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Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Conqueror 1)
Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Conqueror 1)
by Conn Iggulden
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Mongolia, 29 Jan. 2007
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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