Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror #1)
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Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror #1)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  10,197 ratings  ·  736 reviews
Conn Iggulden, author of the best-selling "Emperor" series of books about Julius Caesar returns with another series, shifting his focus eastward, this one based on the life of Temujin, the young man who would one day become the legendary warrior Genghis Khan. Iggulden convincingly portrays the harsh circumstances of Temujin's early life. The account of how the canny, obser...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published 2007 by Harper Collins
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Dan Schwent
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...more
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...more
Rabindranauth
Every legend has a genesis, a point where it begins. This is the beginning of the legend of Genghis Khan.

Iggulden’s Birth of an Empire tells the tale of Temujin, a boy of the Wolf clan who becomes arguably the greatest warlord in history, Genghis Khan. It weaves a tale of the brutal events that formed this fearsome man; from the betrayal and murder of his father, the subsequent exile of his family from the clan, and their struggle for survival on the harsh steppes from the forces of nature and s...more
Yousra

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
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David Sven
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...more
Stephen
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
Jo
Mar 17, 2009 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Tim "The Enchanter"
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 you will enjoy this no...more
Lona
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
Sandi
Mar 25, 2009 Sandi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kathleen
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...more
Terence
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...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
Update-

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...more
Fahad
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...more
Mariellen
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....more
Bill
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...more
Lee Broderick
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...more
Cathy
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...more
Chrissie
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...more
Chance Maree
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
Christy
Holy cow, I never thought I'd be so in to Genghis Khan, but this book is AWESOME! Natalie, you totally sold me when you put that quote up on Goodreads:

"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."

If this hadn't been Iggulden's fantastic...more
Ashwag abdalaziz
لا أعرف لما كرهت شعوري عندما انتهيت من قراءة الرواية
لأول مرة افهم دوافع جنكيز النفسيه في سحق العالم ..كنت اريد ان اكرهه كرهاص مطلقا صافياً بدون اي تفهم لكن الكاتب استفزني عندما كتب سيرة الفاتح جنكيز خان
صرخت دون شعور "يخرب بيتك فاتح ايه"وبدأـ فوراً بها

مااذهلني هو تلك العقلية الجبارة التي امتلكها في وسط بيئة تعمل بقانون الغاب حرفياً!!هل الالم والخيانه التي عانها هي ماانضجته..هل فعلا الألم يصنع الإنسان
هل هناك رابطة دم بين هتلر ولينيين وجنكيز-

بدأت اتسأل عن عذابات طفولة حكامنا العرب وكم صفعة خيانة...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion story fol­low­ing the young man who will even­tu­ally become Genghis Kahn. This is the first book of a series which at the time of the writ­ing of this post num­bers five nov­els known col­lec­tively is the Con­queror series.

Temu­jin is a son of Mon­gol tribe leader who has been killed. Temu­jin and his fam­ily get exiled, hunted and forced to aban­don their child­hood and inno­cence. The charis­matic Temu­jin grows stronge...more
Hassan Yousif
...(( ذئب السهول ))...

يتناول الجزء الأول من هذه السيرة الملحمية للقائد المغولي ( جنكيز خان )
مراحل نشوء هذا القائد من حين الولادة حتى توحيده لبعض القبائل. إسمه الحقيقي ( تيموجن )، وُلِدَ لأبٍ قائدٍ كبير في قبيلة الذئاب، إسمه
( ياسوجي ) من أمٍ من قبيلة أولخونوت إسمها ( هولن ).
عند ولادته كان في إحدى كفّيه خثرة من دم، فكانت هذه من العلامات التي تشير إلى مرافقة الموت له وولوغه في الدماء !!!
وهذا ما كان، فبعد أن قتلت قبيلة التتار أبيه ياسوجي، واغتصاب إيلوك الرجل الثاني في القبيلة لزعامة قبيلة الذئاب منه...more
Jason Golomb
I really enjoyed the first in Conn Iggulden's "Genghis" series. He created a lot of depth of character for Genghis (or Temujin as he's originally called) and his family, a solid foundation for his motives, and his core cadre that make up the base of characters for all three books in the series.

In broad strokes, "Birth of an Empire" traces the rise of Genghis Khan from his birth through his first melding of tribes to unite against a common Asian foe. It's a bit of your typical rags-to-riches: Tem...more
Linda
Aug 16, 2013 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all lovers of historical fiction
Recommended to Linda by: no ine
Shelves: re-reading
I could not recommend more highly. I have reead the entire series and have pre-ordered Mr. Iggulden's book about Kublai Khan.

Completed re-read of this book on 8-15-2013. I reviewed this book on B&N in 2011. I found this author on my Nook Color shortly after getting the e-reader and a handsome gift certificate to buy books from B&N. Little did I know about the journey I would take with this author. I fell in love with Genghis Khan and admire this author's work tremendously. This book is w...more
Wellington
Temujin rises from the brutal Mongolian landscape to become Genghis Khan, so this book rises to become a fascinating read. I feel like riding a horse and drinking some mare's blood.

Thought about docking the points on character development. Except for possibly Temujin, the characters felt more like stock characters from fantasy folklore. That's OK.

Book did remind me of Dune - reuniting the wandering tribes to shape the known world in a brutal environment. Nothing about spice but there is a proph...more
Gary
Conn Iggulden is no David Gemmell but he does write with some flair and manages to capture a sense of what life was like at the time of Ghengis Khan. The book is perhaps not as fast paced as I would have liked but it still didn't manage to create any real depth to the main protagonists even though he spent quite a while colouring in the background of the main characters. Overall it's an easy read but I'm not sure it's satisfying enough to warrant getting the other couple in the trilogy. Maybe if...more
Waleed Binkhamis
لطالما ارتبط اسم المغول بالموت والنار والدمار (في ذهني على الاقل), أمة ظهرت من العدم تقريباً لتؤسس واحدة من اكبر الامبراطوريات التي عرفها العالم واكثرها وحشية ودموية, لذلك فلا شك أن القراءة عنهم والغوص في أدق تفاصيل حياتهم اليومية للدرجة التي تشعر معها بأنك تعيش بينهم وتتعرف عليهم عن قرب ستكون تجربة مثيرة خاصة بالنسبة لشخص لا يعرف عنهم سوى المآسي التي خلفوها وراءهم وحفظتها كتب التاريخ .

هذا الجزء من السلسلة يتناول سيرة مؤسس الامبراطورية المغولية "تيموجين بورجيجن" او "جنكيز خان" الطفل الذي ولد وفي...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.” 41 likes
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