Another day, another post, another list of books.  Welcome ladies and gents to the world of one of the most infamous warriors and warlords in history: Ghengis Khan.

Last year I found myself drawn to a book entitled Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden.  Not only was the title intriguing, but when I learned that it was all about Ghengis Khan, I was on board.

For those who know, I read mostly fantasy, followed by romance and fiction.  And when I do fiction it tends to be historical.  Now, the only problem with that is that historical fiction is 50% medieval European (think Other Boyelyn Girl) 49% Roman/Greek, and 1% everything else.  So when I am lucky enough to come across something in that 1%, I take to it like a fish to water, and most times it’s really, really good.

Wolf of the plains was no exception, and thankfully the series continued through four more books, of which I have just recently finished reading the latest one.

But that is for another day.  Today is review day!  See, I have a rule where once a series reaches 5 or more books, I write a quick back story to the series, especially if none of the other books have been featured here before.  And this is one of them.

So the name of this particular series is called Conqueror, and as mentioned before it is the story of Ghengis Khan, but not just the man.  It also deals with his lineage and how the mongols came to conquer much of Asia in their day.  The first book is entitled Wolf of the Plains, and deals largely with Ghengis’ childhood and early years.  His family, how they were outcast from their tribe, living in poverty, and in time his eventual return to the tribe and his finding his wife.  Simple enough, but fascinating.

The second book is entitled Lords of the Bow, and deals largely with Ghengis solidifying his hold over all of the mongol tribes and uniting them together into one nation.  Lords of the Bow is also where Ghengis takes his newly founded nation on the march into Chin lands (modern day China).

Bones of the Hills is where the story winds down a bit.  For the first three books everything is really go go go.  We watch Ghengis grow up and see the events that shaped him into the man who conquered most of the eastern world.  In the second book, he embarks on the first of many thrilling campaigns to make that happen.  Book three is where it slows down because the nation is established, the army spread out to all the corners of their newly expanded world, and the new found empire on the brink of collapse due to external pressure.  Still quiet enjoyable, but not as enthralling as the first two.

Empire of Silver is book number four, and it starts to pick up again.  Now, Ghengis is dead, and his descendants are squabbling over his corpse and the bones of the nation he founded.  War, murder, political intrigue, all wrapped up with the typical mongol stoicism and overly direct method of dealing with problems.  So now the big question is what will happen to the nation now that the great, terrible, brilliant and charismatic Khan is no more.

Book five, what might possibly be the final book in the series, is ironically enough also entitled Conqueror.  And this one…well…you’ll have to wait for another day for that one.

Enjoy folks.

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