Stephanie Thornton’s newest book, “The Tiger Queens”, proves why she is a master of historical fiction. Genghis Khan is known for changing the face of the world, but it was the women in his life that made it possible. From his wives, to his daughters and daughter-in-laws, these strong women had an impact not only behind the scenes, but as rulers themselves.
Starting with the brokering of his marriage to his wife Borte and through the power struggles that went on after his death, Stephanie Thornton has given me a new appreciation for Genghis Khan and all he accomplished. She has a gift for bringing historical figures alive and breathing new life into parts of history often overlooked. I finished this book with a craving to learn more about Genghis Khan and what happened to his empire after his grandsons took control.
I’ve been a fan of this author from her first book, “The Secret History”, and was just as impressed by her second book, “Daughter of the Gods”. You don’t often find an author that can continue to deliver quality books each time, but so far Thornton hasn’t disappointed. I especially appreciate the fact that she features women who are so often ignored in history but had a huge impact on the world around them. The worst thing about her books is the wait for the next one.While this book centers on female characters, I wouldn't recommend it just to women, it's a good read for anyone who wants to learn more about Genghis Khan or enjoys historical fiction in general.
In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph....
After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed.
Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within.
In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.