It is the Spring of 1241
The Mongol takeover of Europe is almost complete. The hordes commanded by the sons of Genghis Khan have swept out of their immense grassy plains and ravaged Russia, Poland, and Hungary . . . and now seem poised to sweep west to Paris and south to Rome. King and pope and peasant alike face a bleak future—until a small band of warriors, inheritors of a millennium-old secret tradition, set out to probe the enemy.
Their leader, the greatest knight of their order, will set his small group of specially trained warriors on a perilous eastern journey. They will be guided by an agile, elusive, and sharp-witted adolescent girl, who believes the master's plan is insane. But this small band is the West's last, best hope to turn aside the floodtide of the violent genius of the Steppes kingdoms.
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io9: "The first book to come out of the app that Stephenson and friends created in 2010, this off-beat alternate history of Eurasia could be your new obsession."
Fanboycomics.net: "Think Lord of the Rings without all that pesky fantasy. Group A tries to walk and ride from here to there. Along the way, interesting things happen. In this case, group A is an order of knights who are, perhaps, the best fighters of the European style. Here is Europe, and there is the seat of the Mongolian Empire. Why is to assassinate the most powerful man in the world. Along the way is a tremendously good read."
Kirkus Reviews: "The Mogoliad was born as a community-driven, enhanced serial novel set in the year 1241, when only a small band of warriors and mystics stood between Europe and the Mongol Horde. But don't let its unconventional beginnings steer you wrong; this story is pure adventure, with much swordplay and swashbuckling."
Shelf Awareness: ". . . individual chapters crackle with a fast-paced energy, particularly the vigorous action scenes."
Publishers Weekly: "An outstanding historical epic with exceptional character development and vivid world building... In addition to the heroic battles—including swordfights, archery, wrestling, and martial arts—romance, political intrigue, and promises of betrayal and rebellion are suffused throughout this cinematic tale."
Tor.com: "The pacing is taut throughout, and as befits the original serialized format, each chapter ends with a solid hook that pulls the reader along swiftly to the next part of the story. And unsurprisingly, given the book’s origins in the study of pre-Renaissance fighting techniques, the fight scenes in particular are written exceptionally well, with a clarity and subtlety missing from just about every other representation of medieval warfare in prose or on film."
In addition to The Mongoliad, there are a number of additional stories—Side Quests, if you will. They will be released as e-editions primarily, but may be bundled in various print incarnations as opportunities present themselves (noted where applicable).
Order: Kindle eBook
Also available in (Pre-Order): The Mongoliad Book One Collector's Edition