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Green Simon : Blue Moon Rising (Hawk & Fisher) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jan 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (28 Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451450957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451450951
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic fantasy with a twist, featuring characters from the Hawk and Fisher Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Simon R. Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Prince Rupert rode his unicorn into the Tanglewood, peering balefully through the drizzling rain as he searched half-heartedly for the flea hiding somewhere under his breast plate. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Chamberlain on 28 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
If there ever were a Classic that put itself past all of the others without looking back this is it.

This book follows Prince Rupert of the Forest Kingdom as he is sent out to his death... er... I mean... sent out on a quest to find, slay and bring back the 'jewels' of a mighty dragon. A typical storyline for fantasy you might think. But then you meet him. He's as pissed off with it as you or I might be, especially as there's no one to help him except his moaning unicorn. To reach the mountain where the dragon lives he must pass through the Darkwood- Here be Demons it says on the map and it was right.

I won't take you through the whole story because I wouldn't know how to chop down this classic into less than half the total number of words in the whole book. There's truely something happening all the time. It's action, romance, comedy, polital intrigue, horror and war for all. The descriptions of the people and places are intricate without going on too long and you get completely engaged in the Forest Kingdom and its woes.

This is the first book by Simon R. Green that brings you into the Forest Kingdom and the other books will refer to events that happen in this book.

Good luck and enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
Prince Rupert is an unlikely hero, surplus to requirements as the second son of the King of a small country, he is sent out on a quest to kill a dragon, a quest from which no one really expects him to return. But when he does return, and has not only the dragon but the princess with him as well, the people start to realise that he is something special. With the darkwood approaching and bringing the long night with it, Rupert is looked upon again as the saviour of the Forest Kingdom, and sent out with his new companions to find the High Warlock and bring the rise of the demons to an end before the Blue Moon rises, the high magic is unleashed, and all is lost. For all fans of fantasy, or anyone interested in finding out why it is such a great genre, I deeply reccommend this book, Blue Moon Rising, now available after a long run out of print, go snap it up before it is lost again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harleidh Moore on 15 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
Blue Moon Rising is easily the funniest, most sarcastic fantasy novel I've ever read. It's a brilliantly written bit of fantasy that is really exciting, dark and painfully funny. The storyline itself is really good, it's a great story and has some really interesting ideas and it wasn't hard to get into. I found it had really powerful imagery, it was really easy to imagine and understand what was going on. Not a hard book to follow along with and not one that leaves you guessing for ages and ages, which I thought was great. The plot twists are often really unexpected and surprising. The characters are unique and all hilarious or annoying in their own way and I thought that was a real plus. I can't really think of anything negative about it, it's a great piece of writing by Simon R Green. Without a doubt the one thing that really makes this book stick out is how sarcastic and funny it is. One of the few books that will have you laughing out loud. Definitely one to read if you like fantasy or just want a good laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Knight on 11 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
The main theme of Blue Moon Rising is about persevering through adversity, with tributary threads of honour, love and family loyalty - all displayed by characters who are not what you would expect, of course.

From major to minor, there is: Prince Rupert - a virgin who accepts his destiny as a superfluous second son; Princess Julia - not a fairy-tale princes by any stretch of the imagination. She is beautiful but feisty, loyal but intolerant of fools, and as keen a fighter as she is loving; Unicorn - a grouchy slave whose battle-lost horn becomes the catalyst for a terrible plague; King John - who works tirelessly, doing what he thinks will benefit the Kingdom, but in the long run his judgement is well off par; Prince Harald - Rupert's insufferable older brother, whose muscles, confidence, arrogance and perfect charm make him an instant hit with the court and a perfect choice to be King; Lord Darius - Minister for War, who would rather use his skills to be the Court Magician; Thomas Grey - Court Astrologer and reluctant magician; High Warlock - an excommunicated drunkard, who drinks to null the pain of his high magic, which is indirectly responsible for the death of the Queen; The Champion - a born fighter who obeys the King's commands even when they seem madness, and not forgetting the Seneschal - a nameless and nobel prize winning moaner, who nonetheless completes his duties.

The story takes place in a caste that keeps changing, at the heart of a Darkwood that keeps spreading. As with most fantasy, Blue Moon Rising is essentially about a man going on a journey; a stranger coming to town. Superficially, it could be viewed as the dashing knight rescuing the beautiful princess from the evil dragon, except this has been turned on its head.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Wheaton on 19 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
Prince Rupert does. When he was young he used to listen to tales of heroics and daring do. However on his quest he soon discovers that the minstrels never tell you the important things, like how to keep the rain out of your armour, or the best way to dig a latrine, or how to slay the dragon when you find it (because your heart is pure is not really a lot of help, he feels).

It starts out sounding like the archetypical fantasy right, Prince of to slay a dragon? Don't be fooled. Simon Green pokes fun at all the usual fantasy realms as he spins this tale.

If you like fantasy and have a sense of humour you should really read this at least once, and no, you can't borrow my copy. It's my favourite book.
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