Bones of the Hills
“We are not here to earn riches with a bow. The wolf does not think of fine things, only that his pack is strong and no other wolf dares to cross his path. That is enough.”
I can’t help but start this review by saying that I’m thoroughly impressed by Iggulden’s talent for the creation of this series. Genghis’ conquest on its own, even if they’re written or told in a textbook manner, are very atte ...more
It's as if you become a silent viewer of this man's life, from his beginning to the end of his life. I have recommended this series to friends and coworkers . I am looking forward to reading the next two books and seeing where all the sons and brothers go. ...more
My review of the second book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Note: according to the author, The Conqueror series is heavily inspired by The Secret History of the Mongols. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sec...)
Damn! The more I read, the more I feel this Secret History of the Mongols is pretty much like a tabloid, with so much more juicy dramas than the other historical texts such as the History of the Yuan Dynasty! ...more
The concluding volume of The Conqueror trilogy did not disappoint. The rivalry among Genghis's sons Jochi and Chagatai reaches it's conclusion. Genghis names his heir. City after city fall before the might of the Khan.
The Khan's Arabian enemies are depicted as more formidable than any ...more
Book 2: 5*
Book 3: 5*
The author quite simply weaves a great story. I've said it in reviews of the first few books but there's a thin line with a character like Genghis where you go too far and it becomes unbelievable. Or too far and the violence is gratuitous.
These were different times in a harsh land where some acts rival Deadhouse Gates in the level of atrocity and battle. Genghis condemning every man, woman and child to death after starving them out after six month, reaching a death ...more
Good but not Great - 3 Stars
This third book which wraps up the Genghis Khan Trilogy/Story Arc, left me feeling a bit disappointed. Having been wowed by the first two books in the series, I went into this one expecting the same level of excitement, battle and intrigue. What I got was watered down version of the first two. To be honest, I believe much of disappointment stemmed from the fact that, unlike the first two, I listened to this one in the audio format. ...more
In this book Genghis Khan and his nation travel to the still-nothing-but-rubble city of Otrar to avenge the deaths of his envoys. I suppose the place must feel cursed, since even after all these years, no one has tried to rebuild.
There are epic battles, incredible chases, assassins skulking in broad day ...more
"NO FUCK THAT! THE SHAH JUST INSULTED ME BY KILLING A GROUP OF MY SCOUTS! WE RIDE!"
That's right; Bones of the Hills is much like the previ ...more
One other thing that makes this series worth the read, is the story itself. It is not only well written, but the plot twists are creatively woven in that kept me glued to ...more
One of the ironies that stands out to me, is that for all the hype surrounding the ...more
Genghis Khan’s armies know no bounds and they extend their empire in all directions. West to Europe and Russia, South into Persia and India, and holding onto the Chin territories in the East. The Mongolians are a united nation with Genghis’ families ever growing, with his children now generals Don’t they say that 1 in every 200 people alive today are descendant of Genghis Khan.
This is an epic story to rival all others and it is told at a pace that is fast and exhilarating. The battl ...more
Why did I like it more? There was definitely less of Temuge and Kokchu, neither of which I particularly liked in the previous book. Kokchu was too simplistic a character in my opinion, and Temuge annoyed me whenever he came up. Both are in this book, but they are way more tolerable here.
The battle scenes, while written in the same style as Lords of the Bow, seemed to draw me in a lot more as well. And although...more
This is the book that should have been my favourite in the series. Ghengis Khan invades the Middle East and the Muslim nations rise up against him. With failures and successes on both sides.
There are periods of history cover ...more
Conn Iggulden excels at bringing the characters and the events to life. It is fast and furious. It is captivating. It is heavily atmospheric. Well done Mr Iggulden; again!
As Ghengis recalls his armies from Chin and other distant outposts so that his united Mongol forces can wage more terror towards the south and west, huge rivalries brew up and appr ...more
Meanwhile, the two eldest of Genghis’ sons, Jochi and Chagatai come to blows for the succession, and, as often happens when two dogs strive for a bone, the third runs away with it (view spoiler)[(Ogedai is chosen as the Khan’s heir) (hide spoiler)].
Even if i ...more
In this, Genghis continues to kick the shit out of any nation that so much as looks at him funny, while still finding time to be a dick to his kids. He also meets a new enemy that might just be as formidable as he ...more
The author added a section in back clarifying where he augmented history which I really appreciated. Iggulden is a great story teller and also a brilliant researcher which comes out clearly in the books.
This book, like those th ...more
The first book in the series, Wolf of the Plains, explored the early life of Genghis Khan and how he brought the clans of Mongolia together. You can refresh your memory with my full review here.
The second book in the series, Lords of the Bow, explored Genghis Khan's conquests against the Chin and his defeat of the emper ...more
Once again, Iggulden delivers an incredibly readable novel of historical warfare. The story is action-packed with inventive and fluidly-written battle sequences, each different from the last. There are no repetitive scenarios here; instead, the author strives to deliver something d ...more
Apart from the above points, the story is just brillia ...more
However, this 3d book in the series continues a trend toward the great man approach to history. It has less to off ...more
This volume covers much of the time that Khan and the Mongols were in the Middle East and, in the end.... well, that would be telling. I will, however, say that I found myself rooting for the Mongols, as if my support could change the course of history.
Great read. At some point, I will read #4 and #5. I ...more
I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in Lo ...more