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Katabasis (The Mongoliad Series Book 4) by [Brassey, Joseph, Moo, Cooper, Teppo, Mark, Trim, Angus]
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Joseph Brassey lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two cats. He teaches medieval fighting techniques to members of the armed forces. The Mongoliad was his first published fiction, and The Assassination of Orange is his first Foreworld Saga SideQuest.

Cooper Moo spent five minutes in Mongolia in 1986 before he had to get back on the train he never expected to be channeling Mongolian warriors. In 2007 Cooper fought a Chinese long-sword instructor on a Hong Kong rooftop he never thought the experience would help him write battle scenes. In addition to being a member of The Mongoliad writing team, Cooper has written articles for various magazines. His autobiographical piece "Growing Up Black and White," published in the Seattle Weekly, was awarded Social Issues Reporting article of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his wife, three children, and numerous bladed weapons.

Mark Teppo is a writer of contemporary fantasy and historical fiction. Part of the creative team at Subutai Corporation, he is the head writer for the Foreworld Saga a secret history of the West. Teppo is also the author of the urban fantasies Heartland, Lightbreaker, and The Potemkin Mosaic. A bibliophile whose interests include historical martial arts and esoteric traditions, he lives in Washington State.

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

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  • File Size: 3002 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477848215
  • Publisher: 47North (October 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2WM5HE
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I took a long break while I was reading book three I'm the series, I think because of the Rome chapters. I didn't know until the end of that book that there was going to be a fourth. Luckily for me, I finished reading the third a day before this one, Katabasis, was released. This time, the reading kept me engaged through the entire book.

I particularly enjoy the technicality of the fighting and the descriptions of the tactics. Also, considering how many authors are working on the books, it never feels like a hodge podge of clashing styles.
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I loved the first three book in the Mongoliad Cycle. They were full of great characters, complex plots and excellent writing. The fourth book does have have some of these qualities since the two main writers (Neal Stehpenson and Greg Bear) are not involved in its writing. Whille this could have not been a big issue, I feel the introduction of the supernatural elements totally defeats the original concepts of the storyline. This is too bad. I really loved the first three books very much as well as many of the related short stories.
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Katabasis is the 'Mongoliad' series picks up where volume three left off. You can read this without the other three as the Sword Brothers go off in a different direction this time but it helps if you already know the characters.

**** Some spoilers for previous Volume*****

The Sheild Bretheren have saved the West from the Mongol Hordes. The Great Khan is dead and the Mongol leaders are returning to Karakoram with their armies to elect a new leader. Feronatus has grabbed the mystical Horse banner and is taking it back to the Brotherhood occumpanied by Istvan. The rest of the fellowship now joined by Chinese slave girl courtesan Lian are slowly making their way back across the frozen steppe. The mission over the fellowship begins to question the future unaware that they are being persued by Mongol Warriors Gansukh and Alciq who want revenge for the Great Khan's death and the return of the mystical banner.

In Kiev where we left Percival after his vision of the Virgin in the crypt of St. Ilya he and the surviving sheild maidens abandon the fortress after he recieves a new vision from the Babi Yaga. The join up with Prince Nevsky's army as it relieves the city of Pskov which has been overrun by the Tuetonic Knights who have taken advantage of the Mongol retreat to go on a crusade against the Eastern Orthodox Christians in Rus.

In Pskov we find our old enemy Kristaps of the Livonian Order having survived the battle at Mongwe Khan's camp has joined the Tuetonic knights in their invasion. With the Catholic Bishop of Livonia they plot the destruction of Prince Nevsky's army which will culminate in the Battle of the Ice.

Overall I found the plot ok. I know its hard to put together a multi author story like this.
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I'm not a huge reader, but I'm a fan of Neal Stephenson. I started the Mongoliad series, not knowing if I'd really be into it. By the time I finished #2, I was well hooked, and bought books 3 and 4 at the same time.

Although Book 4 picks up right where Book 3 left off, I noticed it definitely had a different feel. I noticed later that Neal Stephenson wasn't involved in this book (or at least he's not listed as one of the authors). That was a little bit of a let down.

That said, I did really enjoy reading it and keeping up with the characters that I'd come to love over the course of the previous three books. I'd recommend it if you enjoyed the first three.
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This series is entertaining, but pushes the bounds of the plausible even for fantasy. Time and again one or two armored knights on heavy horses take on hundreds of skilled archers on nimble horses, and every time the archers get killed. Except for one archer, who is old and crippled, who by himself repeatedly takes down these same knights. Come on... I was also disappointed that some of the cool characters from prior books did not make an appearance in this one. Is there another book around the corner? It didn't seem like it. So what's the point of introducing and building up certain characters and then just forgetting about them? I think our authors lost their focus. For all that, it wasn't a disappointment. It just wasn't as good as it easily could have been.
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This book was pretty good.Although it doesn't pick up any of the threads from the politics of the aftermath of selecting a new pope or the deal of what may be the Holy Grail, it does finish out the after affects of what was the beginning of the previous triology of book and focuses mainly on those characters. Most of their stories are tied up nicely even while one final battle is built to. And what has become the norm for the Foreworld saga, a bit of supernaturalism is added to the mix, with and old which and the mystery of the Spirit Banner of the Khan's. As there is on last book in this series that deals with the Grail, I would still say pick this one up it was an enjoyable read.
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Joseph Brassey's Katabasis is a direct follow-up to the original Mongoliad trilogy written by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Nicole Galland, and Mark Teppo.

In The Mongoliad trilogy, I was drawn in by the mystery of the characters as much as the suspense of the plot. The characters are complex, and their motivations are sometimes hard to discern. As each chapter closed, I loved chewing on questions of what they would do next.

In Katabasis, Brassey finishes the story line for several of the characters introduced by The Mongliad. As much as I enjoyed Katabasis, I found that the mystery and suspense in this book comes from a more explicit supernatural element rather than the complexity of the characters. In some ways, maybe this is to be expected as Katabasis is meant to complete the story line for these characters. It's hard to continue mystery when the plot is meant to culminate. I enjoyed the supernatural elements as they drew on unfamiliar folk lore that I have since explored in more depth, yet I did not love this approach quite as much.

I intend to complete the series by reading Siege Perilous, the fifth and final book.
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