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The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan

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In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph....

After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arm
Paperback, 486 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by NAL
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Kate Quinn
Dec 02, 2014 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing
I've never met Stephanie Thornton in person, but boy, do I want to, because her brand as an author is unapologetically kick-ass women of the ancient world. I first became acquainted with her Empress Theodora, which I was delighted to blurb, and then went on to Pharoah Hatshepsut - but the women of Genghis Khan are the best yet. Thornton's third book "The Tiger Queens" is a knockout.

The great Khan himself is really just the framework on which the novel is hung - this story circles around the wom
Nov 05, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
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I didn't think much about sitting down with Stephanie Thornton's The Tiger Queens. I flopped on a chair in the living room, figured I'd read while the kids watched their Saturday morning cartoons and life would go on as usual, but that's not what happened. In point of fact, I managed only two pages before realizing I'd grossly underestimated the situation.

Thornton impressed me with The Secret History and Daughter of the God
Well yay! 2015 has started out with a bang!

The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan is that historical novel that grabs you by the jugular and doesn't let go until the very last page. I read this awesome book in 24 hours and I plan to read it again.

It's just that damn good. And the main characters are women of colour, which of course, pushes all my happy buttons!

We all know of Genghis Khan and the Mongol hoarde who conquered much of Europe and Asia (at least you should). We know of Kublai Kha
Feb 09, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely fantastic! I was completely captivated by this novel. This is not a novel for the faint of heart... but, I think the descriptions really captured the reality and brutality of the life these women lived. Their lives were challenging but the love they developed for each other was truly a beautiful thing to witness. The story never slowed down or lost its momentum. These women will stay with me for a long time. I think that Ghengis would be very happy that someone has finally shone a ...more
Jenny Q
*Fair warning: there will be gushing and fangirling ahead. This was one of my most anticipated novels of the year, and I absolutely loved it.*

If you follow my reviews, you know that I loved Stephanie Thornton's previous novels, The Secret History and Daughter of the Gods. I have extolled her incredible talent for bringing a time period so vividly to life, and she has outdone herself in her third novel, The Tiger Queens. Reading this book was like stepping into a whole new world, one that was com
Sonja Arlow
Anyone that hears the name Genghis Kahn thinks of a savage monster, blood dripping from his fingers as he conquers the world. And yes he definitely was all that but this book also gave us a glimpse of a very human side to Genghis Khan and you get a real sense of the feminine power behind him. And no it’s not just merely because the book focuses on the women of this time. I was very surprised to learn of the fact he regarded his wife and daughters very highly.

At the time of Genghis Kahn’s death
I'm sure no book quite like this has ever been written before.
"I still carry the curse I once warned you of," [Borte] finally said. "Would you bring a storm of death onto the steppes?"

Temujin shrugged. "My strength in battle has already been tested. With you as my wife I will become a great and powerful khan, and our children will multiply and rule from the Great Lake to the Great Dry Sea."

Tiger Queens is a historical epic that stretches almost eighty years from 1171 C.E. to 1248 C.E. Timeline
Aug 12, 2016 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Thornton is truly one of my favorite female authors, her writing is exquisite, her knack for digging deep into history revealing the tales of some of the most unique women in history leaves an impression every time I read her writings. She stresses women's sacrifices, choices, predicaments and intelligence along with their formidable strength.

She creates the setting in such a lush and vivid manner, you blend into the scenery as if you were a character, leading you to feel part of the
Amalia Dillin
Oct 22, 2014 Amalia Dillin rated it it was amazing
Broken into four parts to allow each narrator to share her story and carry forward the overarching history of Genghis Khan's empire, THE TIGER QUEENS is absolutely Stephanie Thornton's most masterfully written novel, so far. The worldbuilding and details of setting and culture are so richly woven, I felt completely immersed in the felt-tent cities of Genghis and his Golden Family. But even more wonderful is the strength of each of the four women who share their stories and reveal their roles in ...more
Faith Justice
Dec 28, 2015 Faith Justice rated it really liked it
A couple of years ago I read and reviewed Khan: Empire of Silver from Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series that covers the turbulent time between Genghis Khan's death and Kublai Khan's ascension. I wrote, "Iggulden takes us on a roaring ride—all battles, military strategy, and new weapons (including proto-cannons)—lots of blood, death, and unimaginable destruction....Very few women make an appearance." Stephanie Thornton rights that imbalance with her book in the voices of key women in Genghis Khan' ...more
The Lit Bitch
Nov 19, 2014 The Lit Bitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was on my radar for a long time. I was introduced to Thornton’s writing with her first novel The Secret History about Empress Theodora. Her writing and research was solid and captivating, but it was her second novel, Daughter of the Gods, that cemented her in my mind as one of my favorite novelists.

