Empire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4) by Conn IgguldenEmpire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4) by Conn Iggulden

Empire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4)

byConn Iggulden

Paperback | June 12, 2012

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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.
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.
Title:Empire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4)Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007201818

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from In Which Historical Accuracy Is A Foreign Concept It is difficult to put into words my deep distaste for this series. In this mess of a series, Mr. Iggulden doesn't just stop at total disregard of written historical account, he goes on to invent characters, ignore others, all to create a highly fictional account of what is meant to be the history of the mongol empire. We are meant to believe, among other things, that Batu Khan, one of the eldest grandchildren of Genghis Khan, conqueror of Russia, and ruler of the Golden Horde, grew up as some poor, angry urchin who could not remember his father and had to "prove himself" to his uncle whom he barely knew to be given command of an army??? What??? Batu Khan grew up in the lap of luxury, at the height of the Empire. He had at least a dozen other siblings, including Berke Khan who would be his successor (after Batu's eldest son Sartaq died a year after his father), and Jochi Khan died of UNKNOWN CAUSES when Batu was in his early 20s! Batu's mother was the SECOND of Jochi's MANY wives. Jochi was Khan to a stretch of land to the West of Mongolia which Batu and his elder brother Orda Khan split between them (with the permission of their grandfather, mind you) to create the Blue Horde and the White Horde, respectively. You think Ogedei and Chagatai (yes,Chagatai, who remained rather close to his brother) would allow some inexperienced orphan, the son of a disgraced man just take command of one of the biggest campaigns ever undertaken after Genghis's death??? Not to mention, we don't know how Jochi died. At all. According to most accounts, he fell ill after avoiding obeying his father's orders to go on campaign and was dead by the time Chagatai and Ogodai, who had been sent to fetch him, reached his lands. Maybe he was murdered. There's not enough proof either way but he CERTAINLY wasn't semi-legally executed by Subutai. That weirdness with Genghis hating Jochi due to his dubious parentage is unheard of, historically. I have no idea where he got that. The most outspoken critic of Jochi's legitimacy was Chagatai according to existing accounts. Let me tell you exactly why Genghis would not have been the type to hate his eldest son by Borte just because there is a chance he is not the real father. Firstly, in Genghis's time, a child's parentage mattered more on the mother's side than the father's. Secondly, Genghis was known to adopt orphaned or poor children from conquered lands, and not superficially either. He would give them the full rights and titles of any natural son, including regions to govern, and commanding posts in his army. Genghis was a champion of merit over blood. One of his first acts as Khan was to eliminate the blood issues that had divided Mongol clans. What I'm saying is, Genghis would have been the last person to discriminate against the blood of one of Borte's sons. This is just the tip of the iceberg and the aspects that bothered me most. There is much much more that is problematic with this series, but there is just no space here for me to go on. If you're looking for a fun, unnecessarily dramatic series to read, then I guess this is for you, but don't expect to come out the other end actually knowing anything constructive about Genghis and his family.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Another great book in the story of Ghengis Khan & his descendants. Lots of action. A lot of death. I enjoyed this, just like the other 3 books in the series. Looking forward to the conclusion of the Conqueror series.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Like all of Conn Iggulden's books. A fine blend of fact and fiction.
Date published: 2013-01-14

Editorial Reviews

'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