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The Mongoliad: Book Two

(The Foreworld Saga #2)

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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,306 ratings  ·  204 reviews
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

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Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by 47North
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Bret Mogilefsky
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
The fragmented, under-edited narrative introduced in the first book lurches forward, becoming so much more fragmented and under-edited along the way that it nearly collapses under it's own weight. To an already dizzying array of characters and plotlines of the first volume you can add an entire new set of barely distinguishable cardinals vying to be the next pope in the slowest, least believable manner possible. The book grinds along in a workman-like fashion, occasionally entertaining when it ...more
James
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
For the first, and only time I received an email to alert me to the fact that one of my Kindle books had been improved since I had bought it. My copy of The Mongoliad: Book Two had been improved with a short-story prequel called The Dreamer and a map (I love maps) – maybe these ebook things are the future of books after all. As I may have moaned about in my previous review, The Mongoliad: Book One, multi-point-of-view epic fantasy novels like this scream out for a map. As the characters move ...more
Eric Mesa
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very hard book to properly review. Unlike a typical book in a trilogy (or however many books it ends up being - at the time this book was published it was a trilogy), this book does not contain a story that begins and ends within the larger story. But as this book started I realized this would be the case. It essentially just continues exactly where the last one left off as if this was not a series of books, but rather one large book that's been split into publishable chunks of 300 ...more
Ian
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
The background of The Mongoliad is an interesting story, almost more interesting than the book itself. Basically, a lot of guys got together and started learning sword fighting and created a historical world around it all. What you have is an impressive list of authors working on a shared-universe story that's boiled down into a single book. Dozens of characters, and plots all weaving in and out of each other. Sounds impressive, eh? Trust me, it sounds a lot better than it actually is.

This is
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Christine
I didn't like this book as much as the first one for one reason - the characters that I loved from the first book are hardly present in this volume. Instead you get even more characters who seem too much alike, including more knights. I missed Cnan who was almost an non-enitity in this one.
Amy
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
The first Mongoliad was great - exciting, fast-paced, and engaging. I had high hopes for the second installment, but it was a major disappointment. Slow, boring, with too many added characters. There wasn't the cohesiveness of the first book, or the sense of urgency. Very disappointed.
Juliana
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: january-2017
3 1/2 stars.
Rob Adey
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another volume of exciting RPG-style adventure. Pretty sure the authors are keeping track of their (many) battle scenes with tabletop miniatures (probably lovingly crafted with tiny hammers by some blacksmith in Seattle) but to be honest, screw any books that aren't written by authors keeping track of the battle scenes with tabletop miniatures.

This part suffers slightly from being a bit inbetweeny - all the strands are in the middle of what they're up to, and I couldn't always remember who was
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terpkristin
Audiobook from Brilliance Audio
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Length: 12.5 hours

Note: I received this audiobook as a complete package with a prequel, Dreamer: A Prequel to the Mongoliad, included. This review only covers The Mongoliad: Book Two, as I reviewed Dreamer: A Prequel to the Mongoliad separately.

Much like The Mongoliad: Book One, The Mongoliad: Book Two tells a myriad of parallel stories, all centered around the Mongol conquests in medieval Europe. There isn't much that I can say about this
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Kim Pallister
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
A while back I reviewed the first book of The Mongoliad and quite enjoyed it. I'm a huge Neal Stephenson fan, and another friend of mine, Cooper Moo, was involved in this project, so I was really glad to read it.

The Mongoliad: Book Two is not nearly as good as the first. As others have noted, it jumps between a myriad of plot lines with little of the tight interweaving that Stephenson is known for. In a series like this, without an end in sight, this can feel like drudge work to get through as
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Trunatrschild
I have difficulty with reviewing this book... it was okay, it didn't live up to the excitement and action of the first book, it was like a place holder story telling between the first book and the third. I personally dislike books that HAVE to be read in order, I just think it's a cheap marketing ploy, over used in these modern times.
This book wasn't bad, but from the beginning, I just got the idea that it was just stretching out the series, maybe because it didn't have the drama, the action or
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Dev Null
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
My biggest complaint about the first book in this series was that it had too many characters that didn't seem necessary to the story. It felt like a recounting of a role-playing game, where everyone's character had to get a mention and do something cool, but almost none of them were particularly tied to the plot.

So of course this book introduces a whole new set of characters, without really tying any of them to the plot of the first book at all.

This one slips a bit further into what another
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Kerri
Over all, I enjoyed Book 2 of the Mongoliad. The problem with writing a trilogy like a round-robin-campfire story, is that Book 1 appeared to be the beginning and climax of the story without end, and Book 2 seems to be the transitional phase between climax and resolution...and that's just kind of hard to get into, especially when the main characters from Book 1 are reduced to subplotting, to introduce new characters that may or may not play a pivotal role in Book 3... I didn't really understand ...more
David
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first Mongoliad book was a happy surprise. It was interesting and different, and kicked a little ass.


I was hoping more of the same for book two.

Instead we have the dreaded sophomore slump. The second book in a planned trilogy spends so much time focused on setting up the pieces towards part three, that it forgets to deliver a strong plot.

