Friday, 6 February 2009

Review – “Conn IGGULDEN – “Lords of the Bow”

Publ: 2008 Harper Collins
Pensby Library
ISBN: 978 0 00 720176 1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 451p
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Rating: ***** ***

What led you to pick up this book?
This is the follow up to Wolf of the Plains.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
In the first volume Temujin of the Wolves became Genghis Khan. In this volume he takes the Mongol tribes over the border into the Chin lands and attempts the destruction of a whole nation whilst at the same time forging a new one from a host of small tribes. This book can be read as part of the trilogy or in isolation.

What did you think of the characters?
Well portrayed without being exceptional.

What did you think about the style?
This is very much an adventure story with a historical background rather than a history with a flavour of fiction. Nevertheless it is well researched and in so far as I can tell, accurate.

What did you like most about the book?

Iggulden is simply a darned good storyteller.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
Attractive and in keeping with the story.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, to any lover of adventure stories set in a historical context.

CONN IGGULDEN see The Gates of Rome

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