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Khan: Empire of Silver

(Conqueror #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  12,391 ratings  ·  448 reviews
The Great Khan is dead. His vast empire hangs in the balance, an empire he forged with raw courage, guile, tactical brilliance, unswerving dedication to his people, and the force of his own indomitable will. Now the very qualities that united the fierce Mongol tribes threaten to tear them apart, as the heirs of Genghis maneuver for dominance. In the end, only one can comma ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
4.5/5 stars

An impressive penultimate installment. Who was more terrifying, Genghis Khan or Tsubodai?

“It was difficult not to look on Tsubodai with awe if you knew what he had achieved in his life. The army owed their success to him as much as to Genghis.”

I’m nearing the conclusion of this series now. Khan: Empire of Silver is the fourth and penultimate installment in the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. I’ll try to keep this review as brief and spoiler-free as possible. In the prev
Dana Ilie
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now that Genghis is dead who will rule and what are the rights of passage to become the Great Khan of the Mongol nation?

How history is such a delicate path of events and decisions. If Genghis hadn’t died when he did, causing the withdrawal of the Mongol army generals from their battle-fronts, would Europe have a totally different culture and gene-pool than it currently does? The Mongols after destroying the main European army (Templars) didn’t take advantage of their victory and exec
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big fan of the Conn Iggulden's historical fiction surrounding the Khan empire. This is the fourth novel. If you want great historical fiction, I recommend, "Birth of an Empire," as well as subsequent editions. 8 of 10 stars ...more
Zitong Ren
There’s not a while lot that I haven’t said before about his books in my earlier reviews so I’ll keep this one fairly short.

Like his previous books, they are well written and works great for the historical setting that the characters are in. I didn’t find anything exactly special about this book also due to the fact that I simply was not that interested and was merely something I read when I had not been been able to borrow books from my library and I didn’t have anything left to read.

That bein
Debbie Zapata
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020printbooks
The saga continues in this fourth book about Genghis Khan, his sons and his nation.

The story here begins two years after the death of Genghis Khan. While he had named an heir, the tribes must swear their loyalty to this man, but they have not been summoned. When will the ceremony take place? And what about other men with their own claims to the seat of power? Just because Genghis declared a certain person as his heir may not mean that the tribes will accept him. Is he worthy of their trust and
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 5*
Book 3: 5*
Book 4: 5*

Another amazing chapter in this series. Also amazing what the Mongols accomplished and what else they might have done had things broken just a big differently. In the words of the Knights Templar the best fighting force in Europe of that age had Genghis's son not died and the Mongols pulled back there was nothing that was going to stop them from burning all of Europe. They had already burned half of it and taken out supporting troops from western Europe.

David Sven
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genghis Khan is dead. His son Ogedai becomes khan, but not without incident. There's a lot more political intrigue this book than the previous three. Genghis built an Empire and remained virtually unchallenged as khan by virtue of the fact there was no one with the same force of will and personality to oppose his absolute hold on the Mongol tribes. Now that he's gone, who gets to be khan is not so clear cut.

While Ogedai builds a Mongol capital from the ground up, establishing a centre for Empir
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Terrific. Simply. This is my all time fav book series. Easily. (well, maybe the Boxcar Children was close). Conn Iggulden continues to write great historical fiction with this Khan series. Is it all historically correct? I don't know. Is it geographically correct? I don't know. Is it a great story filled with great characters? Definitely. I was super excited when I saw this book at our library and it was one of those books you read slowly because you don't want to finish. Surely there is another ...more
Mark Harrison
Decent addition to the Khan series dealing with the aftermath of Genghis' death. Lots of infighting and tribal politics whilst the younger generation invade Russia and Hungary. Not quite the same level as the earlier three books but still a very good historical adventure story. Really is a must read series. ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. This has been a great Historical Fiction series that I have enjoyed so much. I loved how the author portrayed the people, tribe life, and how the different nomadic tribes became united, not to mention how they became a strong and a fearsome people.

This book was a continuation of the story of the people in Genghis Khan's rule, but I wasn't loving this one as much as I have the others. This was less about the people and more about
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
My review for the prequel:

Recently I read that the name 'Mongol' means 'Sliver' or 'Eternal River' or 'Brave Warriors', that helps to partly explain the title of this book.

At first, the main character is Ögedei Khan, the second Khan of the Mongol Empire. I warm up to this guy after he spears his younger siblings (children of the Xi Xia princess who (view spoiler)) from death in the end of the third book, I warm up
Lance Greenfield
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
If I had read this book as a standalone, without its three predecessors, I think that I may have awarded it five stars. It really is a wonderful work of historical fiction. However, it is just not up to the standard of the other three in this series.

There is quite a lot of politics in this one, and the rivalries between the secions of the family continue. There is a fair share of savage brutality, and some of it is shocking, but you expect that by now, don't you?

Ogedai is the new Khan, but only
Ivie dan Glokta
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember starting this series and thinking to myself just how little information we usually get about the Eastern cultures trough our educational system. Just the basics really. Truth be told, not a lot of people would just sit and research some random piece of history either. It takes precious time, that we really don't have these days.

So once you find an author who can so creatively rouse your interest and get you invested into researching it's a brilliant thing.

