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Conn Iggulden , Kati Nicholl , Russell Boulter
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1 Sep 2008 Conqueror (Book 3)

The powerful and exhilarating third novel in Conn Iggulden’s No. 1 bestselling Conqueror series, following the life and adventures of the mighty Genghis Khan

The fatherless boy, exiled from his tribe, whom readers have been following in 'Wolf of the Plains' and 'Lords of the Bow', has grown into the great king, Genghis Khan. He has united the warring tribes and even taken his armies against the great cities of their oldest enemies. Now he finds trouble rising west of the Mongolian plains. His emissaries are mutilated or killed; his trading gestures rebuffed. So, dividing his armies, using his sons as generals of the various divisions, he sends them out simultaneously in many directions, ranging as far as modern Iran and Iraq.

As well as discovering new territories, exacting tribute from conquered peoples, laying waste the cities which resist, this policy is also a way of diffusing the rivalries between his sons and heirs and working out who should succeed the khan.

This, the third book in the Conqueror series, is once more an epic story. Genghis Khan is an exhilarating and heroic figure. The sense of his ambition and his power, the relationships with his wives, sons and trusted aides, the sweep of his conquests, is all brought together by a masterful storytelling. It is a compelling read. With each book, you are left, even more, longing for the next.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007230729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007230723
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with three children, he lives in Hertfordshire. Since publication of 'The Gates of Rome', Conn has written a further thirteen books including the wildly successful 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'.

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One can only hope that the phenomenal success of his co-authored The Dangerous Book for Boys does not take attention away from the prodigious storytelling skills of Conn Iggulden. As Bones of the Hills forcefully reminds us, Iggulden is the real deal when it comes to historical fiction on the grandest scale. And here, all of his characteristic skills are well to the fore.

A boy was abandoned in the wilderness by his tribe -- but he did not die. As those Iggulden admirers who have read Wolf of the Plains and Lords of the Bow will know, this luckless boy has grown into one of the most feared and powerful figures in history, Genghis Khan. He has persuaded the tribes that had been tearing each other to pieces to ignore their differences and unite under his leadership to battle their oldest enemies. Under his ruthless (and ferociously inspired) leadership, a mighty nation has been forged. But this is only the beginning of his struggles: Khan sends out emissaries, but they are tortured and killed. He attempts to open trade routes; his efforts are met with violent rebuff. Soon, the Mongolian army is stretched to the furthest corners of Khan's realm, and destruction looms.

This is epic storytelling on a nigh-operatic scale. Iggulden has long been the master of the broad brush stroke and conjures up the ancient world with great panache. Of course, the success of a book such as Bones of the Hills depends on the vivid characterisation of its larger-than-life central character, and of the many novels which have attempted to capture Genghis Khan, none have mastered the task as successfully as Conn Iggulden.
--Barry Forshaw

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction’ Daily Mirror

‘Iggulden…tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent’ The Times

‘Iggulden weaves an entertaining tale of this world of men, swords, bows and the call of war and the plains’ Daily Express

‘I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me…read the book before Hollywood takes it over’ Daily Express

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet... 10 Sep 2008
This has been nothing but a massive achievement for Conn Iggulden. To follow up on Emperor with Genghis Khan was a massive risk as the story doesn't have the same level of interest we associate with Caesar and Rome, but it has paid off spectacularly.
The story began with the Wolfs of the Plains and how a young Genghis managed to comeback from being rejected by his tribe to uniting them all under the same banner. The second book continued with Genghis's first main campaigns in which the Mongol tribes came against armies much larger and more advanced from their own and of course the epic Badger Pass.
One of my main worries about this book was that the sheer scale of the Lords of the Bow could not be surpassed, but in a way this book managed to equal or at least better it. Instead of constant victories we have something more. The story between Genghis and his sons is excellent and we also get encounter some resistance from the Muslim prince who sees it as his destiny to defeat Genghis in the name of Islam.

