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Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan (Conqueror #5)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  4,543 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Intrigue and treachery roil the vast Mongol nation as the heirs of Genghis Khan fight for control of his unprecedented empire—and of his mighty armies. History will turn on the outcome of their struggle. But only one man, dismissed by all the others, will boldly rise to the challenge with the courage and vision to forge the future, and with the strength to be called . . .

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Hardcover, 475 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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David Sven
A good finale to the series. This book sees the rise of Kublai Khan. Growing up, nobody would have guessed it would be the scholar grandson of Genghis, with his head in books and adoption of Chin culture, who would turn out to be Gur Khan of the Mongols - Then again, a generation or two before that nobody foresaw that there would be such a thing as a Mongol scholar.


Of course, Kublai doesn't stay a scholar, forced to take the field by his brother Mongke to extend Mongol control beyond the Chin bo
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Chance Maree
I never considered myself a reader of historical fiction novels, probably due to the manner in which history was/is taught in school. In college, however, I had a favorite professor, educated at Harvard, with a keen intellect, and wit. During a class, and I still remember this, he mentioned the Mongols' sacking of Baghdad, where the city folks were so materialistic, they swallowed their jewels, only to have their bellies split open and their treasures robbed. Tremendous libraries and precious ar ...more
Terri
I have gone off this series by Conn Iggulden. I appreciated Book 1 and 2, but I have not felt anything for the books since then, and this is book 5, so that tells you how long it has been since I have gotten into this series.
I have persisted in the hopes that sooner or later I would feel what I felt in Book 2 and because I keep buying the damn books so that I have the collection. Nice covers make me weak.

I find the writing quality in many of Iggulden's books simplistic and inconsistent. Like a
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Amy
I loved this book so much I had to get all of Conn Iggulden's books on the Khan series and the books on Rome.This book was wonderful full of action,battle plans,hard choices and trickery.Conn Iggulden has done a wonderful job of making the mongols live for me.I loved how alive these men and women became for me while reading this book. I couldn't put this book down.While reading this book it was like being there in a way just so vivid.I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of histo ...more
Hudson
**Actual rating, 4.5. I took away a half a point in a fit of sulkiness.**

Really???? That's the end? Kublai wins the battle, takes the khan title and.......you end the series? Come on Mr. Iggulden, please revisit that decision. There is so much more to tell!

This was the final installment in a great historical series about the Mongols. Very well written, chock full of actual events and each book had a very thoughtful afterwards in which the author delineated fact from fiction.

Even though the autho
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Lance Greenfield
This is a wonderful conclusion to the series. Once I was into the last one hundred pages, I just had to keep reading until I had finished at 2.30 am this morning.

As Conn Iggulden says in his historical notes at the end of the book, there is still so much that he could have continued to write about the Mongolian empire. Sorhatani, mother of the four grandsons of Genghis: Mongke, Kublai, Hulegu and Arik-Boke, deserves a book of her own. However, I think that Conn is correct in deciding to leave th
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Steven
I received this book from the Goodreads Firstreads program. I was very excited to receive the book as I love Historical Fiction and always wanted to find out more about the Mongols. When requesting the book, I did not realize that it was part of a series. However, I am now happy that I have a new author to catch up on. I plan on going back and reading the entire Conqueror series, and also the Emperor series.

I really enjoyed how the author presented the historical information and how he develope
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Jason Golomb
Conn Iggulden makes a splendid return to his 13th century world of Mongol dominance. "Conquerer" marks Iggulden's fifth book in his historical fiction series on Genghis Khan, his legacy, and the lasting cultural impact of his Mongol empire on the world.

"Conquerer" focuses on one of Genghis' grandsons, Kublai Khan, who's probably most well known for his monumental interactions with explorer Marco Polo. Absent of the Marco Polo years, "Conquerer" explores the rise of Kublai Khan from a studious a
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Susan Johnson
This novel fittingly ends the Khan series. The author says that he wants to end a series with the character alive and Kublai is very much alive and in control at the book's ending. This series has been so interesting and I have learned so much about the Mongols although, if truth be told, I knew next nothing when I began. Genghis was a fascinating man who was a natural military intellect. As much as I was interested in his life, I had no desire to emulate it. Riding the plains for months, eating ...more
Grady McCallie
It's a telenovela! for men! with Mongols! And, to be fair, it doesn't have many exclamation points, just a lot of brutal men living by a code of honor in a brutal era. Will Kublai, grandson of Genghis and second son of Tolui, outlive his gay cousin? his brutal older brother? his self-indulgent younger brother? Will he have more success in China than his other brother has against Bagdad and the Assassins? How many ways are there to depict weak men dying pathetically, crushed by fate? Overall, it' ...more
Nancy
This dramatic historical saga about the coming of age (and triumphs) of Kublai Khan took me out of my literary comfort zone and into a bold, brutal, and fascinating period of history.