This is the final installmen
Nikhil Iyengar
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genghis Khan is dead. Tensions grow as two of his sons claim to be his heirs, the stakes being control over the largest empire ever built during that period. Subotai marches his army into the frozen depths of Russia and further into Hungary to battle with knights and the Teutonic Order. Also, there's this Chinese claimant to the throne. Not really relevant here.

It's difficult not to compare this book with its prequel, which I thought was incredibly well written, subsequently making this seem li
Paul Chafer
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series has been awesome from start to finish. Timeless and well crafted with Conqueror yet to come.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
While not the best of the series I still enjoyed Empire of Silver, the fourth in this epic saga on the Mongolian Empire. Put it this way, not as good as the first two, but better BY FAR than the third, Bones of The Hills.

And I learned something, which is always good. I did know much of Ogedai Khan. He was a son of Ghengis Khan and this book covers his reign. His story is quite interesting. There are events that took place during his reign that truly did shape the world, such as, the invasion of
Starr Davies
My deep dive into Mongolian history continues with a read-through of the fourth book in the Khan Series, Empire of Silver, by Conn Iggulden.

Genghis Khan is dead. His empire is left to his son Ogedai, but can Ogedai gain enough support to become khan before his brother Chagatai steals it away from him? 

This book follows the three sons of Genghis Khan, as well as his remaining brothers and generals. With a new empirical city on the rise and a strong army, the khan sends Tsubodai and the young prin
Rishi Prakash
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read on my new kindle which has been gifted to me by a dear friend :-) Obviously it took me some time to warm up to it as i am from the school of "real books" which i can feel and smell which i started when I was very young during my hostel days when we had a great library! I am glad i finally tried Kindle and found it so convenient and easy to read; lot of thought must have gone into making this device as it is so handy with lot of customisation available right from back light ...more
Joe Flynn
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great 5 star fun. A notable return to top form following the previous book that did not quite match the standard of the first few books. If you have read this far you know the drill, Mongolian politics, epic battles, sweeping historical narratives with a few laughs thrown in. You also accept the wide historical licence used to enhance that narrative. Even given that, I still feel I learned many lessons here. Good writing, especially on the importance of facial expressions and subtle, deferral mo ...more
Aaron Bright
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: conn
Death and destruction...if they weren't the themes of the other books that came before, this one brings it to another level. Lots and lots of battle scenes told in just the right amount of detail. This book was A LOT of fun! ...more
Faith Justice
From the Synopsis:

“Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis’ sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their great enemy, China’s Song dynasty.”

Conn Iggulden (author of the Emperor series on the life of Julius Caesar) brings us the fou
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I simply love Conn Iggulden's writing!

This is the fourth book that I have read in his Conquerer series which revolves around the formation of the Mongol nation and its subsequent conquering of most of the known world. In this book, Genghis has previously died and the leadership of the nation is up for grabs.

Normally, I am opposed to learning anything from the books that I read as I highly prize my state of ignorance about most things, especially history. Although this series is clearly a group
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like a bit of equestrian and archery action - especially, it turns out, when it involves the smelly, rapacious, bandy-legged, furry-hatted Mongols. I've savoured every sword slash and pike thrust of Conn Iggulden's romp through Central Asia in the 'Conqueror' series. In 'Wolves of the Plain', there's the desperation of Genghis Khan's early years: the fractious tribal politics that resulted in his father being killed and his family left for dead; his mother who could never forgive him for the f ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, historical, war
Another exhilarating read in the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. I was worried that this series would run out of steam once Genghis Khan left the stage in BONES OF THE HILLS, but I need not have worried: this is one of the best in the series yet, a thoroughly engrossing, exciting, and indeed epic retelling of the events that shaped the Mongol Empire.

Ogedai Khan is the leader of half the known world in EMPIRE OF SILVER, yet his fragile health means that the threat of a coup is ever present. In
Mark Halse
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this installment much more than the last. The books were getting a little stale and formulaic in my opinion. Big battle in the beginning and end and then weird Mongol politics in between. This one broke that mold. The big battle was in the middle.

Genghis is dead and his wiener of a son, Ogedai has assumed the mantle of Khan of the silver people. Ogedai spends almost no time on campaign and instead builds his capitol, Karakona, relying on his family and the great Subutai to continue his
Tanja Berg
A sprawling historical panorama about the all-conquering Mongolians. Genghis is dead though and his designated heir has a weak heart. The scene is being set for intrigue and civil war. I didn't think I would be in it for the long haul, but this was the fourth book in the series and I have bought the fifth and last installment. The over-all quality is high, although I still find that the first book was the best by far. ...more
Samy Maher
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
An excellent book full of excitement and thrill. This book tells the story of the mongols invasion of Russia and eastern Europe. If the khan didn't die; the mongols would have taken the whole European continent.
The only bad part in the story is Temuge failes attempt to take power.
highly recommended to read. straight to my favorites
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Story of battle on the fields and in the palaces. Ended too soon and a little unresolved.
Lolly's Library
With this, the fourth entry in Conn Iggulden's masterful series on Genghis Khan, the story has become even larger than before. Though Iggulden tried to avoid the, as he called it, “Russian novel syndrom” by introducing a new character on every single page, there are still enough new faces to keep things interesting. And even though the occasional character disappears and seems to have been forgotten, don't worry, you won't miss them for long, once you find yourself swept away by the action and d ...more
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Also publishes under author name C.F. Iggulden.

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

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