My books of 2012 – Part Three: Historical fiction

Part One – Biography/Autobiography

Part Two – Non-fiction

Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror #1) – Conn Iggulden

1265656“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.” – GoodReads

5 stars

Genghis: Lord of the Bow (Conqueror #2) – Conn Iggulden

8296109“He came from over the horizon, a single Mongol warrior surrounded by his brothers, sons, and fellow tribesmen. With each battle his legend grew and the ranks of his horsemen swelled, as did his ambition. For centuries, primitive tribes had warred with one another. Now, under Genghis Khan, they have united as one nation, setting their sights on a common enemy: the great, slumbering walled empire of the Chin.” – GoodReads

4 stars


Genghis: Bones of the Hills (Conqueror #3) – Conn Iggulden

8296110“A boy was abandoned in the wilderness by his tribe — but he did not die. As those Iggulden admirers who have read Wolf of the Plains and Lords of the Bow will know, this luckless boy has grown into one of the most feared and powerful figures in history, Genghis Khan. He has persuaded the tribes that had been tearing each other to pieces to ignore their differences and unite under his leadership to battle their oldest enemies. Under his ruthless (and ferociously inspired) leadership, a mighty nation has been forged. But this is only the beginning of his struggles: Khan sends out emissaries, but they are tortured and killed. He attempts to open trade routes; his efforts are met with violent rebuff. Soon, the Mongolian army is stretched to the furthest corners of Khan’s realm, and destruction looms.” – GoodReads

4 stars

I’ll review all three at once, as they are part of the same series. The first two books I really enjoyed. I think they give a good insight into Genghis Khan (I know it’s fiction, but fiction with a lot of research behind it). From the third book on it became harder to get through them. It starts to be a bit of the same all the time. I will probably finish the series as there is only one more book, and I do recommend it.