I'm shamefully ignorant about Asian history and this book provided me with a background on the development of the Mongul empire. Iggulden did a stunning job in his profile of Kublai Khan. The transformation of an elegant young scholar into a fierce Mongol warrier seems unlikely at first, but the author made it seaml
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Bernie Charbonneau
The fifth and supposidly the last novel in this fantastic series by this fantastic author. So sad! Having read this series in the last couple of months, I have grown quite fond of the Kahn dynasty. This novel, like the previous books in this series, was excellent. The synopsis on the back cover describes that it is a novel about Kublai Khan, grandson of the late, great conqueror Genghis Khan. The novel does include Kublai but it also covers his brothers, cousins, and parents. The Khan lineage is ...more
Bobby
What a fantastic read!! I had not heard of Conn Iggulden prior to winning "The Conqueror" in a giveaway...but he's not an author you can forget once you've read one of his books. I have read a great deal of historical fiction but this one stands out. Whether the character has a minor or major role in Mr. Iggulden's story, they are all treated as if they are the focal point of the tale. And in their chapter or segment of the book, they are just that...the star.

The ruthlessness, the cold, the fea
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John
The decendants of Genghis Khan know how to help write history.

Well what a book to read!!! The final book in the series leaves you wanting more. Not the best recomendation I could give I know. So why should you read this book,. I can only quote what the author says ....

...This story began with a single, starving family, hunted and alone on the plains of Mongolia - and ends with Kublai Khan ruling an empire larger than that of Alexander the Great or Julius Ceasar. Over just three generations, that
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Olethros
-Remate agradable y belicosamente potente.-

Género. Novela Histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. A mediados del siglo XI, el imperio mongol tiene una capital de renombre en Karakorum donde Guyuk, nieto de Genghis Khan e hijo de Ogedai Khan, trata de ganar apoyos a su posición de una forma mucho menos diplomática y sibilina de lo que su madre y responsable de su ascenso, Torogene, siempre le está tratando de enseñar ya que aunque líder en teoría de todos los mongoles no ha sido elegido oficialmente como kh
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Ken
A nice read of how Kublai Khan comes to power and the path of what it takes to get there. I felt like I could relate to him in how he came across and dealt with opposition that came his way (felt almost like a Robin Hood in a way)... some chapters maybe a little bit stronger than others, but still a very good one to pick up :)

Thank you for having this in the Goodreads First-Reads Program (advanced reader's edition) also and giving me a chance to read and review this book :)
Neil Morgan
Great book! A brilliant story well told. Highly recommend to anyone with an interest in history.
Sue
I won this book from Goodreads and I'm glad that I did. It's a fantastic book. Conn Iggulden is a great writer. Conqueror is well researched and well written. I didn't realize that this was the last in a series on the Mongols. Now I'll be reading the first books in this series as well as his series on Julius Caesar. However, for those who haven't read the first books, this book stands on it's own. I wasn't lost at all even though I know very little about the Mongol Empire.

Even though this book
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Lolly's Library
This is the final novel in Conn Iggulden's violent, bloody, exhilarating, dramatic, masterful series on Genghis Khan and his descendents, focusing on Kublai Khan as he transitions from scholar to warrior to Great Khan of the Mongol empire.

You know, as much as I loved this book and the series, the thing I most took away from the story arc is the confirmation that men are pigs. No, dogs. No, pig-dogs. And I don't mean men as in “the human race.” I mean men as in the gender. Men are the ones who re
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Jim
Conqueror is a very well done historical novel of Kublai Khan's rise to power. The book relies on detailed research, I felt transported to the 13th century Mongol Empire. I learned lots of interesting things, for example the Mongols had an efficient message delivery system much like the Pony Express of the American west. The horsemen were called yam riders and there were yam stations every 25 miles or so for food, water and fresh horses.

