Ocyrhoe, a young, cunning fugitive from Rome, safeguards a chalice of subtle but great power. Finding herself in France, she allies with the persecuted, pacifist Cathar sect in their legendary mountaintop stronghold, Montségur. There she resists agents of the Roman Church and its Inquisition, fights off escalating, bloody besiegement by troops of the King of France, and sh...more
Narrated by Angela Dawe
Length: 14.25 hours
And so it ends. When I started The Mongoliad series last year, I thought it was just a trilogy. I had no idea what to expect with the series as a whole and with the idea of "group fiction." I had no idea I'd be getting into a historical fantasy-type book (series) with a little mysticism thrown in for fun, had no real idea the breadth that the series would take. Now that I'm done with the main series of Foreworld books, I'm ...more
Plus we reunited with many characters from previous volumes, including Shield Brethren Rafael, Vera, and Perc ...more
So, I skipped forward to this one, which is #5 in the series, and written by a single author. It is, indeed, much more focused. The story is solely about the character Ocyrhoe, and although I clearly missed some events since the first book, I thought it worked fine as a self-contained, stand-alone work.
Ocyrhoe ends up at Montségur, ...more
" is a direct sequel to both "The Mongoliad" and "Katabasis"- the Shield Brethren successfully completed their mission to the Mongol Empire bringing back the twig from the Khan's banner; we also follow ...more
Almost every character in this story has their own agenda. Most of them are up to no good. At the center of all the intrigue is a cup of power. Not the Holy Grail, but a chalice of power, nonetheless. However, not just anyone, can wield it. As previous stewards of the chalice tend to be insane, or a danger to themselves and those around them.
Quite a few powerful people covet it, for one reason or another. There are a few obstacles in the way. Not the least being, that it's w ...more
This is the fifth book in a cycle, and though it was clear that the events were built upon events from previous books, it was well suited to read alone. Not that I'm not now champing at ...more
Clearly Stephenson and the original authors in the collaborative series have lost interest, moved on, and farmed-out tying up the loose ends to someone else -- without any apparent editorial oversight.
Book Four "Katabasis" (also without Stephenson and the Bears in evidence) worked just fine.
Five thumbs up for that book, and the series in general.
This book, however, is beyond horrible.
Amateurish, clunky, forced .. ...more
I haven't read any of the other books in this series, so I only have this one to compare to. I wasn't overly familiar with the rest of the series.
But I have to say over all it's pretty good. The writing is nice, I like the pace, its interesting to read a take on the Crusades that blends fantasy fiction and a sort of magic with historical fact. I didn't have problems getting into the story, 50 pages passed very quickly.
The characters are very well defin ...more
Certainly it was a worthy entry. Some triumphs, some tragedies, some historical education (as always - learned about the Cathars), and ultimately a ...more
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