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Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror #1)

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The first book in the bestselling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants.


'I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter.'


Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only eleven when his father died in an ambush.His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh M
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Paperback, 461 pages
Published 2007 by Harper Collins
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Markus
Oct 06, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it
"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
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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
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Vagner Stefanello
Jul 09, 2016 Vagner Stefanello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Islam Salem
Aug 03, 2016 Islam Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يظل الأدب التاريخي هو في رأي الشخصي أجمل أنواع الأدب الروائي و خاصة إذا كانت رواية قوية و عظيمة تحبس الأنفاس مثل رواية "ذئب السهول" و التي تعتبر الجزء الأول من السيرة الذاتية الملحمية للقائد و الفاتح المغولي الأعظم تيموچين و الشهير ما بيننا بچنكيز خان .

تدور أحداث هذه الرواية عن ما تعرض له تيموچين في طفولته من قسوة و ظلم أدت إلى تحمله مسئولية أسرته و هو في ال من عمره بعد أن غدر بيه إيلوك مساعد والده المقتول غدراً برعاية قبيلته و الذي تركه هو و أمه و أخوته في الخلاء البارد ليواجه المجهول . أدت ه
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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
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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
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Conor
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
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Alice Poon

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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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Sandi
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
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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
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Jo
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
لونا
May 13, 2012 لونا 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
فهد الفهد
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
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Scott  Hitchcock
It would be very easy for an author to take an iconic character such as this and try to go for something almost more mythical. It would be equally as tempting to make the story one of just blood and war. Those would make for good and entertaining stories. What makes for a great story is contrast. Contrast makes the savagery and epic events that much better.

The author shapes him and his brothers and gives us their hopes, dreams and fears that any children would have. The events change him, give
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Nazzarena
Sep 18, 2016 Nazzarena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1,5*
Il mio professore di Italiano e Storia del triennio avrebbe dato 3= (adoravo i meno meno, quando andavo a scuola... forse perché non me li davano).

Breve saggio di lettura creativa.
Siamo sicuri che è giusto che i corsi di scrittura creativa siano tenuti da scrittori e non da lettori? Okay, il lettore non sa come si fanno certe cose, non conosce le tecniche, però sa cosa vuole. Soprattutto un lettore di narrativa di genere. Il lettore di narrativa di genere è come il mecenate di un pittore rin
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Bill
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
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Emerson
Dec 15, 2016 Emerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2016
"A maior alegria que um homem pode ter é conquistar seus inimigos e persegui-los. Montar seus cavalos e tomar suas posses, ver o rosto de seus entes queridos coberto de lágrimas e apertar nos braços suas mulheres e suas filhas."

A leitura desse livro foi bem agradável. A narrativa é rápida e bem direta. Muitos acontecimentos em poucas páginas. Irei ler os próximos volumes nos meses vindouros.
Mizuki
The first volume of Conn Iggulden's historical novel series: Conqueror series tells an remarkable and formidable tale of Genghis Khan's origin and the birth of the Mongol Empire.

Note: for some unknown reason the Chinese translation duds the book's title as Conqueror: Wolf of the Plain/征服者︰瀚海蒼狼 instead of Genghis: Birth of an Empire.

As the second son of Yesügei (leader of the Borjigin clan), the young Temüjin lived a comfortable life, but his father was later assassinated and the clan chose a ne
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Lizzy
I read this and the following in the series about 2 years ago, being always curious about everything that happened in the past. As far away as in high school and college I thoroughly enjoyed history, even though it was not my major. When I saw this historical novels about Genghis Khan, decided to venture into it. Conn Iggulden’s series aroused my curiosity.

After uniting the Mongol tribes Genghis: Birth of an Empire, he later on targets and conquers the Chin Genghis: Lords of the Bow. I found t
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Mariellen
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.
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Donna
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
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Nate
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
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Cathy
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
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Sith Lancerlot
Jan 01, 2015 Sith Lancerlot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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رواية رائعة كون إيغلدون أبدع في كتابتها أنا كمسلم أنظر إلى المغول كقتلة و مغتصبين لكن هذه الرواية فتحت عيني على جانب آخر من المغول كيف عاداتهم وتقاليدهم ناوي أكمل السلسلة بأكملها بإذن الله و لمن يريد أن يقرأ هذه الرواية أقول له إنها رواية محايدة للمغول و ما أعجبني أن الكاتب في نهاية الكتاب قد وضح الأشياء التي قام بتغييرها كأسماء من الصعب نطقها أو حدث غير متأكد منه إلخ...
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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.” 67 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.” 29 likes
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