This is what happens when you lock Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and a host of other writers in a room: historical adventure The Mongoliad, out on April 24 from 47 North.
An epic-within-an-epic, taking place in 13th century, The Mongoliad follows a small band of warriors and mystics raise their swords to save Europe from a bloodthirsty Mongol invasion. Inspired by their leader (an elder of an order of warrior monks), they embark on a perilous journey and uncover the history of hidden knowledge and conflict among powerful secret societies that had been shaping world events for millennia.
The story was inspired by Stephenson’s desire to visualize the history and original of current western martial arts. More than just a story, The Mongoliad is an sweeping narrative firmly rooted in history, taking readers back to a time when Europeans thought that the Mongol Horde was about to destroy their world — and it was up to the exploits of one small band of mystics and warriors to turn the tide of history.
Read about how the tale was constructed here or dive straight into The Mongoliad below.