Amgalant Two by Bryn Hammond
Tribal Brawls

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'Shamans flew outside the self in ecstasy. Other people found love, or causes.' Temujin has had to choose between love and his cause. As Tchingis Khan, he chose the latter. To his amazement his oath-brother marches to war upon him.

It is just the first move in a game of rivalry across the steppe and twenty years. Temujin thinks he has instructions from God to unite the brother tribes. He doesn't want to do this by wars. But brotherly wars are what his God has scheduled for him, until Temujin cannot see an end that is worth these sacrifices.

Sacrifices are said to earn grace. Has Temujin's God a grace for him, or for Jamuqa his oath-brother, who never believed in divine missions and whose fight has cost him dear? Or can they make their own?

Amgalant means unity. In unity is strength – one way or another.

About Bryn Hammond

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I'm a woman in my forties and live in Sydney, Australia.Amgalant began when I explored into The Secret History of the Mongols, a 13th century text, and knew I had found my perfect subject. I've always loved ancient/medieval epic and romance, and I've always been drawn to the cultures of tribal peoples, whose history we know too often through hostile or simply alien states - Rome, China.With Amgalant, I want to do justice to The Secret History, its art, its honesty. When they came to write this, their first book, the Mongols had two traditions to hand: oral epic - ubiquitous on the steppe - and stone inscriptions from past 'states on horseback' as the Chinese called them. The one lent poetry, the other concepts of how to tell a history. I argue that both traditions went towards our faulty hero. It isn't glorification. It's art, and it's analysis.Sequence of Amgalant:#1 Of Battles Past#2 When I am KingAmgalant One: The Old Ideal is these together#3 Me and Atrocity#4 The Sheep from the GoatsAmgalant Two: Tribal Brawls is these togetherI've published the lot in 2012. Nine years in the make, but I kept them to work on while I learnt, and only now am happy with the first. Amgalant Three, the final, is underway, at this stage titled Wonders and Horrors.My website
Published November 10, 2013 by Bryn Hammond. 642 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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