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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I strongly recommend readers of good epic fantasy everywhere to buy The Monarchies of Godnow. A fantastic epic read. Kearney deftly weaves a story that uses the schism of the 13th century, the fall of Constantinople in kjngs, the voyage of Columbus inand the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Church in the s.

Sauron from Lord of the Rings serves as a good example.

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However, Dweomer is very real. You have the conflict between East and West, the unknown continent across the ocean, two rather familiar monotheistic haakwood engaged in a war over a great besieged city.

They are found by the Fimbrian army marching to Ormann Dyke and are carried along with them.

Lofantyr is killed in the King’s Battle, when the Torunnans mount a massive assault on the Merduk army in camp. Dec 16, Newton Nitro rated it it hawkwooc amazing Shelves: In this sense the series withstands comparison to A Song of Ice and Firealthough the relatively slim page count-per-volume means that the series cannot build up the same kind of unstoppable momentum.

Fimbria ruled the entire continent until it lost its empire in a civil war brought on by religious thr some four centuries earlier. Here’s the link to my Top Ten of Dec 09, Breach rated it really liked it Shelves: Your email address will not be published.

He has always dreamed of writing novels, but so far he has only self-published a play about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ entitled The Gate. I read Hawkwood and the Kings together with Century of the Soldier, which is the concluding omnibus of The Monarchies of God, and the pace does not let up. So if you’re the kind of reader who can’t stand this shit beware. At the end of the book, we can probably sum up the characters in a few sentences and those would fit equally well at the beginning or the end.

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In the first book, Kearney could write a well-realized battle scene and castle. It kihgs a pretty long book but I’m sure you’ll be sorry when you turn the last page and want more.

I think once I digest everything that has taken place in this omnibus that I will continue t This omnibus was a little bit of a slog to get through, as the length of time it took me to read it will attest. 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.

Best battle scenes in fantasy literature. Hebrion, Astarac, Perigraine, Almark and Torunna. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Torunna is left standing alone. There hawksood no “hero must defeat villain” plots in these books thus far. Click any book cover or this link.

I loved the setting, the multiple story threads, the brilliant characters, the plot, the court intrigues, the religious conflicts, the war and the mature tone of the story.

Hawkwood and the Kings: Best battle scenes in fantasy literature

Each of the five volumes is slim by modern fantasy standards. This is a good book.

They retreat into winter camp and Corfe is sent south with reports for King Lofantyr. Foglio, Phil and Kaja. Where the real meat of these books lies is with the unfolding story and political drama which plays out on a stage which spans nations and even continents.

Commoners and peasants live the same, be their masters Ramusians, Merducs or the utopia of Aruan. Magic plays a part in the story, but not a massive part until a certain section of book 2. Views Read Edit View history. I would love to see adn Wertzone Classics as it would lead us ad more great fantasy series which have the great benefit of being completed series. I was really on hawkwoo border whether this was a 3 or 4 star book with 4 barely getting the nod. This series is a great place to start for new readers.

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The intention behind this scene is to show the unavoidable consequences of such military decisions. This, specifically, is what compels me th read more and more about religious strife in fiction.

I’m already itching to read the next installment. Dec 12, Adam Whitehead rated it it was amazing. Corfe is badly wounded in the battle. My only other criticism would be the disjointedness of the story.

Speculative Book Review: REVIEW: Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney

Strugatsky, Boris and Arkady. Still, this reduced size is probably what makes the story somewhat fall apart at the seams at tbe, as the author is trying to cover too much action, and too much ground, in too few words, and some similar names and characters that are presented far too briefly certainly don’t help. Brutal blacker than black imagery this book is sick and twisted at the best of times. After you graduate high school and have grown weary of the boy’s adventure story that Tolkien wrote, you should pick up this series.

It’s one of those books where I don’t find the nad objectionable if snd bit samey but the particulars are grating. Hebrion surrenders to the invaders.

This is a fantasy with gunpowder and magic as well as clashes between Church and State, Church and Magic, and East and West. 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.

The review is for the omnibus of the first and second books in his Monarchies of God series and for a good reason.