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Horselords: Forgotten Realms (Forgotten Realms: Empires #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  895 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Between the valiant kingdoms of the western Realms and the exotic eastern lands of Kara-Tur lies a vast, unexplored kingdom. For centuries, the "civilized" peoples of the Forgotten Realms have given little notice to these barbarians. Now, a powerful leader has united the wild horsemen into a mighty force--an army powerful enough to challenge the world. The Empires Trilogy: ...more
ebook, 197 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 1990)
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Adrian Ciuleanu
Feb 03, 2011 Adrian Ciuleanu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book. It tells us about the adventures of an Khazari priest, Koja, who is sent by his prince as an ambassador to the barbarians people called the Tuigans. These people are the mongols counterparts from real history and they're lead by Yamun Khahan, which is basically Genghis Khan. The plot is strong, the characters are well described with both their strengths and weaknesses, the paceing is good. However, I can't give it a full five starts because in the end the book feels a l ...more
David Sarkies
Jun 20, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really like the Forgotten Realms
Recommended to David by: A friend
Shelves: fantasy
Genghis in the Forgotten Realms
25 March 2013

Well, I am currently sitting at boarding gate 43 at the Hong Kong International Airport waiting for my plane to Germany to begin boarding and I don't think I have enough time to see if I can get myself a beer (not that I could see any bars as such, mostly restaurants that will serve you a beer if you have the money to pay for it). Then again, that is probably like most places around the world, though they do have bars here in Hong Kong, but it really
Jul 01, 2009 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forgotten-realms
This book was hardly a fantasy novel, in that there was very little of the aspects of what I would say make up the fantasy genre. No monsters or magical people (elves and dwarves and stuff) and very little magic as well. I take that back, there is a dragon's spirit in the last chapter. This is more a study of a culture, which is completely based on the Mongols, and presented in a fantasy setting, and I say fantasy meaning fictional.
Okay, so having said that, it could just be the slow begining o
Oct 09, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horselords is the first book in the Empires trilogy, that features Koja of Khazari and Yamun Khahan. It takes place in a wide variety of places, mainly in the Tuigan Steppes, and Khazari. All in all, the book is fairly straightforward, and doesn't have much in "twists and turns", or in...'flavor prose'. It's a pretty nitty, gritty novel, just like the events that go on within it's pages. My book is even ripped (I accidentally cut a line in the cover with a razor blade when I was opening the box ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Sicofonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the "Empires Trilogy", as such, it introduces the world and people who take part into the whole story. Because of that, the first chapters introduce each character and develop the story from there. Despite of this fact, this initial introduction to the peculiarities and traits of the different people and races is not a boring one. I found it very easy to follow and pleasant.
The plot slowly unfolds in the middle chapters, and from there on the book turns out to be truly
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David "Zeb" Cook is an American game designer best known for his work at TSR, Inc., where he was employed for over fifteen years. Cook grew up on a farm in Iowa where his father worked as a farmer and a college professor. In junior high school, Cook playing wargames such as Avalon Hill's Blitzkrieg and Afrika Korps. "I was primarily a wargamer, but there wasn't any role-playing available then," al ...more
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