Bone Music: The Legend of Genghis Khan

Written by Katherine Roberts
Review by Mike Ashworth

12th-century Mongolia. Guided by a prophecy that says the wolf will lie with the deer and create a new nation, a boy rides across the steppe seeking a bride. Thus begins a story of love, betrayal, murder, shamanic magic and bitter rivalry which will lead to the foundation of a great Empire. The story centres around Temujin, eldest son of Yesugei the Brave, the leader of the Mongol Alliance, his bride Borta, deer-whisperer, and the orphaned Jamukha, his blood brother. When Temujin’s father is poisoned on the way home, an ambitious chief takes control of the leaderless Alliance. Temujin and his family flee into exile, where they are joined by the orphaned Jamukha. In order to marry his betrothed, and gain leadership of the Alliance, Temujin must first survive and raise an army.

This story of the early life of Genghis Khan is told through the eyes of the three main characters in three parts, which gives a unique insight into the unfolding story. Aimed at the very top age of YA readers, the book includes violence and sex as a natural consequence of the life and times. Adults as well as YA readers will enjoy this thrilling novel. Recommended.