Conqueror by Conn Iggulden
A Novel of Kublai Khan

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For lovers of thrilling adventure and grand history, the bestselling co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys has written a magnificent novel with a hero for the ages: the legendary, visionary conqueror Kublai Khan.
 
A succession of ruthless men have seized power in the wake of Genghis Khan’s death—all descendants of the great leader, but none with his indomitable character. One grandson, Guyuk, strains the loyalties of the tribes to the breaking point, and another, Mongke, brutally eliminates the opposition and dispatches his younger brothers Kublai and Hulegu to far-flung territories.
 
Hulegu displays his barbarity with the savage destruction of Baghdad and his clash with the Khan’s age-old enemies, the cult of assassins. 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Conn Iggulden's The Blood of Gods.
 
Conqueror is as real as military fiction gets. Conn Iggulden’s story of one of history’s most ferocious and brilliant warriors is full of lessons for our warfighters today.”—Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin, USMC (ret.), New York Times bestselling author of Shooter and Kill Zone: A Sniper Novel
 
“A rollicking, dangerous and often very gory gallop through the largest land empire the world has ever known.”—Sunday Express (U.K.)
 
“A thrilling journey, rippingly told . . . Iggulden’s most satisfying to date.”—The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)
 

About Conn Iggulden

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Conn Iggulden is the author of five novels in the saga of the Khan Dynasty—Genghis: Birth of an Empire; Genghis: Lords of the Bow; Genghis: Bones of the Hills; Khan: Empire of Silver; and Conqueror—as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar. He is also the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Dangerous Book of Heroes, and Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children. He lives with his wife and children in Hertfordshire, England, where he is working on his next Emperor book.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 514 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Iggulden is skilled at depicting the back and forth, and there’s even the historical fiction equivalent of a mysterian’s red herring in his steering the reader to back the wrong horse—uh, khan—until we finally get to the one who shows the most promise of surviving the internecine, interfamilial u...

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Central to the story is Kublai, an intellectual heavily influenced by the ways of the rival Sung Empire, and viewed as more of a scholar than a soldier.

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Book Geeks

The chief, or Khan, of the tribe known as the Wolves, is Yesugei, father to the child who will grow up to known as Ghengis Khan.

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Book Geeks

The contrast of cultures between the rugged nomadic Mongols and the sophisticated Chin is effectively illustrated, and the mannered and courtly ways of the Chin do them few favours – they are a stagnant society, unable to cope with the vigorous Mongol scourge.

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Book Geeks

As we reach the third volume of Iggulden’s unstoppable historical series, it has become more than just a book about Ghengis Khan: for much of Bones of the Hills, Ghengis is a pervading presence as much as a character, guiding the lives and actions of other central characters: his sons, Jochi and ...

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Sunshine Coast Daily

While dreaming of creating an empire stretching from coast to coast, Kublai must learn the art of war, at the same time contending with internal strife in civil war, and at loggerheads with his own brothers and cousins.

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The Upcoming.

His previous novels have detailed the rise and fall of Julius Caesar and the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, so Conqueror is a likely move that will not disappoint existing fans.

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