Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden
Genghis is the story of how Temujin, a young and disadvantaged Mongol boy, eventually rises to become Genghis Khan, the greatest conqueror in the history of mankind. Taking place in the 12th century, Temujin was born as the second son of the “Khan” of his clan, and therefore held royal blood. However, the Khan dies due to a wound given by men hired to assassinate him from a rival tribe, and Temujin as well as the rest of his family (mother, three brothers, and baby sister) get kicked out his native tribe, and are forced to make due on their own in the cold and harsh plains of Mongolia. It is then that Temujin realizes that he must overcome his struggles, avenge his father’s death, and eventually unite all of the tribes as one people.
The book was written by Conn Iggulden, an author who has written many historical fiction novels before Genghis. It was a fairly exciting read in my opinion, with many tales of death and war. It also is effective in engaging the reader into Temujin’s emotions, making me cheer for him and want to continue reading. I would, on a scale of 1-10, give the book a 7, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in history at all, adventure fans, and even fantasy readers.
Written by Spencer Class of 2010