Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde have conquered the Chin in the East and they now turn their forces West towards the cities of central Asia along the fabled Silk Road. Genghis’ sons are growing up but rivalry between them to be named heir is coming to the surface. Whilst the cities of the Arabs are rich, Genghis does not want to give up the nomadic lifestyle yet is finding it harder to control his vast empire. Meanwhile the son of the defeated Shah has gathered a vast army capable of defeating the Mongols.
Again Iggulden has taken the very bare bones of history and woven an exciting tale of politics, hardship and war from them. The battle scenes are brilliantly imagined but this book offers a little more in terms of (imagined) narrative and relationships. There is a real understanding of the lifestyle of the nomadic tribes and, whilst sketchy, a genuine attempt to breathe life into characters known for their successes in war rather than their opinions. This is a strong series of books which thoroughly engages the reader.