The Sword of the Dawn

The Sword of the Dawn In Michael Moorcock s vast and imaginative multiverse Law and Chaos wage war in a never ending struggling over the fundamental rules of existence Here in this universe Dorian Hawkmoon traverses a wo

  • Title: The Sword of the Dawn
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780879973926
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Michael Moorcock s vast and imaginative multiverse, Law and Chaos wage war in a never ending struggling over the fundamental rules of existence Here in this universe, Dorian Hawkmoon traverses a world of antique cities, scientific sorcery, and crystalline machines as he pulled unwillingly into a war that pits him against the ruthless and dominating armies of GranbretanIn Michael Moorcock s vast and imaginative multiverse, Law and Chaos wage war in a never ending struggling over the fundamental rules of existence Here in this universe, Dorian Hawkmoon traverses a world of antique cities, scientific sorcery, and crystalline machines as he pulled unwillingly into a war that pits him against the ruthless and dominating armies of Granbretan In The Sword of the Dawn, Dorian Hawkmoon s quest to destroy the Dark Empire of Granbretan leads him onto the path of a man who possess a rare ring that allows men to travel through time Hawkmoon uses this ring to travel to a far future New Orleans, where he must battle the Pirate Lords who possess the Great Sword of the Dawn, which can end the Dark Empire once and for all.

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    1. A rousing, frenetic third entry in the History of the Runestaff series. Dorian Hawkmoon grows weary, however:"All I seek is a little love, a little peace, and to be revenged upon those who have ravaged my homeland."Buck up, Dorian. One more book to go.

    2. The third in the Hawkmoon saga. I read these years ago and they stand up well.These are the classics for a reason.I've mentioned before that Hawkmoon was the first "incarnation" of the Eternal Champion I ran across. I still have a "soft spot" for those particular books. All that aside, they are excellent reads and I recommend them wholeheartedly. I am not particularly a Michael Moorcock fan and he has written some books I even dislike, but "these" are wonderful books. Enjoy.

    3. Originally published on my blog here in May 1999.The third volume of the Runestaff series begins in a strange shadow world; to escape from enslavement at the hands of the Dark Empire of Granbretan, the Kamarg region has been shifted into another, uninhabited, parallel world. After a welcome period of peace, Dorian Hawkmoon becomes bored; he is unable to discover what is going on in the real world, and there is little to do in the world where they now are.So when he comes across a stranger in the [...]

    4. Another Eternal Champion incarnation from Moorcock. After Elric and Corum Hawkmoon is great. Good read and story. Very recommended.

    5. panopticonitalia/2The sword of the dawn is the third book in the saga of Runestaff of Michael Moorcock, published on the British market in 1968 by Lancer Books, while it is high in Italy only in 1978, thanks to the publisher Longanesi.This novel can be cataloged fantasy / sword and sorcery / fantasy science / clockpunk, though presents unique elements that make it difficult to harness it into a single genre. Commentators today would not hesitate to call grimdark fantasy.Dorian Hawkmoon managed t [...]

    6. This series is about the spreading of the evil Empire of Granbretan, and the efforts of Hawkmoon and company to save a small nation protected by Count Brass. Hawkmoon is in love with the Count's daughter, Yissela, but she's also desired by their arch-nemesis, Baron Meliadus. But it's also about our hero's unwilling service to the mysterious Runestaff, and Hawkmoon is aided by its servant, the enigmatic Warrior in Jet and Gold. What the Runestaff is, what it wants, how far they can trust the Warr [...]

    7. I lati positivi sono quelli dell'intera saga: quel vago spunto di fantascienza postapocalittica, un antagonista psicologicamente un po' più sviluppato della media del genere ed un eroe leggermente più riluttante del solito, in opposizione al tradizionale celodurismo da scimmia brandomunita. Lo stesso vale per i lati negativi. Non è che sia scritto così bene, o abbia alzate di genio degne di nota. In più la divisione in due libri, che narrano porzioni di vicenda totalmente diverse nell'arco [...]

    8. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great either. I found the book refreshingly abbreviated. This is all action with barely any introspection, so it moves at a good pace and if you read slow lime me, it won't take you six months to finish like some 4-500+ page novels I've read. I have another Hawkmoon book, so I hope that after reading this one it will be more interesting.

    9. Third volume in The History of the Runestaff, and the one I liked best so far. There are some scenes that take place in Londra, giving us a closer look at the inner workings of the Granbretan court that allow Moorcock to go really over the top with the decadence and present readers with the kind of concise but colourful imagery that they have become accustomed to for this series. Here, everyone is at everybody else's throat, the society only held together by the centuries-old monarch, a wizened [...]

    10. Moorcock returns to form after the rather flat ‘Mad God’s Amulet’.The inhabitants of Castle Brass, voluntary exiles in a parallel Earth, become anxious when the Granbretanian playwright Elvereza Tozer (whose works include the classic ‘Adulf and Shirshill’) suddenly appears in their dimension. It transpires that he can travel through the dimensions with the aid of a crystal ring made by Mygan of Llandar. Hawkmoon and D’Averc must therefore travel back to their own world to find Mygan [...]

    11. Another good read.Volume 3 of the History of the Runestaff sees Hawkmoon returning to the Dark Empire of GranBretan to discover if Castle Brass is still safely hidden away in another multiverse. This is after a "traveller" has reached them by means of magic rings and they need to know if Baron Meliadus is searching for these rings or any other means of travelling to Castle Brass's new location.After narrowly escaping the Dark Empire they find the wise old man who was the originator of the rings, [...]

