Birth of An Empire

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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 endured--and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon.

Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin's legend grew. And so did the challenges he faced--from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. 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. Until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780385339513
Branch Call Number: IGG
Characteristics: 383 p. :,map ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Birth of an empire


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Aug 17, 2014

Alright, I think I've given Iggulden a fair shot now. I've read each of his series and none of them hold any interest for me.
This one has good subject matter but I didn't/don't really care about how Genghis was created or came about. The story smacked too much of the pre-history that I dislike so much. The 'early' years are never my favorite parts of the story.
This did leave me with an interest in the Chinese side of this story rather than the Mongol horde side though.

Jul 29, 2014

Published in North America in 2007 as Genghis – Birth of an Empire, is the same book as Conn Iggulden’s – ‘Wolf of the Plains,’ Conqueror Series Book 1. It was an AWESOME book. I found this book was hard to put down. If you love Historical Fiction, this book is for you. The book was very fast paced taking the reader from one high point or crisis to another in the life of young Genghis Temujin Khan. While rated as an adult / fiction, I can say it should be appropriate and of interest to any reader 15 and older. Regretfully, there is only one copy of book two in the series available at the Library. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Nov 15, 2012

Great novel. The author really poured his all into the main character especially his emotional state and the drive that made Genghis into "the conqueror".

Mar 04, 2011

Historical fiction that is a little light on the history, but still an entertaining piece of fiction. There was more focus on the story than on the historical facts and setting but it moved at a good pace and was interesting from start to finish.

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