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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (2 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007201745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007201747
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,758 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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‘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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A major new series on Genghis Khan from the number one bestselling co-author of `The Dangerous Book For Boys'
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on 5 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Although this book gallops along at Conn Iggulden's usual pace, I was continually tempted to leap ahead to find out what happened next. That makes it much more of a chapter-turner than merely a page-turner, and the narrative left me quite breathless at times!

Temujin is the son of the khan of one of the many Mongol tribes who are in continual, violent conflict. Without spoiling the story for you, his circumstances force him to grow up very quickly rather than lose his life. As the story unfolds, Temujin faces death many times and learns from his terrifying experiences. His list of those on whom he determines to wreak revenge grows as you read. Eventually, he becomes the respected, feared and uncompromising leader of the great horde which dominated two continents during that age.

Had his childhood been easy, he would probably have settled down with a couple of wives and a few goats. Historic record shows otherwise, but that record hardly brings Ghengis Khan's tale to life in the way that Iggulden has managed in this book.

I would recommend this book to anybody, and would challenge them to resist being swept along by such a brilliantly told story. I just can't wait to get my hands on the next episode, "Lords of the Bow," in January 2008.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Quite simply a great read, one of my top 5 books of this year, alongside Simon scarrows Eagle in the sand & Young Bloods,
Alex Scarrows A Thousand suns and David Gemmells Shield of Thunder.

I have enjoyed all of Conns books to differing degrees', his best until now was his debut Gates of Rome, but this new book blows that away. I suppose some of this may be due to the fact that little is known about Genghis in his early years. I do find myself making parallels with David Gemmells Nadir nation, which I think is a compliment to Conn's work (I'm A big Gemmell Fan). The book its self, follows the young life of Temujin, through the trials of growing up in the harsh inhospitable plains of the Mongol nation through ..well I'm not saying how far this book takes him, (that would just spoil it), but the journey is an amazing one, he either had more luck than any thousand people combined deserved or he was just an amazingly resourceful cunning and driven person. The book is so well written you feel the pain and suffering of the boy and later the man, you can feel the will power he exudes over himself and his people.
It Took me 2 days to polish off this book...and thats including going to work.
I have now read it twice, the 2nd time i read it slowly over a week, and if anything my enjoyment increased with the 2nd reading.

This is a must not miss out on this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 25 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
The perfect companion for all historical fiction enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Wolf of the Plains is a magnificent first part to the Conquerer series. Exploring the incredibly tough upbringing and rise to power of Temujin (the later Genghis Khan) Wolf is historical fiction of the highest order. Based mainly on the Secret History of the Mongols and following much of the same path as the also tremendous film Mongol, Iggulden brings to life the nomadic lifestyle, the bitter warring, and thirst for revenge that are the backdrop for the rise to power of one of the greatest conquerors in history.

Iggulden is clearly a man with an affinity for the Mongolian plains. Spending time there to research was well worth the effort as his descriptions of the scenery, of the people, of the nomadic lifestyle are drawn so that any outsider can feel the experience. The narrative that begins with Temujin's journey to find a wife and the death of his father is fast paced and gripping. Each chapter flows rapidly by and the whole joins together as at times a heartrending tale but one of overcoming the odds, of coming of age, and ultimately triumph.

Generally Iggulden does not hold back in describing the cultural values of the Mongol people. He rarely sensitises for the more fragile western mindset though there are occasions where western values creep in and those are jarring at times. The most notable is the concept of nationhood. The thought process behind this jumps out suddenly and doesn't really follow from what happens before.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger Mellie on 4 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
Genghis Khan ... there was a dearth of information for the best part of 800 years on the life and times of Genghis, and what little there was was all negative. This is not because Genghis was any more barbaric than anyone else of his time, but rather since all the history available to us it was written by the conquered and threatened (Persians, Chinese and Russians mainly). Imagine for a moment if the only available history of Richard the Lionheart was written by the arabs... how would it read? Something like ... "Brutal bloodthirsty foreign conquerer comes to our world bringing nothing but death, misery and destruction - slaughtering indiscriminately". Rather different to how we look at him.

Its only since 2004 that popular writers have begun to revise the previous historical Genghis conjured up by mediaeval storytellers to deliver a far more balanced, thorough and rounded view of this towering historical figure - Time magazine's "Man of the Millennium"

By incorporating Genghis Khan into historical fiction, Iggulden has made his amazing life story available in a ripping, easy to read book, that leaves people like me missing tube stops, staying awake extra hours in bed ... all just to read a few more gripping pages. There can be little additional praise I can heap on the book - others below have all said it before me. It's simply a terrific read on a fantastic topic.
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