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More excellent stories on medieval fighting, politics, friendship, honour....,
This review is from: The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 3) (Paperback)
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The mongols have a vast empire, but cracks are showing. Their Khan doesn't cope well with life as an emperor, with a big court and administration, he drinks. He tries to reconnect with the spirit of his ancestors by going on a hunt for the great bear. The young warrior who suggested it was sent by his brother to help him, but can he break through court politics, intrigues, the Khan's depression, or will he be caught and ground down in this net?
A small group of the shield-brethren, a mysterious order of warrior knights, are on a lengthy journey beyond the world they know to strike at the heart of the enemy. Can they succeed against overwhelming odds?
Others of their order are trying to keep the mongols occupied to prevent them from advancing deeper into Europe by participating in gladiatorial fights in an arena. They also get in contact with fighters the mongols keep as prisoners, because there is a plan... Will this work, given the rivalries and enmity of other knight orders that are supposed to be on their side?
Then there are the binders, mediators and couriers, remnants of an old sisterhood who are relying on intuition to move nearly unnoticed through society and nature. One of them is guiding the shield-brethren through the steppes and deserts of the east, another is working as an advisor to emperor Frederik II, another is caught up in the politics in Rome, where there is a stalemate in the elections of a new pope, with the senator of Rome, the Holy Roman Emperor, and the cardinals are in a clinch for power and influence. A mad priest who gets his hands on the Holy Grail adds more complications...
They are all wonderfully well told, these stories that transport you into medieval times, making you identify with the persons struggling with difficult situations, their sense of duty and honour, their loyalties and friendships. I hope we get more.