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Mongoliad, Book One
Mongoliad, Book One | Neal Stephenson
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Fusing historical events with a gripping fictional narrative, this first book in the Mongoliad trilogy reveals a secret history of Europe in the thirteenth century. As the Mongols swept across Asia and were poised to invade Europe in 1241, a small band of warriors, inheritors of an ancient secret tradition, conceived a desperate plan to stop the attack. They must kill the Khan of Khans; if they fail, all of Christendom will be destroyed. In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate the lost chronicles of this desperate fight to save Europe. Burton s translations were lost, until a team of amateur archaeologists discovered them in the ruins of a mansion in Trieste. From the translations and from the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated."
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speljamr
Mongoliad, Book One | Neal Stephenson
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Starts out slow and is sometimes hard to follow some of the jumps between characters, but I found it got better the further in I got. The end of this first book lacked a something I can't quite put my finger on though. There's a good deal of European sword terminology many people won't know without looking it up. The battles were fairly realistic to real sword fighting in their description.

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Mongoliad, Book One | Neal Stephenson
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It took me forever to read this book. I've had a lot going on, which didn't help. But also, it just didn't call to me. The number of great writers involved is crazy! It made me hope for a really fascinating read. It was...okay. I feel very wrong saying this, but I'm not sure I'll read the rest. It's very hard on my compulsions, but I'm just not sure. I didn't have much affection for any of the characters... :/