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Siege Perilous

(The Foreworld Saga #5)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  801 ratings  ·  44 reviews

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

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Published January 28th 2014 by 47North
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Jack Repenning There is no sequel at this time, but there are many stories in the Foreworld universe available. Some fill in blanks within the Mongoliad arc, others …moreThere is no sequel at this time, but there are many stories in the Foreworld universe available. Some fill in blanks within the Mongoliad arc, others cover side tracks or independent stories.(less)
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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
This is the fifth and last book of the Mongoliad series. As an individual story it is excellent, as the end of the series it leaves much to be desired. The strength of this series has been the portrayal of the 13th century world, the western martial arts and the transformation from the old religions to the new. All in all the series is very good and relies very little on fantastical elements. Some of the books drag a bit but they did cross Russia and back on horseback; that takes a while. All th ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Story 3.5 stars, especially for the history involved. Fascinating tale involving the Holy Grail, the Albigensian (Cathar) heresy, an unreliable but still compelling Roman street girl, Ocyrhoe, who is a fugitive from the Church, the life of the Cathars in their mountain top fort, battles involving medieval war engines like trebuchets and fire arrows, religious infighting and intrigue, etc.
Plus we reunited with many characters from previous volumes, including Shield Brethren Rafael, Vera, and Perc
Ocyrhoe, renegade Binder, is hiding from Rome with the chalice that holds some kind of supernatural power in the right hands. The Pope wants to use it for his own purposes, so she hides with a sect of heretics on a mountain with hidden entrances--a stronghold that is soon under siege by an army of impressed men, unable to desert because of the punishments. This uneasy siege lasts for some time, with supplies being smuggled up--until their enemies grow serious, and the attack begins in earnest.

Althea Ann
I previously read the first book of ‘The Mongoliad’ and thought it had a lot of promise, but suffered a bit from committee-itis. (too many authors, not enough focus).
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,
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
This book completes the "medieval cycle" of the Foreworld saga, which is an alt-history take on the 13th century. I'm not familiar with the rest of the saga- the "side quests" and other material (most of which are comics/graphic novels), as I've only focused on the novels so far. "Siege Perilous
" 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
Roderick Baxter
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Political Intrigue.

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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best book in the Foreworld series. Now you should still read the previous novels as the characters and a bit of their past lead into Siege Perilous. Book 5 is a good ole-fashioned castle siege. Throw in the French army, some Roman-Catholic papal influence, the holy roman emperor, and our friends from the shield-brethren. I think this story reads much faster due to the single author (deBirmingham). I love castles. People defending them to the last is good story.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Eh, the plot was pretty lame. Basically, one of the characters relented doing something until the very end of the book lol, and that was it mostly. Not sure what the whole point of it was. Anyway it's pretty clear the series should have finished at the 3rd book but I guess some of the authors wanted to keep it going for some reason. ...more
Ruby deBruyn
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5th Novel of the derided was wonderful to read

The Mongolia's is a great series, enlightening and historically well researched. One is transported to other times and values, this book is a grand continuation of the novels.
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
According to others, The Mongoliad is is a work of historical fiction that tells of the 13th century Mongol invasion of Europe. But the dialogue is so fantasy like, after three starts and stops, I could not get into it. Lets put this book into the category of DNF (did not finish).
Jack Repenning
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ties many arcs together well

Several story arcs launched in the first four books draw together at last. And yet, are they complete? Or only resting?
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Lack of story makes this not as good as a previous book in the series, but still quite nice end to series.
Eric Schudy
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good ending to the series

And a nice setup for the next set of brave souls who continue the story in future volumes (hopefully). And well done with characters lives.
Jim Edmonds
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

One of the best historical/fantasy series I've ever read. Wonderful characters. Truly epic events. Loved it! Great fusion of authors, seamlessly integrated styles.
rory grant
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun series

Well written. Interesting fight descriptions .kept my attention.has a go t hic religious twist , sort of Joan . Of Arc feek
Dmitri Poletaev
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best of the series

