Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HF Virtual Book Tours Review: The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton

Title: The Tiger Queens
Author: Stephanie Thornton
Format: Paperback
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: November 4, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "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."

My Two Cents:

In "The Tiger Queens," we meet four amazing women who narrate this book: Borte, Alaqai, Fatima and Sorkhokhtani. Each woman is fascinating in her own right and each are quite different. The book takes place during the time of Genghis Khan, a man who has ignited the imaginations of many a history lover with the stories of his brutality and exploits. There is a good reason that so many people are interested in him today. After reading Stephanie Thornton's "The Secret History" and "Daughter of the Gods," I was incredibly excited to get my hands on this book.

I had not read any fiction about the Mongols before, only non-fiction and the non-fiction mostly focused on Genghis Khan. Because of that, I was very happy to tread new ground with this book. Thornton does an amazing job of vividly creating the world of the women narrators and Genghis Khan. There is a ton of great detail in this book and the world building was probably one of my favorite parts of this book. 

I really liked that the author chose to make the women associated with Genghis Khan the stars of this book. It would have been really easy to write a historical fiction book about Genghis Khan and his legacy by himself but by narrating through the women characters, a really amazing depth was created throughout the book. If you want to see some strong characters, this book has a ton of them.

Overall, this was a great historical fiction. I loved the characters and know that I am going to be thinking about them for a long time to come! If you're looking for great historical detail and a fantastic story set in a fascinating locale, this would be a great pick!

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Saturday, November 1
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Sunday, November 2
Review at Let Them Read Books
Monday, November 3
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Tuesday, November 4
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, November 5
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Thursday, November 6
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, November 7
Review at Scandalous Women
Monday, November 10
Review at Reading the Past
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Tuesday, November 11
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Review & Giveaway at Book Lovers Paradise
Wednesday, November 12
Review at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, November 13
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Friday, November 14
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Monday, November 17
Review at Turning the Pages
Tuesday, November 18
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Wednesday, November 19
Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Thursday, November 20
Review at Layered Pages
Friday, November 21
Review at Just One More Chapter
Monday, November 24
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark
Tuesday, November 25
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, November 26
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Friday, November 28
Review at Book Babe
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1 comment:

  1. I've seen this one around and it sounds like something I would enjoy. I'm glad to see you gave it a good review. I'll be adding it to my list!


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