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Epic in scale, a marathon read, perhaps too much.
on 13 May 2013
If you are looking for a vast 'sword and sandal epic', one on a scale so great that it required several authors in collaboration to create it, then this is for you. The team of writers seem to have relished laying on the detailed colour and characterisation and action, and confusing us with a plethora of names. Fortunately, there is a reasonable fabric of interwoven story underlying it all.
However, having read the previous two books I found this one became too much of the same old trudge, and eventually it was boring. It has taken me ages to finish it - always a bad sign when other things are tending to distract me away from the book in hand. To help keep up my interest in it I even had some fun trying to work out who had produced which individual bits and which were joint efforts.
Perhaps the writing was becoming too self-indulgent, maybe there was an imperative to tie-off the loose ends created in the first two books, or maybe it was getting out of hand and someone decided to haul on the reins to bring it back in check. Am I being too critical? But looking back on it, I think it could possibly have stood on its own better without the earlier books already having given us so much about the many background threads in the tapestry.
If it is the kind of fare you are keen on then there is plenty in it to satisfy the hunger, but if you are not an enthusiast for the genre I would suggest giving it a miss.
There are also some short 'SideQuests' such as Sinner, but for a full appreciation of the sequence enthusiasts should first read;
The Mongoliad: Book One
The Mongoliad: Book Two