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Empire of Silver

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Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden, book review“He’s not an obviously sympathetic candidate. All people know is that his name is synonymous with pillage and destruction. And he had few redeeming qualities. He wasn’t even nice to his dogs. But in terms of achievement, he is the greatest rags-to-riches story of all time. He started with nothing. He was abandoned and left to die. So to achieve what he did, it struck me, was pretty impressive.”

So writes author Conn Iggulden about his bestselling Conqueror series. The person in question is Genghis Khan – I can only imagine what a hard sell that must have been to his publishers! The first three books in the series (Wolf of the Plains, Lords of the Bow and Bones of the Hills respectively) tell the tale of Genghis’ life; his rise from being an outcast to becoming the first person to unite the warring tribes of the central Asian steppes, and then his founding of the Mongol nation out of what had previously been disparate groups of sheep herding nomads.

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