Bones of the Hills

Bones of the Hills

by Conn Iggulden

Trade route efforts are violently rebuffed.

The Mongolian army is stretched to the furthest corners of Khan's realm, and destruction looms.

  • Series: Conqueror
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Rating: 4.34
  • Pages: 518
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2008 by HarperCollins
  • Isbn10: 0007201788
  • Isbn13: 9780007201785

What People Think about "Bones of the Hills"

The series is historical fiction surrounding the rise of the Mongol Nation. It's the best piece of historical fiction I have read in quite some time Where the second book involved the Chin in the west, most of this takes place with the Muslims in the east.

My review for the first book: My review of the second book: The more I read, the more I feel this Secret History of the Mongols is pretty much like a tabloid, with so much more juicy dramas than the other historical texts such as the History of the Yuan Dynasty! (Link: Although Thunderbolt Fantasy has nothing to do with Genghis Khan and wars, still this soliloquy seems to be a perfect match. I also like how Genghis' first born son Jochi is set as the tragic hero of this book.

Genghis Khan had nearly broken the Chin under his rule when an Arabian city refuses tribue, leading to conflict with Shah Ala-ud-Din Mohammed. The Khan's Arabian enemies are depicted as more formidable than any he had previously faced. It brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the next one, focusing on Kublai Khan from what I've heard.

I've said it in reviews of the first few books but there's a thin line with a character like Genghis where you go too far and it becomes unbelievable.

Posted to The Literary Lawyer Good but not Great - 3 Stars This third book which wraps up the Genghis Khan Trilogy/Story Arc, left me feeling a bit disappointed. Plot Outline The final book in the Genghis Khan saga focuses on the later years of his life and his conquest in Arab and Islamic lands. Character Growth This novel presents a far more introspective Genghis Khan. Great Locations As with the first two in the series, the locations to which Genghis and his nation travel are one of the highlights of the book. Genghis and his warriors faced some incredibly long odds yet I felt a bit confused as to how he accomplished his feats. Final Thoughts After loving the first two, I found this one to be underwhelming and disappointing completion to story of Genghis Khan. The remaining books in the series continue the story of the Mongol clans but at this point I am unsure if I will continue reading. The life of Genghis Khan is an amazing story and one you should know.

WE RIDE!" -Genghis Khan That's right; Bones of the Hills is much like the previous book, inasmuch as it mostly deals with the Mongol conquest of the Khwarezmian Empire through extended campaigning, warring, looting, slaying, and burning. If you want to know exactly what made the Mongols able to systematically fuck up and reduce all these poor countries to smoldering ruins this is probably the best way to do it. The goofy YA vibe and historical buttfuckery (with one forgivable exception) from his Rome books have been burned away, and what you get is a lean, mean tale of a bunch of dudes riding around shooting the SHIT out of people with 120-pound-pull compound bows. I mean that, too--if you're interested in the parts of Mongol culture that don't have to do with killing people and conquering shit--and they certainly exist--this is not the place to go. Iggulden makes an attempt to justify it with this stuff about the Chinese constantly fucking with the Mongol tribes, playing them against each other to ultimately weaken them as a people, etc. Genghis himself even says some shit in this book like "We destroy shit because we can." But again--this is what I bought and paid for, and Iggulden has delivered in spades so far. (I know I love James Ellroy, the king of brutally blunt prose, but he is, as always, an exception to the rule.) It's hard to create a writing style that can please the hardened veteran and the rookie with equal measure but I really think Iggulden has managed to do this with his books. Anyways...I'll stop harping about how much I hated Genghis in these books and resort to saying that I heartily recommend these books to anyone interested in historical fiction and especially the Mongol conquests.

Essa situação é perfeita para entendermos um pouquinho mais da mente daquele que é considerado o maior conquistador de toda a História: não é permitido ameaçá-lo e esperar sair impune, como foi visto no 2 livro, quando o imperador chinês quebra um acordo com os mongóis e fogem, deixando a sua fortaleza para trás, só para que Genghis e seus guerreiros a queimassem até o chão. Uma das grandes diferenças dessa obra para as demais é que os filhos do grande khan estão crescendo e começando a assumir funções importantes dentro do exército mongol, como o comando das tumans, formações com 10.000 mongóis. Jochi pode não ser filho de Genghis e sim de um estupro que a sua esposa sofreu na infância, e isso reflete diretamente no modo como Genghis o trata e na relação de Jochi com Chagatai, o filho seguinte do khan. Ao longo de suas campanhas, Genghis reuniu engenheiros das mais variadas nacionalidades que começaram a construir armas de cerco, já que as planícies frias da terra natal dos mongóis ficaram para trás, dando lugar às altas fortalezas dos novos povos. Achei interessante ter todos esses elementos inseridos na narrativa, já que o próprio Genghis assume em alguns momentos que a importância dessas armas de cerco foi tamanha que ele até aproveitava as semanas e os meses em que estava diante de uma fortaleza, apenas esperando que os seus habitantes se rendessem devido à fome, à sede e doenças que os acometiam lá dentro. Não posso esquecer de mencionar alguns nomes entre as fileiras do grande khan, como Tsubodai e Jebe, homens que foram crescendo aos poucos dentro do contingente mongol e se tornaram os "cães de caça" de Genghis, ao lado também dos seus irmãos Khasar e Kachiun, que mantém uma relação forte desde a infância, quando estiveram perto da morte e até tiveram que matar um dos irmãos para sobreviver, história essa que foi contada no excelente 1 livro da série, O Lobo das Planícies. Uma das curiosidades introduzidas aqui são os assassinos, uma seita de matadores experientes contratada pelo povo muçulmano para tentar acabar com a ameaça dos mongóis na sua terra.

There is an authentic feel to the characters/figures with their everyday life, relationships, and goals.

I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick OBrian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale. If youd like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me @Conn_Iggulden.