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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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Genghis is one of my favorite people of history. The detail, family tree and explanation of the times and the events was written very well. Read morePublished 6 days ago by lee
It was a gripping story balanced with facts and the authors interpretation of the happenings of the times during which the story was set. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Colin Roy McKay
The first book in the Ghengis Khan series is beyond a doubt one of my favorite military history books I've read thus far. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Joseph Lettig
If you love historical novels, this series is for you. Is well written, engaging, and appears to be historically accurate (notes at end of book reference deviations from actual... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martin Dunsby
First in the series of the life and times of Genghis Khan. I was given the fourth book and saw it was a series. I quickly ordered the first three books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert J. Krakovich
Sucked me right in and I never got out. Read the whole series and loved it all.Published 1 month ago by Larry N. English
“I am the land, and the bones of the hills,” he said fiercely, “I am the winter. When I am dead, I will come for you all in the coldest nights. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. R. Cook