More. Charting the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon, a version of the Eternal Champion, it takes place in a far-future version of Europe in which the insane rulers of the Dark Empire of Granbretan (the name given to what was once Great Britain) are engaged in conquering the continent. Moorcock is a great writer whose best works are the ones he wrote when he was young. He's still doing it by the third book - Sword of the Dawn, but his writing is getting better by this time. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2015. i would recommend this to fans of Alan Moore and probably fans of Hawkwind too... very good, on to the next now! Still Moorcock succeeds in creating an interesting steampunk atmposhere in this post-apocalyptic fantasy setting, fleshing it out with the little details. Best read as an antidote to any heavy reading, these stories are light and escapist, and I found them darned good fun, but they will not be to everyones taste. Other nods to Ballard and Aldiss are hidden in the details and are fun to spot as the gods prepare to exit their machines and help Hawkmoon save the day. Future-fantasy comprising the four books making up the Runestaff series, where the evil Granbretan (Great Britain) slowly takes over Europe before trying for the rest of the world. really great fantasy book, i've only just started with Moorcocks work but i loved this. Herein we find the collected Dorian Hawkmoon novels, published by Gollancz as part of the Fantasy Masterworks series. Please try again. Definitely fits the Sword & Sorcery genre, rather than the High Fantasy category. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I think the fact that Moorcock wrote the adventures of Hawkmoon in three days explains everything about the book: the superficial characters, the random deus-ex-machina driven plot, the mediocre villains. It's almost like MM sends up his own writing, his own criticism. The geopolitical situation depicted is in fact a curious reversal of that in the Second World War. This is not a review, more a note to myself. It tells the tale of his struggles against the evil empire of Granbretan. OMG - this was awful. This isn't 'review' writing as such, but I just wanted to say this here... Moorcock paints a vivid scene, engages the action and resolves it -- achieving his effect with remarkable economy of words, and therefore allowing rich events to proceed at a cracking pace. I think the fact that Moorcock wrote the adventures of Hawkmoon in three days explains everything about the book: the superficial characters, the random deus-ex-machina driven plot, the mediocre villains. But above all of them, it was Dorian Hawkmoon von Köln whom I liked best. Book 1. There is depth, but it doesn't jump out at you)as are most of the Eternal Champion Cycle. I always want to like Moorcock, but I never really get on with him. Unable to add item to List. The novels themselves are simple, swashbuckling fantasy novels deriving much of their style from the pulp fiction of the 1930s, but with a surrealism which is pure 1960s. The first two books in the series - Jewel in the Skull and the Mad God's Amulet are written in a way that would have got Moorcock thrown out of his writing group these days - his use of adverbs, his stylised nodding, frowning and especially his flip flopping Point of View, now in one person's head, now in anothers. The 'Runestaff' series were written by a young Moorcock in the late 60's with his deliberate choice of a German-born character in a post-nuclear apocalypse Europe. The History of the Runestaff is an omnibus collection of four fantasy novels by Michael Moorcock, consisting of The Jewel In The Skull, The Mad God's Amulet, The Sword Of The Dawn, and The Runestaff. The whole series is satisfactorily completed in the last volume, The Runestaff. Be the first to ask a question about The History of the Runestaff. Maybe it boils down to something as simple as that Dorian Hawkmoon isn't as tragic or alienated a creature as the other Eternal Champions. These books are also a part of the Eternal Champion (UK listing, US listing) series. Dorian's story is told in a tetralogy and a trilogy: The History of the Runestaff: The Jewel In The Skull (1967) The Mad God's Amulet (1968) The Sword Of The Dawn (1968) Jewel and Amulet: The Jewel in the Skull and The Mad God's Amulet (Hawkmoon), Elric: Stormbringer! The jewel in the skull -- The mad god's amulet -- The sword of the dawn -- The runestaff.