    12. Michael Moorcock, The Sword of the Dawn (DAW, 1968)First, to get it out of the way: the worst, absolutely unforgivably worst, thing about the 1968 DAW edition of The Sword of the Dawn is its unforgivably bad cover. It's so bad I actually knocked half a point off the book's final rating. DAW, who usually came up with top-notch artists to do Moorcock covers, really dropped the ball in the Runestaff series, and this is the nadir. Cover it, school-textbook style, before reading.That said, the book i [...]

    13. Back to some of the foundational books of fantasy writing, I'm working my way through the first Hawkmoon series by Michael Moorcock. It's interesting to read these books in contrast to the works of today. Much more plot-heavy, much lighter on the characterization. In less than 200 pages, Moorcock spins out a yarn that would take the modern author 400-500 pages, easy. It honestly makes me wonder if the sweet spot might be somewhere in-between. While The Sword of Dawn could use a little expansion [...]

    14. My revisiting of the Runestaff trilogy reached the end of SotD today and a jolly rollicking good read it was too. Poor old Dorian and his chum make new friends but have to endure all manner of scrapes in order to conform to the wishes of the sparkly one and his master. In fact Hawky is getting tired of his quest so is a tad unlike most heroes we encounter in the SF genre. Some Lovecraftian critters in there too for them to elude cue some clashing and slashing. We learn a bit more of this post Ap [...]

    15. Poor Hawkmoon. Zapped into safety by mystic objects he pines for adventure only to have it thrust upon him by the mysterious warrior in jet and gold ( who is this guy?). Crashed ornithopters, captured by Meliadus again, finding mystics (Mygan I'm guessing is Merlin, just love Moorcock's "guess who/where this is" way of naming things), zapped again to another place, attacked by eldritch octopuses ( is Moorcock a fan of Lovecraft?) So much story! But what is interesting is that the character of th [...]

    16. More cut and thrustThe third instalment in the Runestaff series is another tale of derring-do and adventure set in a far-off time after the planet has undergone an unexplained apocalypse and reverted to a world of swords, sorcery, and pseudo-science. Dorian Hawkmoon, Duke of Köln, continues his battle against the evil Baron Meliadus and the empire of Granbretan, while searching for the fabled Runestaff, to which he is an unwitting servant. Once again it’s great fun written in a plain and stra [...]

    17. Classic swords and sorcery written in a light-hearted spirit. One should read the two preceding books of this 4-book series: sufficient background for context is lacking. Still, it's an enjoyable masculine buddy adventure tale with plenty of action, and zero padding. I'd say it's pretty clear that Moorcock has read Jack Vance and Tolkien. I'd also say that Moorcock was influential for Robert Jordan, but I wish Jordan had tried harder to appreciate Moorcock's style.

    18. As I waited for my oatmeal to boil, I simultaneously took a quick shit and finished this book. Maybe it was the pleasant sensation of a comfortable bowel movement, or maybe it was the lowered expectations adopted from reading the first two volumes of this series, but I was inclined to say that I enjoyed this volume more and that it deserved a higher rating. I then remembered that a 2-star rating was generous for each of the first two volumes.

    19. A good continuation of the saga of hawkmoon.After shifting the lands of kamarg into a separate dimension, our heroes thought themselves safe But an intruder from Granbretan finds them, and launches a quest into the depths of the evil empire, and onwards into the unknown lands od Amerehk.Our good friends d'verac and the warrior of jet and gold make appearances again, and they quest for the secrets of the crystal rings, and the legendary sword of dawn.

    20. This post-apocalyptic sword and (techno-)sorcery slog is far from Moorcock's best - but, like my dad once said, Moorcock was so prolific at this point that where others would crank out a dud chapter or two, he'd write a bad trilogy. And even here there are moments of queasy power (especially in the vision of the perverse future London), and the sense of a few more tiles towards the mad mosaic which all Moorcock's books together comprise.

    21. My edition seems to be from a different editor, Mayflower, but it's not listed, and these seems the closer one, in cover and age.Mi edicion parece ser de otro editor, Mayflower, pero no aparece listada, y esta parece la mas sililar, en portada y epoca.

    22. So pulpy it feels as much like Robert E. Howard as Moorcock. Loved all the OTT imagery. Nice to see at novel's end that Dorian is trying to be less of a Lemmiwinks 8) Glad to have finally gotten to read this one. It was impossible to get in my yout'!

    23. No haré más comentarios: lo que opino de la saga lo dije en el primer libro.Lo que sí pasa es que aquí se le da a Dorian Hawkmoon un artefacto tan poderoso que ya llega a dar lata, porque él solo es capaz de enfrentarse a miles de enemigos sin sufrir un rasguño.

    24. part 3 of the histroy of the runestaff. we still havent found out anything about the runestaff, except that it has plans for dorian. this story mainly takes place on a new land, where dorian and his buddy have problems with a city full of pirates. i liked this book and read it easily.

    25. There's quite a bit to like in this book, including the deeper look at Grenbretan, the move to the evocative American continent, and the feel that we're actually on a quest for something now. However, it's still a pretty standard planetary romance beyond that.

    26. A fun read with a little deus ex machina going on. Four books probably could have easily been cut to 3. I feel like these guys have the worst luck in the world and can't even sleep in the middle of nowhere without some beastie trying to kill them every time.

    27. Pretty good for be so old. Pretty high-level adventure story with some basic sci-fi elements worked into it. I should probably read more of his stuff. My official review is at:elitistbookreviews

    28. Book 3 of Hawkmoon- Runestaff. Feels more incomplete than previous ones as left unfinished as a set up for the last of the series.

    29. εντάξει , συγκριτικά - καθότι συνεχίζω να ολισθαίνω στο ατόπημα της σύγκρισης- με τον Ελρικ, με απογοητεύει λιγουλάκιεξακολουθώ πάραυτα να είμαι βυθισμένη στις σελίδες του.

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