The Mongolian Book of the Sky
What is The Mongolian Book of the Sky?
In 2002 a child was born in rural Mongolia. He came from a family of nomads, who represent about 30% of Mongolia even today. He grew up living almost exactly like his ancestors had going back more than 2,000 years. When the oil wells all dried up and the economic crisis took a turn for the worse, developing countries were hit hardest first – and thus began a new epoch in human history.
Seizing upon a shamanic sense of absolute destiny, this young Mongol, at just the age of 25, makes himself warlord of Mongolia, and strikes out in conquest like his idols long before. His name was Harujin, and the very age would come to bear his name....
Mongolia – or, more specifically, the Eurasian steppe – has always clashed with settled, sedentary civilization. Since the beginning of the industrial age, we city-dwellers haven’t had much to worry about from the vast Eurasian grasslands. But when the industrial age ends, so to does the age of nation states. Khanates rise again....
In 209 BCE, Motun assassinated his wife and his father to take control of the Xiongnu nation, an empire he would bring to its maximum extent, almost as large in size as the empire of Alexander the Great. The Xiongnu pillaged, raided and terrorized the most powerful nation on Earth, China; they were the reason the Great Wall was built.
In 447, Attila the Hun mobilized his riders to make haste for Constantinople, which stood exposed following an earthquake. He devastated the Balkans, eradicating more than 100 cities, butchering priests, destroying monasteries, raping virgins. In the coming years, it was he, not his enemies in Rome or Constantinople, who came up with the nickname Flagellum Dei: the Scourge of God.
In 1215, Genghis Khan overwhelmed the city of Beijing, then probably the most well-defended city on Earth. Not even the cats or dogs were spared. Visiting ambassadors, more than a year later, would describe the streets as slippery with human fat. Stories abounded that 60,000 maidens threw themselves from the walls to avoid rape. The conquest of Jin China claimed as many as 30 million lives, the worst hemoclysm history had ever seen up to that point.
In 1401, Tamerlane annihilated the city of Baghdad, demanding one or two human heads from each of his soldiers. There weren’t enough heads to go around, so a black market of human heads emerged, his own camp followers filling the demand. 120 towers of skulls were erected as the city burned, while Tamerlane – the man who would be responsible for the deaths of five percent of the Earth’s population – prayed in a local mosque.
Harujin joins a long list of steppe conquerors, as he strikes out against the modern world on the verge of collapse....
The Mongolian Book of the Sky is the overarching series of this premise: a Genghis Khan-like figure pitted against the modern world. The Hounds of Harujin is the first novel in this series, a 1,300-page epic involving a dire shamanic prophecy and assassination within the royal family. A young woman explores a budding interest in shamanic communion in rural Australia, while an assassination ring in the desert have just killed a royal. The khan begins to worry about what the ether has ordained for his empire, and reaches out to an estranged son to help prevent whatever is coming.
There is a proposed sequel, currently under development. It is tentatively titles The Destiny of the Damned.
Beyond this main storyline, there are several smaller, standalone stories that also take place in this universe. These involve minor characters, or expound upon smaller elements of the main story. The Conquest of Qongqor Caine, for example, deals with a minor character from that group of assassins on her most infamous hit. One Night in Ikh Khulan expounds upon the empress-concubine, a major political player presenting a challenge to the line of succession.
These standalone novellas have been recorded in audiobook form by comedian Andrew C. Bunton, and are available for free by clicking here. When enough of them have been written, a collection will be released in paperback and ebook, tentatively titled One Night in Ikh Khulan: And 3 Other Stories of The Mongolian Book of the Sky.
All novellas, novelettes, short stories and independent novels within this universe are standalones, and can be read in any order, individually, without the need to read anything else from this universe.
The Moon Panther:
And 3 Other Stories of The Mongolian Book of the Sky
The Ballad of Tumelun Tombs:
An Independent Novel of The Mongolian Book of the Sky