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The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Series Book 2) by [Stephenson, Neal, Bear, Erik, Bear, Greg, Brassey, Joseph, Galland, Nicole, Moo, Cooper, Teppo, Mark]
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With bonus material! This Kindle edition features extra content only found in the Collector’s Edition of The Mongoliad: Book Two, including an illustrated character glossary, a Foreworld map, and Dreamer, a prequel to the Mongoliad series.

This riveting second installment in Stephenson and company’s epic tale focuses on the aftermath of the world-shattering Mongolian invasion of 1241 and the difficult paths undertaken by its most resilient survivors.

The Shield Brethren, an order of warrior monks, search for a way to overthrow the horde, even as the invaders take its members hostage. Forced to fight in the Mongols’ Circus of Swords, Haakon must prove his mettle or lose his life in the ring. His bravery may impress the enemy, but freedom remains a distant dream.

Father Rodrigo receives a prophecy from God and believes it’s his mission to deliver the message to Rome. Though a peaceful man, he resigns himself to take up arms in the name of his Lord. Joining his fight to save Christendom are the hunter Ferenc, orphan Ocyrhoe, healer Raphael, and alchemist Yasper, each searching for his place in history.

Deftly blending fact and fantasy, The Mongoliad: Book Two captures the indomitable will to survive against immense odds.

About the Author

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Erik Bear lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. Previous to The Dead God, Erik wrote the IDW Publishing comic book Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games. He was also among the authors on The Mongoliad, a historical fantasy anthology for 47North. Mr. Bear has also worked on a bestselling video game and is actively working on several comic book series soon to be published.

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, as well as The Fool's Tale, Revenge of the Rose, and Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade. An award-winning screenwriter, she is married to actor Billy Meleady and, unlike all her handsome and talented co-writers, spends no time at all hitting people with sticks in Seattle.

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 the author of nearly a dozen novels that run the gamut from historical adventure fiction, eco-thriller, urban fantasy, and experimental narrative and the publisher and founder of Resurrection House.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5752 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ML0EUI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Right well, we are in a time of wonderfull poetry and ...
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Hey the story is true to form, some intersting allusions to historical events
Some digressions here and there, overall still good
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I enjoyed it. Lots going on in distinct places. He manages to convey the spirit of each location. Wild like a bit more character development if some of the main players..
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2013
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Book 2 continues from the excellent Book 1. Lots of characters and story lines to keep track of but well written and worth the read by a long shot.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb27db48c) out of 5 stars What A Mess July 31 2012
By John Jorgensen - Published on
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There's just way too much going on in this book for it to be a satisfying, or even a coherent, read. That was true of Book 1, which I barely managed to slog my way through, and it's even worse in this continuation of the story. There are numerous plotlines in progress and we only get little glimpses into any one of them before moving onto something else. We hardly ever get a really satisfying examination of what's going on with any of them. That was true in Book 1, as I've said, and I'd hoped that Book Two would start to see the various threads woven more tightly together. There's a little of this, but not much, and to make matters worse, there are several new storylines, some of them completely unrelated to anything from Book 1 and driven by brand-new characters who never appeared before.

Oh, the characters! There are dozens of them, few of whom have any clear motivation for their actions. We hardly ever get a proper backstory, which has the effect of making their rivalries arcane and confusing. Few of them relate to one another in any way that's remotely interesting, and fewer still leave any kind of impression on the reader. There's a dramatis personae at the beginning of the book to help us keep track of who's who. This is nice, I guess, because the lack of compelling character arcs makes them pretty forgettable, especially when coupled with the fact that many have difficult, unfamiliar names. However, the DP often doesn't provide much information on who they are, other than alluding to one of the many knightly orders this boatful of authors has made up.

Pacing--It's hard to comment on that. Within each chapter, things usually move along. But when I got to the end of a chapter, and realized how little the story had been advanced, I felt drained. It felt like it took me forever to read the book, and many's the day I found myself making excuses not to read it. A novel is supposed to be read for pleasure, so when I need to overcome a reluctance to read it, it's hard to imagine a worse failure of the form.

If you want to read a fictionalized account of the Mongol Empire's salad days, check out Conn Iggulden. He's written a five-book series taking us from Genghis Khan's childhood to the height of Kublai's power. (I might wish for a sixth book to get us through to the end of the empire's golden age, but his stated intention is not to continue.) That series is a good example of excellent historical fiction. This--This is just a mess. I won't even bother with Book Three.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed book one of this series: it was a nicely written, well paced and didn't take itself very seriously. However, book two is a bore. As other reviewers have noted, it doesn't directly follow on from book one, and its emphasis is on the least interesting characters and plot lines. I had no idea what was going on with the chapters set in Rome - which make up about a third of the book - and ended up skipping through most of them (I don't think that I missed out on much). The chapters dealing with the Shield Brethren are quite good, but don't really go anywhere, and the rest of the book meanders along without much of interest taking place (the chapters about the depressed alcoholic Mongol khan moping about were particularly dull - this may be the first book to include a boring Mongol warlord!). I don't think that I'm going to shell out for book three on the basis of this book.
43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2747a5c) out of 5 stars Book 2 very similar to Book 1 -- ok characters, some plot advancement and no ending July 6 2012
By L. C Glover - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb25c981c) out of 5 stars Mixed Bag Aug. 16 2012
By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson - Published on
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Lots of beautiful detailing on the world and time this takes place in, however rather dank and depressing for a good portion of the read. Fascinating to anyone who is into minutia of a period piece, but not all that great as a story. The view point is so diffused, it's difficult to pick out a main plotline. While I like a few of the characters, I did not care deeply for anyone and was pretty bored rather quickly. Sad to say, I didn't finish the book. I felt like I was slogging through it and it did not seem worth the effort to finish the task with so many other more interesting books to be read. Life's short, don't clutter it up. I'm sure there will be people who enjoy this book if only to piece out Neal Stephenson's voice in the tapestry, he is a very good writer and his pieces shine in this work. Unfortunately I'd rather go read a book that is all written by NS than wade through the 6 or 7 parts to his one who are not of the same calibur.
HASH(0xb25c99b4) out of 5 stars The Mediocrity Continues March 5 2015
By Steven M. Anthony - Published on
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If you are considering part two of the Mongoliad, then you have certainly read part one. If not, I would do so, before picking up the succeeding volumes. I purchased all three Mongoliad novels, so feel compelled to finish them. Had I only purchased the first one, I likely would not have purchased parts two and three. These are not awful novels, but they are utterly mediocre, with little to recommend them.

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.