“I'm tempted to give this 5 stars... I loved this interpretation of Genghis Kahn's early life, based on what records we have from his biography. There are four more books in the series, and I'm excited for every one of them!”see full review » see other reviews »
Didn’t Like It
“Didn't get into it the story but I'm appreciative of the history. The repetition of so many descriptions of battles was tiring. The note at the end of the book with the historical corrections was easily my favorite part.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The early years of Genghis Khan...something I know nothing about....”James Garner wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book was very appealing to me and that is what I have enjoyed about it most. Genghis Khan was no ordinary man but a risk-taker, he preferred violence than peace as mentioned before that was his way of living. The book was written in-depth as it wasn't based on Genghis Khan but also a lot of other people such as Wen Chao (Manipulates the tribes), they also show how Genghis Khan's sibling survive while not even including Genghis himself. In many people's views is that Genghis Khan was just a murderer but after I have read this book this changed my whole view on him because he cared about his family and he wasn't just filled with violence but also with love, as an example one bondsmen from a tribe tired killing the Khan when he was asleep but he stopped and confessed but he was forgiven by the almighty Khan which shows another side of the Khan. One last thing is that it is very detailed meaning that I could connect with the characters which makes the book amusing. These were all positive thoughts but lets move on to negative, as more characters were introduced it was harder to follow up who was who which meant I had to write them down. In overall, well done! The book was fantastic!.”Riad A wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Conqueror Series is based on the life of Mongol invader Genghis Khan. A must read for those who want to know the person behind the hero. Book I Wolf of the Plains - Young Temujin barely survives his childhood, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis. Book II Lords of the Bow is about the mighty Mongol conquerors unify an entire continent under their rule. Now, under Genghis Khan, they have united as one nation, setting their sights on a common enemy: the great, slumbering walled empire of the Chin. A man who lived for battle and blood, Genghis leads his warriors across the Gobi Desert and into a realm his people had never seen before - with gleaming cities, soaring walls, and canals. Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis called upon his cunning and imagination to crush each enemy in a different way, to overcome moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower, until his army faced the ultimate test of all. In the city of Yenking, modern-day Beijing, the Chin will make their final stand, setting a trap for the Mongol raiders, confident behind their towering walls. But Genghis strikes with breathtaking audacity, never ceasing until the Emperor himself is forced to kneel. Book III Bones of the Hill covers aspects of Genghis Khan's campaign against Otrar and Samarkand, while other cities in the historical records are only mentioned. After his siege of Samarkand, Genghis Khan was attacked by several Assassins while riding into the conquered city. Although not badly injured, he has survived his second encounter with Assassins. During his campaign in Chin, he was cut with a poisoned blade by an Assassin and was very sick for several days afterward. As a result, he decides to undertake a campaign against Shia Assassins so as to remove them as a future threat. Book IV Empire of Silver continues the story of the Mongol Horde after the death of Genghis Khan, under whose leadership the Mongol clans were united and initiated their conquest of much of the Far East and the Asian continent. After the death of Genghis Khan, leadership of the Mongol nation passes to Ogedai, Genghis Khan's third son. However, with such power at hand, passage of the leadership is not without strife, as Chagatai, Genghis Khan's second, and oldest surviving, son challenges Ogedai for leadership with an attempted coup. A chilling story told at a nail biting pace. ”Rakesh Rajora wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm tempted to give this 5 stars... I loved this interpretation of Genghis Kahn's early life, based on what records we have from his biography. There are four more books in the series, and I'm excited for every one of them!”Jason Silver wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Genghis Khan..WOW ”Vishal Naidoo wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Conn Igguldens Wolf of the Plains (2007) is the first book in a quartet of the life of the great conqueror, Genghis Khan. I just finished reading this epic historical novel at the recommendation of a business partner, and am so pleased I did. The novel was based on several literary sources from 800 years of history, and is a very interesting and pleasurable read. It is every bit as dazzling and action-packed as Igguldens Emperor quartet about Julius Caesar. The first book in the series is about the struggle for survival that defines and shapes the attitude and deep drive that young Tumajin needs to become Genghis Khan, one of the greatest war leaders and conquerors of all time. I would recommend "Wolf of the Plains" to all fans of historical fiction and high adventure, and expect that they will be swept along by a brilliantly told story. US readers may know this book as Genghis: Birth of an Empire. The narrative follows the early life of Temujin, the second son of Yesugei, the khan of the Mongol "Wolf" tribe who was only eleven when his father died in an ambush. His family was thrown out of the tribe and they were left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. Temujin joins his small fledgling tribe with others, and leads a joint army to advance on their primary enemy, the Tartars. Temujin begins to show outstanding tactical abilities, and under Temujin's faultless leadership and strategy, the Tartar army is crushed. Temujin proclaims himself khan of all Mongol tribes and bestows the name Genghis upon himself. I am looking forward to reading the read the rest of the tetralogy. ”Razor wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable, interesting historical fiction. Looking forward to book 2.”Kevin L wrote this review Thursday, September 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Biggest compliment I can give this book is that i could not put it down. Its a pretty long novel and I burned thru its damn near 600 pages in less than 24 hours. I have been on a Central Asian history kick as of late so this one a natural choice. Iggulden does an exemplary job of taking the little wee know of the rise of Temujin from outcast son of a dead khan to Genghis Khan the man who united the Mongol tribes and damn near took over most of Eurasia.
Elements of the story reminded me of the rise of Shaka, both men carried grudges about the treatment of their families (mothers in particular) and wedded that to a set of innovative military tactics and weapons to revolutionize their societies in a martial manner.
I look forward to plowing thru the other 2 novels in the series.”
“Didn't get into it the story but I'm appreciative of the history. The repetition of so many descriptions of battles was tiring. The note at the end of the book with the historical corrections was easily my favorite part. ”KFitz wrote this review Saturday, August 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When i first started to read this book, which is a historical novel, I was not too impressed. Thirty pages in the book grew on me, having read a great deal about Genghis Khan, the detail and the dialogue came to life and I could not put the book down. Its wonderfully written, not overburdened with historical facts and the odd adjustment of facts here and there to give a good twist to the tale it was absorbing and a great book. I cannot wait to read the second of this series. well done.. bravo.. ”Anwer Sher wrote this review Thursday, July 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No