Thornton’s hallmark is writing about both famous and obscure women in antiquity….women that you may or may not have heard of but who have powerful stories. I love that she has discovered an
Colleen Turner
Nov 18, 2014 Colleen Turner rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Thornton has become an author known for bringing to life the nearly forgotten stories of exceptional and courageous women from ancient history and, in the process, has become one of my all time favorite authors. I always know when she comes out with a new book that I need to set aside as much time as possible to dive deep into the world within the pages because once I plunge in I won't want to come out! Her newest novel, Th
Nov 20, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
The Tiger Queens is the second book this year that I felt the five star rating wasn’t enough to give. This book out shines that rating. You can’t count the stars with stories like this and I felt so inadequate in writing my review for, The Tiger Queens by. The story speaks for itself and Thornton displays such brilliance in her writing there seems to be no words to express my inner feelings about this book. I felt I would fail with my words…

I’ve never studied the late twelfth century Mongolian c
Sotiris Karaiskos
Διαβάζοντας για τον Τζένγκις Χαν και την αυτοκρατορία του μου έκανε ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση το γεγονός ότι αυτή η ιστορία δεν ήταν μία ιστορία μόνο ισχυρών πολεμιστών αλλά και μία ιστορία δυνατών γυναικών. Γυναικών που βασανίστηκαν, γνώρισαν λύπες και χαρές και με την παρουσία τους διαμόρφωσαν σε μεγάλο βαθμό την ιστορία όπως τη γνωρίζουμε. Φυσικά αυτές οι γυναίκες έμεναν πάντα στο περιθώριο της ιστοριογραφίας καθώς όπως είναι γνωστό εκτός από νικητές αυτοί που γράφουν την ιστορία συνήθως είναι και ...more
Sarah Holz
Oct 30, 2014 Sarah Holz rated it really liked it
*I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway*

The Mongol Empire has many stories, but the secretive history of the proud Women of the Felt is not one widely told. This is something Stephanie Thornton uses to great effect as she weaves together the tales of some of the women around Genghis Khan - his Khatun and first wife Borte, his favorite daughter Alaqai, a captive of his expanding empire Fatima, and his daughter-in-law Sorkhokhtani the mother and architect of his legacy. The novel shifts
Oct 25, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Thornton is extremely talented. This novel is neatly woven together and offers a look into the Mongol history beyond what is usually considered. I really enjoyed the structure of this book as I feel it gave a wider perspective and sharper examination of motivations. I look forward as ever to the next novel!
Erin Al-Mehairi
Nov 04, 2014 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it it was amazing
I know you'll ask me this, so let's start off with it, "if I had not already known Stephanie Thornton, would I have chosen this book at the women of Ghenghis Khan?" I want you to know, before going any further, yes! I'd have chosen it for the cover and the synopsis! Not only is the cover gorgeously appealing, but I love the theme. Sometimes I feel that loving this ancient historical era of the Mongols, or other prehistoric settings and native american themes, sets me aside from some other ...more
In China, the tiger is considered the king of all beasts (not the lion) and represents powerful energy. Further, the tiger is associated with Tsai Shen Yeh, theChinese God of Wealth, and this god is usually seen sitting on a tiger in Asian art.

Asian lore considers the tiger the protector of the dead, and will often be seen in graves as a mark of protection, assuring peace for those who have passed.

