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: Those who believe lack thought or depth; their motives are either cynical or powered by a conspiracy. The intolerance of the Himerian church. How does a fantasy bounded by rationalist assumptions read? Whether I’ll say the same after the next book as well remains to be seen.

The Merduks of the east have taken the Holy City of Aekir and put it to the sword and the flame.

The Wertzone: Wertzone Classics: Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney

The first thing that annoyed me was the incredibly lazy worldbuilding. 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 they 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 kkings second book in this collection, I had downloaded the concluding three books to my Kindle.

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 intention hawkwokd this scene is to show the unavoidable consequences of such military decisions. Still, this reduced size is probably what makes the story somewhat fall apart at the seams at times, 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Hawkwood and the Kings

Meanwhile, the expedition to the west discovers that they should better have stayed home. Abeleyn’s cousin, Murad, has discovered evidence of an unknown continent located across the sea and won the king’s approval to set up a colony there. Paul Kearney is a grossly underrated author.

In the east the savage Merduks, followers of the Prophet Ahrimuz, have captured the holy city of Aekir.

Hawkwood and the Kings (Monarchies of God Omnibus, book 1) by Paul Kearney

For pages and pages. The war in the east comes to a final end.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Does it remind you of anything? Posted by Adam Whitehead at Church viying for power. Want to Read saving…. Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney. I would love to see more Wertzone Classics as it would lead us to more kinsg fantasy series which have the great benefit of being completed series.

The holy Ramusian Church is getting one of those ur Finally finished the combined first two novels of the Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. In the first book, Kearney could write a well-realized battle scene and castle.


I have to confess I’ve never even heard of this series. According to Kearney, the Fimbrians reemerge as the dominant force on the continent after the Second Empire’s fall but Torunna retains its independence and Hebrion eventually becomes its own master again.

Part of the story of the church follows a monk who has discovered a secret in the catacombs that could bring the church down. That night they were not afraid of unknown beasts or strange natives, but of the land itself, for it seemed to pulse and murmur with a beating life of its own, alien, unknowable, and utterly indifferent to them.

But, as I said, in an alternative history setting it wouldn’t be so bad. He also is very good at environmental description, telling us about landscapes and castles and armies and battles. In Annd a group of nobles declare the king a heretic and launch a rebellion.

Long out of print, this reissue is a very welcome move from Solaris.

This is the series Tolkien should’ve read before writing Lord of the Rings. Religion becomes an elite activity. We get the story of a Continent in peril being pulled to znd by war, and conflict as well as a group of adventurers seeking a new continent.

Ships from the West takes place seventeen years after the preceding volumes in the series.