The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton | Book Review

I feel like I have treated The Tiger Queens: The Women Of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton a bit unfairly. You see, I had signed up for a blog tour for this book before I had that one life turning point and so, it took me forever to work up the energy to read this book and then after reading, I just never really worked up the energy to blog about it. I guess that’s life though, sometimes we read things and just don’t have it in us to type about them because there’s so many other things going on with us. Fortunately The Tiger Queens is a fantastic book and a great introduction to Thornton’s historical fiction. I have to say that I am a converted fan and absolutely want to pick up other books that she’s written after diving into The Tiger Queens.

Although the title kind of sums up what Thornton’s book is about, it doesn’t entirely give everything away. The book opens up with Borte receiving a fortune telling from her mother. The fortune is ominous. Like her mother, however, Borte also has the gift and this makes her an outsider in her clan. Furthermore, this guy that promised to marry her that she becomes betrothed to just disappears and she’s like an old maid. UNTIL! This other guy, Jamuka comes along and there’s an attraction there. Only, oops, he’s Temujin’s blood brother which is definitely not cool. Anyways, Borte and Temujin do marry and eventually Temujin and Jamuka go to war against each other. One will emerge victorious (history spoiler alert: GENGHIS KHAN). This book, The Tiger Queens is about the women in Khan’s life who keep the kingdom he builds together.

There are four points of view stories told. The first is obviously Borte and she is essentially the best ever which is all you need to know before reading. The next part is her daughter, Alaqai whose part is my favorite. You see, Alaqai is a warrior through and through. She’s tough as nails and I loved reading her story and how she too eventually falls in love. Then there’s Fatima who is a captive who wants revenge. But somehow she transforms and changes her feelings. Her part is short but pivotal to the story. Ending the book is Sorkhokhtani who is a widow. She has these sons who are about to take over the empire when it breaks up. Basically these women are all fierce and strong and this book is just so good!

I think I may keep this review of Thornton’s awesome historical fiction novel short. What you essentially need to know is that world building is awesome — it’s all about the Mongolian Steppes and Persia and it’s such a new setting to me. Pretty much all the historical fiction I read is practically white dominated. It’s nice to read a book that’s not. It’s nice to read a book about a subject I’ve never encountered before except history class and that was only for like one day of the marking period. Aside from the setting, I have to say that I enjoyed the different romances and I thought they were well written and just interesting.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I’m so excited to read this book. I looked it up after reading about the Mongols for a history class and thought it sounded pretty good. I’m glad to hear that it is! I’ll definitely be reading it this summer.
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