Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror #2)
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...
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story is about how Genghis Khan, having united all the various Mongol tribes, led his army to invade the Xi Xia Kingdom (of Tanguts) and then the Chin (Jin) Empire (of Jurchens). It tells how he developed and improved his assault tactics.
Historical informa ...more
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 ...more
My review for the third book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Thanks to the editor of the Chinese translated version of this book and all those footnotes in the text, here we can get some Mogul Empire History 101:
(1) Genghis Khan had tons of wives, not just two wives.
(2) the Chi Empire (in other translation: the Jin Empire) and the Xi Xia Empire/Tangut Empire did not share the same ancestor.
(3) there is a 'Buddhist mo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I did not read t ...more
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 ...more
It does seem that ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In spite of my location, this book has now joined a very small elite group of novels that I just cannot bring ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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..
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, ...more
Poor China - seems they can't get a break these days. Like it's not bad enough with the "Free Tibet" crowd and the Olympic Torch fiasco, here we've got Conn Iggulden piling on, sending Genghis Khan and his fearsome horde crashing through the "Chins" walled cities and wrecking the kind of havoc made popular in John Kerry's now infamous "Jenghis" Khan testimony to Congress in post-Vietnam America.
And like it's predecessor, " ...more
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 ...more
There is also Kokchu, the shaman - in many ways the least likeable character, but very well done by Iggulden.
Overall, another good read
I think what I loved so much, initially, about the series was the relationships between the characters. There were no battles, the number of main characters was limited, and you got to see Iggulden's skill of writing this handful of people and how they connect...more
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. ...more