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Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror #2)

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Conn Iggulden’s novels are grand historical tales of conquest and vengeance, cruelty and greatness. Now the acclaimed author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire delivers a masterful new novel of the mighty Mongol conqueror—as Genghis Khan sets out to unify an entire continent under his rule.…

He came from over the horizon, a single Mongol warrior surrounded by his brothers, sons
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 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 1.0
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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Rabindranauth
The steppe clans have all united under a single horsehair banner for the first time in history and the Mongolian Empire is born.

With the Mongol tribes now united under his banner, Genghis Khan sets his sights on the Chin, the hidden force that has kept his people divided and at constant war for years against themselves and against the Tartars, and he’s coming to repay them for their generous attention with sharpened steel. Leading the Mongolian horde in a hard march across the Gobi Desert, he ar
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David Sven
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
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
Lona
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
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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Fahad
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..
أوراق
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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reem Arrashoud
كان المفروض اخلصها في وقت ابكر لولا اني انشغلت.
الرواية حيّة. مليانة لدرجة تجبرك تعكف عليها، مع انها أقل احداث مقارنة بالكتاب الاول "ذئب السهول" وكنت باقيمها أقل تبعًا لذلك لكني ارجعت هذا للتسلسل التاريخي.
من كثر كمية المعلومات لما خلصت رجعت اتصفح الكتاب الأول. الكتاب الأول كان يحمس بشكل مجنون وفيه يظهر سبب ظهور جنكيز خان بهذي القوة والجبروت وعظمة أمه.
و فعلًا تبهرك القدرة على اتخاذ قرارات ذكية بأوقات ضيقة. في هذا الكتاب برزت شخصيات أكثر من الأول لكن الأحداث نوعًا ما رتمها متشابه.
الكاتب عنده خلف
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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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Rachel
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 Nasser
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
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
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
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
"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
“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
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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Olethros
-Seguimos suponiendo, pero menos.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Genghis Khan ya no es Temujín. En sus luchas para unificar los clanes mongoles como una nación, se enfrenta a las tribus aliadas de los naimanos, a los que arrasan sin piedad si no se unen a ellos. Al terminar, une a sus tropas al chamán naimano, que capta su atención con algo a medio camino entre la magia y la prestidigitación. Pero a pesar de que el Khan está actuando como aglutinador de los mongoles con los ojos p
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Nitin Arora
Better than playing call of duty :). That said, I must add that the first half of the book is a bit slow, and at times got slightly monotonous, but the second half of the book is extremely action paced.

Story wise, the first book('Birth of an Empire') is slightly better because it covers more phases of Genghis's life, and his rise to power. 'Lords of the bow' mainly covers the phase of Genghis's exploits of the chin empire. Not going too much into the story itself, the author manages to create th
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Paul
The tribes have been united and the Chin have no idea of the storm that is coming their way. In Lord of the Bow we travel with the Mongol Horde into the divided kingdoms of China and witness one of the bloodiest battles in history at The Badgers Mouth where the Chin, protected by the Great Wall and the mountains, have chosen to halt the horde before they reach the pearl of the empire. But of course Genghis like all truly great leaders always finds a way and moves to starve Yenking. There they w ...more
Borghild
Historical fiction is the best. I've said it before, and i'll say it again. Historical fiction is awesome, and Conn Iggulden is the master of masters in historical fiction.
This book was great. I love feeling like i'm reading a normal novel and then i have to stop for a moment and remind myself that all this actually happened. It's crazy.
What i also love about historical fiction is that it gets me intersted in other things as well.
For example; when i'm reading this book i'm checking a map to s
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John S.
Genghis: Lords of the Bow is one of the most fascinating and compelling books I have ever read. It is the second book in Conn Iggulden's Genghis series, and he truly hit the nail on the head. It takes place during the most eventful part of Genghis's life, when he takes on his Chin rivals to the south, and really unites the formerly warring tribes of the Mongols into one, singular empire. It also defines Genghis as a ruler and as a leader, it shows how ruthless and coldblooded he can be. For exam ...more
Carrie Slager
Lords of the Bow is probably my favourite book in the Genghis series because Genghis Khan’s conquest of the Chin is so improbable. I love reading about warfare and even with what little I know, I could probably tell you that the Mongols, from a technical standpoint, should not have beaten the more technologically advanced Chin. Yet, under the leadership of the brilliant and bloodthirsty Genghis, they best their ancient enemies. This unlikely conquest is beautifully chronicled by Conn Iggulden, o ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Conqueror (5 books)
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
  • Bones of the Hills (Conqueror, #3)
  • Khan: Empire of Silver (Conqueror, #4)
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