Kublai had not expected to be Khan, even though he was a gr
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Ronald Roseborough
This is a really good book about Kublai Khan, a grandson of Ghengis Khan. It is thoroughly researched and well written. The book seems overwhelming at first, consisting of over 450 pages, but it is filled with action and interesting plot lines that take the reader swiftly through the pages. Ghengis Khan was a strong, fierce, Mongol warrior who commanded a huge army and conquered vast territories in Asia from the borders of Eastern Europe to Northern China. Kublai would expand Ghengis' empire to ...more
Duckie
A solid effort, but not as compelling as the first three Genghis books. This one felt a little choppy and a little dragged-out in certain places. Although the last battle of Mongols fighting Mongols is quite compelling, overall this could have used more editing and polishing.

One of the major issues I had with this had actually started to rear its head in the third book and became really irritating by the fifth - the way Iggulden writes domestic scenes. Take the following passage for example:

"Kub
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Sky Thibedeau
Most of us know the Mongol Emperor of China from seeing movies about Marco Polo or the Stately Pleasure Dome in Coelridge's poem. Iggulden's novel is a fictional account of how he became Emperor. It's not so much a fictional biography of Kublai either as it is a fictional history of his family.

At the start of the Novel Torgene the wife of the great khan Ogedai has her son Guyuk put on the throne of the Mongol Empire as Great Khan. Kublai and his family swear allegiance but are friends to Batu Kh
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Faith Justice
Blood, battles, and brutality...a good example of adventure/military fiction. Folks who like this kind of book, will very much enjoy Conqueror. I didn't read the first three books in this series, but did get an ARC copy of the fourth book and also this one. Conqeror kept me reading, but more like a person who can't take her eyes away from a tragedy as it unfolds. Iggulden is relentless in his description of savagery and death from the large scale sacking of Baghdad to the small scale execution o ...more
Robin Webster
The Conqueror is the fifth book in the series about the dynasty of Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongol nation. The earlier books progressed through the lives of Genghis and his sons. This one mainly focusses on the lives of Genghis Khan’s grandsons Arik-Boke and his elder brother Kublia. Much of the book is about the alliances they forge and the power struggle between them in order for one of them to become Khan. Although this book can be read without having read the others in the serious, I ...more
Sara
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Nov 29, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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‘You are blood of my blood, bone of my bone. I will name a dynasty and you will carry the name.’

This, the fifth and apparently final novel in the Conqueror series is set in the 13th century and is about the grandsons of Genghis Khan, and the control of the empire he created. As the novel opens, Ogedai’s son Guyuk is the Great Khan. When Guyuk dies in 1248, Möngke, son of Tolui, eventually (in 1251) succeeds him as the Great Khan. Each of Möngke’s brothers, Kublai, Hulegu and Arik-Boke are assign
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Michael
This fifth in the series about Ghengis Khan, his family, and founding (taking) of the Mongol Empire continues to rule. I wish all the books I happen to pick up were half as good. This is historical fiction in day to day lives of the characters in the book, but the overall story is true. And it is a crazy story. This one follows the rise of Kublai Khan, one of Ghengis Khan's grandsons. I've learned so much from these books. This is one of the reasons the Arabs and the Middle East are feudal theoc ...more
Richard
This was the fifth and final book in a wonderful series that started with a young Temujin, son of the Khan of a Mongolian Tribe. His father dies and Temujin, his mother and siblings are left to die on the plains. Temujin survives to become Genghis Khan uniting the Mongolian tribes to become a nation. This final book leaves us with Kublai just after his successful civil war to secure his position as the Great Khan.

A brilliant piece of historical fiction giving some insight and knowledge of the Mo
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أحمد
"قد يستطيع أي شخص ان يقوم بتغيير العالم, لكن لا أحد يستطيع تغيير العالم للأبد"
مقتبس من حوار سورهوختاني لإبنها كوبلاي الذي صار بعد ذلك كوبلاي خان. الخان الأعظم الرابع للمغول ومؤسس حكم سلالة اليوان في الصين

الرواية لمن لم يقرأها من قبل هي الجزء الخامس من قصة حقيقية هي بداية وصعود الإمبراطورية المغولية والجزء الخامس يتعرض للفترة التالية لوفاة ثاني خان أعظم وهو أوجيداي خان.

وقصة اجتياح الصين الجنوبية ثم بداية الصراع علي السلطة في الإمبراطورية المغولية. تتعرض الأحداث لهولاكو واجتياحه لبغداد و قائد جيوش
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Conqueror (5 books)
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
  • Genghis: Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, #2)
  • Bones of the Hills (Conqueror, #3)
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