Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Conqueror (Book #2 of 5)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 547 pages (US Kindle edition)
Published: 2nd January 2008 by Harper Collins (UK) & 25th March 2008 by Delacorte Press (US)
A compelling, brutal, informational, and terrifying depiction of Genghis’ conquest of Yenking.
“Some words can be a cruel weight on a man, unless he learns to ignore them.”
Genghis: Lords of the Bow is the sequel to Genghis: Birth of an Empire; it’s the second book in the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. The story takes place approximately eight years after the end of the first book. Temujin, now called Genghis Khan, is 26 years old and the entirety of the book is about Genghis and the Mongol’s invasion of Yenking (Beijing today.) Genghis: Lords of the Bow was almost as good as the first book; the large-scale action scenes—more on this later—was definitely better. I felt like a lot of what makes Conqueror so enjoyable to read was because of Iggulden’s writing style that still follows the same engaging head-hopping narrative that he utilized in the first book, and I personally believe that many authors who use the same storytelling style could learn a thing or two from Iggulden here. As I’ve mentioned in my review of the first book, I never felt lost with the narration; Iggulden makes head-hopping narrative—which I usually despise—very easy to follow and instead of confusing the readers, his writing style made every scene full of emotions due to the constant exchange of dialogues accompanied by the speaker’s thoughts and feelings. I found all of these to be an incredibly positive point in my read.
“If you are asking if my family will take what they want, of course they will. The strong rule, Chen Yi. Those who are not strong dream of it.”