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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Aruan bases his power on lycanthrophy: 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.

Magic plays a part in the story, but not a massive part until a certain section of book 2. In Hebrion King Mings, 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. Paul is a great writer.

Hendee, Barb and J. Meanwhile, Astarac is invaded and destroyed by the Himerian armies. It took forever to get through this book, which for me is strange.

Meanwhile the Ramusian Church a power structure similar to the Catholic church, I imagine is burning wizards and foreigners and anybody not very Ramusian Christian, I think by the hundreds on massive pyres.

My only other criticism would be the disjointedness of the story.

Monarchies of God

Best battle scenes in fantasy literature. Full review in progress They retreat into winter camp and Corfe is sent south with reports for King Lofantyr. Book 2 is shorter, and thus has LESS characterization, and also loses a lot of the grand prose that vividly painted the events and landscapes of hawkowod first book. The terrible stilted and unnatural dialogue. After the Fimbrians sacrifice half their ,ings in a delaying action, the Torunnans reach the capital.


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

The first book does initially feel a little disappointing – as if the author has taken a chunk of European history and re-worked it into his fantasy world. His arc is something of a cross between a tale of redemption and one of kingd along to wherever his feet take him because he has been so numbed by his loss. Other, smaller duchies and principalities exist such as Candelaria, Tulm and Finnmark.

The following contains spoilers. The Fimbrians arrive first and help repel the enemy, but only Corfe’s heavy cavalry wins the day, defeating the Merduks at the Battle of the North More. This is a fantasy with gunpowder and magic as well as clashes between Church and State, Church and Magic, and East and West.

Hawkwood and the Kings

A must read for fantasy readers. Even the map is a very thinly veiled Europe. King Corfe has erected massive defences across aand mountain pass lying along the border with Almark, but again the Himerians deploy magical forces including large armies of werewolves to shatter this line. The bigoted and prejudiced views of medieval religious fanatics, if done well, provide great storylines.

Hawkwood and the Kings (The Monarchies of God)

After you graduate high school and have grown weary of the boy’s adventure story that Tolkien wrote, you should pick up this series. Epic fantasy at its best!!! It is an age where men go to the stake for the taint of magic in their blood, where gunpowder and cannon co- The world is in turmoil.


Oct kints, John rated it really liked it.

Kearney has managed to uproot religion as a solid theme in this novel. Dec 26, Steven Poore rated it it was amazing Shelves: The main characters don’t differentiate much from each other, and any non-POV characters are basically names that occasionally do things, rather than anybody interesting. At the end, all the high nobility whose fates the series followed are extinct: 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.

Whores, sex slaves, women who use their lady parts to gain political advantage. However, Heria has survived and becomes the concubine of the Ostraban sultan, Aurungzebequally believing that her husband is also dead.

If it wasn’t for poor sales despite heavy critical acclaimthis series would be mentioned in the same breath as A Song of Ice and Fire and The Malazan Book of the Fallen as one of the strongest epic fantasy series of the past fifteen years.

This is the series Tolkien should’ve read before writing Lord of the Rings.