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Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Conqueror 1) Paperback – 3 Sep 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 350 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Paperback Edition, First Printing edition (3 Sept. 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 (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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First of all i'd like to say what a brilliant book this is, a fine continution of the author's good form originating from his highly acclaimed first series Emperor.

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.
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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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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.
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