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The troubled childhood of a savage conqueror,
This review is from: Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1) (Paperback)
Very little is actually known about the early life of Genghis Khan. Conn Iggulden uses his imagination to construct a deeply troubled childhood for the man who became one of the greatest military leaders the world has ever known - arguably greater than Julius Caesar and Alexander. Having previously seen the film "Mongul" which attempts to cover the same ground as this novel by Iggulden, I believe that Iggulden gives a much more convincing account of what might have actually happened. Although some of Iggulden's writing is irritating - for example his unbridled use of "chuckled" - on the whole he writes strong, masculine, simple English and draws the reader into a savage, unfamiliar world where the protagonists must survive hunger and cold as well as hostile neighbours. Seldom has a man had to fight so hard to survive to adulthood as the young Genghis Khan. Although it is possible to criticise some parts of the book because they demand too much suspension of disbelief, on the whole this is a thrilling and well written story with strong, vivid characters. Not only an enjoyable read, but a useful introduction into life in thirteenth century China and Mongolia. Strongly recommended.