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Wolf Of The Plains

(Conqueror #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  29,335 ratings  ·  1,583 reviews
From the author of the bestselling "The Dangerous Book for Boys"
He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family, cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin en
Paperback, 578 pages
Published 2007 by Harper Collins
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I would agree with MA 15+ rating but add that the rape is not graphic. It is very strong…more
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I would agree with MA 15+ rating but add that the rape is not graphic. It is very strongly implied, but never explicitly shown. Besides, it is a significant event in Temujin's life which needed to be addressed, and therefore not in any way gratuitous. There is some pretty brutal violence, but again it is historically accurate and isn't too protracted. There is very little swearing and nothing that sexually explicit. (less)

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Dana Ilie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
The author writes in third person with the center of the narrative being the main character. The narrative's focus shifts to other characters' perspectives from time to time if their separate activities are significant in advancing the plot. The language is simple English with some actual Mongolian words used for commonplace objects to provide the necessary historical effect.

I loved this book! It is an extremely gripping narrative while providing the reader with an accurate picture of the histor
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Shelves: favorites
Unbelievably good; this marked the first time I finished reading Iggulden’s work, and it’s VERY promising that this will become one of my favorite series.

Conn Iggulden isn’t exactly an unfamiliar name to me; despite the fact that he’s most well-known for his historical fiction works, Iggulden’s blurbs have been featured on some of my favorite fantasy books such as The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne and The Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb, to name a few. For years I’ve
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, christmas-gift
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! After a slow start this historical fictional account of the early times of Genghis Khan is filled with both fascination and parts of horror. Nonetheless, I recommend it if you’re not faint of heart. 10 of 10 stars!

I listened to this again because I needed to follow a prior 5-star (Ruthless Gentleman), with another excellent story.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wolf of the Plains is a fictional adaptation of one of the World's greatest leaders. A leader that built one of the greatest empires ever seen, if not the greatest. In this first book of the Conqueror series, we see Temujin from his childhood, cast out of his father's Wolf tribe, to uniting a warrior race that would conquer many lands and be named the first Great Khan of the Plains.

Yesugei, the khan of the Wolf tribe, his wife, Hoelun, his sons Temujin, Bekter, Khasar, Kachiun and Temug
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, th
I've always been curious about almost anything that happened in the past. As far away as high school and college I thoroughly enjoyed history. And in the recent years, I rediscovered this love of mine. When I saw these historical novels about Genghis Khan I could not resist.

After uniting the Mongol tribes Genghis: Birth of an Empire, Genghis later on targets and conquers the Chin Genghis: Lords of the Bow. I fully enjoyed the two books. Despite the difficulty of telling fiction from fact, it
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am the land, the bones of the hills," he said fiercely, "I am the winter. When I am dead, I will come for you all in the coldest nights."


Conn Iggulden`s Genghis: Birth of an Empire is an incredible read. There are so many high moments in this book, that you will not be able to keep the book down until it's completed.

The book is so well written and every situation is so vividly described, that I actually felt myself being there, when the Great Khan was born to growing up to become G
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
Jun 01, 2014 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
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
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
Steven Walle
Sep 04, 2015 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
Debbie Zapata
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020printbooks
Oct 5, 11pm ~~ Review tomorrow.

Oct 7, 1pm ~~ Not quite 'tomorrow' but here is my review. lol

This is the second time I have read this first of the author's five volume series about Genghis Khan. I remember reading book two many years pre-GR, and when I realized it was part of a series I found this title at my local library. But I never read any of the others, since they were all published during the years I was living in Mexico.

Recently, thanks to The HU band, I have reignited my interest in Mon
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
Zoe Saadia
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this first book of the "Conqueror" series very much. For me it combined the best of historical fiction, with a seemingly thorough enough research and a plot-driven story full of action that didn't make it feel like an history lesson (I'm buried in history in my daily life, so when I pick a book that has nothing to do with my own fairly narrow field, I want to enjoy the story and learn without feeling that an history lesson or customs of unknown culture were forced on me - in other words, ...more
Mar 17, 2009 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
Zitong Ren
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this a while ago and am now finally going into book 2.
David Sven
May 18, 2012 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
Ken Hammond (kenzaz)
Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
by Conn Iggulden

This book which only deals with Temujin's early life up until he changes his name from Temujin to become forever known as Genghis Khan of all the Mongols, and conqueror of the largest continuous land empire anyone has ever seen before or since.

Having only recently read Frank McLynn history of Ghengis this was a more personal & freer styled view into the early years, it created some wide pictures in my mind, the wide open plain scenes m
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
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
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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry it has taken me so long to do this review, but I had computer difficulties, and haven't been able to get on the internet since March. Fortunately, all is better now.
I won this book earlier this year. It was awesome, I truly could not put it down. It was a incredible page-turner for me. I really want to get the rest of the series. I have got to find out what happens next!
I read this book in 2 days, and it was very enlightening about the life of Genghis Khan. I never really knew much about h
Feb 24, 2009 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
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest empires ever built, if not the greatest.

Yesugei, the khan of the Wolf tribe, his wife, Hoelun, his sons Temujin, Bekter, Khasar, Kachiun and Temuge, and his daughter Borte, live a warring and perfidious existence against other tribes on the Mongolian steppes. Yesugei dies after an attack and leaves the leadership open to Eeluk (his bondsman) with his sons not being old enough to take control. Eeluk exiles Hoelun and her children to live an abandoned harsh life wit
Stunning and dramatic historical fiction involving one of my favourite men from history - Genghis Khan. Iggulden has written in his usual high standard such that I felt as though I was there, invisible, hearing and watching all raids, battles and conversations. The solid research shows through the book. I read Iggulden lived with mongols for a year. Excellent, excellent.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author and I was more than impressed. One of those books that was hard to put down, with a truly gripping storyline.

Historical fiction, apparently about the Mongolian conqueror, Genghis Khan (named Temujin in his youth), but really I found this particular book to be a great adventure story based on the lifestyle of nomadic horse warriors in the harsh environment of the central Asian plains. Although the series will continue, I guess, with his more famous epic, continent wid
Tanja Berg
Rating 5* out of 5. This book is a stunning achievement. It's loosely based on fact and describes the early life of Temujin, the man who became known as Djengis Khan. It's one of the best books in the category historical fiction, that I've ever come across.

Temujin is only 11 years old when his father dies and the clan disowns them. The widow and her children are expected to die the first winter, but somehow they survive. Temujin is a young man of vision and tenacity, which is required when the c
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Also publishes under author name C.F. Iggulden.

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 Lo

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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.” 89 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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