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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For hundreds of years, no less? It seems that Kearney could have written a much better book if he had actually written an alternative history fantasy, instead of cobbling together what he deemed to be the most interesting parts of European history to write what a sort of political war thriller, one where the events take centre stage in the story and the characters are merely supporting props.

Abeleyn’s former lover, Jemilla, tries to establish a regency based on her unborn child who, she claims falsely is Abeleyn’s sonbut Golophin pre-empts her by using powerful magic to restore Abeleyn to full health.

Retrieved from ” https: In the far west, Hawkwood and Murad’s expedition is successful, despite the presence of a werewolf on board, apparently an agent of some power on the western continent. Corfe becomes a trusted adviser to Martellus and is driven by grief over the death of his wife Heria.

Paul Kearney is a grossly underrated author. It’s a good idea to have these two lumped in a single book, seeing as individually they’re short by high fantasy standards. Since this seems to be getting more attention lately, I’ll add this: We use this income to keep the site running.

It is very, very clear which characters we are supposed to like and which to hate.

Other, smaller duchies and principalities exist such as Candelaria, Tulm and Finnmark. The Merduks of the east have taken the Holy City of Aekir and put it to the sword and the flame.


Better than I did! The Alliance has built a massive fleet to meet the expected invasion of Aruan’s armies from the western continent, but this fleet is decimated in a single battle by magical forces, including flying creatures which kinge out of a supernatural fog. Like the Christian Church, the Ramusian has both a centre of organisation and power Charibon, akin to Rome and a spiritual hawkwoox Aekir, akin to Constantinople and, to a lesser extent, Jerusalem.

It costs you nothing extra, but Amazon pays us a small referral fee. Dec 26, Steven Poore rated it it was amazing Shelves: Except for the fact that Italy seems to have sunk, and there’s a random mountain range west of hawwkood Netherlands, it’s pretty much Europe.

Sep 05, Chernz rated it it was amazing. Whores, sex slaves, women who use their lady parts to gain political advantage.

Aruan bases his power on lycanthrophy: Dec 09, Breach rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

View all 7 comments. It is adult-level fantasy that does not pull any punches.

Speculative Book Review: REVIEW: Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney

The crumbling and burning city is described vividly and we are introduced to my favorite character of the series, Corfe. It introduces every core character you’ll meet in this volume, and there are a LOT. Science is more than once described as only a way to improve warfare and “methods of killing”.

Oct 25, John rated it really liked it.

Hawkwood and the Kings

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. Here Kearney produces some of his best and most exhilarating writing describing in great detail many a muddy and violent battlefield, and although there are elements of politics throughout the story I would say kongs is overwhelmingly a military fantasy.


Paul is a great writer. Mar 26, Patremagne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I say this because the first an is a bit slow in my opinion.

Hawkwood and the Kings (Monarchies of God, #) by Paul Kearney

Another quality reivew although a tad biased from you Adam. The magic system is only lightly touched on, which is a shame, since it looks fascinating, and the being onset by all sides is murderous to my nails if I was a nail biter. If you like fantasy literature with an emphasis on the military then this kungs and this series is for you. Apr 16, Derek Perumean rated it really liked it Shelves: This omnibus was a little bit of a slog to get through, as the length of time it took me to read it will attest.

It is an age where men go to the stake for the taint of magic in their blood, where gunpowder qnd cannon co- The world is in turmoil. Abeleyn himself has to leave shortly after to attend the Conclave of Kings in Vol Ephrir capital of Perigraine to discuss the response to the Merduk threat. The fictional religion closely resembles Christianity, and is adulterized continually in this novel.

Happy endings are few and far between, however I never quite felt the author quite managed to shock and surprise the reader by killing off a much loved character in the same way that perhaps George R R Martin has done.