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Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  13,495 ratings  ·  870 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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Callum Probably yes, when I was that age and I'm not now that much older I would have happily read this book. At times it can be gory and the fight scenes…moreProbably yes, when I was that age and I'm not now that much older I would have happily read this book. At times it can be gory and the fight scenes can be described somewhat vividly, especially at the start. But if your child is OK with this then I'm sure it would be fine.(less)
Rachel Yes, Conn's books are great. I read them in the seventh grade
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Dan 1.0
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Adhy Kumar
Birth of an Empire is a story of hardships, tragedy, and misery. Genghis Khan is born as Temujin and is raised with his parents and five siblings with his father's tribe, the Wolves. A cruel betrayal sends Temujin, his siblings and their mother into the cold Mongolian wilderness. It is a fight for survival, but during his exile Temujin dreams of a vision, a vision to unite all of the Mongolian tribes under a single khan. Through a series of raids, Temujin gain courage and trust that his vision w ...more
Sith Lancerlot
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...
What a fantastic book! Any fan of history should definitely pick this one up. Conn Iggulden paints a vivid picture of the life and hardships of one of the greatest conquerors to ever walk to earth. <= I am not just saying that because my Mongolian wife is holding a blade to my throat. ;)
rating: 5/5

I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. I completely connected to the characters, loved the landscape descriptions, the connection of the people to land, the political intrigue, the gumption of the sons (with exceptions), the cultural and historical details. An awesome solid work of historical fiction that drew me into the story and wouldn't let go.

I love Temujin! We are privileged to witness his childhood, living in a small nomadic warrior tribe under rules and cultural mores
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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.” 51 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.” 28 likes
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