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Empire Of Silver [Paperback]

Conn Iggulden
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Aug. 29 2011 Conqueror (Book 4)
The 4th novel in the bestselling Conqueror series, continuing the life and adventures of the mighty Khan dynasty. Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis' sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their great enemy, China's Song dynasty. The great leader Tsubodai sweeps into the west: through Russia, over the Carpathian mountains and into Hungary. The Templar knights have been broken and there is no king or army to stop him reaching France. But at the moment of Tsubodai's greatest triumph, as his furthest scouts reach the northern mountains of Italy, Tsubodai must make a decision that will change the course of history forever.

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'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror 'Iggulden...tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent' The Times 'Iggulden weaves an entertaining tale of this world of men, swords, bows and the call of war and the plains' Daily Express 'I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me...read the book before Hollywood takes it over' Daily Express

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Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. His two number one bestselling series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it Dec 27 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am enjoying this series and the insight it provides to the past and the Mongol empire. Quite enjoyable historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting April 28 2012
By Heather
Format:Paperback
the entire series is riveting and gives a caffeine-like jolt just to read about the intelligence and single-mindedness of the khans especially Genghis. History is alive when written by Conn Iggulden. He chose a fascinating subject and worked it up thoroughly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empire of Silver Feb. 9 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This a series of very well written books, cativating from cover to cover. Highly recommended.Start with the first book, and read the whole series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In 1229, Genghis Khan is dead, and his son Ogedai has been named his successor as the Great Khan. Ogedai is Genghis's third son. The night before Ogedai is due to be confirmed as Genghis's successor, troops loyal to his elder brother Chagatai storm Ogedai's palace at Karakorum and attempt to murder him. This attempt fails and once Ogedai is confirmed, he sends his brother to conquer the south. Tsubodai, Genghis Khan's great general, is sent west: through Russia and into Europe. Ogedai himself moves east for further conquest in China.

The continued expansion of the empire founded by Genghis results in some epic battle scenes, which Mr Iggulden brings to life, as well as some fascinating description of strategy. If the Mongol armies had not been withdrawn from Europe after Ogedai's death, no army in Europe would have been able to stop them. In the context of the story (and of the history), the decision to withdraw makes perfect sense - but it didn't stop me wondering about the consequences.

The history is fascinating, and Mr Iggulden uses it as the basis for a terrific novel. Genghis's brothers Khasar and Kachiun still have a role, but they are aging. A new generation - of Genghis's grandchildren - is making a mark. Batu, Baidur and Mongke seem the most promising.

Mr Iggulden's historical note at the end of the novel is helpful, and reminded me of how much story there is still left to tell. Initially, it took me longer to become engrossed in this novel: none of the characters had the same appeal for me as Genghis. But I soon became swept up in the events, and found myself wanting to know more about the Mongol exploits in Europe. And the descriptions of battlefields and strategy had me completely engrossed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Nov. 22 2010
By MM
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Conn Iggulden has once again produced a fascinating and interesting novel that is hard to put down and highly enjoyable to read as he takes you into the world of the Mongol Empire at its peak and during a critical time in history. He proves with this novel that the world can rest on the shoulders of one mans decision, but at the same time takes some liberties with historical accuracy to make his novel that much more interesting. With this in mind it only falls slightly short of his previous novels, but still makes one heck of a good read.

MM.
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