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Century of the Soldier (Monarchies of God) by Paul Kearney
Solaris Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781907519086
Date: 02 September 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, was published last month with the second, Century of the Soldier now also also available in a chunky mass market edition.

"THE TIME OF THE WOLF IS AT HAND... Struck down in his moment of victory, Hebrion's young King Abeleyn lies in a coma, his city in ruins and his fiancée and former lover vying for the throne. Corfe Cear-Inaf, now a colonel, is given a ragtag command of ill-equipped savages and sent on a hopeless mission by a jealous King who expects him to fail. Richard Hawkwood and Lord Murad return bearing news of horror on a savage new continent, with something terrible lurking in the hold. The Church is tearing itself apart, even as the champions of truth fight to bring peace between Ramusian and Merduk; but in the far West, a terrible new threat is rearing its head... The Century of the Soldier collects the final three books in Paul Kearney's explosive The Monarchies of God series, revised and expanded for this edition: The Iron Wars, The Second Empire and Ships From The West. "

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