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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Conclusion, 7 April 2013
This review is from: The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle) (Paperback)
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This third part of the trilogy is much, much longer than the second, but moves at a similar pace, with the story focus split between the same, small groups of characters. We do however, get a lot more answers in this part and parties start to intersect and finally meet in conflict.

Having recently read Anathem, I feel that this series is very much written in Neal Stephenson's style - but with more historical accuracy, more gory battles and less philosophical dialogue. The martial arts fighting shows a clash of clutures and is much more central to the action here and this is no doubt the reason why we have this unique collaboration with specialists in combat, the geographical locations and the historical period.

If you liked parts 1 and 2, then no doubt you felt compelled to read on and it does take you in its grip - if you haven't read the earlier parts, then this is not the place to start. We have more and more characters and groups of characters. The mystical, religious aspects come to the fore, but are not resolved. What does the Mongol banner represent - is it linked to the tree of life? Does father Rodrigo find the grail and receive divine wisdom or does he just go mad?

As the end approached, I got the feeling that time was running out for some threads and there may be a sequel on the horizon. Some of the best characters have been saved for the future and I personally enjoyed the mystical side of the book more than the fighting - which became quite wearying - you almost felt you had fought all those battles yourself, by the end.

Overall though, this has been an enjoyable ride and it really immerses you in the period and the vast landscapes travelled by the protagonists. I could have done with more about the visions and the motivations of characters like Feronantus and Percival; so I am hoping that there will be some kind of continuation into the next period of history.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2013 16:44:43 BDT
SAP says:
Hello, Bruce.

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Bruce says:
Hi SAP - nice to hear from you. Hope you are OK.

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Yes, I am very well. Still in Vine. :-)
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