This is book five in the Conqueror series, about the Dynasty of Genghis Khan, during the latter half of the thirteenth century. It continues the saga of the great family, and how they ruled a very significant part of the world during this time.
The text is beautifully written painting pictures of what life was like as a Mongol warrior during this time as they rode thousands of miles from one side of their known world to another.
The plot line is all about the brothers in competition with each other, a scheming mother, murder and double crossing. - Civil war. My only grip was that there was a family tree at the start of the book which was very helpful in putting the characters in context, but it also allowed one to work out the outcome of the various struggles between brothers, as it gave the dates of their deaths and marked who was the Khan at that time.
Still that did not really spoil a very well written story. The numbers of warriors and horses involved were staggering, especially as it is a story told around historical fact. To recall just one he sites the siege and fall of Baghdad by Hulegu. Here over 800,000 of the population were killed. The ruler of Baghdad the Caliph had a harem of 700 women. Compared to our lives now this is all very hard to comprehend, and the way the story is told brings it all to life.
It is a shame that this is the last of the series. I look forward to the next one coming out but as I have not read Conn's earlier series on life with the Romans I will have to look that out and put it on my future reading list.
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