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Lords of the Bow
Second in the series

by Conn Iggulden

      In this second novel in The Conqueror series, Temujin of the Wolves is now known as Genghis Khan.  This magnificent epic has followed Genghis from being an abandoned teenager on the forbidding and frigid plains of Mongolia to being the leader of all the tribes of that vast country.  His ambition now is to lead them against the mighty Chin, and to breach the fortress walls of that virtually unconquerable nation.

The complex fortifications of the Chin are a great challenge to the nomadic Mongols who carry their families, yurts and all, with them. They must travel great distances over deserts and frozen, uninhabitable mountains, but they are able to do this quickly; and so, with iron discipline and their great military skill in a strange environment, conquer the great Chin Dynasty.

Iggulden has written a very entertaining but violent story, filled with military action and the slaughter of thousands in hand-to-hand combat.  Genghis is a glorious general with innovative new ideas about warfare, and he is supported by a vast array of colorful characters.

Conn Iggulden's Emperor series is a brilliant epic of ancient Rome and Julius Caesar, the man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth in another era. Now, in Genghis, Birth of an Empire and Lords of the Bow, he brings to life another of the world’s greatest leaders.  His extensive research and fluid writing style make this a very enjoyable story, and one that is impossible to put down. Iggulden is, without a doubt, one of the greatest writers of historical fiction that I have read.

The Book

Delacorte Press
March 25, 2008
0-385-33952-6 / 978-0-385-33952-0
Fiction / Historical / Biographical [1206 A.D., Asia]
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The Reviewer

Beverly J. Rowe
Reviewed 2008
NOTE:Reviewer Beverly J. Rowe is's "Babes to Teens" columnist, covering topics related to reading ideas for the youth in the family.
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