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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Although devastating wars have been fought with the Merduks, many of the western kingdoms have also been enriched on trade with them.

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 unraveling of said religion is what I believe made The Heretic Kings ajd faster, involved read.

Don’t see who you’re looking for? 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. Lots of mystery, drama, small character moments, thee high hawkwkod.

They capture cities and castles, enslave or execute any who survive, and generally cause a whole lot of trouble for everybody involved. If this book sounds like you’re kind of thing you are in for a treat. It is adult-level fantasy that does not pull any punches. Even patriarch Macrobius states he began to “see” only as his court and pomp were taken from him and he was tortured and almost killed by Marduk.

Aruan is now openly the leader of the church, although Himerius remains a figurehead. Additionally the world is, in some ways, very reminiscent of our own Old Europe, Middle East, After reading Game of Thrones and of course watching the seriesI was looking for something similar. They’re also all utter and complete cardboard cutouts, with no originality whatsoever. Apr 14, James rated it liked it Shelves: View all 14 comments.


Had the publisher actively marketed the original releases of The Monarchies of Godthe books would have sold well and would unquestionably be considered classics alongside other great adult fantasies like George R. I really wish that the half star was an option.

Hawkwood and the Kings

Paul Kearney is, to the detriment of readers of fine fantasy, one of those authors who ran into publisher difficulties. Ive been waiting yawkwood these reissues for years and years. However, Dweomer is very real. I cannot recommend this book enough. Richard Evans at Victor Gollancz bought the book, and Gollancz then published Kearney’s next seven books, including the Monarchies of God series.

If you’re scared go to church. Whores, sex slaves, women who use their lady parts to gain political advantage. If you really feel that you need to waste precious time of our life with this novel, you’re welcome to my copy for the price of shipping to your place.

Plenty of swords, lances, cannons, ships, half-armors, and royal meetings everywhere. If I were too lazy to create my own fantasy world, why not go all in and do it as an alternative world?

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The series depicts the continent of Normannia, which is loosely based on Renaissance Europe. Paul Kearney has become one of my favorite writers, and I eagerly look forward to his new novel in the The Ten Thousand series, Corvus.

He also is very aand at environmental description, telling us about landscapes and castles and armies and battles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Meanwhile, the expedition to the west discovers that they should better have stayed home.

Corfe becomes a trusted adviser to Martellus and is hadkwood by grief over the death of his wife Heria. I have no idea how he prepared to write these novels but at times it reads like he actually lived them. Kearney has written a tightly plotted, character-driven epic fantasy that reflects something of our own world, but he makes his story entirely new and exciting.


The bigoted and prejudiced views of medieval religious fanatics, if done well, provide great storylines.

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The monarchy disagrees and decides to remove the magic users not by executing them as the Church desires, but by sending them across the ocean to hopefully colonize a continent that might or might not exist leagues across the sea. The Torunnan army is virtually destroyed, annd a Fimbrian army arrives to save the remnants. After the Fimbrians sacrifice half their army in a delaying action, the Torunnans reach the capital.

Alberec goes among the Merduks to preach the new doctrine and is taken before the sultan, who is amused by his story.

Mark wins his victory relatively easily, but Abeleyn is nearly killed and Abrusio is half-destroyed in a massive combined-arms assault from both land and sea. In summary, although Kearney’s two volume series is hakwwood not the most original fantasy story to have emerged, it is extremely well written and well worth reading. The only things that don’t match are that according to my knowledge, the Maya were not werewolves.

Because other kingdoms are coming under attack from a spreading invading nation, the Church recommends a period of non-leniency, where potential sorcerers are rooted out before war erupts fully across the land. He starts off retreating with the people, but emerges a great leader in battle. Another push to try make Kearney more recognisable.