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When Temujin is ten, he murders one of his half-brothers in self-defense. That one act of brutality shows him the animal that lives inside his heart, sets into motion a string of events that bring a boy named Jamuka into his life, and gives Temujin the idea to write the law he calls Yassa. Yassa law states that, above all else, you are to be loyal to those you pledge yours ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 400 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Jo Michaels (first published June 3rd 2012)
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Crystal Lee
Sep 16, 2012 Crystal Lee rated it really liked it
I’ve been trying to come up with the words on how to describe Yassa. I’ve never read anything like it before, but then I never really had an interest in Genghis Khan. I loved Jo Michael’s ideas of what it was like for him growing up, getting married so young to a very intriguing and beautiful woman.

I was engrossed and horrified at the violence yet understood completely why he made the choices he did. Jo made the character very accessible and easy to relate to. I couldn’t even imagine the terrify
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Tia Bach
Aug 14, 2013 Tia Bach rated it it was amazing
Although this story is about a young Ghengis Khan (Temujin), it is just as much about the woman behind the man and the great love of his life--his wife, Borte. At times brutal, as one might expect from historical fiction focusing on Ghengis Khan and his time period, it's really a story of love, loss, betrayal, friendship, and survival.

Temujin is chosen for leadership at a very early age and much to the chagrin of his older brothers. When his father dies, Temujin's role as leader is challenged an
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C.M. Truxler
Jul 29, 2012 C.M. Truxler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance, history
Yassa Sure to Gain Author Loyal Readers

What would you do for love? What would you do to survive? Yassa, by Jo Michaels offers the warrior’s answer to these questions and then some. Written in first person, Yassa manages to give two points of view to its peak turning-point event without breaking a sweat. Some prologues can be ignored and one misses nothing, but readers of this novel should be very careful not to fall into this thinking in the case of this work. The prologue adds a completely new
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Ashley
Jun 19, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
Review YASSA by Jo Michaels
Have you ever wondered if there was more to Genghis Khan? Was he just a brutal murderer or was there another side to the story. Jo Michaels brings new light into the life, love and mysteries that surround one of the world’s most famous leaders. Yassa is the story of Temujin and his powerful loyalty to his wife, Börte, his family and his friends. It is also the story of betrayal, when his anda (sworn brother) Jamuka breaks Yassa – the unbreakable vow. While Temujin is s
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Ashley Howland
Jun 18, 2012 Ashley Howland rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered if there was more to Genghis Khan? Was he just a brutal murderer or was there another side to the story. Jo Michaels brings new light into the life, love and mysteries that surround one of the world’s most famous leaders. Yassa is the story of Temujin and his powerful loyalty to his wife, Börte, his family and his friends. It is also the story of betrayal, when his anda (sworn brother) Jamuka breaks Yassa – the unbreakable vow. While Temujin is set on revenge he is also to ...more
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Jun 30, 2012 Rabid Readers Reviews rated it really liked it
This was a very different sort of novel. Based on the childhood of famous historical figure, Genghis Khan, it poses how he came to be who he was. Often brutal but always compelling, this narrative drags the reader into a historical world and foreign culture. Little Temujin is not your average child. This is a kid who will kill his brother because he knows its what he has to do to survive. This does read wrong if you're looking at it from a historical angle but it's written in the modern age for ...more
Sharon Reddy
Nov 21, 2012 Sharon Reddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Ordinarily, I don't care for books written in first person, but I read this one from start to finish. This fictional story of the early life of Genghis Khan and his imposition of Yassa, the system of law, on the scattered Mongol tribes, as he unified them into one people, blends known history with the story of his love for his wife. An interesting and definitely recommended read.
Luke Hoffman
Jun 14, 2013 Luke Hoffman rated it liked it
Definitely an interesing romanticization of Genghis Khan. While the story was enjoyable and had me hooked the whole way through, the characters' behaviours seemed affected at times toward the ultimate goal of showing Genghis off as the best man ever, or perhaps, rather, the best husband. Don't let that stop you, though: 'Yassa' is a worthwhile read.
Rachel Barnard
Feb 21, 2015 Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such brilliant prose and a well written story.
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