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Old 08-30-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden

What you you think of this series? I love historical novels, such as those by Edward Rutherfurd, and have always been curious about Genghis Khan. Is the series worth buying (basically one book free), or should I just try the first book, and tread cautiously? On Amazon, the consensus seems to be that it is a great read, but is filled with inaccuracies. I am curious if opinions here differ.


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Old 08-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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I really enjoyed the first book of the Conqueror series, but haven't got around to the rest yet. As far as inaccuracies go, it is historical fiction after all. He's making some stuff up and taking a few liberties here and there. I'm not sure why anyone would expect otherwise. Over all... I thought Iggulden did a fine job of letting me smell the meat cooking inside the smoky yurt.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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I've also read only the first volume, on the strength of which I bought all the others.

Inaccuracies? Like DD says it's historical fiction, not a learned work submitted for peer review, so who cares. If you buy it in order to be entertained I'm sure the series will deliver, but I wouldn't enter a debate on the life and times of Genghis Khan on the strength of having read it.

Anyway, I enjoy Iggulden's writing a lot. I thought the Emperor series was excellent and I think this one will prove just as good when I get started on it again.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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Very decent buy for a long read - like in the airport bookshop, say, ahead of a long haul ....

A good "ripping yarn".
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You all made me look at the series. In the United States the first book is titled Genghis: Birth of an Empire. A bit over halfway through the first book and already purchased the second in the series Genghis: Lords of the Bow. As carpetmojo says, a ripping yarn.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:44 AM   #6
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I've read a lot of Iggulden's books and enjoyed the epic action. Eventually I lost interest; they start of really well but seem to 'thin out' towards the end. The characters become two-dimensional and lacking in emotion. I've still got them on the book shelf though.
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