Like all his previous books once you pick them up, they're impossible to put down. Another epic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Epics Continue 10 Sep 2008
Like most others who read Iggulden's works, I have read both Emperor also. At first I couldn't see Genghis Khan being as easy to adapt to as the legendary figure of Julius, but Conn Iggulden simply proved most of us wrong.

Iggulden has the skill to make a flowing piece of historical fiction which brings to life personalities of epic figures in history whom we all wish we could understand on a more human-level. This book continues explaining how Genghis turns from boy to a ruthless and legendary figure and that development carries the book series from strength to strength.

One note I feel is work mention is that as with the Emperor series we start to see a slight detachment from what Genghis is feeling inside, and his emotion seems to become detached and what he feels seems to be explained more by his generals than Iggulden's direct explanation of his thinking. I suppose this makes sense considering it creates a more substantial aura of the Khan, changing into a figure beyond belief. I personally found it worked, but missed the opportunity to be told his direct feelings unlike his childhood in the earlier books.

All in all it is a brilliant piece of writing, and no one can bring historical figures like this to life like this author. Enjoy the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet... 11 Sep 2008
What can I say, the best book of the series. All three books are superb but this is the icing on the cake. Like the last review I believe the risk he took writing about Khan after the equally superb Emperor series was a true testament to Conn's writing ablaties. It's not easy getting people to read about someone not very known compared to cesar but he did it and produced some of the finest books in the Conqueror series and with Bones of the Hills he draws you in futher to this fasanating man. Buy the other two and enjoy the read. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou for such a wonderful read 6 Sep 2008
Having been an avid fan of the emperor series I have to admit I bought the wolf of the plains with some degree of scepticism. However the whole trilogy is an absolute masterpiece! I read the last book in one day as I just could not put the thing down. If you overlook this series of books you are really missing out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker 17 Oct 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
When Conn originally announced a plan to tackle the days of Genghis Khan it was something that left a lot of people thinking if he'd be able to carry on with the success of his Caesar series. Yet the series has continued to go from strength to strength as Conn's writing style continues to improve along with his story telling abilities. The fact that very little is truly known about Genghis allows him so much more freedom with the tale bringing the reader into the world of conflict of the 12/13th Centuries.

On a cautionary note, if you enjoy reading the Historical genre you're going to become a fan of this author with very little effort so much so that to be honest after I've read a book by Conn I have to leave Historical fiction for a little bit as I always feel disappointed by the next book I read as it isn't up to the levels set by him. It's a bad thing really but it does go to show the quality of his work. Here Conn continues the tale of the Khans from the Sea of Grass and will leave you in no doubt as to why they made the impact upon the world that they did making this book entertaining, cracking and above all nigh impossible to put down until the final page is turned. Don't read if you have work the following morning as to be honest, you'll be calling in sick due to lack of sleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bones of the hills, WOW 7 Sep 2008
I have to disagree with the review above about the 1st book being the best of the trilogy, I found they are just getting better and better, I loved the 1st one, the 2nd was awsome, And now this one brings it together so well.
I'm a avid reader of historical fiction, but this is easly the best trilogy i have ever read. Conn Iggulden is a Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Jun 2009
By edzshed
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far the best book of a very good trilogy. It's an absolute page turning war packed romp of a book and I loved every page. If you haven't read this series then I strongly suggest you do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conqueror Series 2 Jun 2009
This is a truely great series of writing. I'm not a historian neither a fan of "historical novels" but Conn Iggulden has surpassed himself in an almost self-invented genre. His "Caesar stuff" was really good and whilst the writing might not appeal to serious writing folk, its breadth and magnificence is astounding. Try one, they are all good!
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Another really good book, it made me think how hard it must have been in those days. Iggulden tells it well as he always does, on to the next book now.
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I also recommend you try the 'Conqueror' series too. just brilliant stories of the epic lives of Gaius Julius Ceaser and Marcus Brutus and Marc Anthony and Cleopatra.
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