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by Paul Kearney

eBook Hawkwood's Voyage (Monarchies Of God) ePub
Author: Paul Kearney
Language: English
ISBN: 0575600349
ISBN13: 978-0575600348
Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (1996)
Pages: 384
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 892
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ePub file: 1577 kb
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Hawkwood's Voyage book. In a land torn by religious war and chaos, rogue mariner Richard.

Paul Kearney has written an intriguing start to his Monarchies of God series with Hawkwood's Voyage. The writing and pace of the novel flows well and the characters that populate Kearney's world make for some fun reading. Richard Hawkwood has just arrived from a long voyage at sea. He thought that he could finally rest before his next voyage, but the news out west will keep him and his crew from enjoying their stay at the port of Abrusio.

The Monarchies of God is an epic fantasy series written by Irish author Paul Kearney. This series was published between 1995 and 2002 in five volumes

The Monarchies of God is an epic fantasy series written by Irish author Paul Kearney. This series was published between 1995 and 2002 in five volumes. The series is noteworthy for its ruthlessness in dispatching major characters, its large number of epic battles and its use of gunpowder and cannons. Kearney also has an extensive knowledge of sailing and uses this to inform his description of naval travel and combat.

THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNIN. ven 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 lan. mpression.

The curse oтАЩ God on unbelievers. The other men in the yawl paused at that, staring darkly out at the oncoming vessel. The wind veered a pointтАФthey felt it shift out of one eyeтАФand the strange ship lost way. She was hull up, her battered masts black against that uncertain band of horizon that is either sea or sky. Water dripped from the menтАЩs hands; the fish flapped feebly in the nets, forgotten and dying. Droplets of sweat gathered on noses and stung their eyes: salt in everything, even the bodyтАЩs own water. They looked at their skipper.

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Hawkwood's voyage Электронная библиотека e-libra. ru Читать онлайн Hawkwood's voyage. Paul Kearney Hawkwood's Voyage They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:23-24 PROLOGUE Year of the Saint 422A ship of the dead, it coasted in on the northwest breeze, topsails still set but the yards braced for a long-lost wind on the open ocean. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

First book in the Monarchies of God series
Coidor
I rarely give up on a book, especially one this long, but I just could not get into it. There was a ton of potential in this thing. I was immediately excited by the authors ability to speak in coherent nautical terminology and thought this was going to be a great epic about fantasy on the high seas... but page after page after page was just description of settings without a whisp of character building. It might get better but I couldn't slog through the rest.
Thoginn
Paul Kearney has written an intriguing start to his Monarchies of God series with Hawkwood's Voyage. The writing and pace of the novel flows well and the characters that populate Kearney's world make for some fun reading.

Richard Hawkwood has just arrived from a long voyage at sea. He thought that he could finally rest before his next voyage, but the news out west will keep him and his crew from enjoying their stay at the port of Abrusio.

Out west, something unimaginable has happened. The Holy City of Aekir has fallen to the Merduks. Once thought impenetrable, Aekir lights the skys at night with its burning buildings. The fall of Aekir has spread terror throughout the land, allowing the Church to tighten its grip on the land by implementing some new religious laws.

Corfe was at Aekir when it fell. He joined the numerous people escaping to Ormann's Dyke, but along the way he saved an old man and his servant. The old man and the defence of Ormann's Dyke could prove to be vital to the Monarchies of God.

Abeleyn is at the center of the struggle between the Monarchies of God and the Church. He leads Hebrion, but doesn't like the power the Church has over him and his subjects. With the new laws and the new High Pontiff, will Abeleyn be able to overcome the Church's power?

Meanwhile, Hawkwood is asked, or actually forced, to take a contract to sail east. How far east, even he does not know, but there are some powerful people who do not want the voyage to arrive at its destination.

I applaud Kearney for Hawkwood's Voyage and look forward to what happens in the next book. His vivid world and enjoyable characters will entertain all readers. Enjoy!
FRAY
So far I have read the first three books in this series, and I have rewritten this review to reflect that.
If you've read other of my reviews, I am trying to introduce more helpful, balanced reviews of fantasy novels, rather than the misleading "5 star" reviews which overly dominate.
What are the 5 star reviews correct about? First of all, this is a delightfully mature novel. There is sex when sex is appropriate, but without pruriance. The characters are mature figures. I have never enjoyed fantasy novels with juvenile characters (even when I was child). Kearney apparently agrees. The characters are mature wizards, young but wise and knowledgeable kings, an experienced merchant sailor captain, a mature noble woman, middle aged clerics, and so on. People act and think maturely. Secondly, the novel is extraordinarily well-written. Kearney has an excellent touch, with descriptive prowess, clear dialogue, and extremely (almost encyclopedic) informed jargon. He weaves in battle realism taken from his study of medieval warfare -- it's utterly accurate. Thirdly, the novel is imaginative, with a believable, fully fleshed out world, centered around political intrigue.
Originally I gave this book 3 stars, but I am revising that upwards based on the later books in the series. The weakness with the first book is one of the things that others rave about: the main orientation of this first novel is political intrigue, mainly between the Church and the Kings. But what is at first refreshing and well done, becomes repetitive. The relationship among The Church (which is grabbing for power), the Kings, and the peasantry, is not too hard to understand. Scene after scene repeats the mantra. At the same time, action grinds to a halt. Though Kearney can write great action scenes, relatively little happens toward the end of the book. In fact, now and then a shape-shifter or other interesting character pops up, but for the most part almost all of the characters could have stepped out of 14th century Europe. I became frustrated that such an exciting world ended up so little used. I was hoping that in the next books some of the imaginative promise would be fulfilled, and I was not disappointed.
The repetitiveness found in the first book disappears afterwards. The second book increases the imaginativity found in the first book, as Kearney develops the story of the Western continent. Church and state politics is embedded now in character-driven action, not setup. The third book is almost unbelievable in its action: pure action, briskly paced. I couldn't believe it was Kearney. It might be the most exciting fantasy book I've ever read, judged in terms of ratio of action to pages.
You will not be disappointed by this series, but don't get bogged down in this first book.
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