Review: Genghis Khan by Demi

 

Title: Genghis Khan

Author: Demi

Publisher:  Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 978-0761455479

 

May Contain Spoilers

I was not sure what to expect when I checked this out from the library.  I love biographies, especially ones about warriors.  Alexander the Great, Crazy Horse, Hannibal – I’m interested in learning more about of them, and have read many, many pages about their exploits.  I have always been intrigued by Genghis Khan and his horde of Mongols, mainly for one reason; they were consummate equestrians.

I tripped across this book on Amazon, and put in a request at the library.  The combination of full-color artwork and spare, yet compelling text made this an interesting read.  Demi’s illustrations are more whimsical in nature, even during battle scenes.  The visual component of the story was very effective, with one minor quibble.  Gold foil is used without restraint throughout the book, and I thought it obscured the art.  All of that shiny metallic paper got obnoxious after about 3 pages.

Genghis Khan is a very short read, but the stunning visuals give the story an added kick.  Based on both historical fact and folklore, the life of Temujin, the boy who would grow up to become one of the most skilled leaders in history, is rich with action and political intrigue. 

Grade:  B-

Review copy obtained from the library