Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
In the late twelfth century on the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, following a violent feud between blood brothers, the victor Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself Genghis Khan. But behind one powerful man stand many strong women…
Stephanie Thornton is truly one of my favorite female authors, her writing is exquisite, her knack for digging deep into history revealing the tales of some of the most unique women in history leaves an impression every time I read her writings. She stresses women’s sacrifices, choices, predicaments and intelligence along with their formidable strength.
She creates the setting in such a lush and vivid manner, you blend into the scenery as if you were a character, leading you to feel part of the narrative. Her descriptive writing allows you to experience the time and culture including the harshness, intensity of her characters as well. You feel the vastness of the steppes, its cruelty and beauty.
The voices of the four individual women are as varying as their personalities. Borte, Alaqai, Fatima and Sorkhokhtani all heard and their individual stories shared permitting the women to take shape between the lines. Their transitions seamless, managing four voices is difficult, not for Thornton as she manages with ease. Each woman similar yet different but the thread of female solidarity tethering them together creating a powerful force in intellect, emotional and mental strength. Collectively they are affecting and manage to penetrate to the core of your heart.
Thornton transcends research, I can imagine the hours of tedium, laborious efforts poured over facts, historical references to time, characters all translating flawlessly.
She penns enough heavy detail of Genghis Khan, both his brutal and tender sides. His thirst for power, his brutality and terrifying manner to achieve his status and position drawn out in a perfect sketch. The violence was not exploited rather serving as a reminder and sign of the horrific times of this period in history, appropriate under the reign of this notorious tyrant.
Thornton created an outstanding story, impeccable research worthy of attention. Truly the best book I have read this year. As always she never disappoints, her work and creativity improves. It’s difficult to fathom how such a gifted authoress advances, when perfection is achieved time after time. Her consistency and keen eye for memorable events in history, continually paying homage to strong females in perilous conditions and times is greatly appreciated. Highly highly recommend this wonderful novel, absolutely outstanding. Another master work from Stephanie Thornton. Anxiously awaiting her next novel.
About the Author Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.
“The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora” and “Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt” are available from NAL/Penguin. “The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan” will hit the shelves November 4, 2014, followed by “The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great” in November 2015.
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