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The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Stephenson , Erik Bear , Greg Bear , Joseph Brassey , Nicole Galland , Cooper Moo , Mark Teppo , Mike Grell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

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This title is part of the Foreworld Saga, an epic alternate history series that spans continents and centuries. Learn more about the series.

Book Description

With bonus material! This Kindle edition features extra content only found in the Collector’s Edition of The Mongoliad: Book Two, including an illustrated character glossary, a Foreworld map, and Dreamer, a prequel to the Mongoliad series.

This riveting second installment in Stephenson and company’s epic tale focuses on the aftermath of the world-shattering Mongolian invasion of 1241 and the difficult paths undertaken by its most resilient survivors.

The Shield Brethren, an order of warrior monks, search for a way to overthrow the horde, even as the invaders take its members hostage. Forced to fight in the Mongols’ Circus of Swords, Haakon must prove his mettle or lose his life in the ring. His bravery may impress the enemy, but freedom remains a distant dream.

Father Rodrigo receives a prophecy from God and believes it’s his mission to deliver the message to Rome. Though a peaceful man, he resigns himself to take up arms in the name of his Lord. Joining his fight to save Christendom are the hunter Ferenc, orphan Ocyrhoe, healer Raphael, and alchemist Yasper, each searching for his place in history.

Deftly blending fact and fantasy, The Mongoliad: Book Two captures the indomitable will to survive against immense odds.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Those who read The Mongoliad in its original incarnation as an online serial will note some differences in the print version. The story is set in the thirteenth century, during the Mongol invasion of Europe, and focuses on a group of warrior-monks, the Shield-Brethren, who are desperately fighting for their own survival and the survival of their way of life—and that’s a serious simplification of this sprawling, character-rich, action-packed epic that’s part history, part alternate history, part fantasy, part martial-arts saga. The authors (including speculative fiction giants Stephenson and Greg Bear) collaborated on the online serial, which has now been broken down into several book-length segments, rewritten and restructured, with major story threads shifted around. It would definitely help to have read Book One first, but it’s not essential. There’s enough background here, in broad-strokes terms, to give readers a sense of what’s going on at this point in the saga. Jumping from place to place and character to character, the book has a potentially huge audience, not just fans of the individual contributors and readers of Book One but also the much larger fan bases for martial-arts epics, alternate history, and historical fantasy. --David Pitt


“Suggestions of revelations to come combine with expertly crafted fight sequences and immensely enjoyable characters to hold the reader’s interest.”
 -Publishers Weekly

I loved this book. The action was some of the best I’ve read in a while. Each fight is important to the story. The battles range from one-on-one to ten-on-sixty. Each one is the right kind of detailed and wonderfully inventive. The characters are well drawn and multi-faceted... The plot pulled me to the next page relentlessly. I was thrilled when it was time for a battle, and I was thrilled when it was time for character development. I spent the entire time excited to see what this book had in store next. I am now excited to see what the next book has in store. I cannot recommend this one enough. Five Lovable Mongol Hordes out of Five."
-Ben Rhodes, Fanboy Comics

"Fact and fiction are seamlessly blended to create a detailed vision of 13th Century Asia and Europe, and the fear of the overwhelming Mongol horde is palpable. The violence is detailed but not gratuitous, and the fact that likeable characters aren’t safe proves the authors are not afraid to make sacrifices in order to provide a wonderful story."
-Geek Planet Online

“[a] sprawling, character-rich, action-packed epic that’s part history, part alternate history, part fantasy, part martial-arts saga…Jumping from place to place and character to character, the book has a potentially huge audience, not just fans of the individual contributors and readers of Book One but also the much larger fan bases for martial-arts epics, alternate history, and historical fantasy.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1957 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612182372
  • Publisher: 47North (September 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ML0EUI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Summary (2.75 stars):
Book 2 of the Mongoliad picks up where Book 1 left off -- No transition, just starts. Book 2 does introduce some new characters -- Father Rodrigo (priest who witness Mongol Horde in action), Ferenc (Hungrian boy that Father Rodrigo saved) and Ocyrhoe (one of the last sister of a Minerva cult in Rome). The plot arc with the new characters deals with the naming of who will be the new Pope as the previous Pope died suddenly. Father Rodrigo was given a divine message to convey to the Pope in order to save Christendom from the Mongol hordes invading Europe -- Perceival minus the good looks, horse, arm and martial skills.

The main plot arc moves forward to a certain degree but only moves the assault team closer to the Khagan with losses and wounds. If you enjoyed the first book, then you will enjoy the second book as these two books should have just been connected as seperating them makes no sense given the lack of ending in Book 1 and how Book 2 starts. If you have not read Book 1, then do not even think about reading Book 2 first as it will not make much sense.

