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Hawkmoon: The Runestaff (The History of the Runestaff #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,602 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
In Michael Moorcock's vast and imaginative multiverse, Law and Chaos wage war in a never-ending struggle 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.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Tor Books (first published 1969)
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Robert Beveridge
Michael Moorcock, The Runestaff (DAW, 1969)

Ah, you may think the adventures of good old Dorian Hawkmoon come to an end with the fourth and final novel of the Runestaff. Likely, so did Moorcock (the fifth book in the series, the start of a new trilogy, wasn't released for another four years, while these four were released over a period of a little more than twelve months). Now, with everything in place, it's time for Hawkmoon and his friend Huillam d'Averc to seek out the Runestaff itself. Proble
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Mike (the Paladin)
The (somewhat tragic) completion to the Hawkmoon "History of the Runestaff" series. The Eternal Champion Cycle is one of fantasy's classic series along with Zelazny's Amber series, the Wizard of Earthsea, and a few others. And I think it belongs there, don't miss them.

This book ends or completes the "first" Dorian Hawkmoon series, and ends in a way that (if you're like me) will send you racing to find the second (Castle Brass) series. Well written and for it's brevity and plot driven style surpr
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Francesco Manno
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The rune magic is the fourth book (and therefore the final) of the saga of Rune Magic Michael Moorcock, published on the British market in 1969 by Lancer Books under the title "The Secret of the Runestaff"; while it is high in Italy only in 1978, thanks to the publisher Longanesi.
This last novel in the series (as well as others) can be cataloged fantasy / sword and sorcery / fantasy science / clockpunk, though presents unique elements that make it difficul
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Şahin Kalkay
Kendisinin de kabul ettiği üzere Moorcock, iyi fikirlere sahip kötü bi yazar galiba. En azından dört kitaplık bu seride bunu hissedebiliyorsunuz. Tasvirler zayıf ve yer yer basmakalıp, hikaye örgüsünün itici gücü sadece ama sadece "deus ex machina" olgusu, ama ne yalan söyleyeyim üzerinden onlarca yıl geçmesine rağmen kurgu üzerine bayağı kafa yorulduğunu ama bunu kağıda dökmeye gelince acele edildiğini hissetmemek elde değil.

Yine de aksiyon filmi izlemekten evladır diyor ve ilk fırsatta Elrich'
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Timothy Boyd
Dec 29, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Eternal Champion incarnation from Moorcock. After Elric and Corum Hawkmoon is great. Good read and story. Very recommended.
Mark
Jan 10, 2008 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In a decaying society, a hero's fate is bound to a mysterious magical artifact which encompasses his success and his doom. In other words, exactly like every other Michael Moorcock book.

This is the final book of the series, except the following three books, where everybody dies, except those who don't.

The author does an interesting thing in that the chapters in this book are very short - averaging 5 pages - which gives a sense of chaos and a sense of hurtling towards the conclusion.
Larou
The fourth and final volume of The History of the Runestaff. This is mostly a parallel narrative, chronicling the further adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon (the hero) in America in one thread and showing how Baron Meliadus (the villain) makes a bid for power in the centre of the Granbretan Empire, until both threads converge in an epic battle where the final confrontation takes place. There is little doubt of course that the hero will prevail in the end, but even so, the ending is not entirely happy ...more
Mark
Oct 12, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, kindle
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Roddy Williams
Hawkmoon, determined to return to Europe, sets off to cross the ocean, but is driven back by dragon-like sea monsters and is marooned on an island, which he soon discovers is Dnark, home of the Runestaff itself. There he meets Orland Fank, the Hebridean ‘brother’ of The Warrior in Jet and Gold and Jehamia Cohnahlias, the Spirit of The Runestaff.
Regular Moorcock readers will recognise this as yet another variation on the name which reappears throughout his work ascribed to aspects of the Eternal
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Jorge
Sep 16, 2009 Jorge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Simon Mcleish
May 02, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally published on my blog here in June 1999.

It is appropriate for the final volume of Moorcock's series to share its title with the series as a whole, and with the mysterious object that lies at the heart of the story, the Runestaff. For it is here that the influence of the Runestaff becomes apparent and here we also get to see the object itself for the first time.

Though this is clear, there are many questions about the Runestaff that are left almost completely unexplained. We are told its
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Traummachine
Sep 02, 2013 Traummachine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After and long and dangerous journey, Hawkmoon and company just want to return home to Castle Brass for a little R&R. But NOOOOOOOOO, that irritating Runestaff keeps trying to boss them around!

