Night Winds

Night Winds KANE The Mystic Swordsman ranges Earth and Time to confront the demons of darknessWhere once the mighty Kane has passed no one who lives forgets Now down the trail of past battles Kane travels agai

  • Title: Night Winds
  • Author: Karl Edward Wagner
  • ISBN: 9780446308120
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • KANE The Mystic Swordsman ranges Earth and Time to confront the demons of darknessWhere once the mighty Kane has passed, no one who lives forgets Now, down the trail of past battles, Kane travels again To the ruins of a devastated city peopled only with half men and the waif they call their queen To the half burnt tavern where a woman Kane wronged long ago holds his cKANE The Mystic Swordsman ranges Earth and Time to confront the demons of darknessWhere once the mighty Kane has passed, no one who lives forgets Now, down the trail of past battles, Kane travels again To the ruins of a devastated city peopled only with half men and the waif they call their queen To the half burnt tavern where a woman Kane wronged long ago holds his child in keeping for the Devil To the cave kingdom of the giants where glory and its aftermath await discovery To the house of death itself where Kane retrieves a woman in love.The past, the future, the present all these are one for Kane as he travels through the centuries.Cover illustration Chris Achilleos

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    1. ”How long the ship had lain there, no man could say.A century?For the ship was there when man first came to the shore. Perhaps it was there when man fled the flaming death of Eden. It may have been there at the moment of man’s birth. Or long before. Perhaps a thousand years---The ship.Like some unthinkably huge sea monster, the ship rested against the shore. For the span of a thousand feet it was the shore---a curving black cliff that rose from the sand, ten times the height of a tall man. A [...]

    2. [9/10] Night Windsis my fifth book featuring Kane, but it reads as inventive and energetic as the first one. The series shares with its inspiration (Conan by Robert E Howard) the timeless structure that allows new readers to jumps in at any point of the journey without a need for backstory or recaps or extensive descriptions of places and histories - you don't need to worry if you haven't read any of the previous installments. Each novella is self-contained and self-sufficient, they share themes [...]

    3. Not quite the home run I was expecting from this hard-to-get classic, but still pretty darned good. Kane, to date, is the best post Conan type I've run across. He has his own distinct personality (even though that can be hard to pin down, since he's a bundle of paradoxes), as well as a very distinct look: flaming red hair, relatively short (6 ft), and built like a refrigerator (300 lbs!). The stories in this collection (the first Kane stories I've read), are apparently the last in the series. Wa [...]

    4. This is the Centipede Press edition which varies from the normal paperback edition in content with an additional story, great illustrations, & author notes. It's a gorgeous hardback edition, part of the first set (5 books) to contain ALL the Kane stories that I bought a couple of years ago. I'm reading them in chronological order which means putting this book down after the first 3 stories to read Bloodstone before continuing. Below I'll list the complete Kane chronology &, if I remember [...]

    5. Karl Edward Wagner's KANE is to (Grimdark) Fantasy what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground is to Indie Music. In other words, Wagner's the Grandaddy of Grimdark. And you have to read him. There's just no way around it. If you're a fantasy fan, you must read Wagner. But be prepared. He's a dark anti-hero. He's not P.C. If you like Mark Lawrence, you'll like Wagner. Kane is a creation of a vastly talented writer who died much too young. He appears in only 2 novels and 3 small short story collecti [...]

    6. Wagner invests a real sense of history into his stories, in the same way that Robert E Howard tended. Events occur for strong reasons, and characters are rationally motivated. In this collection "Lynortis Reprise" shows this most vividly and effectively, and was the story that resonated best with me. The city ruins exist for a reason, and are abandoned for a reason, and are being investigated for reasons.That the story takes place in a ruined, overthrown city with strange refugee inhabitants mak [...]

    7. Karl Edward Wagner's KANE is to (Grimdark) Fantasy what Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground is to Indie Music. In other words, Wagner's the Grandaddy of Grimdark. And you have to read him. There's just no way around it. If you're a fantasy fan, you must read Wagner. But be prepared. He's a dark anti-hero. He's not P.C. If you like Mark Lawrence, you'll like Wagner. Kane is a creation of a vastly talented writer who died much too young. He appears in only 2 novels and 3 small short story collecti [...]

    8. Of all the Kane books I have read so far, Night Winds appears to have the strongest horror elements to it. There is relatively little action and Kane is often much more an observer than an active participant for most of the book. I would not call it a scary book, but it's certainly quite creepy at times. Most of the stories are also not particularly high polished, but Wagner manages very well to get the ideas and atmosphere across.A book that is as gloomy as it is enjoyable.