This is the best of the series novels, so far. However, the preceding books are required reading. Very powerfully done.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
And so it ends. The Mongoliad, then renamed "Foreworld Saga" which started with such promise ends with a whimper, in a stretched-out almost plotless nubbin of a book, and then closes the story with a piff like the flaccid fart of an old nun. ...more
Aaron White
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad conclusion to this series. It wraps up (mostly satisfactorily) the loose ends and mysteries that yet remained. I found the book in general to be a bit lower quality. There was only one storyline throughout, unlike previous books that had 3 or 4 alternating ones. I found quite a few more typos in this book as well as a number of unclear sentences. But, regardless, I enjoyed the story as a whole.
Jennifer Jones
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mongoliad Siege a delightful time well spent.

i view the whole series with great pleasure, well written, enjoyable and satisfying. discriptions emotions and scenery are brought to life making the Mongoliad Series a delightful read!
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the final book in the main Mongoliad cycle of books. While the third book ended with the end of the Shield Brethren's quest to assassinate the Great Khan in order to stall the Mongol advance into Europe, the fourth and fifth books have focused more on the supernatural aspects of the story. The fourth book was centered around Kiev and the ever-living sprig of the World Tree that was taken from the Mongols. Book 5 continues what was, for me, the least appealing of the story lines from the ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I haven't read the other books in the series, which I suspect would have made this a better reading experience. However, even lacking any knowledge of what transpired in the first four books, I very much enjoyed this story. Ocyrhoe is an intriguing main character and following adventures during her escape from Rome with a mysterious chalice makes for an immersive read. It's far from an easy journey and when she reaches her destination, things get even more difficult because she's been drawn to a ...more
This is a great book. It was compelling and well-paced, with an understated prose style that added greatly to my reading enjoyment. It seems at first simple, but reveals itself with time spent to be tightly contained, giving the greatest amount of information and imagery with the least amount of extraneous words.
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
Apr 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neal-stephenson
The alleged Book Five of The Mongoliad, originally by Neal Stephenson and the Bears.

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 ..
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The final book in the Foreworld saga. With the main story finishing up in the previous book this finishes off a secondary tale that had started in the first novel but didn't really pick up until the second one once things got going, although I am slight curious where the epilogue of the previous novel takes place in correlation of this tale. BUT as to the stror itself, well we definitely got an ending, maybe I after five novels I was expecting something a little more definitive than what we got. ...more
Michaela Whitney
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-won
This was won through a Good Reads Give away.

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
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Wow, I can't believe I made it all the way to the end! This wasn't as good as the last book, which wasn't as good as the first 3, but at least it wrapped everything up. So what does this series have? A lot of swordfighting for sure, which was the main impetus behind its creation (though this last book has the least amount of action, it does still have some). It's got a lot of plot threads and machinations that all occur to get two mystical items to come together, and everything does come to a so ...more
One of the most interesting aspects of the Mongoliad series is how the story contracts instead of expands. In the early books, characters and groups in multiple locations give their own take on the Mongol story. By the fourth book, the number of viewpoints is cut down to three main arcs, and in this story, we are reduced to two for the fist half of the book, and then to one. The Mongols now an afterthought, this volume carries through the mystical confluence of Catholicism and paganism that unde ...more
Tres Herndon
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth and final book in the Mongoliad series, and it also represents my completion of all the canon literature of the Foreworld Saga (novels + SideQuests + graphic novels). This book brought back the characters of Ocyrhoe and Ferenc, not seen since Book 3. Percival, Raphael, Vera, Frederick, Lena, and Pope Innocent also figure prominently.

Certainly it was a worthy entry. Some triumphs, some tragedies, some historical education (as always - learned about the Cathars), and ultimately a
Joe Slavinsky
I didn't realize, when I stumbled upon this book at the library, that it was the 5th in a series. It read like a stand-alone, but I could tell there was more to the story. In researching the series, I see that it's a collaborative effort, which includes one of my favorite authors, Greg Bear. I liked this book, but didn't "love" it. It was an interesting story, but rather melodramatic, very good vs evil. If I do get around to starting at the beginning, it won't be very soon, as I have quite long ...more
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Born and raised in the rural northeastern United States, E. D. deBirmingham has been long involved in theatre and in writing. She has also been a Buddhist nun and an equestrian instructor. Siege Perilous is E. D.’s first solo novel, following her work on The Mongoliad trilogy.

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