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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Jan. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000735326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007353262
  • ASIN: 0007201761
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...every bit as addictive as his Emperor books.' The Bookseller Praise for Wolf of the Plains: 'I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me and a blockbuster movie will surely emerge from this. Read the book before Hollywood takes it over ' Daily Express 'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience ' Independent 'Epic hisorical fiction at its finest; enthralling, exciting and utterly believable. Volume two is eagerly awaited ' Yorkshire Evening Post Praise for the Emperor series: 'If you liked Gladiator, you'll love Emperor' The Times 'A brilliant story -- I wish I'd written it. A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read.' Bernard Cornwell 'The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life.' Guardian

About the Author

Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series and co-author of 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Pollard on Nov. 26 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I picked up by Conn Iggulden. As soon as I was finished (which did NOT take very long - I couldn't put it down) I went and bought the rest of the series. I was pleasantly surprised by this book that I had pretty much randomly chosen without any previous exposure to this author.

I do not know the history of Genghis Khan in great detail, but this book did not seem like a history lesson in any aspect, unlike previous reviews have told. The story does follow the history of Genghis as he starts to build his empire but reads like a fast-moving action/war novel with vivid battles. I never felt as if I was being dragged through a history lecture. Iggulden also often writes from the perspective of different characters and thereby gives the reader the greatest understanding of what makes those characters tick. It is through Temuge's journey to Baotou that the reader understands his desires and drives, for example. None of the important characters lacked depth, especially after reading the first book in the series.

Genghis' ruthless desire for conquest, the strength and skill of his officers and the resilience of his people are well featured in this epic. I highly recommend it and the rest of the series as well.
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By kbruynzeel on Aug. 13 2013
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Authors stays true to the first book and the continues the story where book one ends. Enjoyed it as much as the first
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nolene-Patricia Dougan on Feb. 9 2008
Format: Hardcover
Journey with "Temujin of the Wolves," as he unites the tribes of the Mongols and becomes the conquering warlord, Genghis Khan.

When I was asked to review this book, I was filled with anticipation. What could be better than to sit back and dive into a book that tells the story of Genghis Khan? I expected a story filled with Machiavellian intrigue, glorious battles, and bloody revenge, all centered on a slick, iron-willed central character worthy of a legend. What I got was a rather dry retelling of historical events. The book seems to lean more toward a factual account of the many battles and sieges that resulted in Genghis Khan's victory of the Chin Empire. In fact, most of the characters seem devoid of any personality, and it is a struggle to either empathise or even appreciate any of them.

Genghis Khan is as much a figure of legend as he is a figure of history. And, I think any author can be forgiven for including a bit of mythos in retelling the story of the great Genghis Khan. Sadly, the author, Conn Iggulden, has chosen not to include anything he could not prove to be true, and thus, I think his story suffers for that fact.

However, the novel is not all bad, as there is enough blood- and-guts to keep even the most ghoulish reader pleased. Also, the small glimpse the reader has of Genghis Khan's mercilessly competitive and highly suspicious sons is a good teaser for the next book in the series.

I have no doubt that Lords of the Bow will be just a blip in Conn Iggulden's illustrious storytelling career, and by the time he gets to Kubla Khan, he will be back on track.

In short, the author seems to be more concerned with making his book historically accurate than to tell a good story. If you like reading about the history of the Mongols and Genghis Khan, then this is the book for you. But, if you want to read a tale filled with high adventure and passion, then avoid Lords of the Bow at all costs.
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By peter jackson on Oct. 27 2014
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Take no prisoners
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The brilliant second installment of the Conqueror series Feb. 29 2008
By Lance Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Having united the tribes into the unified nation of Mongols, Genghis Khan and his brothers lead their great army into the land of the Chin. They encounter a new type of warfare, besieging great cities with high, strong walls and massive defensive weapons.

Keeping the tribes united is a difficult task and relies upon the brains of the great khan combined with his, sometimes shocking, ruthlessness. It works.

There are many sub-adventures, and there are new surprises for the reader around every corner. The only constant is the cunning plotting of the shaman, Kokchu, who is feared by all, even Genghis.

Once again, Conn Iggulden sweeps the reader along with his wonderful descriptive story-telling. The only disappointment for me is that, having finished this book, I am going to have to wait for the third and final instalment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, bold and bloody Oct. 9 2010
By A J Dormaar (Author of The Chronicles of Aridayn series) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Wolf of the Plains" was a hard act to follow for Mr Iggulden, as it set a high precedent for the successive sequelae. But deliver a sure-fire success he has done, with this second instalment in the Genghis series, which if anything is faster paced than the first book.

In "Wolf of the Plains" the reader is treated to the early life and times of the young Temujin (as Genghis was first known), his harsh and often incredible initiation into manhood against soul destroying odds, and the first paths taken on his steps to greatness and a united Mongol nation. With "Lords of the Bow" the unification of the Mongol tribes is complete, if a little shaky at times, and Genghis in his maturity is now Gurkhan (Great Khan) of all Mongolia and able to turn his martial attention to the Chin empire. He is eager to exact retribution for past Chin wrongs, which have pitted Mongol tribe against tribe for hundreds of years through bribery, false promises and ruthless manipulation. But Genghis is to find that his greatest battles are to be found at home from very unexpected quarters. His brothers Kachiun and Khasar, now great generals and khans in their own right, are steadfast as always, and in his youngest brother Temuge, he discovers a shrewd intellect and a skilled politician/administrator he has to finally admit the Mongol nation needs. But after accepting a Chin princess,Chakahai, as a second wife, he estranges himself partially from his premier wife, Borte, and finds his role as a father to four growing sons a difficult one to fill. With Jochi, the eldest, he is particularly uneasy, as Jochi's true paternity is strongly in question. But a new, shady influence creeps into the Mongol royal circle in the form of Kokchu, a clever and manipulative shaman of rare ability who comes to exert a major influence over the Great Khan and his family, and who slithers like a serpent in the background throughout the book (stay tuned to the third book for what happens!) Apart from old friends like Genghis's loyal generals Jelme and Arslan, we are introduced to another individual, Tsubodai, a young and talented soldier who will one day make his own mark on Asian history.

However, despite the simmering tensions on the homefront, there is more than enough to keep the action afficianados gratified. The massive and historic battle of Badgers Pass just beyond Yenking (now Beijing) is epic in its scale and the horrors of the resulting siege makes grim but riveting reading. However, the crushed Chin empire is not enough to curb the Great Khan's ambitions for long...

Books like these are seldom made into movies or mini series, but should be, and deliver on all fronts. It is easy to read, fast paced, honest and stark in its portrayal of events, yet fires the core of the reader's imagination. All this reviewer can say is, keep the books coming!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Genghis Rocks! Feb. 21 2008
By A. Arayasantiparb - Published on Amazon.com
Genghis Khan is the world's great warrior bar none. The empire he conquered was larger than those of the Romans and Alexander's combined. The odds he met were incredible. Great Walls, internal dissension. Unlike Alexander, he was not born a prince.

In Lord of Bows, Genghis challenges the incredible might of China. There was an element of luck when a Chinese mafia betrays his country out of vengenance, but let's face it...It's not easy for a small nomad to challenge China's walls to begin with. Tsubodai also rocks the scene, playing dead to get behind the walls literally.

I think readers will also identify with the crazy brother Khasar, who rambles on and makes a big risk spying on China and cavorting with funny kung-fu monks.

I think Conn Igulden is the best historical fiction writer, even better than Bernard Cornwell, who has rather narrow themes than only revolve around England, and Lords of Bow is by far his best book. I first read his Caesar series, but even Gods of War was not this fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cracking good series March 22 2011
By ajbubbles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read the whole Iggulden series about Ghengis Khan now and really enjoyed it.

He creates a real sense of place and time (and smell). Even a squeamish 21st century urbanite like me, was convinced to set aside modern day prejudices and immerse myself in this visceral experience.

I am a difficult person to impress when it comes to historical novels. I insist on historical integrity and abhor sloppy wordsmithing.

So if you love history and a cracking good story, this is a series you'll probably enjoy. Will now have a look at his other series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good March 5 2014
By Jack Getz - Published on Amazon.com
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I read many oft his author's books and find them fun and rewarding every time. Manly writing, sorry great ladies who try to deal with these subjects, but is feels like a man wrote this.