Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power. 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. I plan on picking up the second book in the series, Genghis: His list of those on whom he determines to wreak revenge grows as you read. Iggulden does an incredible job of bringing the harshness and brutality of the Mongolian plains to life. The Great Khan is so focused and clear, right from his birth.

Yes yes, I know Ninja and Samurai have nothing to do with Mongols – but little boys don’t. On more than one night, when my bedside clock was reading 1 am, I forced myself to shut the kindle and close my eyes. I had no idea that his reign was so recent and I wish Iggulden had included that information in his otherwise excellent afterword. His explanation- “I read book 1 every night for the past week and all weekend long”. E dai, non scrivevano historical fiction nel XXI secolo. 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. I already started on the book two. For some reason it seemed a little bit too simple, in that the storyline, the number of important characters and the area in which the story takes place are all really limited; but then again, this is only the first book, and it serves its purpose as an introduction and a taste of what is to come.

Well, Temujin’s story in this first book of the series answered this criteria of mine perfectly. The reader is presented with a vivid picture of not only Genghis but his four brothers, his parents especially his fatherhis wife and his major enemies. Lords of the Bow.

I should probably say at this point that I’m a massive history nerd and I’ve read a lot about Genghis Khan. Preview — Genghis by Conn Iggulden. I have written for as long as I vlashman remember: I was disappointed with the lack of depth and passion in their relationship in this book. Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power.


Worse still, his father’s friend usurps the role of khan and leaves Temujin and his family seerie die on the steppe. I felt the same reading “Shogun” – one moment a completely outlandish custom, a few chapters later I can’t see a more natural behavior and horrified when this or that character doesn’t follow it or doesn’t understand.

In the introduction, he mentions about having stayed in Mongolia, to learn and understand.

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Clearly, Conn has done so much research and hard work on this book. Strongly recommended for fans of historical fiction. It’s described as historical fiction, and the author freely admits he changed some things mostly names of certain people and some locationsbut it feels far more factual than many biographies that I’ve read.

Throughout the book ‘Gers’, ‘deals’ and other important features of the Mongolian lifestyle were drilled into my brain. Tell them I am khan of the sea of grass, and they will know me by that name, as Genghis. This is moderately graphic.

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View all 9 comments. Birth of an Empire is an incredible read.

Still sere young teen, he had to face the sudden loss of a father, heartless betrayals, constant cold and hunger, homelessness, deadly traps and all kinds of brutal life threats.

I knew very little about Genghis Khan when I started this novel. I would recommend this book to anybody, and would challenge them to resist being swept along by such a brilliantly told story.

The events change him, give him direction and purpose through their brutal trials. I found the book engaging from start to finish.

His effort and dedication was obvious. Soprattutto un lettore di narrativa di genere. 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.

Saturday 21st July 6: All of these conflicts building up, with no resolution in sight, made it really difficult foe me to enjoy these parts of the book. Lords of the Bowand definitely recommend this one to flashmwn.


I make an effort to give you flaxhman information so you can make an informed decision before reading. One of the characters states his wish to use the service of a prostitute on several occasions. 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 Genghis Khan.

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Analizziamo, in questa luce, Il figlio della steppa. There are scenes of rape and gory battles, …more Depends on how much you allow your kids to be exposed to. Despite the difficulty of telling fiction from fact, it was still worthwhile. I promised him he would love this book so he said he would give it a try.

The spirit is already broken in him. Wolf of the Plain 20 22 Oct 19, He finds a way to survive and rises to his inte I started Genghis Birth of an Empire with a bit of trepidation. It is the story of how Genghis was shaped and molded as a child into one of the greatest conqurers assisitr ruler of tribes ever.

I was also disappointed by the Genghis-Borte romance as I’ve always considered their relationship to be an incredible narrative.

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I can’t say whose interpretation is better However, Genghis Birth of an Empire is a wonderfully entertaining read that also managed to teach me about a piece of history I knew nothing about. People get peppered with arrows or hacked to death by swords on a fairly regular basis. I would have never read this book if it didn’t come with a high recommendation from a friend.

This book was a history lesson, an action movie, and a tale of family loyalty all tied into one.