Conqueror

Conqueror

A Novel of Kublai Khan

Book - 2011
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Intrigue and treachery roil the vast Mongol nation as the heirs of Genghis Khan fight for control of his unprecedented empire—and of his mighty armies. History will turn on the outcome of their struggle. But only one man, dismissed by all the others, will boldly rise to the challenge with the courage and vision to forge the future, and with the strength to be called . . .

CONQUEROR

The novels of Conn Iggulden bring the past to thrilling life, from ancient Rome to thirteenth-century Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Now he delivers the spectacular story of the rise of Genghis Khan’s grandson, a man destined to become one of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived—the legendary Kublai Khan.

A succession of ruthless leaders has seized power in the wake of the great Khan’s death—all descendants of Genghis, but none with the indomitable character that led a people to triumph. One grandson, Guyuk, decadent and vicious, seeks to consolidate his position through bribery and murder, pitting powerful factions against one another and straining the loyalties of the tribes to the breaking point.

Next comes his cousin, Mongke, who eliminates all possible opposition with breathtaking brutality and dispatches his younger brothers Kublai and Hulegu to far-flung territories, to test their mettle and their allegiance.

Hulegu displays his barbarity with the savage destruction of Baghdad and his clash with the Khan’s age-old enemies, the cult of assassins, who will strike deep into the heart of the nation. But it is Kublai—refined and scholarly, always considered too thoughtful to take power—who will devise new ways of warfare and conquest as he builds the dream city of Xanadu and pursues the ultimate prize: the ancient empire of Sung China. His gifts will serve him well when an epic civil war breaks out among brothers, the outcome of which will literally change the world.

Brilliantly researched and imagined, unforgettably told, Conqueror is a magnificent achievement from an enthralling writer at the peak of his powers, a must read for all lovers of history and storytelling on the grand scale.

Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of the rise of Kublai Khan to take over his grandfather Genghis Khan's empire, as well as China, in a novel that focuses on the brutal competition between Kublai and his three brothers.

Baker
& Taylor

Tells the story of the rise of Kublai Khan to take over his grandfather Genghis Khan's empire, as well as China, in a novel that focuses on the brutal competition between Kublai and his three brothers. By the author of Khan: Empire of Silver.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385343053
Branch Call Number: Fiction Iggulden
Characteristics: 475 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm

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heinrij
Oct 03, 2015

I always like his historical novels. There is some gore, but that is what the times were like back then. Rating PG-13

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mexicanadiense
May 28, 2012

The weakest book of the series, sadly. Kublai is not as compelling as Genghis was, and the endless attempts to contrast him with his "bad" brothers oversimplifies the historical context. I'm sad that the author chose to end the series here, another book dealing with the failed invasions of Japan would have made for a fascinating and dramatic finale.

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dannnn
Feb 12, 2012

Excellent story good detail and great insight into that anchient time.

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willy03
Dec 22, 2011

One of the best of the series and kept me going the whole way through. Sad that it was the last and hopefully Igguldel den will come up with another hostorical figure to write about as the first two have been great.

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portview29
Feb 03, 2012

Violence: About the same amount as in the previous books in the series.

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