Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) Paperback – Jul 8 2010
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Starred Review. Author of the bestselling Emperor series on the life of Julius Caesar, Iggulden turns to another of history's great conquerors, Genghis Khan, for a new series of brilliantly imagined and addictive historical fiction. Future conqueror Temujin—"a man of iron"—is born to the khan (ruler) of a fierce Mongol tribe that roams central Asia's steppes in the 12th century. When his father is killed by Tartar raiders before Temujin reaches manhood, a rival claims the tribe and banishes Temujin's family. Left behind without resources when the tribe migrates, the family struggles to survive the harsh environment, and Temujin dreams of gathering similar outcasts—wanderers and herdsmen—into a new tribe. After assembling a core of these "men scorned by all the others," Temujin begins raiding Tartar camps. As his fame spreads, Temujin launches an ambitious campaign to unite the Mongol tribes "after a thousand years of warfare" into a single people, defeat the Tartars and invade China. Building on the fragments of Genghis's life, Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and "unforgiving land" and the enigmatic young man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable "of utter ruthlessness"—who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order. (May)
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Iggulden, author of the best-selling Emperorseries, shifts his focus eastward, retelling the story of legendary warrior Genghis Khan. Just as he did for Julius Caesar, Iggulden plants his subject firmly into historical context, fictionalizing the early years of Temujin, the son of a khan brutally murdered by invading Tartars. When his family is betrayed by a rival and abandoned by their clan, young Temujin vows revenge and dreams of the day he will become the conqueror rather than the conquered. Surviving the harsh reality of the Asian steppes, his adolescence is informed by a sense of mission that grows more urgent with each passing year. As a young man, he begins to develop skills as both a fierce warrior and a diplomat, reuniting Mongol tribes and factions into a formidable army. This authentically detailed historical drama sets the stage for the next installment. Margaret Flanagan
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Mongolia was, and remains, a harsh place. Genghis Khan forged an empire by uniting Mongol tribes. This novel is about the boy who became the man, and the vision and blood debts that motivated and sustained him.
No doubt, some readers will find the story brutal. It is. But at the same time, it creates a wonderful backdrop against which to view the emergence of the Mongol empire. In short, it brings the figure of Genghis Khan to life.
I understand that this is the first of a series on Genghis Khan and his descendants. I look forward to reading the next book.
'Tell them that I am Genghis and I will ride'
Iggulden does a masterful job of piecing this story into an epic read. He goes to great length to describe the harsh life of the plains of north east Asia. When Ghengis' father is killed and his family is ousted from the tribe of wolves, they must eke out a survival under the most dire of conditions. The survival of the family and rise of Ghengis as a uniting force of disparate Mongols to combat common foes is a great read. The brutal life leads to a brutal Ghengis. Expect blood and merciless killing but do not condemn the book or series based on descriptive battles. This was the harsh reality of the times and location.
Reading this book out of sequence did not distract from what was revealed in the following books. The reader should read this book first but it is more important to read the remaining books in sequence.
Before you turn a page, be sure to clear your shed!
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