The Tiger Queens

The Tiger Queens

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781101607688
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 01, 2015

Reading this, I thought of Cecelia Holland's historical novel "After the Sun Falls," about the same subject, which I've read several times. That book, written about 1970, I'd give 5 stars. Holland's many historical novels, mostly stand-alone, are very plot driven. This, the first of Thornton's I've read, is very character driven. The two types aren't total opposites, and both aspects are necessary. It's been a while since I've read "After the Sun Falls," and this book makes me want to read it again. As I remember, Holland doesn't stress the place of women. In a totally male dominated culture, Thornton makes highly believable the influence several of Genghis Khan's wives and daughters have on his personality and behavior. He often treats women reprehensibly, yet can be tender and respectful of their gifts and talents. Brutal in war, he can make careful decisions to build peace. Often this involves marriage alliances; he marries into his enemies' families, and marries his daughters into their families. While the women have no choice in the matter, Genghis Khan, unlike many of the other men in the story, is very aware that they don't have a choice. He strives to cushion the effects of the lack of choice. This doesn't make him a modern man, simply capable of loving the women in his life. They often love him fiercely. That makes him as complex as the women in the story. The beginning reads like a young adult story, losing its fifth star, for me. Before long, however, it becomes much more complex, and I was totally immersed in this world so different from our own. It's very violent, so be forewarned. Even so, highly recommended.

The description, on the book jacket, is slightly inaccurate. It takes place in the 13th c. not the 12th. The Mongols call themselves simply "People of the Felt." They live in felt yurts, and wear felt clothes the women make. Walls imply cities, anathema to them.


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