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Osvajalec: Volk s planjav

(Conqueror #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  24,289 ratings  ·  1,374 reviews
Temudžin je imel dvanajst let, ko so ubili njegovega očeta Jesugeja, mongolskega kana iz plemena Volkov. Pleme si je nato nepravično podredil Iluk, Jesugejev prvi bojevnik, ki je družino umorjenega kana izobčil in jo na milost in nemilost prepustil neusmiljenim mongolskim planjavam. To je bil krut uvod v življenje, nenaden vstop v svet odraslih, vendar je Temudžin preživel ...more
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Published 2008 by Učila International (first published May 1st 2007)
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Robert Depends on how much you allow your kids to be exposed to. If it were a movie rating, I would say MA 15+. There are scenes of rape and gory battles,…moreDepends on how much you allow your kids to be exposed to. If it were a movie rating, I would say MA 15+. There are scenes of rape and gory battles, but also some signs of real humanity mixed in.(less)
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Dana Ilie
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Nov 26, 2011 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
Mark Harrison
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliant. Real quality adventure charting the early years of the man who would become Genghis Khan. Abandoned on the plains with his family to die the story has a lot of twists and turns. There are superb battle sequences, the pace is unrelenting, the characters well defined and the whole thing is entirely satisfying. Really looking forward to the next instalment - which I started 20 seconds after finishing this one !!!
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, z12th, war, 2000s, hf-asia
Science Digest article added to my understanding of Genghis ..
" ... earliest direct evidence to date of dairying in Mongolia -- around 1300 BC -- by tracking milk proteins preserved in tooth tartar. The livestock that were milked -- cattle, sheep and goats -- are not native to the region and were likely introduced by Western Steppe herders. However, ancient DNA evidence from Bronze Age Mongolians indicates minimal genetic contributions from Western
Nov 18, 2012 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
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
Mar 13, 2009 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.
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
Lee Broderick
Nov 13, 2011 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
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
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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.” 85 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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