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The Tiger Queens: the Women of Genghis Khan

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,525 ratings  ·  225 reviews
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
Paperback, 586 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by NAL
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Kate Quinn
Dec 02, 2014 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
Historical Fiction
Mar 15, 2014 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
Bren fall in love with the sea.
"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. "

The Tiger Queens, Stephanie Marie Thornton

Five stars. Maybe the best of the year so far.

I am having such a year with books in 2020. I have had the pleasure to read lots of 4 and 5 star books, particularly in the last month or so. This maybe the best of the year so far.

For a book about Genghis Khan, I did not think this book would be so....soulf
Nov 05, 2014 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 lig ...more
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
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
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
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
Colleen Turner
Apr 26, 2014 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
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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.

3.5 stars. The author does a brilliant job describing the setting and customs - I was totally immersed in the world she created. I also liked that the book was written from four POV's - Borte (Genghis first wive), Alaqui (his eldest daughter), Fatima (a captive slave) and Sorkhokhthani (his daughter-in-law). I equally enjoyed all of them, but wish
May 21, 2014 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
Faith Justice
Dec 08, 2015 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
Amalia Dillin
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Tiger Queens was my second foray into Stephanie Thornton's epic stories of women leaders, queens of destiny if you will. In this story, she infuses life into the shadowy tale of the wives and daughters who helped forge the Mongolian Empire as much as Genghis Khan himself.

The Tiger Queens is a book broken into four sections that follows a linear time line from the early days to the waning years to solidifying the future through the lives of Borte, Genghis' first wife, Alaquai, his daughter, F
The Lit Bitch
Nov 03, 2014 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
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an awesome book! The story weaves around 5 women of Gengis Khan, in such a rich and fascinating way. I learned a lot about the Mongolian people, and loved the women and their distinct, yet connected characters.
I loved that they called each other "sister of my heart" even though they weren't actually sisters....

This is a 4 1/2***
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic look at the Mongolian Empire under Genghis Khan and his sons as told from the perspective of several of the women involved-Borte, his first wife; Alaqai, his daughter; Fatima, a Persian highborn captive; and Sorkhokhtani, the wife of his youngest son Tolui. These are all such strong women and each story drew me in; I found this book hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Sarah Holz
Oct 21, 2014 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 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jun 06, 2014 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!
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 ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
An absolutely awesome book! 5+ stars.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Nov 04, 2014 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 histor ...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
My fairly recent discovery of Stephanie Thornton has been one of the highlights of my historical fiction reading career. Her novels about women forgotten by history are wonderfully written and imagined, and I was absolutely anticipating The Tiger Queens. The women who played a role in Genghis Khan’s life? Absolutely! Unfortunately…I didn’t like this novel nearly as much as the author’s two previous novels.

The big issue here is scope: Thornton is trying to accomplish too much. The cast of charact
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
Heather C
Oct 19, 2014 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
Michelle Stockard Miller
Stephanie Thornton has earned herself a permanent place in my roster of favorite historical fiction authors. I mean, is there anything this woman can't write!? As she did with her first two novels, The Secret History and Daughter of the Gods, once again she has created another strong and heroic female character. And not only do we have the strong central character of Borte, but we have the other "women of Genghis Khan" who were also strong and heroic in their own right.

In The Tiger Queens, we ge
May 09, 2014 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
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book coincidentally while reading The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, and I am very impressed by how well this historical fiction novel holds up against that non-fiction account and how many connections the author made to the actual history. Her strategy of telling the stories of these four women in first person is really well-done. It got pretty dark towards the end (as the history does), but I wished it had kept going because I wanted to read Khutulun and Mandahai’s stories t ...more
Linda Walters
Oct 12, 2014 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
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Stephanie Marie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with women from history since she was twelve. She is the author of seven novels and lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska.

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