por Genghis e seus homens de confiança, mais de 70.000 guerreiros mongóis atra
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David Sven
Feb 16, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books starts off with Genghis completing his subjugation of the Mongol tribes under his banner before marching on his hated enemies, the Chin, and we end at the walls of Yanjing (Beijing)

There are a lot of large set piece battles this book, but most notable was the battle of Badger Mouth where the Mongols bypassed the choke point by climbing what the Chin thought were impassable peaks - especially in winter.

I think I liked Genghis coming of age story in the first book better because we got
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Tim "The Enchanter"
An Entertaining and Bloody 4 Stars

If you don't know any of the history (and likely some mythology) surrounding the infamous Genghis Khan, I suggest you pick up these books and start reading now. While I was aware of the story of his childhood and his early years, I knew very little of his exploits as a war chieftain. While I was aware that he was successful in bringing together disparate Mongolian tribes I was unaware of the sheer ferociousness and determination of these warriors.

This volume
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Nate
Dec 10, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages
This was my second experience with this book. The first time through put a markedly bad taste in my mouth after about a hundred and fifty pages and I gave up. I gave it a second shot recently solely because I remember liking the first book a lot and I spent like fifteen bucks on this shit. Thankfully I really liked it this time! I just had to get past the idea of hanging onto even the slightest shred of 21st century Western ideas like, oh..."killing people that are different from you is a bad th ...more
Donna
Jan 11, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first one in this series. I'm not quite sure what it is about these books that I like so much, but there is something about them that grabs me and pulls me in. I knew shortly after starting it, that I would not be doing page math.

Even though this is still fiction, it feels like a glimpse into the way of life for his people. They are always portrayed as the "villain", so getting this perspective is an interesting concept. I can't wait to read the next on
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Alex
Aug 04, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conn Iggulden's masterful writing skills make this book a joy to read. The author maintains as much of the historical fidelity as possible and fills in the gaps where needed. If the first book of the series covered Genghis' troubled youth, in Lords of the Bow we see a full grown leader on a warpath. Although the scenes described are often extremely violent they only attempt to give us an idea of life and death in the 13th century and they help build the image of Genghis Khan.

Marcos
Sep 25, 2015 Marcos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A leitura foi um pouco mais arrastada do que a do primeiro. O ritmo melhora da metade pro final.
Lee Broderick
I probably didn't make it clear in my review of Wolf Of The Plains , that I felt that a large part of my enjoyment of that book derived from reading it in the steppe. In fact, I had some reservations about the quality of the writing but it just about managed to keep me engaged and the narrative afloat. So, far better then to wait until I was next in the steppe to read the second, right?

In spite of my location, this book has now joined a very small elite group of novels that I just cannot bring
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Lona
May 23, 2012 Lona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اقتباس "لقد أبقونا متفرقين ألف جيل يا كيشون. لقد قاموا باستغلالنا حتى لم نعد أكثر من كلاب متوحشة. ذلك هو الماضي. لقد جمعتُ الشمل، وسوف يرتعشون خوفاً. سأمنحهم سبباً لذلك" جنكيز خان



كانت الصين أو كما أُطلق عليها هنا "إمبراطورية تشن" هي الهدف الجديد "لجنكيز خان"، فبعد أن وحَّد قبائل المغول تحت راية واحدة، قادهم للانتقام من السبب الرئيسي لتشتت المغول. إمبراطورية تشن كانت المسئولة على بقاء قبائل المغول متفرقة بالرشوة ودعم التتار بكل الوسائل لإرهاب المغول. وبعد أن وحَّد "جنكيز خان" المغول وقضى على ال
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Terri
Feb 27, 2011 Terri rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge surprise for me because I really wasn't into the first book in this series (this being book 2). I can't even remember how many stars I gave the first one, but I found the story really quite boring.
This book, Lords of the Bow, was completely different. I enjoyed it start to finish. The action was thrilling and the storyline was always engaging.
In the first book of this series, Ghengis is Temugin and he is a boy for most of the book. By the end of it he starts to unite the tri
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Lance Greenfield
The brilliant second installment of the Conqueror series

Having united the tribes into the unified nation of Mongols, Genghis Khan and his brothers lead their great army into the land of the Chin. They encounter a new type of warfare, besieging great cities with high, strong walls and massive defensive weapons.

Keeping the tribes united is a difficult task and relies upon the brains of the great khan combined with his, sometimes shocking, ruthlessness. It works.