The last book in the Hawkmoon quartet finally reveals more about the mysterious Warrior in Jet and Gold, finally brings some resolution to the problems with the evil empire of Gran Bretan, and finally reveals something about the Runestaff itself. I say "finally" because despite the low page count this
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Stephen Thomas
The last hack and slash

The final volume in the Runestaff series continues the adventures of Hawkmoon as he endeavours to defeat the evil Baron Meliadus and the empire of Granbretan. Once again there’s plenty of swashbuckling from Hawkmoon and crew and braggadocio in abundance from the villains. The climax is suitably grand in scale and fitting as a conclusion to Moorcock’s slight but enjoyable fantasy series. This is perhaps the best of the four volumes, due mainly to the fullness of the story a
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Fantasy Literature
This reissue reveals how much epic fantasy has changed since the 1960s. It’s hard to believe that there is an epic fantasy stretched over just four 200-page entries. Certainly, Hawkmoon: The Runestaff is an old-school sword and sorcery tale. Originally published in 1969, Michael Moorcock’s The Runestaff is the fourth entry in The History of the Runestaff. Tor has now released the story as Hawkmoon: The Runestaff. How have things changed?

The premise is archetypal. Duke Dorian Hawkmoon, an Eternal
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Ian Banks
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Jeremy
May 28, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick and improbable end to a long and improbable story. "But, it's Fantasy. Don't the heroes need to overcome overwhelming, and often improbable odds?" No, they don't, but that's not the point. The point is, ONLY read this series if you really don't mind crazy deus ex machina at every turn.
Dan Smyth
Very classic, good stuff. Quick story. Heroes with valor and all that stuff. Pretty high-level reading, which I doubt would make it in today's market, but is fun to read and remember.

See my full review at: http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.co...
David B
A vast improvement over the previous book in this series, but still only mediocre. There were many imaginative elements, but it never really comes alive. The culminating battle is exciting, however, and the whole story moves very quickly.
Kenny
Jul 10, 2013 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A pretty darned satisfying conclusion to the runestaff series, with Dorian Hawkmoon trying to battle against his fate and return home to castle Brass and his wife, but ending up taking down the Dark Empire.

I love that these 4 short novels tell a more epic tale than many modern doorstop series. Hawkmoon is a true hero who constantly rises to the occasion and overcomes terrible foes at the risk of terrible personal losses.

I'm still a bit miffed that we never know exactly what the runestaff is/does
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Darren Johnson
A great compendium of one of the Eternal Champions. Also how Moorcock mixed ideas of Steam Pun k and a grim dark setting that is still enjoyable to read to this day.
Kate Sherrod
Mar 27, 2015 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moorcock's demented imagination for baroque insanity, rather than his hand with theme or character, makes these Hawkmoon books stand out.
Graham
Aug 05, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So nice to read a story where the author isn't afraid to kill off major characters on both sides of the conflict. So nice to see female characters, like Éowyn in LotR, taking part in battles rather than sitting spinning at home. Oh, and pregnant too (how many authors have the bravery to do that, even now?). So, well done Mr Moorcock. Rollicking end to a rollicking story, more plots than a municipal allotment, more twists than a coiled rope. Also nice to see where different authors got inspiratio ...more
AndrewP
Nov 22, 2014 AndrewP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Final book in the Runestaff series #4
Daniela
Dec 07, 2012 Daniela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Espero que sea la próxima película de cine estilo el Señor de los anillos porque Tolkien es el único autor con el que me atrevo a comparar a Moorcock a pesar de que éste a sido durante años detractor del primero se parecen más de lo que creen en la calidad de sus libros. La historia nunca es aburrida y es imposible dejar de leer, con mucha más acción y sorpresas que otros libros del mismo corte.
Jesse Callaghan
Jun 16, 2015 Jesse Callaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end comes quickly. Something about the structure of this book made me think of some ancient song or epic poem.
Shannon Appelcline
May 18, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The best of the original Runestaff series. The acquisition of the eponymous Runestaff at the beginning is a bit too quick and easy, but then we get a great focus on Civil War in Granbretan, and then a shocking final battle that readers will long remember. A Strong end to an OK series.
Al Tarancón
Apr 10, 2009 Al Tarancón rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasia
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.
David Bonesteel
A vast improvement over the previous book in this series, but still only mediocre. There were many imaginative elements, but it never really comes alive. The culminating battle is exciting, however, and the whole story moves very quickly.
Keith Davis
Nov 29, 2009 Keith Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Runestaff Moorcock pulls off one of the darkest most unexpected twist endings in all of Fantasy. I was marching right along with Hawkmoon's traditional quest adventure and then I had the cliche kicked out from under me.
Tristan
A good series. Pulpy format, but there's more to it than generic pulp. Not high lit by any means, but not bad. Very fun and extremely creative. The whole quartet can be read in a weekend easily.
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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Other Books in the Series

The History of the Runestaff (4 books)
  • The Jewel in the Skull (History of the Runestaff, #1)
  • The Mad God's Amulet (The History of the Runestaff, #2)
  • The Sword of the Dawn (History of the Runestaff, #3)

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