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Book 2 very similar to Book 1 -- ok characters, some plot advancement and no ending,
This review is from: The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 2) (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)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. The book does not do a good job of engaging the readers; the authors assume the reader knows quite a lot about the Mongels and Europe at the time the book is set. The plots do not have significants twists in them -- just a straight up conflict/mission to be achieved by the characters.
Writing (2.5 to 2.75 stars):
The writing is consistent with Book 1. The writing style is clean, crisp and to the point. It is not a joy to read the words but more like morning gruel you eat hoping to get to some tasty bit hidden in the gruel to flavor it / make it more interesting.
Characters (2.5 to 3 stars):
The characters do not evolve at all between the start of book 1 and the end of book 2. The characters are just there to be architypal figures for the players in the historical drama. The characters are not memorable in the least. You will most likely forget about nearly of the characters shortly after you finish the book and move on to a different book.