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Con­queror Conn Ig­gulden, Harper Collins, $32.99 Ac­claimed his­tor­i­cal fic­tion au­thor Conn Ig­gulden presents a cap­ti­vat­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of one of the world’s great­est lead­ers – Kublai Khan. The grand­son of Ghenghis con­quered an em­pire larger than those of Alexan­der the Great or Cae­sar, chang­ing not only the Mon­gol na­tion but the world. Kublai – a scholar who be­came a war­rior – sees a fu­ture that goes be­yond plun­der and destruc­tion but he must risk dis­as­ter to re­alise it. Ig­gulden con­cen­trates on the years be­tween the death of Ghengis’s son Og­dai and the start of Kublai’s reign as great khan. Build­ing on a frame­work of his­tor­i­cal events, he weaves an en­ter­tain­ing, lively novel full of fas­ci­nat­ing and en­gag­ing char­ac­ters. Scott Moore

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