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Doesn't live up to the hyperbole on the cover,
This review is from: The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle) (Paperback)
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The cover sold me this book. Great picture and what a list of authors - surely this must be a great read. Well, you know what they say about too many cooks and I think it applies here too.
The writing style seems to be one chosen by this committee of authors and as such never really finds its voice. The characters have those typically hard to pronounce names favoured by cliched fantasy novels and struggle to define themselves beyond the need to have the various plot points taken care of.
I did not feel myself drawn to the characters or the plot, which was your standard fantasy "group of knights on a quest" fare seen from both sides of the quest - knights and the Mongol leader they are out to kill and the authors take a stab at making you feel for both sides - a feat that Joe Abercrombie accomplishes so much better in his recent novel "The Heroes".
Perhaps my problem with this novel was because I had just finished Abercromie's excellent novel and this just couldn't hold a candle to it. Or perhaps the assembled writers just aren't my cup of tea. Either way, I can't recommend it.