Hawkwood and the Kings is set in a parallel to our world’s late fifteenth century. I read Hawkwood and the Kings together with Century of the Soldier, which is. Light shelfwear to cover. Domestic orders shipped with USPS tracking numbers. Hawkwood and the Kings is the omnibus edition of Hawkwood’s Voyage and The Heretic Kings. The first two books in the five book series.

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All hte all, definitely a worthy read for large-scale war fantasy. Wednesday, 1 September Wertzone Classics: The Merduks follow the teachings of the Prophet Ahrimuz and their religion is reminiscent of Islamalthough there are fewer direct parallels.

Since this seems to be getting more attention lately, I’ll add this: However, the thing which kept bothering me was quite simply I strongly recommend readers of good epic fantasy everywhere to buy The Monarchies of Godnow. That’s as basic as I can get. Jun 03, Benji Glaab rated it it was amazing.

Another quality reivew although a tad biased from you Adam. The magic system is only lightly touched on, which is a shame, since it looks fascinating, and the being onset by all sides is murderous to my nails if I was a nail biter.

The book ends with an epilogue in which Corfe crosses the eastern mountains with two figures who turn out to be Ramusio hawkwooe and Shahr Baraz, the Merduk general who captured Aekir. Please try the search box located under this menu. Odelia manages to have Corfe assigned to command a march northwards to reinforce Ormann Dyke. Grimwood, Jon Courtenay Jonathan.


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He could have tipped this in the other direction with the Ramusian Church, a hakwwood stand-in for Christianity, portrayed too villainously, but solves this by adding sympathetic POV characters within the Church’s ranks particularly Albec and Avilashowing the internal dissent and strife that have driven some in the Church to the current extremism. An area which Kearney could have badly fumbled is in his treatment of his source material. Alberec goes among the Merduks to preach the new doctrine and is taken before the sultan, who is amused by his story.

This book took me hawkwoid while to get into, but after about a pages its picking up the pace.

Ahd blind man Corfe helps on the road turns out to be Macrobius, the High Pontiff of the Ramusian Church who has been blinded by Merduk looters. On multiple occasions, common paupers are depicted as standing beyond the politics of nobility or Aruan’s new “Dweomer” state. The continent is dominated by five powerful kingdoms: Kearney crafts Abeleyn into a person with whom the more you read about the more you empathize.

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Unusually, with the exception of Corfe, most of the major characters die in rather off-hand and unheroic ways Mark is randomly sprayed with fire from a broken lantern and pulled down with a sinking ship, for example. The following contains spoilers. The intention behind this scene is to show the hwkwood consequences of such military decisions.

They experience events, they do things, they travel The clash between East and West, Church and State is by far the most interesting parts of these books.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Alongside Corfe, we have the mariner Richard Hawkwood, who is essentially coaxed into captaining a settling journey to the lands to the west, believed to be uninhabited — but are they?


This, specifically, is what compels me to read more and more about religious strife in fiction. In the capital Corfe is horrified to find the young king surrounded by sycophants and popinjays who have convinced the king to hold back the main Torunnan strength to defend the capital city of Torunn.

In Hebrion King Abeleyn, determined to reassert the secular rule of kings over that of the Church, sets his will against that of Prelate Himerius, who is determined to continue the burnings of heretics, magic-users and shapeshifters.

In this time the Grand Alliance has been forged between Astarac, Hebrion, Torunna and the Merduks, whilst the Second Empire has grown in power as well. Kearney has managed to uproot religion as a solid theme in this novel.

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Kearney deftly weaves a story that uses the schism of the 13th century, the fall of Constantinople inthe voyage of Columbus inand the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Church in the s.

Even the map is a very thinly veiled Europe. The prose in interesting and Kearney sprinkles historical nuggets through the unfolding story without belabouring or lecturing. Still, the hawwkwood politics and characterisation will appeal to fans of that hawlwood.