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Yassa [Kindle Edition]

Jo Michaels , Crystal Lee
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Temujin is the given name of one of the fiercest conquerors in history, Genghis Khan.

Before he became a Khan, he was just a man in love with a woman his best friend tried to steal.

Temujin tells his tale as a look over the life he's lived. He speaks of love, fear, friendship, and betrayal. What once was, can no longer be. Now, he questions his life and realizes the wrongs he committed. But it's too late to go back and fix them.

In this riveting portrayal of his story, you learn about Yassa law, the struggles young Temujin faced growing up, and how one decision changed his life, igniting a conquering of the greatest contiguous empire in history.

Isn't it funny how it all comes back to the love a man has for a woman?


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I took a history class while enrolled in college where I was given the assignment of writing a research paper. Against every fiber in my being, I chose Genghis Khan. What resulted was a wealth of knowledge about his life I felt had some serious holes.

During my research, I found out Genghis had a best friend named Jamuka. For some reason, the two ended up turning on one another. No one seems to know why.

My writer brain kicked into overdrive when I realized the split between friends happened right after Temujin (Genghis Khan's given name) rescued his wife, Borte, from the Merkits.

I thought, "What if it was all because of her?" And the story between these pages was born.

I titled the book Yassa because that was the name of the law Genghis created and the story shows him struggling with. It says: You must be loyal to those you pledge yourself to above all else. His punishment for breaking that law was death. He upheld it with an iron fist. That is, until it came time to exact the punishment on his best friend.

I had to write this story. You'll be riveted to the pages as you hear his tale in first person. It's a story like no other.

From the Inside Flap

If you've ever wondered what made ruler Genghis Khan into the man he became, look no further. In this coming-of-age tale, you'll see fiction weaved seamlessly with fact to create one of the most powerful love stories never told.

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  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088TLLQW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this story is about a young Ghengis Khan (Temujin), it is just as much about the woman behind the man and the great love of his life--his wife, Borte. At times brutal, as one might expect from historical fiction focusing on Ghengis Khan and his time period, it's really a story of love, loss, betrayal, friendship, and survival.

Temujin is chosen for leadership at a very early age and much to the chagrin of his older brothers. When his father dies, Temujin's role as leader is challenged and he learns a very early lesson about survival. Throughout all his trials, Borte fuels Temujin with strength and becomes a confidant and advisor. Anyone who dares threaten her will face his full wrath, and many men try especially as Temujin gains power. The journey to becoming Ghengis Khan is fraught with misunderstandings, peril, torture, and cruelty.

Yassa is a beautifully written and intense ride. But it goes beyond mere action, because the reader is pulled into a very emotional love story. I was captivated by the author's imaginings of the man behind the brutal historical figure. She doesn't try to turn him into a hero or excuse his behavior. Instead, this story gives us possible insight into what made him what he was.

I highly recommend Yassa to fans of historical fiction. But more than that, it's a well-written story about a powerful man who had to survive in a brutal world. It's an extra bonus to get a strong female character. Most stories set in this time only have the women as decoration, submissive creatures whose only relevance is to service their men.

If you love a powerful book with memorable characters, you'll love Yassa.

Note: I received a complimentary copy through a giveaway. A positive review was not guaranteed or requested; the opinions expressed are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yassa will make your eyes pop open wide... September 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
I've been trying to come up with the words on how to describe Yassa. I've never read anything like it before, but then I never really had an interest in Genghis Khan. I loved Jo Michael's ideas of what it was like for him growing up, getting married so young to a very intriguing and beautiful woman.

I was engrossed and horrified at the violence yet understood completely why he made the choices he did. Jo made the character very accessible and easy to relate to. I couldn't even imagine the terrifying moment his wife was kidnapped, and then how he had to hunt her down. I was stunned at the way he chose to torture the men that captured her. It was one of those train wreck moments where I couldn't stop reading, but had knots in my stomach.
I edited this story for Jo, but I don't lie in my book reviews; I really did enjoy this story. If I knew other fans of this historical figure, I'd definitely direct them to Yassa. It's a great read, and even the side characters of his family and tribe were great fun to read about.

It was shocking how harsh his formative years were, losing his father and then his tribe abandoning him. Jo has the creativity to put his shocking history all together with great action and romance throughout. A great read, and for fans of Genghis Khan this will be a great addition to their bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yassa Sure to Gain Author Loyal Readers July 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
What would you do for love? What would you do to survive? Yassa, by Jo Michaels offers the warrior's answer to these questions and then some. Written in first person, Yassa manages to give two points of view to its peak turning-point event without breaking a sweat. Some prologues can be ignored and one misses nothing, but readers of this novel should be very careful not to fall into this thinking in the case of this work. The prologue adds a completely new dimension to the work, and enhances the tale greatly.

In a world of marriages arranged for power, and ruthless warlords and warriors, real love is a rare commodity. Yet, even the most brutal and tactically driven of minds, can be conquered by a heart touched with love. Temujin, the main character of this tale can hardly be called a hero in many respects, but judgment is not always based on black and white facts; life is created by all shades of grey and color. In truth, some would say he suffers from some type of mental disorder. One person's vicious killer can be another's savior and love interest easily. Like all the characters within Yassa's pages, Temujin is so emotionally charged and visually accessible that one is a part of each event, not just a barely interested onlooker.

The plot is alive with emotions and a spirit all its own, carrying each reader into life during the 12th century. Thus, with any tale of war and tribal rule, readers must be ready to deal with graphic violence along with the lighter side of such a life. Michaels has created a personal history for one many know only as a warrior and merciless conqueror, thus proving there are at least two sides to every story, and in this case, every reader is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yassa Sure to Gain Author Loyal Readers July 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What would you do for love? What would you do to survive? Yassa, by Jo Michaels offers the warrior's answer to these questions and then some. Written in first person, Yassa manages to give two points of view to its peak turning-point event without breaking a sweat. Some prologues can be ignored and one misses nothing, but readers of this novel should be very careful not to fall into this thinking in the case of this work. The prologue adds a completely new dimension to the work, and enhances the tale greatly.

In a world of marriages arranged for power, and ruthless warlords and warriors, real love is a rare commodity. Yet, even the most brutal and tactically driven of minds, can be conquered by a heart touched with love. Temujin, the main character of this tale can hardly be called a hero in many respects, but judgment is not always based on black and white facts; life is created by all shades of grey and color. In truth, some would say he suffers from some type of mental disorder. One person's vicious killer can be another's savior and love interest easily. Like all the characters within Yassa's pages, Temujin is so emotionally charged and visually accessible that one is a part of each event, not just a barely interested onlooker.

The plot is alive with emotions and a spirit all its own, carrying each reader into life during the 12th century. Thus, with any tale of war and tribal rule, readers must be ready to deal with graphic violence along with the lighter side of such a life. Michaels has created a personal history for one many know only as a warrior and merciless conqueror, thus proving there are at least two sides to every story, and in this case, every reader is a winner. (Review Copy)
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More About the Author

Jo Michaels is...

Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.

I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.

At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.

I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.

One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.

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