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The Monarchies of God: Hawkwood and the Kings Pt. 1 (Monarchies of God 1) by Paul Kearney
Solaris Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781906735708
Date: 05 August 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

It's about six years since read I and reviewed Paul Kearney's novel The Mark of Ran and sadly, it was not to my taste. However , Kearney is not an author to be dismissed by one flat book or the views of one pundit. His backlist is an impressive one and his admirers are many. It is great therefore, both for the author and us readers, that Solaris are reissuing Kearney's much admired (particularly by no lesser personage than Steven Erikson) series, Monarchies of God, first published in five volumes between 1995 and 2002. This reissue is a two set omnibus, the first of which Hawkwood and the Kings, is now available in chunky mass market paperback. Volume two is due to follow next month

"The world is in turmoil. In the east the savage Merduks, followers of the Prophet Ahrimuz, have captured the holy city of Aekir. The western kingdoms are too distracted by internecine bickering to intervene and the Church seems more obsessed with rooting out heresy. It is an age where men go to the stake for the taint of magic in their blood, where gunpowder and cannon co-exit with werewolves and sorcerers. It is the turning point when two great religions will fight to the death and the common folk will struggle to merely survive."

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