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Hawkmoon: The Jewel in the Skull Paperback – Bargain Price, January 5, 2010
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“The greatest writer of post-Tolkien British fantasy.” ―Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Telegraph Avenue
“If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction, you must read Michael Moorcock. He changed the field single-handedly: he's a giant. He has kept me entertained, shocked, and fascinated for as long as I have been reading.” ―Tad Williams, New York Times bestselling author of the Otherland series--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Count Brass the lord of the city Kamarang rejects an offer of an alliance with Granbretan, imperial Baron Meliadus sends former rebel Hawkmoon to kidnap Brass' daughter, Yisselda. However, Hawkmoon has problems with carrying out the abduction order that goes against his values; besides his attraction to Yisselda, her father treats him with respect and kindness; reminding him of his original vow to destroy the evil Empire and his deep humiliation of bowing down to Meliadus.
This is a fast-paced, action-packed reprint of a 1960s sword and sorcery thriller that holds up nicely though contains little insight into life under the Black Jewel sorcery rule as the plot is linear. The hero makes the story line work as he believes his ultimate abjection is a betrayal of his own soul and when he meets the last holdout, Hawkmoon knows how far he has fallen in disgrace. Fans will enjoy Dorian's efforts to regain what he lost when the Empire defeated his army; his impetus is the father and daughter who shower him with adulation and respect while he feels he deserves contempt. Future Europe has rarely looked as dark as the continent that Hawkmoon traverses.
This story is short (about 200 pages) and good enough that I blew through it in two days. It would have been one, but I have a job to go to. If you ask me they should have gathered all these books together and published an Omnibus, but no matter, this is still a great edition (Reader Bonus: sweet illustrations in here!).
Sometimes, in order to decide which book I want to read next, I'll read the first sentence of the book to see if it grabs me:
"Count Brass, Lord Guardian of Kamarg, rode out on a horned horse one morning to inspect his territories."
That's ALL I needed. I think I just love the name of "Count Brass". Anyway, I dove in and was delighted by everything I found in this story. Fantasy fans should read more Michael Moorcock, they don't throw around the title of "legendary" for no reason.
the Eternal Champion. Dorian Hawkmoon, the Duke of Koln is another.
Fighting in an alternate Europe where the evil mages of the Empire of Grand
Britain are overrunning Europe, he faces men in beast masks, Orthnicopter
flying machines, and genetically engineered war beasts. The Jewel is
planted in Dorian's forehead in order to control him, but he breaks free,
and so begins the series of Hawkmoon and his allies against an seemingly
unstoppable army reminiscent of Nazi Germany. A great read by a master.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting story. Moorcock presents a world and a hero worth reading about. I will be grabbing the next book in this series!Published 1 month ago by John Robinson
If you like science and sorcery mixed in a fantasy version of a future Europe and don't mind a little misogyny, this book is for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sadpunk0
I’ve read many of Moorcock’s books over the years but the Runestaff series of fantasy novels were among the first. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sft
Michael Moorecock, what can I say?. An author who towers over tokiens' simplistic black and white world views and martins' soft porn. Simply one of the best SF writers ever.Published 8 months ago by KC
I read this in the 1960s and enjoyed the series, I thought I would try it again and see what I remembered. I have changed in my reading habits, but found this a good read still. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bob Harris
Jewel in the Skull by Michael Moorcock [530 2014-05-15 SF novel]
Moorcock's novel " Jewel in the Skull "(1967) is the 1st installment in the 4 book series "The History... Read more
Book one in the saga of Dorian Hawkmoon... Another aspect of the great champion eternal... One of my favorite series of all timePublished 23 months ago by Michael L. Hunter