The Mad God's Amulet (The History of the Runestaff, Book 2)

By Michael Moorcock

In Michael Moorcock’s mammoth and inventive multiverse, legislation and Chaos salary conflict in a endless suffering over the basic principles of life. the following during this universe, Dorian Hawkmoon traverses an international of vintage towns, medical sorcery, and crystalline machines as he pulled unwillingly right into a struggle that pits him opposed to the ruthless and dominating armies of Granbretan.

After withstanding the ability of the Black Jewel and saving the town of Hamadan from the conquest of the darkish Empire of Granbretan, Hawkmoon trigger for Kamarang, the place friendship and love watch for him. however the trip is past treacherous. along with his boon significant other, Oladahn, the beastman of the Bulgar Mountians, Hawkmoon discovers the peaceable urban of Soryandum, which holds the ability to go beyond the confines of time and house. This strength, which retains town from falling to the darkish Empire, might hold Kamarang secure. yet unluckily his love Yisselda is now a prisoner of the Mad God, whose strong amulet is associated with Hawkmoon’s final future: an influence that started at production and calls heroes to palms all through life. Hawkmoon needs to rip this amulet from the neck of the Mad God if he hopes to save lots of town of Kamarang and unfastened his associates and his one real love from the darkish Empire's relentless wrath.

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He howled. “But how? What technology aids them? What strength can they've got that's more than mine? ” The troops had began to show again. a few have been working. yet Baron Meliadus dismounted from his horse, fingers outstretched, attempting to consider for the vanished city. He screamed with fury and wept with impotent rage, falling finally to his knees within the dust and shaking his fist at the place fortress Brass have been. “I will locate you, Hawkmoon—and your pals. i'm going to deliver the entire clinical wisdom of Granbretan to endure in this seek. and that i will keep on with you, if wishes be, to no matter what position you have got escaped to, no matter if or not it's in this Earth or past it, and you may recognize my vengeance. by means of the Runestaff, I swear this! ” after which he seemed up as he heard the thump of a horse’s hoofs driving earlier him, notion he observed a determine flash by way of in armour of jet and gold, inspiration he heard ghostly ironic laughter, after which the rider, too, had vanished. Baron Meliadus rose up from his knees and seemed round him for his horse. “Oh, Hawkmoon,” he stated via clenched enamel. “Oh, Hawkmoon, i'll seize thee! ” back he had sworn through the Runestaff, as on that fateful morning years ahead of. And his motion had set in movement a brand new trend of background. His moment oath reinforced that development, no matter if it favoured Meliadus or Hawkmoon, and hardened all their destinies a bit extra strongly. Baron Meliadus came upon his horse and lower back to his camp. the following day he would go away for Granbretan and the labyrinthine laboratories of the Order of the Snake. in the end he will be absolute to have the option via to the vanished fortress Brass, he informed himself. Yisselda regarded during the window in wonderment, her face alight with pleasure. Hawkmoon smiled down at her and hugged her to him. in the back of them, count number Brass coughed and stated, “To inform you the reality, my youngsters, I’m a bit disturbed by way of all this—this technology. the place did that fellow say we have been? ” “In another Kamarg, Father,” acknowledged Yisselda. The view from the window used to be misty. even though town and the hillside have been reliable sufficient, the remainder was once no longer. past it they can see, as though via a blue radiance, shining lagoons and waving reeds, yet they have been of remodeled shades, now not of straightforward vegetables and yellows, yet of the entire colors of the rainbow and with out the substance of the fortress and its surrounds. “He stated we would discover it,” stated Hawkmoon. “So it has to be extra tangible than it seems to be. ” D’Averc cleared his throat. “I’ll remain the following and within the city, i feel. What say you, Oladahn? ” Oladahn grinned. “I imagine so—until I’m extra used to it, a minimum of. ” “Well, I’m with you,” acknowledged count number Brass. He laughed. “Still, we’re secure, eh? And our humans, too. We’ve that to be glad about. ” “Aye,” acknowledged Bowgentle thoughtfully. “But we must never underestimate the clinical prowess of Granbretan. If there's a method of following us right here, they are going to locate it’be definite of that. ” Hawkmoon nodded. “You are correct, Bowgentle. ” He pointed to Rinal’s reward, which lay now within the centre of the empty eating desk, defined within the unusual, light blue gentle that flooded during the home windows.

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