It is not an easy task to rebuild history, it is equally difficult to create a compelling narrative of a conqueror who has been loved and hated in equal measure. Sutapa Basu incites the reader to rethink about the trials and tribulations of Genghis Khan, the circumstances that helped him to transcend from a commoner ‘Temujin’ to that of becoming the undisputed ruler of Mongolia. Basu reconstructs facets of history diligently and the reader is submerged into the life and times of yore.
The language is easy to understand and like a brimming river flows swiftly and submerges into the reader’s consciousness. The court politics, harem hierarchy, tax system, dilemmas of the common man is delved in depth and makes it impossible for the reader to keep the book aside. This is definitely a book worth buying and cherishing.