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Hawkmoon

(Eternal Champion #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Experience Michael Moorcock's infamous multiverse and the journeys of the Eternal Champion. Hawkmoon chronicles the fate of yet another aspect of the Eternal Champion, Doriam Hawkmoon, Duke of Koln. This collection of stories features revised text and a new Introduction by the author. "Five hundred pages of the best heroic fantasy you'll ever find."--S.F.
Paperback, 502 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by White Wolf Games Studio (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jan-Maat
This series of stories was written in the dark days of declining Britain before the countries of Europe took mercy upon that wild and lonely Goddess and invited her in off her storm tossed Atlantic rock into the EEC.

In this future, unity has failed, Europe is a patchwork of tiny, frequently warring states, except for Britain which in reversion to traditional forms interacts with Europe through violent domination, urging the continent to lie back and think of England, while a monstrous bridge
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Rita
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first fantasy book I ever read, the first book for me that opened the door to the possibilities of an out there imagination.

The characters are simple archetypes of the fantasy mould, but there's nothing wrong with that. I like the stoic leading man, the beautiful lady he falls in love with, her admirable and brave father who becomes the hero's surrogate father. I like the support characters for the companionship they provide the hero, the crutch that he leans on to get through the tough
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Charles
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Hawkmoon is my favorite iteration of the eternal champion.
Sven Mysterioso
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moorcock. He certainly has an odd syle, doesn't he? An odd way in which his narrative evolves. He focuses on things and sort of... pans out from there. You know what I am talking about. I mean... how many people in an Elric story wore a chequered vest? You know, because you heard about these things in every scene from Mr Moorcock.

I have to say this is probably the most adventurous and fun read of any of his stories. There is just an ease and lightness to it. From one to another, our heroes
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Tamcamry
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
• While this book was exceedingly entertaining, I find myself a little more confused about the Eternal Champion as a whole. In the small sections in between books, The High History of the Runestaff kept referring to Hawkmoon as an aspect of the Eternal Champion. He obviously was not the same person as John Daker and Erekose. He had no mention of Ermizhad, and, in fact, he fell in love with someone else. While these stories have only the smallest strings connecting them to anything to do with the ...more
Joel Mitchell
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This third volume in the Eternal Champion cycle is a nice escapist swords and sorcery plot set in a distant-future-post-apocalyptic Europe which is slowly being taken over by the Dark Empire of Granbretan. There is plenty of over-the-top swordsmanship and heavy use of Deus Ex Machina, but within Moorcock's framework of the eternal champion and the cosmic balance/runestaff I think it works. The narration was for the most part less cynical and preachy in this storyline than in the first two ...more
S.J. Hartland
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was already a Michael Moorcock fan when I started on the Hawkmoon journey. I cut my teeth on Elric and then dived into another fascinating character among his "eternal champions".
What was first intriguing was the idea of this hero with a jewel in his head. But the Hawkmoon books are just so much more and Dorian Hawkmoon among my favourite fantasy characters.
What also sets any Moorcock book apart is his fascinating world building where he takes us into different alternative universes, each
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Viel Nast
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
hawkmoon is the first of (unfortunately only) two books about Dorian Duke von Koln (the second is count brass). a fast adventure in a high fantasy world where sorcery-science assists beast lords of a monstrous kingdom who wants to enslave the whole universe! hawkmoon is a victim of this kingdom and turns into their deadliest nemesis. the setting is an alternate earth where after some great disaster the civilization had collapsed and new powers had emerged. the hero with his companions travels ...more
Daniel
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the closest dark fantasy comes to jazz rock fusion in my always twisted view and appreciation. Moorcock wrote these books shortly and briefly conceiving and honestly intending them as fast paced action books, but his style - elegant - and vivid imagination ( the story takes place in a post apocalyptic Earth 3000 years in the future ) makes this a classic anti typical fantasy story. For starters, the British Empire are the villains ( not close from truth if you think of the old Empire ...more
Sean
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: appendix-n
I have not liked Moorecock's writing in previous short stories I've read. The Hawkmoon books differ from his other writing greatly, and I suppose that is due to the incredibly small amount of time spent writing them (3 days per book, allegedly). The result is a tight, quick, clever, and fun book. The writing is simpler, and there's not much subtlety. As Moorecock says in the foreword (I paraphrase) "I only wanted to write something that would help pass the time without the reader thinking he'd ...more
Jeremy Preacher
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Hawkmoon was much more straightforward, and thus somewhat less interesting but also less annoying, than Von Bek or The Eternal Champion. It's a four-part novel, and very much a straight lone-hero-against-evil-empire adventure. One of the problems I have with Moorcock in general (at least in this multiverse) is that because the villain is always Chaos, it has zero subtlety - the villains rape and torture and perform hideous experiments because they're the villains, not out of any sort of serious ...more
Damon
Jun 21, 2008 rated it liked it
I was pretty disappointed in this - that's tough for me to say about a Moorcock book, and usually my expectations are pretty much dead on about what's delivered, but in this case this one just wasn't that much fun to read. It was okay, I didn't hate it, but the story is moved forward almost entirely by deus ex machina (which is a phase I never thought I'd actually use), so after a while there's really no suspense or excitement, because you know some crazy random thing will happen which saves ...more
Derek
This series is a decent adventure story. The mixed high-low tech setting was interesting for its time, and Moorcock did a nice job using language to keep the higher technology distant and consistent with the environment. The characterizations were not among his best, with few of the characters feeling well developed, and the villains particularly caricatures, and the Granbretonians unconvincing as stock decadent baddies. But overall, good enough to read for the sake of completing the Eternal ...more
John Nau
Good book in accordance with the Eternal Champion saga. A little light on the character build up but over all a really good book with a very interesting alternative setting. I love Michael Moorcock's worl
Ken
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What more do I need to say-it's vintage Moorcock, part of his Eternal Champion Cycle-set in a post-apocalyptic future earth. Not nearly as doom and gloomy as some of his other works, it also reads pretty quickly.
Sean
Mar 26, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended by Ken as an intro to Moorcock.
Dwer
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-sf
A favorite of my youth. Tastes change. Seems to contrived now.
Elar
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Unfortunately on of the weakest universes in Eternal champion cycle.
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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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