There are many sub-adventures, and t
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Tanja Berg
Jul 23, 2015 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4* out of 5. This was really good, although it did not quite live up to the first book. Part of the reason for this is that Genghis Khan takes on a bit of super human quality and does not feel as real in this installment. Nonetheless, this is a very solid historical semi-fiction and superbly readable.
Fahad
Jun 19, 2011 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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سادة البراري

الجزء الثاني من السيرة الملحمية لجنكيز خان، والذي يبدأ من حيث انتهى الجزء الأول، جنكيز يوحد المغول، ويصبح خان أعظم على الجميع، ويبدأ في تحقيق حلمه، وغزو إمبراطورية تشن – الصين -.

الرواية تعرض باحترافية عالية، كل التفاصيل التي ترتبط ببناء الأمة الجديدة، كل الخطط والمعارك الرهيبة، أفكار جنكيز ومحاولته تدعيم جيشه الجديد، بأساليب الحصار، وفتح المدن، هم الذين تعودوا على معارك السهول المفتوحة، والجياد التي لا يردها شيء، كما تتعرض الرواية، لمحاولات الاقتراب من جنكيز، واحتلال أماكن في الدول
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Robin Kirk
It took me about 100 pages to figure out why this book wasn't grabbing me (it's part of my annual 'Christmas pile' of books I look forward to reading after the presents and the breakfast and the clean-up). I love me a rollicking historical fiction, and I had finally utterly and completely soured on "Marco Polo." Was it after the female character had to sword fight nude? Maybe... Anyway, I nosed around on the Internet a bit to get some of the background, trying to fire myself up. So many cultures ...more
Suha
سادة البراري الحزء الثاني مم سلسلة تروي قصة جنكيز خان المغولي وكيف حرق ودمر مدن في طريقه..
اعجبني ان الكاتب يذكر الحقائق التي غيرها او لم يذكرها، اما بالنسبة للاحداث القتل والحرق فكانت قاسية ،المغول شعب لم يستخدم اي شي لبناء مدينة او تعلم الطب والعلوم الاخرى!! دائما عندما اذكر المغول اتذكر وصف نهر الفرات بأنه اصبح ازرق بسبب الحبر والكتب التي ضاغت للابد مع الاسف..
سوف ابدأ بالجزء الثالث وللوقت الحالي تمت ترجمة 4 اجزاء من السلسلة والتي اسمها الفاتح ! طبعا لايستحق اسم الفاتح ابدااا..
Mark Halse
I didn't like this book as much as it's predecessor. That's not to say that I didn't like it. It is well written and very interesting.

The first problem was that there just wasn't enough Genghis Khan in this book. The first book shifted POVs frequently and focused on other characters however whole chunks of this book barely mention ol' Temujin for chapters! Unacceptable!

My second issue was with the battle scenes. Not many people can write a good battle scene (by good I mean understandable enough
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Lisa
…Or, as I like to call it, Genghis 2: Empire-Building Boogaloo, in which Genghis – you guessed it – further builds his empire having united the tribes into one vast and terrible army. With the tribes now all under his control, Genghis isn’t content to sit back and count the rancid mutton and has instead settled his sights on an old enemy of his people: The Chin. First taking Xi Xia (and one of their princesses for a second wife), Genghis shows that his people aren’t just good at annihilating the ...more
Luca Lesi
Feb 03, 2016 Luca Lesi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le nostre vite sono come uccelli che volano davanti a una finestra illuminata per poi tornare nel buio. Ciò che importa è non causare sofferenza e difendere le creature più deboli. Solo così la nostra vita diventa un lampo di luce in grado di rischiarare le tenebre per molte vite future.
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Molto bello anche questo secondo libro dedicato alla storia del Kan e alla creazione di uno dei più vasti imperi creati nella storia.
Avvincente, crudo a tratti, ha il pregio di unire ad una scrittura scorrevole,
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أوراق
Dec 26, 2015 أوراق rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد أن أصبح تيموجين خان بحر الأعشاب انطلق مع أمته الجديدة الموحدة ليصبحوا سادة البراري
يتحدث هذا الجزء من سيرة جنكيز عن الفترة التي تلت توحيده لقبائل المغول وانطلاقه للسيطرة على المناطق المجاورة والثأر من أولئك الذين لطالما تعاملوا بتعالٍ واعتبروهم أقل شأنا منهم فأعمل فيهم سيوفه وسهامه مسطيرا على المدن واحدة تلو الأخرى ولم يعدم حيلة في دك أسوارهم العالية حيث لجأ إلى الاستعانة ببناءين و مهندسين لصنع منجنيقات وآلات كانت جديدة تماما على بني قومه
كانت هناك بعض القلاقل التي هددت حياة الأمة حديثة الولا
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Rachel Cherry
Mar 27, 2015 Rachel Cherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Of all the authors I've read, I say Conn Iggulden holds the place as having the best writing style. He has nearly mastered the art of writing because he knows what to write and how to write it. (One can never master language. There's always another angle to set this complex gift of God.)
Writing is sometimes like cooking, and he knows just how much of each ingredient he should add.
The story is not weighed down with description, yet the writing is not dull. His characters are realistic and the h
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Hassan Mohammed
Aug 14, 2014 Hassan Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سادة البراري

