Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: Secret Battles of Genghis Khan by Daryl Gregory


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Genghis Khan was one of the greatest military commanders and leaders in world history. He conquered lands from the Middle East to the Pacific Ocean in a life filled with one military victory after another until his death.
This is the story of how a boy named Temujin became that man, the battles that solidified his fearsome reputation, and the enduring legend of his life.
Written by Daryl Gregory with art by Alan Robinson.

MY TAKE:

It has been years since I've had lessons on Asian history so I've forgotten much of what I know about Genghis Khan.

The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan tells the story of Temujin, the boy who would be Genghis Khan. It starts from when he was a baby until he became a leader of men, and is told from Temujin's point-of-view.

I learned a lot about Temujin's life. I never knew that he was named after a Tatar chief that his father had captured. History classes should consider making this book an optional or required read for students as it would be so much easier for them to absorb the material if it was presented in graphic novel form.

The illustrations make use of dark lines and colors that are perfect for depicting the hard life of Temujin.

Thanks to NetGalley and IDW Publishing for the e-ARC. Publication date of Secret Battles of Genghis Khan is on July 31, 2012.

THE GOOD:

  1. You learn a lot about the life of Temujin.
  2. The artwork is perfect for the subject matter.
  3. It's a great way to learn without being bored.

THE BAD:

  1. Some might not prefer the harshness of the characters' looks.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
No man or tribe would ever again rob me of what was mine.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like history.
  2. You are interested in learning more about Genghis Khan.
  3. You like learning things but get bored easily by textbooks.

RATING: 
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