• Power
• Energy
• Royalty
• Protection
• Generosity
• Illumination
• Unpredictability
Tigers are consider
Feb 09, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
The Tiger Queens is broken up into four parts with each part being narrated by a different women from Genghis Khan’s tribe. This divide into parts is designed to move the reader through over 80 years of time and I think this works well stylistically as each story picks up about where the prior one left off giving the reader a continuity. While these women couldn’t be more different, I like them for different reasons. They are strong, but in their own ways. Borte has seen and been subjected to a ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
Our names have long been lost to time, scattered like ashes into the wind. No one remembers our ability to read the secrets of the oracle bones or the wars fought in our names. The words we wrote have faded from their parchments; the sacrifices we made are no longer recounted in the glittering courts of those we conquered. The deeds of our husbands, our brothers, and our sons have eclipsed our own as surely as when the moon ate the sun during the first battle of Nishapur.

I previously read Daug
Marsha Lambert
Feb 26, 2015 Marsha Lambert rated it it was amazing
I received my copy of The Tiger Queens through a giveaway on Goodreads. A huge departure from my usual historical fiction that I read, The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton captured my imagination from page one and did not let go till the final page.

Detailing the lives of the women involved in Genghis Khan's life, The Tiger Queens gives a fascinating look into Mongol life. The five women highlighted are Borte, Genghis' first and primary wife. A strong and formidable woman who will sacrifice muc
Dec 21, 2015 Gretchen rated it it was amazing
Originally I had this book rated at four stars but the more I thought about it, I had to come back and give the book the extra star.
I know little about the reign of Genghis Khan. I know he wasn't the friendliest guy in the world and there's a good chance I'm related to him. He knew how to ride a horse and fired a mean arrow. That's about the extent of my Genghis Khan knowledge. By the end of this book I had my own neat little map of the various conquered tribes and where Genghis' children ruled
Linda Walters
Oct 29, 2014 Linda Walters rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Intense. Skillfully Woven. Intricate. Strong Women. Dark with many wars.

These are just some of the words that I would use to try to describe this book.
I really like the fact that the author did her homework by drawing facts from historical information and weaving it into these stories.
This is not a book that I normally might have considered, but between the cover, title and description I was drawn to read it. The fact that it was written about women who were strong and persevering against gre
A great book following the lives of 4 of the women who surrounded Genghis Khan. All 4 have distinct voices and personalities, and Thornton sets up the historical context and environment in a way that you can visualize all of it. If I had one little nitpick, I would say that since it focuses on the women, there's little sense of Genghis' actions/conquests/massacres - so if you don't really know this history (like I don't) then this book is not going to walk you through the men's side of things.

Deborah Pickstone
One of Stephanie Thornton's best efforts. Actually soundly based on documented history thanks to Genghis Khan's scribe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which caught me up and spat me out at the other end after a fairly wild ride! History is so very fascinating
May 17, 2015 April rated it really liked it
I have to say that I am a converted fan and absolutely want to pick up other books that she’s written after diving into The Tiger Queens. Read the rest of my review here
Jul 17, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
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An absolutely awesome book! 5+ stars.
Nov 08, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
**I received this book from Goodread's First Look. Thank you!*

This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long while. The prologue was so beautifully written that it had me hooked from the very beginning – not something I can say about a lot of books. I actually turned to my husband and said something along the lines of, “Wow, that was an amazing beginning. I hope the rest of the book is like this.” And while the writing style is a little different to tell the events of the story through each of
Jun 11, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read about the wife, daughter and daughter-in-laws of Genghis Khan. Beginning this novel I knew next to nothing about this fearsome Mongol warrior of the thirteenth century and yet now I feel comfortable with a solid knowledge base of what life was like for Genghis and his clan on the Great Steppe.
Being told from the perspective of women, the novel was less concerned with battle depictions and more about what daily life was like for a woman in a Mongol clan. I enjoyed the r
Tara Chevrestt
Absolutely superb writing. Perfect blend of description, detail, history, emotion. I love that Ms. Thornton reveals the bad as well as the good.

The first part of the story follows Genghis Khan's chief wife from her childhood by her parents' side to adulthood after she's given birth to her own children. I'd heard of Khan (great leader, founder of Mongul empire) before but never really knew who he was. I also knew absolutely nothing about these people or their way of life. This story was education
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Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.

The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt, The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan, and The Conqueror's Wife: A Nov
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