Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Conqueror 1) Paperback – 3 Sep 2007
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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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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.
However, the reason i am writing this review is really because i feel like a complete idiot for buying the same book twice! I do not agree with other reviewer's claims that this is some kind of elaborate 'Conn' by the author. Branding for the U.S is very common and i believe most of us made this mistake because we became over excited about the thought of the sequel being releasesd and in our heads the different title already subconsciously confirmed to us that this was in fact the sequel. Had we perhaps been browsing for a new book or at the first of this author's novels in a new series we would have quickly noticed that this is in fact the first novel in the conqueror series just rebranded. I would however like to point the dirty finger at Amazon because it seems slightly strange to me that a re-branded version of a novel for the U.S should make its way onto(and so clearly because we all saw it really quickly)the U.K version of this website. Not good form if you ask me! So if you're a fan of the author or of historicla fiction, buy this book (if you don't already own wolf of the plains) you will not be diappointed.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book is about the early life of the legendary Genghis Khan. If you like fast-paced historical faction like Iggulden, Scarrow, Cornwell you will like this. Read morePublished 14 days ago by My-Key-Reviews
Conn Iggulden has a way of writing that pulls you in from the first page. If this first of 5 books is anything to go by, the other 4 are going to be even more difficult to put... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Francis
Excellent read mixing fact with fiction. Described characters really well powerful narrative. Easy to imagine the action and picture the atmosphere.Published 2 months ago by charlie1
Superb reading couldn't put it down and read it over again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book,struggled to find good quality book's laterly,but now going to read book 2,hope it is better if possiblePublished 3 months ago by lorraine
A excellent book a good and interesting story line that got me so rapt up in it, that I found it hard to put downPublished 3 months ago by B.A.A.S