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) by Michael Moorcock

Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock won hundreds of thousands of readers with his vast and imaginative multiverse, in which Law and Chaos wage war through endless alternative universes, struggling over the fundamental rules of existence.

Moorcock's heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most influential characters in fantasy. Among the Eternal Champions, Dorian Hawkmoon is one of the most loved. In the far future, Hawkmoon is pulled unwillingly into a war that will eventually pit him against the ruthless Baron Meliadus and the armies of the Dark Empire. Antique cities, scientific sorcery, and crystalline machines serve as a backdrop to this high adventure.

Dorian Hawkmoon, the last Duke of Koln, swore to destroy the Dark Empire of Granbretan. But after his defeat and capture at the hands of the vast forces of the Empire. Hawkmoon becomes a puppet co-opted by his arch nemesis to infiltrate the last stronghold of rebellion against Granbretan, the small but powerful city of Kamarang. He's been implanted with a black jewel, through whose power the Dark Empire can control his every decision. But in the city of Kamarang, Hawkmoon discovers the power inside him to overcome any control, and his vengeance against the Dark Empire is filled with an unrelenting fury.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879977122
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/1977
Series: Runestaff Series , #1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL MOORCOCK is a prolific English science fiction and fantasy writer. He is the author of the Eternal Champion books, including the Elric, Corum and Hawkmoon series, as well as the literary novel Mother London. He lives in Texas.

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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