هذه الرواية، هي الجزء الثاني من رباعية السيرة الملحمية للقائد والفاتح المغولي، جنكيز خان.

تحوّل تيموجن الذئب إلى جنكيز خان، رجلٌ عليه توحيد أكثر القبائل فُرقة وأكثرها تعطشاً للحرب على الأرض. عقد العزم على تشكيل أمة جديدة من براري وجبال منغوليا المقفرة، ستكون ولادة دموية تجعل قارة بأسرها تجثو على رُكبتيها.
طيلة آلاف السنين، أبقَت إمبراطورية تشن القوية والمسيطرة والتي تمتلك أرضاً ثرية وجيوشاً جرّارة شعبه مُمزّقاً ومشتّتاً. لم يكن لدى محاربيه سوى القوس، والحصان، وانضباطٍ شديد جاء من أرض ا
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Graham
Nov 12, 2011 Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, war, asia
An excellent follow-up to WOLF OF THE PLAINS, the debut novel in this series which charts the life and times of Genghis Khan and his ancestors as they conquered half of the world. While the first book was ultimately a small-scale origin story, LORDS OF THE BOW adopts a different tone entirely: this is a war book through and through.

It isn't all massed battles, though, which some readers might be expecting. Iggulden is more nuanced than that, and his goal is to get across the strategy of warfare.
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Sarah
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't WAIT for this book to be published. As you may remember, I'm a huge fan of Genghis: Birth of an Empire and praised it endlessly last year. This is the second book of the series and it doesn't disappoint.[return][return]Genghis was married and conquering everyone at the end of the first book and now he's settled into being khan. He and his brothers rule easily and kill fast. So this novel is more about how Genghis handles everything. He doesn't have to worry about the threat of the ope ...more
Michele
Oct 12, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent installment of the story of Genghis Khan and the mongol warriors. In this book, Genghis has already united all of the previously separated and warring mongol tribes and is now invading the empire of the Chin. This book had much to do with warfare and it was fascinating to read how the mongols fought and were so successful. Apparently one of history's bloodiest battles took place when Genghis attacked the much larger army of the Chin in a narrow pass called the Pass of the Badge ...more
Tony Taylor
Apr 19, 2011 Tony Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Genghis - Lords of the Bow" is the second in the trilogy based on the life of Genghis Khan who lived and conquered during the later part of the 12th century and early 13th century. Although this series of books are novels, they are historical novels based on many true and fascinating accounts that were not only recorded in part by his own people, but also by the many peoples he conquered, especially the Chinese. One of the bloodiest battles in history was in 1211 when his mongol armies defeated ...more
Shubhranshu
Mar 23, 2013 Shubhranshu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I have men listening at every fire,” Kachiun said.

There would be a thousand children begun by drunken warriors before dawn.

Like all Mongols, they relished the idea of tricking an enemy even more than overwhelming him by force.

Genghis had no idea what lay behind the dark stones, or how many men defended the pass. It did not matter. In less than two days, the last water skins would be empty. The tribes would start to drop after that, dying from thirst and his ambitions. The fort had to fall.
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Rosana
Recently I found myself very curious about everything that happened in the past, and when I saw references to Genghis Khan started to wonder about his long gone days. I could have started with his biography perhaps, but Conn Iggulden’s series aroused my curiosity.

After uniting the Mongol tribes ("Genghis: Birth of an Empire"), he later on targets and conquers the Chin ("Genghis: Lords of the Bow"). I found the two books were entertaining. But I discovered it was difficult telling fiction from fa
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Eamonn Gormley
Jan 02, 2009 Eamonn Gormley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part 2 in the series picks up at the end of his campaign to unite the Mongol tribes with an epic battle with an alliance of Naiman tribes who didn't want to submit to his will. They paid a heavy price.

Ghengis picks up a few useful people, like the Shaman Kochku, along the way and assimilates him into his united tribes. We get to see the logistics of the undertaking, and we start to see an insight into his initial inability to understand what a city was or what it was for. For example, there's a
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