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Ulven fra stepperne (Conqueror #1)

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1200-tallets Mongoliet: Temüdjin, næstældste søn af Ulvenes khan, er kun elleve år gammel, da han sendes til sin mors stamme for at møde sin kommende hustru, Börte. Men under opholdet dør hans far i et blodigt bagholdsangreb. Forrådt af sin fars nærmeste rådgivere efterlades Temüdjin og hans familie alene på de uforsonlige og vidtstrakte mongolske stepper.

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Hardcover, 431 pages
Published 2007
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"He holds blood in his right hand," she whispered. "He will walk with death all his life."

Spread out across the steppes, the Mongols are a divided people. Infighting and enmity have turned them into a scattered collection of tribes barely scraping by. Until there comes a man destined to lead them all to boundless glory and conquest. The second son of Yesugei, chieftain of the Wolves. A boy called Temujin, who would later pass into legend as the greatest conqueror in all history.

Leave it to Conn
Dan Schwent
Aug 05, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas-gift, 2010
Temujin, the son of Yesugei, khan of the Wolves, goes to a neighboring tribe to find a wife. While he's away, his father is murdered by a gang of Tartars. Worse still, his father's friend usurps the role of khan and leaves Temujin and his family to die on the steppe. Can Temujin and his family survive long enough to get revenge on the Tartars and regain control of the Wolves?

The story of Temujin and his rise to uniting the tribes against the Tartars is a powerful one. Temujin goes through a lot
Lance Greenfield
(In UK, this book is entitled "Wolf of the Plains")
A more harsh childhood is hard to imagine!

Although this book gallops along at Conn Iggulden's usual pace, I was continually tempted to leap ahead to find out what happened next. That makes it much more of a chapter-turner than merely a page-turner, and the narrative left me quite breathless at times!

Temujin is the son of the khan of one of the many Mongol tribes who are in continual, violent conflict. Without spoiling the story for you, his cir
Dec 01, 2014 Conor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

This was a decent work of historical fiction with a brilliantly realised setting that was ultimately let down by some pacing and characterisation issues.

I should probably say at this point that I'm a massive history nerd and I've read a lot about Genghis Khan. Some of my complaints about this book (and probably part of the reason I'm rating it lower than most of my friends) are down to the way that some events and characters were presented by Iggulden in contrast with my previous under
Tim The Enchanter
My #10 Read of 2014

Perfectly Executed Historical Fiction - 5 Stars

Action, Drama, Romance, History and Suspense, Birth of an Empire has it all. This volume robbed me of several full nights of sleep and I need to press on to see how the story would resolve. The story unfolds quickly while at the same time the author maintains his eye for detail. Birth of an Empire is my favorite type of HF. If you enjoy HF that places a premium on action and military (or in this case raiders) and war, then
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Esse livro estava há anos na minha cabeça e sempre tive vontade de desbravá-lo, mas infelizmente o tempo ia passando e a hora dele nunca chegava, até que comecei a assistir ao seriado Marco Polo e finalmente me veio a inspiração para ler a tão recomendada obra de Conn Iggulden. Só me restou pegar o e-book original e começar a desbravar. O Lobo das Planícies é o primeiro livro da série O Conquistador, composta por 4 outros, e nos apresenta o início da
Alice Poon
Mar 27, 2016 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-themed

I started reading this novel with a strange curiosity about the early life of Genghis Khan, having already read three non-fiction titles about his life-time conquests and those of his offspring. I ended up being deeply touched by the skilful crafting of a poignant coming-of-age tale portraying the young and fearless tribal leader. His unbeatable will to survive as a precocious male child of an ostracized and fatherless family in the harshest of environments is destined to make him a formidable t

