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.”
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.”