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The story is slow to start when compared to the thrilling third installment in the series but it does finish strong.
A good story, well read and highly enjoyable. I would listen to it again just for fun.
This book is neither 'boring', nor does it have 'too many names', as another reviewer would have you believe. It is an informative and interesting follow-up to the first three books in the series and provides a satisfying end to the story, as well as a view of the future of 'the Nation'. Of course, it lacks the central figure of Genghis Khan and thus a focal point. Like the Mongol Empire itself, the various strands of the story diverge. The book is therefore probably not suited to listeners who like a one-layered, plot-driven story. My own criticism is that it is not as well written as the first book in the series in particular. It is, however, superbly read by the inimitable Stephen Thorne whose work I have admired since his rendering of Mary Stewart's 'Merlin Trilogy'. In my view the whole series allows the reader a view of the Mongols which is refreshingly different from that normally found in Western history books, and 'The Empire of Silver' is both worth hearing in its own right, and as a conclusion to the earlier three.
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Good follow on book from the Genghis Khan trilogy. I think it would be pretty hard to top the first three which are excellent. I wouldn't recommend this book without reading/listening to the first three in sequence though. The book is intended to stand alone in it's own right, but would I think confuse the reader/listener a little. The characters are more real having read the previous books.
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