|Black Wolf of the Steppes (1966) [Novel]|
by Kurt David
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(From the publisher):
When I was a young boy my father had said to me that you can only make friends among equals; that friendship means being able to talk together and that this is the way to find truth. Now older, I wonder how one can be friends with a man who forbids you to answer him because he is the Khan.
Since boyhood Black Wolf has shared the oath of friendship with Temujin, now the great Ghengis Khan - declared ruler of the steppes and the thirty-one peoples who inhabit them. Joining Temujin in his quest to avenge his father's death at the hands of the Tartars, it is Black Wolf with his questioning attitude and intellect who becomes the Khan's closest advisor, supportor, and confidant.
It is through Black Wolf's eyes that we see the young leader Temujin become obsessed with his dream - subduing the Tartars and unifying the warring tribes of the steppes under his own rule only after years of bloodthirsty battles, wild chases, and brutal injustices. A true genius as a commander, the young Khan succeeds at the price of his very humanity. A price that goes so far as to include a willingness to kill a friend who has been like a brother but who, tired of the Khan's cruel excesses and injustices, tries to desert him and his marauding army and find peace with his gentle wife and son.
Original title: Der schwarze Wolf
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Asia