The Tiger Queens

The Tiger Queens

The Women of Genghis Khan

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Penguin Putnam
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.


Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
"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 abandonedher 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: New York :, New American Library ,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780451417800
Branch Call Number: FIC THO
Characteristics: 486 pages :,maps ;,21 cm.

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julia_sedai
May 14, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this because it's on a subject I knew basically nothing about and I learned so much! It was a bit too gruesome for me, but still worth reading. There are a lot of characters, but there is a character guide in the back if you get confused. I found the time skips a bit too quick, but as the author said, she could have written 200 more pages with no problem. I'm so glad I read this book and I keep telling my friends and families random facts I learned because I feel that this time period and this culture is so interesting. I hope to read more by this author since she tries to make a point of writing about women who aren't that well known, even though they should be. Recommended! If you like strong female characters, you will definitely like this book.

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mackie93
May 01, 2018

I haven't come across any fiction about the women in Genghis Khan's life, and Stephanie Thornton has now set the bar pretty high. I loved her descriptions of the Mongols's nomadic life and the influence of their surrounding environments, and the rise and fall of the Golden Family's empire with each generation of Khans. Since I wasn't really familiar with Genghis Khan's life or his family I was definitely shocked and surprised at some of the twists in the novel. I would definitely recommend this!

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DorisWaggoner
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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julia_sedai
May 14, 2018

Sexual Content: Some sexual content. A rape scene and other mentions of rape and sexual abuse.

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julia_sedai
May 14, 2018

Violence: Descriptions of tortured and mutilated bodies

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