    9. This has 3 stories about Kane, Wagner's dark version of Conan. Kane strangled his brother on the alter of the mad god that created man. The god cursed him to live until the violence he brought to the race killed him. Kane is very tough, mean & intelligent, so keeps living. A great read for anyone who likes 'Sword & Sorcery'.

    10. Today gritty and edgy novels have a dominant presence in Fantasy. So after reading about characters like Jorg Ancrath, Ramsay Bolton or Glokta and Bayaz, or novels like Beyond Redemption and the Night Angel Trilogy or even the bleak and depressive atmosphere of the Farseer Trilogy, I thought I had an understanding of the current power of these dark stories. Or what evil was or could be.Enter Solomon Kane. And the word to describe him: Evil.Based on a certain biblical myth, Kane is cursed with im [...]

    11. This collection of dark fantasy stories center on the mysterious figure of Kane, a tautly muscled red-haired killer of men. If that description intrigues you, you're in luck, friend! You will hear it many times! Kane is quite a remarkable fantasy protagonist, as he is straight up a monstrous villain. No tormented anti-hero here: the necromancer is petty, cruel and violent -- though luckily for bystanders also often quite uninterested in their goings-on. His status as a cursed immortal makes him [...]

    12. This is copy 40 of 300 signed and numbered copies. Facsimile signed by Karl Edward Wagner and signed by Grant Griffin.

    13. This is one of my favorite dark fantasy series. Kane is an excellent anti-hero, not really good but not entirely a bad guy either. Excellent story and character. Highly recommended.

    14. Karl Edward Wagner’s character of Kane is, in my opinion, one of the greatest anti-heroes in the world of sword and sorcery. Kane is Wagner’s clever spin on Cain from the Bible, Cain having killed his brother Abel and having thereafter been punished by God. With Kane, Wagner manages to create a profound character both detestable and likable, a character maliciously vengeful one moment and tenderly sensitive the next. In his stories of Kane, Wagner takes the reader on journeys filled with cap [...]

    15. ✭✭✭✭½“Undertow” (1977) ✭✭✭✭✭“Two Suns Setting” (1976) ✭✭✭✭½“The Dark Muse” (1975) ✭✭✭✭“Raven’s Eyrie” (1977) ✭✭✭✭½“Lynortis Reprise” (1974) ✭✭✭✭½“Sing a Last Song of Valdese” (1977) ✭✭✭✭½

    16. The writing in Night Winds is vastly improved over Karl Edward Wagner's earliest efforts but, like many Fantasy writers, he's still occasionally prone to overworking things. A good example of that comes in the very first paragraph of this book:A girl’s contorted face turned sightlessly upward — painted and rouged, a ghastly strumpet’s mask against the pallor of her skin.It's the word 'strumpet' I take issue with there. There's nothing wrong with the word itself, even if it does sound somew [...]

    17. Found this book on a shelf in the bathroom of a shack in Ensenada, Mexico in about 1983. Been reading it ever since. Here is the audio of the 4th story, "Raven's Eyrie". dropbox/sh/pi2gy2ppwf If you have time to give it a listen I hope you enjoy it and read more of Karl Edward Wagner's work. My favorite story in this book is the 2nd one "Two Suns Setting".Night Winds (1978)"Undertow" - Kane's mistress attempts to escape from him"Two Suns Setting" - Kane witnesses the death of the last of an elde [...]

    18. My first book of 2018. If all the books I read are going to be this good its going to be one hell of a year. Wagner wrote like a demon on speed. I come to his work from his horror fiction, which is all excellent. His sword and sorcery work is almost as good as the horror. This means that he is better than most of the sword and sorcery authors out there. Kane is well drafted character - dark, terrible and strangely sympathetic. The stories take wild narrative risks and end up working because the [...]

    19. A fun old school fantasy book. Like Robert E. Howard old school. The one downside is the stories were a little disjointed while still being entertaining.

    20. Undertow 5/5Great story structure and strong characters. More effective creepy horror elements than most of the Kane stories. Kane is more of a secondary character here, and it is interesting experiencing the legend of Kane according to the average person in the city. There is also a fascinating exploration of Kane's warped sense of time and mortality due to his immortality.Two Suns Setting 4/5Brilliant dialog and character interaction for a pulp story. Wagner's critique of human nature is well [...]

    21. In the same basic vein as Conan, Solomon Kane, or the dark fantasy stories of C.A. Smith, Hodgson and so on. My only major complaint is that there wasn't much depth to the character, but the stories were varied and pretty interesting.

    22. Superb, but very dark, collection of stories about the warrior Kane, an anti-hero possibly based on Cain from the Old Testament. "Undertow", "Raven's Eyrie", and "Sing a Last Song of Valdese" are all absolute classics.

    23. I have Reread these stories so many time. They are each amazing and wonderful. Kane is one of the best characters ever!

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