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The Pyramid of Krakow

(The Mongolian Wizard #6)

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The Wizard has swallowed more and more of Europe--and inside his shuttered realm are magic and mass death. Sixth of Michael Swanwick's "Mongolian Wizard" tales.
ebook, 25 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Tor Books
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Mir
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Unexpectedly serious. And timely (although it was written a couple years ago) in its consideration of how people convince themselves that they have to tolerate or even engage in immoral acts for their cause or country.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Newsflash: there is a pyramid in this story. I kid you not. It's in Krakow, too. And not in Krakow, Egypt either. (Because yes, there is a town called Krakow in Egypt. Of course there is.) It's in Good Old Krakow, Poland. Ah, Krakow. Such a enchanting, welcoming, immaculately unpolluted city:

“Through the coach windows flooded an effluvium of misery and sickness, of excreta and vomit and pus, overlaid with coal smoke strongly flavored with the same unidentifiable smell that in lesser
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In which we finally find out how the evil Mongolian Wizard is creating wizard underlings to take over turn-of-the-century Europe ... and it's even worse than we thought.

The bleakest of Michael Swanwick's Mongolian Wizard series of short stories, all of which are free online at Tor.com. Competent and straightforward storytelling, interesting worldbuilding, and a tough protagonist with a wolf sidekick.

Full review to come.
Laura
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
You may read online at Tor.com.

Opening lines:
The man who got off the coach from Bern—never an easy trip but made doubly uncomfortable thanks to the rigors and delays of war—had a harsh and at first sight intimidating face. But once one took in his small black-glass spectacles and realized he was blind, pity bestowed upon him a softer cast. Until the coachman brought around his seeing-eye animal and it turned out to be a wolf.
JM
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I said it before and I'll say it again: if Michael Swanwick does not publish an anthology of these stories once he's done with them, or a novel with the same characters, it'll be a huge missed opportunity.

I always enjoy spending time with Ritter and Freki and this one was a pretty cool story, though considerably darker than its predecessors. Good stuff.
Bettie
Description: The Wizard has swallowed more and more of Europe–and inside his shuttered realm are magic and mass death. “The Pyramid of Krakow” is the sixth of Michael Swanwick’s “Mongolian Wizard” tales.

Opening: The man who got off the coach from Bern—never an easy trip but made doubly uncomfortable thanks to the rigors and delays of war—had a harsh and at first sight intimidating face. But once one took in his small black-glass spectacles and realized he was blind, pity bestowed upon him a
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Angela
These stories are getting increasingly darker as the series progresses. I like how the ending reminds me of the first story and the suspicion of just how ruthless and underhandedly sneaky Sir Toby is willing to be in service of his country and his cause. And thus what horrible course of action he might deem necessary in light of the info Ritter has brought him in this story.





Katherine
This is probably the best of the Mongolian Wizard stories so far. It takes place behind enemy lines, and the stakes are high. There seems to be a bit of WWII concentration camp style goings on here, with some parallels to today's politics at times. Hopefully the stories keep this level of quality.
Kristýna Obrdlíková
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Dobrý a čtivý příběh, na můj vkus hrozně stručný a nerozvinutý.
Tien
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, short-story
Story can be found online, here
John Shaw
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Swanwick continues to cement
his position as one of the premier world builders
in modern SF.
Here he presents a different early 20th Century
where sorcery rules.
And the main threat looming over
Europe is the Mongolian Wizard
driving the word towards war.
Though sinister plots the Wizard
drives Europe towards chaos.
Magical plots and sacrifices
are the tools of the anarchist in this 1900's.
Set against them is Franz-Karl Ritter
a Prussian Lt. attached to his new commander
the British sorcerer and
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Marco
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In this installment of the Mongolian Wizard series, Ritter is sent as a spy to Poland, recently conquered by the enemies. In there he will come in close contact with the horrors taking place behind enemy lines, and he will discover the source of power behind the Mongolian Wizard.
I really enjoyed this story, and it feels like the author is setting up the stage for an epic finale.
Zachariah Carlson
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Not bad, a little taste of a world where magic is just another resource to be tooled and optimized. As others have mentioned, Skarbek shone much brighter than the actual protagonist, I would have loved to get more of her story.
Alexander Case
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Kinda want to read more stories in this universe.
Jennifer
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Where do I buy a book about Ritter?
Grzegorz
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the flow of action and familiar characters, but had higher hopes for this short story.
Maybe because I grew up in Krakow?
Ab
Not really interesting plot.
Boulder Boulderson
Another of the great Mongolian Wizard series of short stories...my only complaint about these is that I would like a longer novel or even just novella to give us more of the world and the war.
Hail
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Waiting for the book...
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