An untested group of Shield-Brethren initiates stand before the sprawling Mongol army in a bloody circus of sadistic violence, while a hardened company of their finest roam the desolate wasteland of the Mongol empire, wrapping their dead in blood-soaked soil and struggling to find the strength to fight even as they mourn. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive.
A sweeping historical interpretation of the battle for Europe against the invading Mongols and their ruthless Khan, The Mongoliad: Book Three brings the epic adventures of the Shield-Brethren to a brutal and thrilling conclusion.
©2012 Foreworld LLC (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Yes: the book is starts at great tempo and finishes with a bang I think the only down point is that the next book will need to bow this one away.
P.S. if you like Luke Daniels this is for you.
Gansukh: the way he learns to live in both worlds
He makes you feel like you are the character and just makes you feel welcome
This is not a waist of time
I write short and to the point reviews. No sense of dragging on in something that you like or hate.
I was really disappointed at The Mongoliad series and book 3 was a total let down. Book 1 was awesome, but the two later books was a total waste of time. It seems like Neal Stephenson and company lost focus after writing book 1. I thought that book 3 would never end because all you ever read is the battle and killings. 90% of the story is pure action, where you just get bored with the constant stabbing between the tribes. There is very little plot behind the battles. The election of the new pope was interesting, but the story gets lost in the constant wars. The series just gets tiring to read because its very one sided with way too much action and not enough storytelling. I would read the first book and skip the rest.
The performances were excellent. There were lots of interesting characters, good dialogue, and graphic descriptions. A bit to much of the latter. Christians against Mongols was the main theme and it was interesting but, we already know how that turned out. The other stuff, Popes and cardinals, witches and urchins, and warrior nuns, seemed pointless and unrelated. History wise, I come away wondering what to believe. That may be a good thing.
The third book wraps up all the main story lines nicely and like the first two books is fun to listen to. It's not spectacular in any way, but it was a good listen. See my reviews of the first two books for my thoughts on the writing.
I have been amazed by Luke Daniels reading of this book. His characters are so easily identifiable by voice and character that you feel less like you are reading a story and more like listening into the conversations going on between the characters.
I am amazed that this book kept the long journey feeling without belaboring the long journey to the point you were sick of hearing about it. The concept of covering that much land on horseback through rugged and unfriendly terrain has all the earmarks of being a very boring book marked only by the regular injections of interest by way of combat with roving bands. Not so here.
I could never have imagined a higher quality of accents and speach patterns as I was given by listening to Luke.
"After the Glimmer" I feel like the last book left us all with some glimmer or inkling of what was going to come next but still with plenty of space to turn about in a final twist of plot or ending. In many ways this book is what occurs as you round that last final bend in the story and you think you know how things will go. However often we are dazzled by glimmers and sometimes the after effect of the glimmer blinds us to what will happen next.
Everything! This world is just fascinating! I especially love the shield brethren though, and the shield maidens.
He is brilliant, as always, but it is always hard to understand what Raphael is saying.
I was devastated with what happened to Andreas!
Just a fantastic series, I've listened to the lot and have now bought the print versions to read again. I'm going through the prequels now, I just can't get enough of these stories!
If you've already read book 1 and 2 of the series then nothing anyone says will change your mind about finishing the series off. So I won't say anymore.
"Thank goodness it's over"
I've not read the book version but I've read most other Neal Stephenson books in paper format so I can appreciate how long his works are.
The scene's in Rome made me thing of The Borgias. Fight scenes are ever-so-slightly long winded - you can tell the authors spend far too long recreating the fights!
Excellent voice with brilliant characterisation - though I did get confused about who he was supposed to be at times.
Nope, I've not enough time to listen to it all in one go, but it was brilliant as part of my commute to work and back.
Worth listening to if you're a fan of Neal Stephenson or have an interest in history. Kept me entertained for ever-so-many hours! Which I guess is all you can ask of an audio book!
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