It is four hundred pages of characters shifting and positioning but with no real pay off. This is a growing trend in trilogy story writing.

But what people
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Powersamurai
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After the first one, I'm disappointed that this feels more disjointed, only because sometimes the timeline zigzags forwards: 2 steps forward, 1 step back. That is, you see a scene from one POV, you are ready to go on to more and you are dragged back to part way through the previous scene from another POV. After a while it becomes a bit of a chore. Also, there are many more story lines in book 2 which made it even harder to keep the threads together. It was an effort trying to remember which ...more
Peyotitlan
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The second book in the series, which now has a great span covering with additional novellas.

This second book is good but I am afraid that I found it slow to start and slightly disjointed. I personally felt that this book was slightly disjointed. I much preferred the first book but the third and final novel seems rather promising as things were fully set up for the final installment.

I will continue with the third and final book. There are various novellas from the Mongoliad universe, but I am
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Mitchell
Uneven historical fiction who's only claim to a sf label is the name of some of the authors in this multi-author work. Bits of this one are certainly better than the first. But way too many characters and way to slow. The Binders are interesting - basically a matriarchal secret society that has a secret silent language. But the rest of it - is pretty much just whatever.
Peter
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this was more inconsistently written than the first book, some of the sections had an uneasy, stilted cadence. That being said the storyline is just as captivating, imaginative, and fun as book 1. I definitely look forward to the finale, as well as the prequels.
Ryan
I didn’t like this one quite as much as Book One of the Mongoliad, though I still enjoyed it. The team of writers adds more people and subplots to a narrative that already had a few too many underdeveloped characters in it, showcasing a weakness of collaborative fiction. As I found out in the videogame industry, it’s more natural for a team of creatives to keep adding things than to take things out. (But with videogames, you don’t question that a mustachioed plumber must battle walking mushrooms ...more
Andrew Hill
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Many hands may sometimes make light work, but in this case too many cooks spoiled the soup. This is an unoriginal perspective, as many others have complained about the complexity of the narrative

This is not a good book. The story of the main group of adventurers, introduced in the first book, barely advances at all. Instead, we are introduced to new characters in several different plot threads.

My count may be wrong, but chapters cycle through: 1) the shield brethren traveling to kill the Khan of
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Roderick Baxter
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming Together

As expected, from the second book of a trilogy, it's all starting to come together. As are the various groups scattered around the vast Mongolian Empire.
This is just the kind of story that suits me down to the ground. Each group, and in some cases, each character, has their own agenda. Each group having it's own intrigues. Their own interesting plot lines. Separate, yet, somehow, converging. We have gladiators conspiring with Knights to kill Ogedei Kahn. The shield Brethren,
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Tony
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some new characters are introduced. Still feels like not much really going on and things are feeling stretched out for a second book, though probably it's because there are so many different stories to develop and follow. Most stories are still separate strands that have yet to intertwine so it will be interesting to see how it all comes together. So far it feels like the first and second books (and probably next book too) should have been all combined together, not sure what advantage having ...more
Rob
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining. Not crazy spectacular. But entertaining. You can clearly tell you are dealing with multiple authors. At first it was bothersome, but then I relaxed and let the stories within the book stand alone (with loose relationships to each other). Similar to my thoughts after completing Book 1, Book 2 is good enough for me to invest in the next portion of the Mongoliad saga. Love the character illustrations and 2 sentence description at the end of the book - good reference material if you ...more
Steven
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, but not spectacular

This saga has an intriguing premise, a stellar stable of authors, a fascinating mix of historical detail and plausible speculation, and a veritable Gordian knot of plot lines. And with all that it can't seem to rise to greatness. Perhaps that is because this volume is just a giant chapter in the greater whole, without a proper beginning, climax, or ending. The writing is good, the characters and settings are interesting, but it just doesn't gel into a comfortably
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Tad Deshler
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, but still pretty interesting. I think the fact that there were twice as many character sets and settings compared to the first one had something to do with it. Took me a bit of time to figure out what was going on with the new characters. I look forward to some resolution of the various story lines in the final book.
Becky
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in the second book of this series. The characters from the first book made very limited appearances and it felt like they weren't as well developed as previously. I felt like there were too many new characters and the plot line got very intricate. I'm hoping book three is better.
Bobby
Jul 15, 2019 added it
On To Book 3

The trilogy continues with some characters falling by the wayside and new ones joining up. Many stories occurring at the same time but the culmination is coming in Book 3!
Sylvia
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The saga continues

...And continues, and continues. I'm starting to remember the characters and locations so the interwoven stories are making a little more sense. But it still seems more drawn out than necessary.
Frank Bennett
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The battle to save Christendom continues

Entertaining read. Can't wait to see how all threads are united. Characters are bold and real. Blend of history, martial arts, and honor bound warriors.
Deborah
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book better than the first.

The first book familiarised me with the characters and historical era, and there are quite a few characters.

In the 2nd book, the characters are more familiar and the underlying storyline is more interesting.

It's a pleasant read.
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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.

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“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.” 1 likes
“Gratitude and obedience. At The Frogs, the relationship between a knight and the people was clearly understood.” 1 likes
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