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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Hawkwood’s voyages, although fun to read, feel somewhat redundant and his entire narrative could almost be ad from the volumes without massively affecting the rest of the story. The final volume in the sequence has received a great deal of criticism, unusually a lot of it from the author himself. The war in the east comes to a final end.

We get the story of a Continent in peril being pulled to pieces by war, and conflict as well as a group of advent A fantastic epic read. As part of these intrigues, Abeleyn authorises his cousin Lord Murad to outfit an expedition across the Great Western Ocean in search of a new landmass rumoured to exist there. Dec 27, Martin rated it really liked it. In Charibon two monks, Alberec and Avila, discover evidence in the records of the library that Ahrimuz and Ramusio are one and the same.

First rate fantasy, and a worthy successor to Gemmell.

Finally finished the combined first two novels of the Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. Preview — Hawkwood and the Kings by Hawkwoof Kearney. I just couldn’t make myself feel for any of them. While certain parts drag a little as our interest in the characters fails to grab and the events are not really that exciting, in others qnd draw us along at a quick pace and we want to find out what happens next, to the extent that even before I had finished the second book in this collection, I had downloaded the concluding three books to my Kindle.

If you’re scared go to church.

Monarchies of God

Aug 12, Ctgt rated it really liked it. Meanwhile, Astarac is invaded and destroyed by the Himerian armies. I strongly recommend readers of good epic fantasy everywhere to buy The Monarchies of God, now. An invasion by the heathen Merduks from the east, divisions within the powerful church, a bloody purge of the magic-wielding Dweomer folk and rumors of a vast unexplored continent across the western ocean – this book actually an omnibus of the first two books in the series was so full of plot that at first it was difficult to keep track of what was going on and what was important, the author kind of dives in and doesn’t look back.


Odelia manages to have Corfe assigned to command a march northwards to reinforce Ormann Dyke. I’ve read the Ten Thousand, and can’t wait to dive into these. Those readers tired of interminable thousand-page epic fantasy novels will also find Kearney’s laser-like story focus and relentless pace refreshing. Certain plots feel less significant, with characters taking long absences. Forrester and Patrick O’Brien will be very happy with Kearney’s depiction of combat, the life of a soldier and life at sea.

This is a fantasy with gunpowder and magic as well as clashes between Church and State, Church and Magic, and East and West. As always, characters from the Himerian branch also are depicted as devout, but mislead by the religious zeal of Himerius; characters from the Macrobian branch can be contemptuous and arrogant. The following contains spoilers. Like the Christian Church, the Ramusian has both a centre of organisation and power Charibon, akin to Rome and a spiritual centre Aekir, akin to Constantinople and, to a lesser extent, Jerusalem.

Kearney builds a fantasy that demonstrates clearly that a series need not be epic in size to be truly epic. 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.

Richard Hawkwood is forced to undertake a dangerous journey into the unknown West with a man he detests. Both meetings end in unpredicted ways. The book ends with an epilogue in which Corfe crosses the eastern mountains with two figures who turn out to be Ramusio himself and Shahr Baraz, the Merduk general who captured Aekir. No trivia or anv yet.

However, Heria has survived and becomes the concubine of the Ostraban sultan, Aurungzebequally believing that her husband is also dead. However, Dweomer is very real. The series depicts the continent of Normannia, which is loosely based on Renaissance Europe. For in his party from Aekir is an old man who claims to be the High Pontiff Macrobius, and the revelation of his survival will splinter the continent in two and unleash turmoil and strife the likes of which have not been seen in centuries.


Kearney crafts Abeleyn into a person with whom the more you read about the more you empathize. I say this because the first book is a bit slow in my opinion. Additionally the world is, in some ways, very reminiscent of our own Old Europe, Middle East, the New World – which I find makes things easy to keep track of. This, specifically, is what compels me to read more and more about religious strife in fiction.

In addition, at least so far, certain parallels that can be drawn between the story and “reality” seem to send a message that I can agree with. This page was last edited on 8 Augustat But now, five centuries after Ramusio’s passing, that union is fracturing. Kearney also has an extensive knowledge of sailing and uses this to inform his description of naval travel and combat.

Though that is a separate review, I rate the entire series at five stars.

Hawkwood and the Kings (The Monarchies of God)

hawkwoox It introduces every core character you’ll tne in this volume, and there are a LOT. 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. Characters spend a majority of the time running through war-torn countries, trying to survive desperately in a single location, or plotting how to handle the myriad of threats that burn and kill their way through these two books.

Not like they were big when they were published either- from what I can tell, Kearney wrote these novels in pieces for submission to a fantasy magazine, and only after making significant headway, did he decide to publish each novel by itself. See 1 question about Hawkwood and the Kins. This book took me a while to get into, but after about a pages its picking up the pace. The Torunnans are again victorious, but only after the Cathedrallars sacrifice themselves to stop the army being outflanked.

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