Name of Book : The Legend of Genghis Khan

Author :  Sutapa Basu

Publisher : Readomania Publishing

Price : Rs. 350/-

Reviewer : Srivatsan V

Srivatsan is a banking and financial services professional. Books, sports and movies are his solace and detox. He is aspiring to be a writer and a knowledge entrepreneur.

“The Legend of Genghis Khan” is a historical fiction written by Sutapa Basu. This is her third book and second historical fiction after Padmavati. As you can guess from the title, the book is about one of the world’s most feared conqueror, the Mongol leader Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan is a well known conqueror but there is an untold side of him which the author tried to convey though this book. As I read this book, I can say that the author has done an extensive and exhaustive research as we can find many unknown facets about the great Mongol leader. Of course, some parts in the book may have some fictional touches but overall, the author didn’t deviate from the historical conquests of Genghis Khan. The indomitable courage, will power and bold actions that went into the making Genghis Khan, the way he was, has been portrayed beautifully. It provides a deep insight into the life of Genghis Khan in a way we haven’t seen before.

The narration is very poignant and it keeps you hooked to the book. Genghis Khan is one of the most researched figures in history and the insights one gains from his story will be of use in various aspects. In the Bollywood movie, “Saala Khadoos” Madhavan’s character showed how one can defeat their opponents in boxing via Genghis Khan’s military strategy. I believe, not only in boxing, his strategies can be applied in many other situations too which one encounters in their contemporary lives.

The description at various places is very good, especially with respect to the culture, locations, key characters, etc. The story is explained in a simple and clear language, without unnecessary use of bombastic words. The author’s command on historical fiction is very much visible in this book and is highly appreciated.

The cover of the book is the sketch of the great Mongol leader Genghis Khan majestically and gallantly riding his horse towards the war-field. He is followed by his army of soldiers. Just the perfect picture of the warrior one would have in his mind.

Go and read this book – it is totally worth your time. If you are a lover of history, this is a book you definitely cannot miss out.  Looking forward to read Sutapa’s next historical fiction soon.

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