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It is the year 1529 and Brian Duffy, a soldier of fortune, finds himself in Venice. A late-night confrontation with three brothers over a matter of honor convinces Brian to find greener pastures. After a chance meeting with an old monk named Aurelainus, Brian finds himself hired on to be the bouncer at the famous Herzwesten brewery and inn (formerly a monastery) located in Vienna. During Brian's voyage from Venice to Vienna, he crosses the Dolomite Mountains, only to meet assassins who attack him. Dwarves and creatures Brian knew only from mythology assist him in vanquishing his attackers.
The mythical Fisher King is a central character in The Drawing of the Dark, and cameos by the Roman god Bacchus, the Lady of the Lake, reincarnations of King Arthur and Sigmund from Norse mythology, Merlin, and hosts of soldiers, including Vikings and Swiss mercenaries, add to the otherworldly feel. The legendary heroes are allied against legions of soldiers from the Turkish Ottoman Empire under Suleiman and his wizard Ibrahim, who try to repeat the successes of their 1521 and 1526 invasions of eastern Europe by laying siege to Vienna. But just what is their objective? The city or the beer?
Tim Powers does a great job of tying the historical invasion of eastern Europe by the Turks to a rollicking, fun-filled fantasy, which offers its own reasons for the invasion and a wonderful cast of heroes that ultimately repel the invaders. This is a must-read for Tim Powers fans and for readers who have yet to delve into his rich, wonderful worlds. --Robert Gately
Tim Powers is the master of this sub-genre of Fantasy/Science Fiction.
Way too much graphic violence (for my taste), and a lot of it just didn't seem necessary except that it held to the story line and history of that time period.
Tim Powers is a marvelously gifted writer, whose stories blend real history with incredibly ingenious fantasy.
I first read Tim Powers' "The Drawing of the Dark" in the early '80s and thoroughly enjoyed it then. Rereading it for the first time since then on my Kindle was just as enjoyable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Letterer
I enjoy historically based novels based in interesting locations. Unfortunately , the plot line for me was a little too far fetched for my liking.Published 5 months ago by Stephen Callahan
as usual, a great riff on the classics by Tim Powers to produce an inventive alternative history
A little more detail on the involvement of the Norse Gods might have... Read more
I'm a huge fan of Tim Powers, he can do no wrong by me. Historical science fiction.Published 6 months ago by Harry Crane
Have read several of Power's books. All enjoyable, a few outstanding. As I said above, this one merely good, not great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lydonkey
many years ago I had a copy of this, it was my first introduction to Tim Powers, and I was hooked.
I wanted to reread it and see how it held up to the years; Still a great... Read more