With the death of the fearsome Ögedei Khan, the Mongol invasion of the West has been brought to an abrupt halt. The defenders, a band of brave warrior monks known as the Shield-Brethren, limp homeward again across a frozen, bloodied wasteland.
But where—and what—is “home” now that the threat of invasion no longer shapes their lives? Thirteenth-century Europe has been saved from annihilation at the hands of the Mongols, to be sure, but new and terrible threats are at hand: political and religious turmoil threaten to turn the warriors’ world upside down once more.
Painted against a rich backdrop of medieval mysticism and Russian folklore, Katabasis weaves together the tales of victor and victim alike in a fearless exploration of what it means not just to survive, but to truly live again.
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About the Authors
lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two cats. He teaches medieval
fighting techniques to members of the armed forces. The Mongoliad is his first published fiction.
spent five minutes in Mongolia in 1986 before he had to get back on the train—he
never expected to be channeling Mongolian warriors. In 2007 Cooper fought a
Chinese long-sword instructor on a Hong Kong rooftop—he never thought the
experience would help him write battle scenes. In addition to being a member of
The Mongoliad writing team, Cooper
has written articles for various magazines. His autobiographical piece “Growing Up Black and White,” published in the Seattle Weekly, was awarded Social Issues Reporting article of the
year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Issaquah,
Washington, with his wife and three children.
Mark Teppo suffers from a
mild case of bibliomania, which serves him well in his ongoing pursuit of a
writing career. Fascinated with the mystical and the extra-ordinary, he
channels this enthusiasm into fictional explorations of magic realism, urban
fantasy, and surreal experimentation. Recently, he’s been building franchises
and writing historical fiction.
Angus Trim is a skilled sword-maker and machinist who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He is adept in various western martial arts as well as tai chi sword form.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. He was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.
About Luke Daniels
Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.