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Hawkwood and the Kings (Monarchies of God): 1 [Paperback]

Paul Kearney
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5 Aug 2010 Monarchies of God 1
THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNING... For Richard Hawkwood and his crew, a desperate venture to carry refugees to the uncharted land across the Great Western Ocean offers the only chance of escape from the Inceptines' pyres. In the East, Lofantyr, Abeleyn and Mark three of the five Ramusian Kings have defied the cruel pontiff's purge and must fight to hold their thrones through excommunication, intrigue and civil war. In the quiet monastery city of Charibon, two humble monks make a discovery that will change the whole world. Aekir, the Holy City, has fallen and all now seems lost, but even on the eve of destruction the Faithful still war amongst themselves... Hawkwood and the Kings collects Hawkwood's Voyage and The Heretic Kings, the first two books in Paul Kearney's spectacular The Monarchies of God cycle.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906735700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906735708
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Simply the best fantasy series I've read in years and years.' --Steven Erikson, author of The Malazan Book of the Fallen

'One of the best fantasy works in ages... Kearney paints the gore, the sex and the lust for power in vivid colour.' --SFX Magazine

'I found it more or less impossible to put down the books.' --Fantasy Freaks

About the Author

Paul Kearney was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He lived for some years in Copenhagen, then spent two years in America before returning to Britain in 1998.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy at its very best 1 Sep 2010
The continent of Normannia is dominated by the five great Monarchies of God, five kingdoms and myriad duchies and principalities united in the worship of the Word of God as revealed by the holy messenger, Saint Ramusio. But now, five centuries after Ramusio's passing, that union is fracturing. The Merduks of the east have taken the Holy City of Aekir and put it to the sword and the flame. The Kingdom of Torunna stands open to their armies, with only a scant defence being mounted at the fortress of Ormann Dyke. But rather than reinforce Torunna, the Church is instead sending its Knights Militant into the other kingdoms, determined to root out heretics and burn them at the stake.

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. 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. Captain Richard Hawkwood is commissioned to lead this expedition, but once to sea it becomes clear that someone, or something, is determined to see it fail. For his part, with the Fall of Aekir and the apparent death of the High Pontiff, Himerius is determined to rise to high office and see the entire continent ordered to his design.

As the Merduk armies dash themselves against the walls of Ormann Dyke, a young cavalry officer, Corfe, last survivor of the Aekir garrison, emerges as a canny warleader who may hold the key to saving Torunna and Normannia.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If I had to write one thing about Paul Kearney's Hawkwood and the Kings, it would be "Simply the best fantasy series I've read in years and years". Then, I would be quoting Steven Erikson, the author of the brilliant Malazan Book of the Fallen series. That alone would be enough for some, including me, to give this book a chance.

At the start of the book, its prologue promises a fast-paced story: A bunch of fishermen find a ship wreck on the rocks. Even though most believe that a ship from west is bad omen, some of them are brave enough to climb on board for the riches that it potentially carries. They find the ship devoid of life and all crew slaughtered, just before falling victim to something lurking in the dark corners of the hull. The events of the story take place 129 years after the events of the prologue.

The setting of the book is similar to the 15th century Eurasia. The west is a multi-cultural group of kingdoms following the religion founded by Ramusio who is a Jesus-like figure and who lived 5 centuries ago. Church is very powerful and its heart beats at Charibon, which is an autonomous city-state and it is governed by the elders of the Church. Their head is the High Pontiff.

The main story starts with the fall of Aekir, the Holy City on the eastern frontier and seat of the High Pontiff Macrobius who falls with it. This gives a multitudes of opportunities for power hungry Prelates to do a deadly dance around the vacant Pontiffship seat. The craziest of them all is Prelate Himerius who is in search of more authority by becoming High Pontiff and who is killing heretics in Abrusio. The heretics are the unfortunate Dweomer-folk, the people who are touched by or who can wield magic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and entertaining. 18 May 2011
Having the first two books together is nice since they are quite short.

The pace is quick with plenty of action.

The view switches for character to character regularly, with each of the characters getting some real depth and personality.

The core plot is quite interesting with a battle between competing religions as well as between church and state.
There is manipulation and politics going on at every level.
And we see a gradually expanding back plot as the believed history is shown to be only partially true and the western continent is explored.

The characters are all believable, they act in their own best interest or the interest of their beliefs with no simple black and white or clichés.

There is none of the space filling descriptions of settings that often slows fantasy novels down, the descriptions are always focused on the story and what we need to know.

There are a few twists and the ending has a few surprises.

Kearney also shows a refreshing willingness to give characters depth and then kill them if the plot requires it, this leaves you with genuine surprises unlike many books where you can instantly tell who will survive.

Dark, smart and a really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 18 Jun 2014
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It has 2-3 volumes in it (I can't remember now; there have been months since I read it and I turned page after page without stopping for many hours a day;for 3 days.

It is a very good quality book, and, in general I loved the story overall. In my opinion this is better than 'A Game of Thrones', but as I said, this is my opinion only. Another thing to mention is that these volumes have been released much before the 'A Game of Thrones' were launched on the market.

I can't say what I liked about the story because I am afraid I will go into a detail or two and for me, to truly enjoy a book I MUST know NOTHING of what will happen and so on. For me, going at the end of the book and reading the last few pages to know how it ends makes a book lose its purpose. So, I prefer to say only that it is a story about several kingdoms with very different kings and magic is involved, but 'mild magic' not firebolts at the tips of the fingers and ready to be used by and deplorable character at any moment he/she sees fit, but magic that comes at a cost and that makes the book seem even more interesting.

A good read. I just found it worth to spend 3 days reading it (700 pages, with a good number of words on a page).

I would strongly recommend it to a bit of fantasy, and not any kind of fantasy, but a plausible, well constructed one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I've been meaning to read Paul Kearney's The Monarchies of God for several years now, and when the two omnibus editions were released I knew I had no excuse not to. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by Patrick St-Denis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid 4
I would give this book a good solid 4/5. In some places I would say 3, in others more like 5. It gets better as you go on.
I bought the next one and am looking forward to it.
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by P. McDonough
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwood and the Kings (Monarchies of God): 1
Excellent.Seemed like i was missing somthing at the start, but once i got into it i could not put it down.
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Hiscraft
4.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf meets Ali Barber
A really good beginning for a saga with lots of violence and goriness and I will definitely be buy the next episode. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Huge
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
I had never heard of the author and wasn't sure that I would enjoy this first omnibus. This omnibus contains two books of the Monarchies of God series. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by SJMatchett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is simply wonderful epic fantasy full of great characters, fantastic action and an engaging plot. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A true epic
Fans of this series shouldn't get too excited just yet as this title is an omnibus of the series. For new readers, well, lets put it this way, you have one hell of an adventure... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars very good but an anti climax
it was an excellent book but I feel that he developed some to hte expense of others e.g the book talked mostly about the torunnan kingdom and failed to develop the characters in... Read more
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