If you have a limited book budget, I would look for something else to purchase before this book.

Mileu/World Setting (2.75 to 3 stars):
The world setting is well done for the most part but Book 2 depends heavily on the atmosphere set in the first book. The cultures of the different characters is interesting to read about. Each character is rather sterotypical and depends heavily on the world setting information associated with the location each character is from to help you envision what the character is like and how they handle themselves.

Plot (2.5 stars):
The plot is moderately interesting for a history based fantasy novel.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring October 12, 2012
I really enjoyed book one of this series: it was a nicely written, well paced and didn't take itself very seriously. However, book two is a bore. As other reviewers have noted, it doesn't directly follow on from book one, and its emphasis is on the least interesting characters and plot lines. I had no idea what was going on with the chapters set in Rome - which make up about a third of the book - and ended up skipping through most of them (I don't think that I missed out on much). The chapters dealing with the Shield Brethren are quite good, but don't really go anywhere, and the rest of the book meanders along without much of interest taking place (the chapters about the depressed alcoholic Mongol khan moping about were particularly dull - this may be the first book to include a boring Mongol warlord!). I don't think that I'm going to shell out for book three on the basis of this book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What A Mess July 31, 2012
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There's just way too much going on in this book for it to be a satisfying, or even a coherent, read. That was true of Book 1, which I barely managed to slog my way through, and it's even worse in this continuation of the story. There are numerous plotlines in progress and we only get little glimpses into any one of them before moving onto something else. We hardly ever get a really satisfying examination of what's going on with any of them. That was true in Book 1, as I've said, and I'd hoped that Book Two would start to see the various threads woven more tightly together. There's a little of this, but not much, and to make matters worse, there are several new storylines, some of them completely unrelated to anything from Book 1 and driven by brand-new characters who never appeared before.

Oh, the characters! There are dozens of them, few of whom have any clear motivation for their actions. We hardly ever get a proper backstory, which has the effect of making their rivalries arcane and confusing. Few of them relate to one another in any way that's remotely interesting, and fewer still leave any kind of impression on the reader. There's a dramatis personae at the beginning of the book to help us keep track of who's who. This is nice, I guess, because the lack of compelling character arcs makes them pretty forgettable, especially when coupled with the fact that many have difficult, unfamiliar names. However, the DP often doesn't provide much information on who they are, other than alluding to one of the many knightly orders this boatful of authors has made up.

Pacing--It's hard to comment on that. Within each chapter, things usually move along. But when I got to the end of a chapter, and realized how little the story had been advanced, I felt drained.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Mongoliad: Book Two October 10, 2012
By Albena
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved Book One, But this was a complete debacle. There was no
transition from the end of Book one. I expected it to continue
seamlessly. I had no connection to what I was reading for several chapters, and then it was disjointed, badly written
and hard to follow. Absolutely terrible!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag August 16, 2012
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Lots of beautiful detailing on the world and time this takes place in, however rather dank and depressing for a good portion of the read. Fascinating to anyone who is into minutia of a period piece, but not all that great as a story. The view point is so diffused, it's difficult to pick out a main plotline. While I like a few of the characters, I did not care deeply for anyone and was pretty bored rather quickly. Sad to say, I didn't finish the book. I felt like I was slogging through it and it did not seem worth the effort to finish the task with so many other more interesting books to be read. Life's short, don't clutter it up. I'm sure there will be people who enjoy this book if only to piece out Neal Stephenson's voice in the tapestry, he is a very good writer and his pieces shine in this work. Unfortunately I'd rather go read a book that is all written by NS than wade through the 6 or 7 parts to his one who are not of the same calibur.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is very entertaining and full of historical details, I recommend it without a doubt. It is included in the kindle library
Published 2 days ago by Andrés Del Busto
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I love this series. The story lines are great, I would recommend this to any one who likes action and historical fiction.
Published 6 days ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay addition to book one!
Nothing very exciting with this book, now the question is can the group of writers give a ending that will clearly connect the players?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Requires focus but worth it.
There are a lot of story lines to keep up with, but it's worth it. There are several characters I can care about, on both sides of the story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tony Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mongoliad Book 2
This is a great series and good balance for 2nd book of 3, made me get the next because it left you hanging for more.
Published 23 days ago by Renfron
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters to love, respect, hate, pity, and admire set across the...
This will make a great game, graphic novel, movie.

go ahead and read it before it was cool. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn!
Historical fiction is a great way to learn history and this book does not disappoint. The rise (and fall) of the Mongolian Empire presents us with a great lesson in history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by burnqueen
3.0 out of 5 stars Mongoliad book 2
Don't like how the shield brethren always win a one on one fight. The amount of characters becomes confusing with the cardinals (although there are attempts to differentiate them). Read more
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