X-mas Book Haul. Did a little shopping over the holiday season and picked up some great books. I have been wanting to read this book and start this series for a while now. Looks like some awesome stuff. I have heard many great things. I am very excited for this series. Can’t wait to read and review!
So go get a copy!
About the book:
Jewel and Amulet: The Jewel in the Skull and The Mad God’s Amulet
- Series: Hawkmoon (Book 1)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765375125
- ISBN-13: 978-0765375124
Fantasy legend Michael Moorcock’s heroes of the multiverse have been lauded as some of the most iconic characters of fantasy. Among them, Dorian Hawkmoon is one of the most loved. In an alternate far future, Hawkmoon is pulled unwillingly into a war against the armies of the Dark Empire. Antique cities, scientific sorcery, and crystalline machines serve as a backdrop to this high adventure.
This omnibus collects the first two novels in Moorcock’s acclaimed Hawkmoon series.
The Jewel in the Skull
Dorian Hawkmoon becomes a puppet co-opted by his arch nemesis. He’s been implanted with the Black Jewel, whose power 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 a fury that knows no relent.
The Mad God’s Amulet
After withstanding the power of the Black Jewel and saving the city of Hamadan, Hawkmoon set off for Kamarang. But the journey is beyond treacherous. Hawkmoon seeks out the peaceful city of Soryandum, which holds the power to transcend the confines of time and space. This power now rests in the hands of the Mad God. Hawkmoon must rip this amulet from the neck of the Mad God if he hopes to save the city of Kamarang and free his friends and his one true love from the Dark Empire’s relentless wrath.
About the author:
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, at the age of sixteen, and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library. As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction “New Wave” in the UK and indirectly in the United States. His serialization of Norman Spinrad’s Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Council’s funding of the magazine.
During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of “James Colvin,” a “house pseudonym” used by other critics on New Worlds. A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds #197 (January 1970), written by “William Barclay” (another Moorcock pseudonym). Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials “JC”, and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his 1967 Nebula award-winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time-traveller who takes on the role of Christ. They are also the initials of various “Eternal Champion” Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian. In more recent years, Moorcock has taken to using “Warwick Colvin, Jr.” as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his “Second Ether” fiction.