Bones of the Hills


The third book in the series continues a little time after the second. This time the Mongols strike west to take on the Khwarazmian empire.

Filled with heroic and daring tales of battles, you’re never far from some action. That said, the books also try to show how much innovation the Mongols made, both by incorporating and adapting technologies and practices from those they conquered, and those they developed through the necessity of governing such a large empire.

There’s a paucity of first-hand accounts from Genghis’ reign, partly because the Mongols didn’t keep written records, so it’s hard to say what’s true and what’s not, but this seems to deviate quite a bit from the generally accepted history. So don’t expect historical accuracy.

Genghis’ general irritability and bi-polar nature grated a little here, with too many random outbursts or changes in direction to allow him to seem stable.

There is a nice level of tension maintained though. The Mongols, used to laying waste to all before them, do come under pressure and keeping you guessing about the outcomes and if they will be prevail is masterfully done.

Rupert Farley does a good job on the delivery.

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Reviewed: 4th June 2019