Khan: Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: Conqueror (Book #4 of 5)
Genre: Historical fiction
Pages: 416 pages (US paperback edition)
Published: 2nd September 2010 by Harper Collins (UK) & 28th December 2010 by Delacorte Press (US)
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 previous three books, the title of each installment starts with the name “Genghis” at the front of their title; this one starts with “Khan.” That should give you a vague idea about what kind of stories you’re getting here. The previous three books focused on Genghis Khan’s life and conquest, Khan: Empire of Silver revolves more around the life of Temujin’s children and Tsubodai’s extraordinary conquest of Europe.
“If a man has gold, he lives with the terror that someone will take it away from him, so he builds walls around it. Then everyone knows where the gold is, so they come and take it. That’s the way it always goes, brother. Fools and gold, together.”