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The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle) Paperback – February 26, 2013
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"…the series is wonderfully crafted…If you're a fan of epic fiction, or historical fiction (which tends to be epic), you'll be doing yourself a disservice by not reading this series. It may soon be remembered as the Wheel of Time of historical fiction."
"The final book in the Mongoliad trilogy is incredible … I am a big fan of the sprawling epic, like Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, so when my favorite novelist and six other authors got together to write an epic, I was sold…The action is exciting and feels more real than anything I have read before. The characters are all multi-layered and sympathetic, even when they are trying to kill each other. The pacing is perfect. This might be the easiest recommendation I make all year. Go and read The Mongoliad...Five Perfectly Executed Parries out of Five"
- Publisher : 47North; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 716 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612182380
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612182384
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #558,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the concluding installment of the trilogy to be marginally better than its predecessors, if for no other reason than the various story threads begin to converge and proceed to resolution. (I say resolution, but there are actually succeeding books in the â€œsagaâ€, though it appears that Neal Stephenson has washed his hands of the project, as will I.) In addition to the threads involving the Mongols and Christian Shield Brethren, a new storyline, centered in Rome and dealing with a disputed Papal election was introduced and well handled.
Taken as a whole, I found the trilogy to be very simply written with little to recommend it. Several times, the author(s) attempt to make the Mongols appear sensitive and caring, a complete absurdity. I cannot help but think that the experiment of having seven authors collaborate in the work of crafting a novel has resulted in an utterly mediocre effort, as if the finished product devolved to the lowest common denominator. Whatever the case, I saw very little of what I have come to expect from Neal Stephenson, the best writer of the bunch. Perhaps he merely lent his name to the effort.
Donâ€™t get me wrong, this is not an awful work, just run of the mill. Too many cooks may not spoil the broth, but in this case they have produced a very bland meal indeed.
I very much enjoyed the corrupt Catholic church officials electing the mad priest as pontiff just to mess with each other, the crafty Mongol warrior's learning to conquer by wit and not might (and how he gets schooled in this by the Chinese slave who becomes his mistress), the strange camaraderie of the knights and their stranger infighting in the face of the Mongol conquest of Europe with their political rivals...and their audacious plan to stop the Mongol conquest by assassinating Ogedai Khan, surrounded by his army in his native land six thousand miles away.
Good luck with that, fellas.
I do love Stephenson's digressions into detail, but I'm a shade OCD; your mileage may vary. The story moves along as well as can be expected for as many parts as it has; I'm not sure anyone could tell it any better; certainly nobody has tried anything as long as this lately with such good effect.
Gansukh, Alchiq, Ogedei and the rest of the Mongolians.
The only problem that I had is that I love the Mongolians and do not see them as the world devouring scourge as they have been portrayed in the West. That said, from the point of view of Europeans, I can see how they could see it that way. So the portrayal therein did not bother me. It was a point of view.
I found myself rooting for Feronantus and his crew and the Rose Knights and I found myself rooting for Gansukh and Lian, Ogedei and the Mongolian horde as well as the Haakon, Hans, Zug and Kim the Flower Knight.
The books were a great read. If you have the time, I wholeheartedly recommend this series and I hope the authors continue along this line with their work.
Great read. Great writing...immensely enjoyable. Absolutely HATED to come to the end of Book 3.
Peace! Dave Kaelin
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On the other hand, it is hard to put down and contains some gripping narratives. I have always liked reading Stephenson's books and his originality. This is all still reflected in this trilogy. This third and last is a thick tome which promises long and satisfying reads....once you can work out or remember which unpronouceable name refers to which character.
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However, despite it being reviewed as 'last in series', it would appear not.
I've withstood the temptation to go down the track of the seemingly myriad of prequels, sequels etc, with the intention of reading the main storyline; now I don't know where to go next!