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After listening to the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden, which I enjoyed enormously, I wasn't sure about listening to this book series. Thankfully at the recommendation of my brother I did.
Okay, it starts off a bit slow and sometimes you find yourself thinking who is he again? So many names, I got a little mixed up with the characters early on. Please don't let this put you off purchasing or listening, this book / series is absolutely brilliant. I found myself taking the long round to places I was going just so I could listen a bit longer!
Just incredible how Conn manages weave his stories around some facts and create a compelling story.
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Mixes fact with fiction and really brings the events to life and left me really wanting to know more, it does not read like a history lesson at all though, a very entertaining story - the history is very well kept intact here, it is not altered to a degree where it is a problem. Well narrated, excellent characters. Highly recommend this book and I really do hope we have more available from this author very soon at Audible.
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This series by Conn Iggulden is not my usual genre but I'm loving it. In the first book we saw how Gengis's hard childhood forged him to be the brutal warrior that brought together the Mongol tribes.
This second in the series is just as thrilling if a little bloodthirsty and it tells the story of his conquest of the Chin Emperor. The Mongol people are a hard people who live by simple rules. As an army they are really mobile not needing much in the way of supply lines because they drink blood from their animals and eat dried curds from their milk. The bows they use are very advanced compared to their enemies and can shoot much further. The warriors themselves are tough and fierce. Genghis is ruthless in his warfare taking no prisoners and striking fear into his enemies.
The narration is excellent and I found it useful for knowing how to pronounce some of the Mongol names. I tended to switch between listening and reading.
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What did you like most about Lords of the Bow?
More amazing adventures in amazing times - masterfully told. I find myself grasped by the drama, laughing like Khasan and barracking for Ghengis even though we know he wins most days. One of my all-time favourite series.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the Bow?
I love the scene where Khasan and Temuge sail the river and Khasan befriends the sailors whilst learning and hurling insults for other crews depsite the fact they are on a secret mission.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Lords of the Bow: The Epic Story of the Great Conqueror - and by god i wish they would make a TV series just like games of thrones but better because its based on a real story
I could not "put this book down". The story is fascinating and so well written. The narration was vibrant and made listening a pleasure.