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Awesome read - worth every one of its five stars
on 17 February 2018
Holy moly I did not expect to love this as much as I did. Iggulden takes the legend of Genhis Khan, the first Great Khan of Mongolia, and wraps it in a thrilling tale of loss, betrayal, war and vengeance. This first novel in the series (of five) begins with the death of Temüjin's father, the ruling Khan of the Borjigin clan Yesügei, and ends with the battle of several clans - combined under Temüjin's leadership - against the Tartars. Along the way we see Temüjin's vision of a united Mongolia begin to bear fruit and in the final pages, he stands before the victorious army he has fashioned from the nomadic tribes of the north-east as their undisputed leader and takes the name Genghis Khan. This is a gory tale, full of the bloody ruthlessness that has stained the pages of Mongol myth and history but it's an enthralling introduction to this nation and the dynasty that built it. An awesome read.