Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Khan Dynasty Series #1)

Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Khan Dynasty Series #1)

by Conn Iggulden
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Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Khan Dynasty Series #1) by Conn Iggulden

From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys
 
Genghis Khan was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Shaped by abandonment and betrayal, Temujin endured, 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, Temujin’s legend grew until he was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject all nations and empires to his will.

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ISBN-13: 9780385344210
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Khan Dynasty Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 58,907
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first novel in the series, as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar: Emperor: The Gates of Rome, Emperor: The Death of Kings, Emperor: The Field of Swords, and Emperor: The Gods of War, all of which are available in paperback from Dell. He is also the co-author of the bestselling nonfiction work The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and three children in Hertfordshire, England.

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Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Genghis Khan: Conqueror Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first in Conn Iggulden's "Genghis" series. He created a lot of depth of character for Genghis (or Temujin as he's originally called) and his family, a solid foundation for his motives, and his core cadre that make up the base of characters for all three books in the series. In broad strokes, "Birth of an Empire" traces the rise of Genghis Khan from his birth through his first melding of tribes to unite against a common Asian foe. It's a bit of your typical rags-to-riches: Temujin grows up as son of a mongol tribe leader who's deposed (and probably murdered); he and his family are then exiled and hunted and he's forced to grow up sooner than he should, but because of it is stronger. Come to think of it, the story is less rags-to-riches, than it is rags-to-different-rags-and-charismatic-brooding-power. The story is rife with action and adventure and Iggulden creates an enjoyable ride out of the snippets of his early life that motivate a young Temujin to emerge leader of the Mongol empire Iggulden freely admits that he takes liberties with history to make better fiction. I don't have much background on Khan, but in a couple of quick comparisons, I didn't feel that Iggulden stretched too far to make his story work well. I also believe that there are relatively few solid historical resources on the young Genghis which leaves a lot of space for Iggulden to explore. By comparison, I struggled to get through the author's first historical fiction series on Julius Caesar. Caesar's motivations were mild at best, and the changes in history seemed rather random and unnecessary. But such is the nature of historical "fiction" - the extent of "fiction" will have varying appeals based on the pre-existing knowledge and interest of the reader. So, to my taste, I didn't mind the liberties taken with Genghis, but found the liberties taken with Caesar bothersome. I thoroughly enjoyed "Birth of an Empire" and was taken in enough by the story to gobble up the second in the series "Lords of the Bow" and buy the hardcover 3rd in the series "Bones of the Hills" as soon as it was released. I even jumped into Mongolian non-fiction with Weatherford's "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World". Iggulden hit on a number of recommendation-worthy elements with his book: 1) as a standalone novel it is fun, engaging, exciting and contains solid depth of character; 2) I was drawn into the storyline enough to want to read the rest of the series; 3) the historical nature of the story was strong enough to draw me out of the Genghis fictional realm and into non-fiction.
UncleHammy More than 1 year ago
Genghis ¿ Birth of An Empire is a well written and fascinating account of the early life of Genghis Khan. Written with great skill the author keeps the reader¿s interest in this page turner novel.

With a keen eye to historical accuracy Iggulden creates a magnificent tale full of intrigue and betrayal, tragedy and triumph worthy of the subject Genghis Khan.

The characters are real and personal, by the end of the book the reader is not sure whether to like or fear the man that takes the name Genghis. He is ruthless and brutal but you are compelled to cheer for his triumphs and lament his sorrows.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, this is one of the best examples I have had the pleasure to read.
history_lover-555 More than 1 year ago
Never really knew about this series before so thought I would pick this one up before checking out the second one, and am glad I did. Historical fiction can be done very well, or very badly, this is one of the former. At times it was hard to put down, I was pulled into the story and lived through the life of Temujin feeling his pains and his joys. I wanted to get through the last chapter in one so I wouldn't miss any of the battle, I was glad I did and though sorry to see it end I was glad it ended where it did - making me want more. I'm definitely going to get the next one.
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Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion story fol­low­ing the young man who will even­tu­ally become Genghis Kahn. This is the first book of a series which at the time of the writ­ing of this post num­bers five nov­els known col­lec­tively is the Con­queror series. Temu­jin is a son of Mon­gol tribe leader who has been killed. Temu­jin and his fam­ily get exiled, hunted and forced to aban­don their child­hood and inno­cence. The charis­matic Temu­jin grows stronger and soon takes con­trol of his father's tribe to become Genghis Khan. I had waited a long time to read Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden, I bought it while it was on sale one day and it sim­ply resided there until I had a chance to read it (there are many other books suf­fer­ing the same fate). Once I got started though, the book was dif­fi­cult to put down. Mr. Iggulden weaves a good story with fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal detail while keep­ing up the drama in the story. As bru­tal as life was in the plains of Mon­go­lia, Genghis man­ages to mix bril­liance with vio­lence, respect with strength and under­stands the neces­si­ties of sur­vival in a community. Unlike other Mon­gol lead­ers, Genghis Kahn under­stood the impor­tance of the tribes unit­ing, both for secu­rity and strength (even though I'm sure many saw them as one and the same). While the book is cer­tainly not an encom­pass­ing biog­ra­phy of the famous leader, the author does won­ders with his story-telling. Aside from the his­tor­i­cal aspects, this is mainly an adven­ture story of a young boy who grows up to be an incred­i­ble leader. This is a "man's book", not that I don't rec­om­mend it for women, but the author is clearly writ­ing for males, under­stands males and shapes his story to that affect. Genghis is an excit­ing, fast paced story. The char­ac­ters in the novel are won­der­ful, the his­tor­i­cal detail fas­ci­nat­ing and the author's affin­ity to Mon­go­lia is felt on every page.
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DonFranco More than 1 year ago
WOW,so well written, it was like I was transformed back in time! Compelling drama of one man dream to unite all the Mongols tribes, then Genghis has the intelligence to carry it off and make it a part of history. Of course, it helps that he fathers many sons from more than one wife! Bought all four series.
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