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This is Iggulden at his best. A fine balance of character development and action. The story of the young boy that grew into a fierce warrior is told with near-perfect pacing. There’s lots of action and violence but equally time is devoted to the story of young boys growing up in the harshest of lands among the toughest of men. A young Temujin suffers both at the hands of that terrible icy land and men he should have been able to trust. From this intense crucible one of history’s hardest steel-like characters is forged and the world trembled.
The narration from Stephen Thorne is well done, he isn’t the world’s greatest voice actor but he has a rich, pleasing voice that carries Iggulden’s exciting story well. As starts to a series go this really is excellent and it genuinely does leave us wolves howling for more!
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Overall an entertaining read. Certainly a very interesting glimpse into the past and the birth of the Mongol empire. The story of the boy Temujin who is destined to someday be Ghengis Khan is a rollicking action packed adventure, but heavy on plot, light on character. The relationship between Temujin and his brothers is perhaps the richest part of the tale, especially in the wilderness years, but it’s violence and war and bloodshed that dominate the rest of the book at the expense of depth. I wonder though if it’s possibly partly due to the historical material ... savage pre-literate tribes in the wilderness provide fundamentally less interesting material than say ancient Rome, the Ming dynasty in China or the Tudors. Nonetheless, an enjoyable book - brilliantly narrated.
Finished it in less than a week. Very interesting and action packed book! From beginning to end the story is riveting as well as inspiring.