The Jewel in the Skull (Runestaff Series #1)

The Jewel in the Skull (Runestaff Series #1)

by Michael Moorcock
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The Jewel in the Skull (Runestaff Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Granbretan must fall! Moorcock is great, but for some reason the only books I read of his were the Elric books which I discovered about twenty years ago. The Hawkmoon series is just as good, even though they're less well known (The Jewel In The Skull is Book One). 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.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Dark Empire of Granbretan has devastated their opponents who have tried to overthrow their harsh subjection. One such loser the Duke of Koln Dorian Hawkmoon attempted unsuccessfully to destroy the empire, but instead failed and became their pawn. 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. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago