“Surrender to me and I will welcome you to my fires.” – Genghis Lords of the Bow

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Books
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“Behold a people shall come from the north, and a great nation. They shall hold the bow and the lance; they are cruel and will not show mercy; their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses every one put in array, like a man to the battle” – Jeremiah 50:41-42

Conn Iggulden has created a fantastic historical-fiction series based on Genghis’ rise to greatness.  Genghis Lords of the Bow is the second installation into Iggulden’s Conqueror series. After generations of skirmishing, Genghis united all of the Mongol tribes, becoming the Kahn among kahns.  With his army he marches south across the desert to invade Chin Empire, bringing Mongol revenge on the people that have suppressed them for so long.

I am a sucker for historical-fiction, especially when the stories revolve around people and events that are more myth than fact.  Not much is actually known about Genghis, including when and where he was born.  The first that is actually documented with any accuracy is the invasion of Xi Xia in 1206 A.D.  Everything before that was pieced together from items found in the writing of various tribes, but they all kept different calendars, making it difficult to accurately pinpoint an event.  I think that is what I love about historical-fiction, spinning a tale based on facts. 

My favorite historical-fiction writer will always be John Jakes, but Conn Iggulden is a very close second.  Iggulden has this way of making me feel that I am right there next to Genghis, righting on a pony into battle with him, laughing at a joke one of his brothers made, feeling the cold of another night spent outside of the walls of Yenking wondering if another assassination attempt will be made.

I am totally excited to read the third entry in the series Bones of the Hills.

What is your favorite historical-fiction novel?

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