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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Paperback Edition, First Printing edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007201753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007201754
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.7 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,556 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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82 of 87 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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3 of 3 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton on 29 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Conn Iggulden's Emperor series. Having said that, The Conqueror Series may be an even more entertaining and enlightening read than the story of Julius Caesar that Iggulden so adroitly penned. I could almost feel the cold winds blowing across the steps, smell the scent of unwashed bodies mingled with mutton fat. Iggulden manages to transport readers into a savage world of the distant past where warrior tribes battle each other while simultaneously battling a climate more hostile than any human foe. Still, he manages to make his characters and their motivations human and accessable.

Young Tumajin (Genghis Khan)is the son of the Khan of the Wolves. The young warrior is being groomed to be Khan when a cruel trick of fate leaves his father poisoned and his family outcast from their own people. This is where the story begins and it is this 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.

As in all historical fiction for the sake of literary flow there are a few inaccuracies which Iggulden addresses in his Afterword. This should leave historical literalists pleased while at the same time allowing those that are just in it for the entertainment to enjoy the journey as well.

Overall a wonderful read filled with colorful characters and a tight plot line. I definitely recommend "Wolf of the Plains" to all fans of historical fiction and high adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Axl Furneaux on 1 Feb 2009
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I had only not read any Conn books before. But I heard him on Five Live and was immediately taken by his attitude and approach to writing.

I ended up buying this (and the second one). I devoured it immediately. His writing style is almost prose-like. I knew relatively little about G. Khan, other than a brief 1 hour documentary on the TV a few years ago. His writing style reminds me of David Gemmell (God rest his soul) - succinct and action-packed, although perhaps with a leaning more towards historical accuracy. Gemmell tended to write straight fantasy (until he started his Troy series - he died before he could finish it, by the way).

Suffice it to say that I have now started to read as many Conn books as I can afford to acquire.

I do not want to give too much away about this story, but there has obviously been some additions to "pad" out historical gaps in the life of Genghis, but it flows, which is crucial to me as a reader. I appreciate that some people can get frustrated about "alterations" in the accuracy of certain historical events, but to me the flow of a story is far more important than. If you want accuracy read a non-fiction book, in my opinion.

In summary, I cannot recommend this book enough - a wonderful story, enough accuracy to link it to reality and the flow, oh the flow. It works a dream - for me anyway.
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