Birth of An Empire

Book - 2007
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Future conqueror Temujin—"a man of iron"—is born to the khan (ruler) of a fierce Mongol tribe that roams central Asia's steppes in the 12th century. When his father is killed by Tartar raiders before Temujin reaches manhood, a rival claims the tribe and banishes Temujin's family. Left behind without resources when the tribe migrates, the family struggles to survive the harsh environment, and Temujin dreams of gathering similar outcasts—wanderers and herdsmen—into a new tribe. After assembling a core of these "men scorned by all the others," Temujin begins raiding Tartar camps. As his fame spreads, Temujin launches an ambitious campaign to unite the Mongol tribes "after a thousand years of warfare" into a single people, defeat the Tartars and invade China.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780385339513
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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