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.
"A rip-roarin' read, and inspiration to go and sack a few cities on your own." - Kirkus Reviews
"The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life." - The Guardian (UK)
"Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story, the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent." - The Times (UK)
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Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of the number one bestselling Emperor series
about Julius Casear; The Dangerous Book for Boys and its many variations;
and the Conqueror series about the life of Genghis Khan. In 2007 he was
the first author to simultaneously hold the No 1 position on the Sunday Times
Bestseller nonfiction and fiction lists for The Dangerous Book for Boys
and Wolf of the Plains.
He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their children.
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