أتردد كثيرا في انتقاء الكلمات مع الكتب التي تعجبني، فما بال الجميع بالكتب التي تخطف أنفاس .... أشعر أن كلمات مثل رواية رائعة أو رواية استثنائية - وهي كلمات استخدمتها لوصف روايات أخرى من قبل - ستكون مبتذلة بشكل أكبر مما يمكن أن أرتضيه لهذه الرواية التي اقتنيتها بسبب قراءات قمت بها وايقظت في الشغف لمعرفة المزيد ... ولن اتوقف عندها بل سأقرأ من أكثر من مصدر

يعود شغفي للمعرفة عن التتار لأيام كنت أقرأ فيها رواية فرسان وكهنة لـ د. منذر القباني .... لاحظت كلامه عن تماسك التتار وتعاملهم فيما بينهم بشكل في
David Sven
Feb 09, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tracks the origins of Genghis Kahn (Chinggis Haan), from his birth as Temujin of the Mongol tribe calling itself The Wolves, to his claiming of the title of Kahn of the Sea of Grass in the late 12th century.

I found the book engaging from start to finish. Conn Iggulden does a good job of telling a tale set in a harsh landscape, home to a warrior culture that was proud and often cruel. Weakness is despised and men are expected to suppress outward displays of emotion and instead show the
3.5 to 4.0 stars. Genghis Khan is a historical figure that has always fascinated me because of how little is known about him despite having once ruled much of the known world. This story does an excellent job of telling a compelling story while staying, for the most part, true to the historical record (the author explains in an afterward certain "creative licenses" taken for narratrive purposes). I really liked the sense of place established by the narrative as well as the extremely harsh condit ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially teenage boys
Recommended to Sandi by: Won through First Reads
I started Genghis Birth of an Empire with a bit of trepidation. It starts out like a book for teenage boys. Indeed, it is a book that should have a great deal of appeal to teenage boys. Shortly after I did my eyeroll over brotherly rivalry and impending manhood, I really got sucked into the story. In many ways, this book reminded me more of epic fantasy than historical fiction. A young prince finds himself in the lowest of situations, facing death. He finds a way to survive and rises to his inte ...more
3.75 stars, rounded to 4.0. This embellished biography is interesting and heart breaking, but eventually it became too much for me, and I'd stop for a while. Just very unpleasant -- too much bloody murder, torture, rape, cannibalism, etc. It was tough to plow through some of the more gruesome scenes.

The narrative is based on a record written after Genghis died, the oldest Mongolian document, The Secret History of the Mongols, which -- translated -- dates to circa 1400. In the afterward of the
A weak-kneed three stars for this one, and that’s primarily because Mongol history holds a particular fascination for me. If this were a novel about the early years of the Sun King or the first Incan ruler, I’m not sure I’d continue.

The writing isn’t bad, and sometimes approaches a level that makes readers feel they’re there. Examples of this are an early scene where Temujin climbs a steep hillside to capture two eagle chicks for his father and the scene where he’s tortured by his father’s erstw
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

I passed this book to one of my employees. He does NOT read for enjoyment. I promised him he would love this book so he said he would give it a try. Yesterday, I saw him with book 2 and asked him what was up. His explanation- "I read book 1 every night for the past week and all weekend long". THAT is how good the book is, it made a non-reader into a reader and was so good, he bought book 2!

My review below:

Wow, wow, did I mention wow? This book was a history lesson, an action movie, and a
Mar 17, 2009 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jo by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
This was one of those books that I found nearly impossible to put down once I started reading. Dealing with Genghis Kahn's early years, from just prior to the death of his father through him actually naming himself as Genghis, the plot sucks you in and makes you feel everything that he (and his family) go through as he experiences the events that turn him from a Mongol named Temujin to a man who literally changed the face of the world. The characters are alive on the pages, breathing and moving ...more
May 13, 2012 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سننجو من هذا يا أبنائي، سنعيش حتى تصبحوا رجالاً، وعندما يصبح "إليوك" عجوزاً، سيتساءل ما إذا كنتم قادمين إليه في كل مرة يسمع فيها وقع الحوافر في الظلام.. .. .. كان هذا ما قالته "هولن" لأبنائها بعد وفاة زوجها زعيم الذئاب وخيانة "إليوت" الذراع الأيمن لزوجها لهم بأن استولى على القبيلة وتخليه عنهم ظناً منه أنهم لن يصمدوا في برد شتاء الشمال بعد أن تركهم بالملابس التي عليهم فقط وهاجر بالقبلية للجنوب .. .. لم تذرف الدموع ودُهش أبنائها لذلك وكانت بذلك مصدر القوة التي أمدَّتهم بروح التصميم والرغبة في الب ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
ذئب السهول

