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Hawkwood's Voyage (The Monarchies of God Book 1)

Hawkwood's Voyage (The Monarchies of God Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kearney
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Even as cities and cathedrals are tumbling, their defenders crucified by the invading Merduks, the Faithful war among themselves, purging heretics and magical folk and adding to the flames.
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. The King's cousin, Lord Murad, has an ancient log book telling of a free, unspoiled land...

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (22 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4Y3O2C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Like GRRM You Will Love This! 31 Jan 2010
Hawkwood's Voyage is a story of war, politics and discovery. It is mainly set within the 5 kingdoms of normannia where there is fighting in the east, race purification in the west and a power struggle between the church and the kings of the land.

The book has a few different character POV's, but it primarily centres on Hawkwood, Corfe and King Abelyn. Corfe is fighting the Merduk invasion in the east but is struggling to choose between his duty as a soldier and his own personal safety. Abelyn's kingdom is in turmoil as an internal war is being waged against the church who are sending all the heretics and dweomer folk (magical people) they can get their hands on to burn in the pyres. Hawkwood is a captain of two boats whose crew is full of the so called heretics, so when he is offered the chance to take ship in search of new land with a few of the kings choice passengers he takes it with both hands.

This book is comparable to George RR Martins A Song Of Ice And Fire series in a few ways, namely the scope of the story and the fact that there isn't so much a good side and a bad side, but good and bad on both sides. It is also similar to Joe Abercrombie's work in that it is blunt and to the point with a bit of sex and violence as well.

Although I am not a fan of sailing myself and I am not clued up on the terms of sailing (he uses quite a lot of these) I was very impressed with the way the portions of the book set at sea were written, the explanations of life at sea were very vivid and made me feel claustrophobic and at times even sick (in my opinion a good bit of writing). He also writes exciting battle scenes that make you feel like you are in the thick of the action.

This is a great opening and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of empires and the men behind them 20 Aug 2002
A highly recommended book (and series for that matter). The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars, is that the comparison that springs to mind is George R. R. Martin's Clash of Kings. Hawkwood's Voyage offers the same in terms of scope but George Martin delivers more detail and deals will a larger cast. That said, this is a great and engrossing read and Paul Kearney delivers the story at breakneck speed. After reading this and the other books in the series, I'm amazed at how much he manages to pack into every chapter. So if you found Clash of Kings or the like a bit slow, add a star!
There are two main storylines in the series. The first deals with a clash of empires which parallels Europe's history enough to be familar (which helps the imagination fill in the details that Paul Kearney can't cover given the breakneck pace) but for me was the most gripping of the two tales. This is pretty much pure tactics and brute force; little scorcery creeps in.
If you like you fantasy, magic heavy, not to worry, Paul Kearney covers both bases. The "title" storyline involves a sea voyage undertaken by persecuted users of magic ... While this is the tale the title refers, it difficult to appreciate in just this single novel, as it plays a much larger role in the series.
This book and the rest of the series is worthwhile addition to your library!
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I have to admit I am a Paul Kearney fan. I had just read the three books in the 10 thousand series and was blown away by his writing style and the pace of the stories. Just damn good fantasy work. So looking for more I found the 5 book Monarchies of Good.
It was different from the work I head read previously in so far as it’s more epic fantasy, the story is more global and involves many more main characters, than the Macht books. But once I got into it, which doesn't take long with this authors writing I just couldn’t stop. I have always been put off by multiple book series; somehow it feels like I’m committing too much time to one thing. This series of 5 is well worth the reader’s time. Mr Kearney manages to involve the reader in a 5 kingdom continent complete with court intrigues, voyages of discovery to new lands, an approximation of 17th/18th century European warfare, the detail interestingly written of a long sea voyage, loves separated, loves lost, magic, some superb heroes and equally developed villains, Just a wonderfully written story. My deepest regret is that I finished all five. I shed tears of joy and sadness and after five wonderful books the very last paragraph slew me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr Kearney.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, hard hitting, fantasy 6 Nov 1998
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Paul Kearney, comes close to Elizbeth Moon in his gripping detail of fantasy wars. The book has 3 main story lines, a war, a ship voyage and a Kings attempt to hold his throne in the middle of a vicious religeous schism. Hawkwoods voyage is a gripping read and with the interlacing story lines (a.k.a R Jordan or G Martin) and the well written narrative, this along with Book 2 (and I hope book 3 ) is a must read for all Fantasy readers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent epic fantasy series. 23 Oct 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is set in a fantasy world somewhat similar to medieval Europe. It vividly portrays the competing religious and political powers in the storylines of several participants from uncommon soldiers, monks, royalty, sailors and (here's the fantasy element)wizards. My only complaint is that the storyline of Hawkwood's voyage to find a new land is the least gripping.
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