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City of Hawks (Greyhawk: Gord the Rogue #3)

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The young adventurer named Gord has stirred the imaginations of thousands of readers with his exploits. City of Hawks takes you to an early time; it is the action-filled tale of how Gord the waif grows into Gord the man. Unknown to him, the skinny boy who struggles to stay alive in the slums is destined to play a pivotal role in the fate of his world.

His obsessive desire t
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1987 by ACE New Infinities Productions
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Gygax finds the most weird and fascinating ways to make this book not good.

There is the whole story-arc scaffolding that surrounds Gord's life and sets him on a path towards being (view spoiler), including a whole pile of interplanar machinations and strategy. This all takes the form of Very Important Beings having Portentous Conversation and very vague indications about Gord's heritage and his role and other stuff having no ramifications
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: pulp
Forced myself to finish this one, much to my surprise. I had previously read Gygax's Saga of Old City and Artifact of Evil, and expected more of the same. Instead, I got what may be considered a reboot of the previous novels, except fleshed out to include many (IMO) completely boring details of the behind-the-scenes machinations that turn what was a great Gord-the-Rogue character study in the original books into a giant, grand-scale Good vs. Evil conflict where at least 3/4 of Gord's life is plo ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, _on-hand
Now I know why so much of this book felt familiar: it fills in lost of little crevices between and beyond the episodes of the rest of the series to date. Starting from shortly before the events of Saga of Old City, it later alludes to the Artifact of Evil and culminates (it seems) just after Sea of Death.

Apart from the disjointedness resulting from jumping over material already presented, this is the best of the Gord books I've yet read, and the one least like reading a transcript of a role-play
Allen Garvin
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
This is partially a rewrite of The Old City, partially a reboot that changes a lot of the factors of Gord's early life. The writing is vastly improved, and generally very good through the entire book. Perhaps he got a competent editor for this one. It's really rather a lot of fun.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Another Gygax Greyhawk book. It's a prequel to the Gord the Rogue novels, that he's written so far, although it ends up kind of catching up with the previous books. As always Gygax is fascinated by alternate planes, and here we get not only the normal mortal realm, but also the catsrealm and the shadowrealm. And Gord goes through adventures in each. What is most interesting is the fleshing out of Gord's early childhood. Gygax isn't a great stylist, the book is also not a page-turner, but it's en ...more
David Sarkies
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Only really die hard Gord the Rogue fans
Recommended to David by: Michael Driver
Shelves: fantasy
Another book exploring the background of Gord the Rogue
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Once again the other comments on Goodreads have saved me from stretching my brain even more to try to work out what a book that I read a long time ago was actually about without wasting the time reading it again. These days there is so much to read, with the internet and other magazines and newspapers that seem to land up in my hands, that reading a pretty substandard book that I read back in my teenage years to me is a comple
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Ernest Gary Gygax was an American writer and game designer, best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson in 1974, and co-founding the company Tactical Studies Rules (TSR, Inc.) with Don Kaye in 1973.

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