I had no idea that I was going to like this book as much as I did. I am not a history buff but the story had my attention from beginning to end. I was glad to see that there was more and I just added the other two books to my library.
The narrator has an excellent voice and fits the genre, but honestly the story in itself is simply not compelling. It provides neither adventure nor historical interest. Several hours of story telling led only to there being some kids who climb up a mountain during a storm to steal eagle chicks from their nest. This was as good as it got, and it wasn't particularly great. The rest was rambling character development of rather mediocre individuals.
If you are seeking an exciting adventure story (even for children) or something of historical note, this simply won't keep your attention.
What great book. The author takes us back to the early times of Genghis, and how he rose to power. He and his family were left to dies in the wilderness,but he returns to rule the world.
Perhaps I was insufficiently careful reading the description, but I thought I was buying a history book. Instead, it is a fictional narrative about the young Genghis Khan. Since virtually all of the detail in the story is unknowable, it is best described as historical fiction with more fiction than the usual history-based narrative. Very recent archeological discoveries give us much more information about the Great Khan than we used to have. For me, the truth is much more interesting than fantasy.