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Conn's Magical Mystery Steppes,
This review is from: Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Conqueror 1) (Hardcover)
When I first read that Conn Iggulden was writing a tale about Genghis Khan I was quite excited, after all the saga that he wrote in regard to Julius Caesar (Emperor series) was exceptional, however as always with an author you do wonder if the first series is a bit of a one hit wonder, and with little truly known about the life of Genghis much of it is supposition and based on the Chinese writing system with tales told by the Khan himself you were left wondering how epic the tale of this ancient conqueror was going to be.
Based as the first of the Caesar series was on the early life of the Great Khan, Temujin as he was know at that time grows to become a leader respected and feared amongst the tribes, and perhaps when you read this novel if your familiar with the Drenai novels of David Gemmell, would leave the reader considering that this was the tale of Ulric, for the two character are ultimately linked.
Conn's tale of the early life of Genghis weaves a magical spell around the stories and interweaves historical fiction amongst the educated guesses that create an image that allows the reader to associate with this ancient civilisation to whom many considered were just Barbarians, yet the struggles from the early age of the Khan could clearly demonstrate that he was destined for greatness, yet that is something that is obvious when looked upon with hindsight.
As usual with Conn, the characters are well rounded, accessible to the modern reader and also allow the tale to be interwoven to a realistic historical take rather than the myths that grow around men of power from ancient days.
The Sea of Grass also comes to life with the storm of Temujin, blowing across the plains uniting the modern day people of Mongolia to their ancestors, whom modern China claims now as their own. My only disgruntlement within the novel is the early demise of the leader of Temujin's allies, who was a thorn in his side for many more years, alongside his son. How Conn will decide to transfer the treachery that existed throughout the saga is going to be a mystery, yet one that will be eagerly awaited. If any man can make the history of this ancient leader accessible in much the same way that he did with Julius Caesar then it's going to be Iggulden. This tale will certainly make the world sit up and listen to the epic about to be unfolded.
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