Wolf of the Plains


This is the first in Iggulden’s series following the life of Temujin, better known to the world as Genghis Khan.

Although he has a somewhat unsavory reputation in the West, he’s a character I find very interesting, both for uniting the warring Mongol tribes, but also for the empire he built. He was quick to assimilate technologies, build infrastructure and innovate.

The story starts from his early years through to his late teens, and his rise from an outcast to the kahn of several tribes.

It pulls no punches, showing the brutal landscape warts and all. Rape, murder and hardship are integral to the plot so this is not a story for those of a delicate disposition.

I have no idea how realistic the world drawn is to the actual Mongol empire — few could even guess — but nothing stood out as obviously jarring.

An engaging tale about an engaging leader. Although our protagonist doesn’t have an easy ride, I did feel at times that it was a little too straightforward though. Especially as he knits the tribes together.

Still, good fun and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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Reviewed: 21st March 2018