هذا هو الجزء الأول من السيرة الملحمية لجنكيز خان، والتي يحمل جزئها الثاني عنوان ( سادة البراري) - صدر حتى الآن أربعة أجزاء، وهناك جزئين في الطريق، لتكون بذلك سداسية عن الإمبراطورية المغولية -.

تتناول الرواية المرحلة التكوينية لـ ( تيموجن بورجيجن) – وهو اسم غليظ كما نرى، يناسب شعوبا ً قاسية كالمغول -، الذي سيصبح فيما بعد ( جنكيز خان) – أي ( إمبراطور العالم) -، وهذه المرحلة التكوينية ليست سهلة أبدا ً، رغم أنه ولد لزعيم قبيلة قوية لقبها الكاتب – الذي كان أمينا ً، ما عدا بعض التغييرات الب
Diamond Cowboy
Nov 10, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is the best book I have read all year. It is the story of how Genghis was shaped and molded as a child into one of the greatest conqurers and ruler of tribes ever.
"The greatest joy a man can know is to conquer his enamies and drive them before him, to ride their horses,to take away their pocessions, to see the faces of those who are dear to them become dewy with tears, to clasp his wives and daughters in his arm,s." Genghis Khan
Nov 28, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
most of the time i read so-called literary fiction. this book would probably normally be classed as genre fiction, but it is so well written that i am putting in my lit-fiction section anyway.

it's the story of genghis khan from the time he was 12 years old to the time when he has gathered some of the tribes together and won a major battle against his enemies.the book is pretty well 100% plot, there is almost no break in the action, which is why i read it in two sittings and stayed up reading unt
Mar 13, 2009 Mariellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few things about Genghis Khan in the past, but nothing that went nearly into the depth of his life as this book has. It grabbed me by the eyeballs and wouldn't let go until I had finished it.
It begins with Temujin as a very young man with an older brother and 3 younger brothers and goes in depth into the events that shaped him into the conqueror that he later became. The details seem authentic, and the writing draws you into a world where tradition, clan, and family ties are strong.
Oct 17, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. This is historical fiction about Genghis Khan. Now, I will say that the author took certain liberties with the facts, so if you are a true historian and a stickler for 100% accuracy you should probably move on. But the "creative" differences didn't bother me at all. This was a very compelling story.

From the beginning "needed retribution" was established so I was along for the ride. This felt like it took quite a bit of research and I loved that it didn't feel like a complete regur
Dec 12, 2012 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages
I've been stricken with a horrible case of laziness the past couple weeks so I've put this off, but there's no better time to write these reviews than at an ungodly hour so I'll get started. I had a lot of fun with this book, the Mongols were never a subject I was particularly interested in or knowledgeable about but when you think about the Mongol Empire purely on the terms of the story of how it came about it's pretty fascinating. I wanted to get a writer's impression of what it might have bee ...more
Lee Broderick
Jul 03, 2012 Lee Broderick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lee by: Terri
I'm glad I was recommended this. I'd never have read it otherwise.

For me, there were several ethnographic and historic innacuracies (most especially: what the hell happened to Jamuka, the yang to Chinggis's ying?) but the writing was good enough to keep this from annoying me too much. I understand that I was reading it from a perspective different from that of most readers.

