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- Book 2 of 5 in The Mongoliad Series
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" 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.”
About the Author
Neal Stephenson is primarily a fiction author and has received several awards for his works in speculative fiction. His more popular books include Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle, and Anathem.
Erik Bear lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. He has written for a bestselling video game and is currently working on several comic book series.
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning the thriller, science fiction, and fantasy genres, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin’s Radio, City at the End of Time, and Hull Zero Three. His books have won numerous international prizes, have been translated into more than twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide.
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 is his first published fiction.
Nicole Galland is the author of I, Iago, aswell as The Fool's Tale, Revenge of the Rose, and Crossed: A Tale of theFourth Crusade. An award-winning screenwriter, she is married to actor BillyMeleady and, unlike all her handsome and talented co-writers, spends no timeat all hitting people with sticks in Seattle.
Mark Teppo is the author of the Codex of Souls urban fantasy series as well as the hypertext dream narrative The Potemkin Mosaic.
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.
- Publication Date : September 25, 2012
- File Size : 5042 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 464 pages
- Publisher : 47North (September 25, 2012)
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005ML0EUI
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- Best Sellers Rank: #196,517 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meanwhile, in Poland, the story of the circus of swords is elaborated upon following Andreas and Rutger against the Knights of Livonia and Ongwe Khan and their alliance with Kim Alcheon and Zugokaitso no Yama. Farther East, the main heroes get very little coverage as they follow the Silk Road to Mongolia in an attempt to assassinate Ogedei Khan, a plot prolonged primarily by simply being ignored for most of the book. The most consistent story is that of Gansukh and Lian who travel beyond the walls of Karakorum to the borderlands of China.
The story, or rather stories are rather good, but the pace at which the authors switch between them can be annoying, you get started enjoying one story and it switches to something else. In my attempt to write a fanfiction for Kindle Worlds I was very interested in following the story of Hakkon, but after a chapter or two he is mostly forgotten- not dead though, the last mention is that Ongwe Khan delivered him to his father and he is now on the road with the Khagan and Gansukh and Lian, but with the focus in that area shifted off of him, he becomes invisible background. I started reading this thinking I was going to mainly get a story of the fighting Shield Brethren, but this ended up being more about the political intrigue in the Vatican and the romance of Gansukh and Lian and woefully little was said about the people I wanted to read about. Also, the back cover blurb once again has a false sell, suggesting more of a connection between the people in Rome and the travelers on the Silk Road than is actually demonstrated. I can only hope the third installment brings everything together better than this book did.
Part two continues the story threads introduced in part one while introducing a new one centered on Rome and a contentious papal election. The Teutonic Knights continue their quest and the court of the Mongol Khan continues with little change. As you would expect in any part two of a trilogy, little is resolved.
I feel compelled to comment upon one scene from the Mongol court thread. In it, a Mongol warrior reveals himself to be quite a sensitive and patient lover. Really? In a collaboration involving six or seven authors, I can only guess that this segment was penned by a Harlequin romance specialist.
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At the beginning of this second book, the going can be hard and it's difficult to remember all the characters and where they are; especially as we are introduced to a new scenario in a crumbling Rome, where the Cardinals are literally buried in their mission to choose a new Pope.
Eventually though, all the pieces fall into place and we understand how we are at a crucial point in history. The successor to Ghenghis Khan is a drunk, weak and with his influence waning; while his armies fight on scattered fronts. The Christian world has a chance to fight back, but the fact that no Pope has been chosen to act as the spiritual leader means this is hanging in the balance.
What is disappointing about the book is that we see much less of Feronantus's party - the most interesting group in the first book. We want to hear more of the binder Cnan and the superhuman Percival with his mystical visions from the Virgin Mary. But this group tread water and make little progress, as they are chased and picked off by a roaming Mongol army, under a merciless leader.
It would also have been preferable to have more of Lian and Gansukh's fated love story; but we only get tantalising glimpses as the Khan sets out on an epic journey. Too much time is spent in Rome and these new characters are mainly unappealing and corrupt. It is like returning to old friends when we catch up with both parties towards the end and hopefully we say goodbye to Rome.
By the end of this part of the trilogy though, all is still in the balance and we are still hooked. The effect is of a long journey in the middle part of the trilogy, which is about to come to an end (one way or another) for all the main characters in the final part. It is set up perfectly, but it still feels like the middle was a struggle and Rome was a necessary, but unenjoyable part of the story.
Overall, this is still a well-written series that transports you to another world and charts a fascinating time that leaps off the page in the best sections. Hopefully, the final volume will fulfil the promise of the preceeding episodes and provide a satisfying conclusion to all the strands that have been woven.
After the included prequel Dreamer: A Prequel to the Mongoliad (The Foreworld Saga) , the story kicks off with some new characters - Father Rodrigo and Ferenc, rather than with the cliffhanger the first book finishes on. It is still divided between several theatres - Rome and the 1241 papal election (this one new), Huenern and the Mongolian fighting arena, the trek to Karakorum by Feronantus and the other Shield Brethren on their quest to kill the Khagan, and finally the journey out of Karakorum with Gansukh, the Khagan and Lian amongst others.
The book will still be fairly good at representing medeival fighting, the politics between the various Christian orders (and factions in the Church), and the times, both from a Mongol and a European perspective. The individual chapters are well written and you can fairly term it a page turner (at least within individual strands). At the same time the novelty of the series (after the first book and the several prequels) is wearing off somewhat for me, hence the four, rather than five stars.
If you find it hard to wait for the next installment it may well be worthwhile for The Mongoliad: Book Three (The Foreworld Saga) to be out before you embark on the journey and even if the second installment is perhaps not quite up to par with the first, it remains an excellent medieval adventure trilogy that has much to recommend it.
Engaging characters, dramatic historical context, and well-written and well-plotted, this is a tale that seems as though it has been waiting a long time to be told. The genesis of this as a collaborative effort is never jarring or unsubtle and the various experiences of the authors lend each cast member a different aspect and a variety that is sometimes lacking in conventionally-authored tales.
I haven't checked the historical background and I'm no expert so from a factual basis this all might be the biggest hog-wash I've ever read but frankly that matters not one jot. This is a great story on a wide stage, well told, and it also happens to be very good value. Roll on volume 3!
Alas, contrary to highly set expectations, none of this materialised in the second book. I was left struggling to find continuity from the first book (as also noted in other reviews) and this episode left me hoping for that much expected acceleration of events until the end of the book.
I failed to identify the master hand of Stephenson or Greg Bear, the names that made me purchase it in the first place. In terms of style, this book is much more consistent, i.e. there was less distinction between the writing styles of the different authors between chapters, something very noticeable in the first book (Note: the first book has been re-written completely apparently, downloadable for free from Amazon for those who purchased it. I haven't re-read it yet, which may influence this review for those who have).
It may be a very innovative and modern, even forward-thinking way to create a story through collaboration in some format (and this does remind of the Stephenson style, in a good way). This could indeed be the future of how novels are written from this day on, given the ever evolving landscape of social interaction through electronic means and it seems that the authors are exploring the opportunity.
However at this early stage in such a process I can't help but feel that there is room for improvement in terms of homogenisation of writing style, sharing of ideas, editing and general communication between the authors to ensure a seamless, well-paced story line. This is far from a bad novel, however for a second part in a trilogy it feels a bit bland and slow-paced. This could be due to the immaturity of the creation process in my opinion. As an experiment, it is promising though.
So while competent this book is much more disjointed and less compelling than the first volume. I can only hope the final volume brings it together more purposefully.