Thursday, April 30, 2009
Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden
This book might look familiar to you if you read my blog--back in 2007 I blogged about Genghis: Birth of an Empire and in 2008 it was Genghis: Lords of the Hills. Once again, I'm letting you know that you should READ THESE BOOKS! At least the first one, please. It's the best anyway. Just try it, even if you think you don't like historical fiction. Humor your old lady librarian, will you? :)
Genghis is getting old (fifties!) and still conquering cities with lightning speed on the steppe and in the mountains. He's taken part of China and now turns his power to the Shah and the Arabs. But, as any historian will tell you, all empires must fall, and Genghis is starting to unravel. His traveling armies are huge and his people are rich. Yet they are in unfamiliar territories and some are aching to get back home to the hills. Genghis names his heir--his third youngest son--think that causes some controversy? Even Genghis's own wives are starting to turn against him. But, as always, Genghis is a leader among men, and his men follow him. Warfare is changing and the Arabs put up a good fight. And I'm still rooting for Jochi, Genghis' wife's son by rape, even if he supposedly shouldn't inherit anything. Read the first book in this series if you haven't already. Please. It's awesome. Think of it as UFC that actually means something. These boys are fighting to LIVE.