Taking it as a story (and not a history lesson) it was very enjoyable and I may recomend it to some of my colleagues. What
Jun 18, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genghis Birth of an Empire my favorite kind of book; well-researched historical fiction with a minimum of romance. The author takes pains to note where he veers from known fact in the epilogue - and there is a surprising amount of known fact about Genghis Kahn.
The book starts out slow, but it picks up and the detail of daily life of the Mongols is fascinating. Life is short and brutal, lived on a thin edge between survival and death, and it makes for compelling reading. I listened to this book
Apr 12, 2016 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Walau sudah banyak membaca dan menonton film tentang riwayat hidup Genghis Khan, tapi buku tulisan Conn ini telah berhasil membuatku melahap 631 halamannya dalam tempo 1.5 hari. Rentang waktu novel ini mulai dari kelahiran Temujin sampai dengan saat dia berhasil menyatukan bangsa Mongol. Alur bercerita yang cepat, dengan narasi memikat yang jauh dari kata membosankan. Conn bisa membuat kita mendapatkan gambaran lingkungan serta kejadian saat itu, juga menangkap semua emosi dan pe
Feb 05, 2016 Férial rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I didn't very much like this book. I thought I would be impressed by the greatness of Genghis Khan but eventually I was not. The writing was not very engaging, the characters flat and I honestly didn't really care what happened to them. I was just turning the pages of the book, without feeling anything really.

I am going to give a try to the second book of this series (I've bought them all what possessed me ? *sigh*). The first pages will tell me if I can hope for an improvement or not.

If not
This is an action filled tale about Genghis Kahn. It is cinematic in tone, and by that I mean it is plot oriented, with one exciting thing after another happening in rapid succession. I could accept the violence when I felt it was motivated by the need to either kill or be killed; I could accept it when he was younger and simply fighting to survive. By the end, it was simply too much. Lots of gory fighting, with some love thrown in too.

What did I learn about the Mongolian way of life? Very litt
Jul 31, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Conn Iggulden, but I was not very interested in Ghengis Khan or the Mongols so put off reading this book for quite a while. In the end, I don't know what my problem was. This is a great book and I should have had more faith in Iggulden for he knows how to tell an enjoyable story even when it is set in a time and land that holds no real intrigue for me.
And that is the only reason it didn't give it 5 stars. It was not the authors fault. I just couldn't be '5 stars' super enthusiastic about
Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
Feb 10, 2016 Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction buffs
Recommended to Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca by: Anirudh Hegde
A breezy, eventful ride through the early years of Temujin, who later called himself Genghis Khan. (pronounced Chingis, which means lord of the grass). He had a turbulent life after his father's death and ostracism of his family by his father's right hand, Eeluk, whose greed for power got the better of him. After suffering the harsh weather and circumstances, step by step, Temunjin and his younger brothers build up the warrior clan, their mother Hoelun, always a pillar of strength. In the last q ...more
Chance Maree
Feb 24, 2012 Chance Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, historical
Fascinating historical dramatization of the life of Genghis Khan. I was immersed in the voice and imagery so deeply that both the reader and the storyteller were secondary to the experience. Life was brutal, yet Genghis was a mixture of ruthlessness and brilliance. Tribal life of the Mongols contrasted with that of the Chin in a very yin/yang extreme way. While abhorrent in many respects, the strength of will and struggle for survival in such a tribal society has much to teach about the nature o ...more
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I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous ...more
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“Courage cannot be left like bones in a bag. It must be brought out and shown the light again and again, growing stronger each time. If you think it will keep for the times you need it, you are wrong. It is like any other part of your strength. If you ignore it, the bag will be empty when you need it most.” 63 likes
“Your brother beat him almost to death, Temujin. He held him and kicked him until he cried like a child. He is afraid of you, so he hates you. It would be wrong to hurt him again. It would be like beating a dog after it has loosed it's bladder. The spirit is already broken in him.” 30 likes
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