The Tiger Queens

The Tiger Queens

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27mm | 442g
  • New American Library
  • United States
  • English
  • 0451417801
  • 9780451417800
  • 416,692

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Praise for The Tiger Queens
"A gripping epic...Kept me riveted from beginning to end!"--Michelle Moran, bestselling author of The Second Empress

"It is a testament to Thornton's writing prowess that she can so intricately whittle heroines that are both compassionate and ruthless...a stunning achievement!"--Barbara Wood, New York Times bestselling author of The Serpent and the Staff and Rainbows on the Moon

"Be prepared to be swept away by Thornton's richly drawn epic of an empire."--Renée Rosen, author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants

"Historical fiction at its best."--Gary Corby, author of The Marathon Conspiracy

"A vivid depiction of warrior women...Gripping stuff!"--Alex Rutherford, author of the Empire of the Moghul series

Praise for the novels of Stephanie Thornton
"Thornton's heroines...make me want to stand up and cheer!"--Kate Quinn, author of Lady of the Eternal City
This is the kind of book that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. A remarkable story, remarkably told. --Kate Furnivall, author of Shadows on the Nile and The Russian Concubine

"Well-conceived and engrossing...exalts a historical figure of 'true grit.'"--Library Journal

"Exquisitely crafted....I couldn't put it down."--San Francisco Book Review
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About Stephanie Thornton

Stephanie Thornton is the author of The Secret History and Daughter of the Gods. She is also a 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.
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1,518 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 47% (706)
4 36% (547)
3 14% (209)
2 2% (35)
1 1% (21)
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