The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming, but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself, and them, is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin, and attack them there. The distances and terrain - the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains - make it a difficult venture, even for the legendarily speedy Mongols. But the greatest problem is confronting complex fortifications, a way of fighting a settled urban population - which the nomadic Mongolians have never come across. Finding ways to do that, and keeping his tribes together in a strange environment, presents another new and exciting challenge for Genghis Khan. Not only must Genghis succeed in this incredible campaign, but he must also reconcile the restless factions among his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers, and cope with his own reactions to his growing sons. The young warrior has become a notable and victorious military commander of thousands. He must now learn to become a great leader of peoples of many different races and religions. Lords of the Bow is a deeply satisfying novel, epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in its narration of an extraordinary story.More
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A great series
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.