KANEThe Mystic Swordsman Battles The Prophet Of An Ancient Cult Of Evil That Began Before The Birth Of ManOut Of The Blackness Of An Almost Forgotten Past, The Cruel Cult Of Sataki Has Come To Life Again A Daring Outlaw, Orted, Is Its Prophet He Draws Thousands Of Converts To His Dark Crusade TO DESTROY MANKINDOrted S Bloody Cohorts Conquer Shapeki, But When They Drive To Vanquish The Southern Kingdoms They Know They Must Have Kane Kane Is The One Man Who Can Command The Conquest But Kane S Battle Will Be Against All The Diabolic Forces Of Orted S Primeval Sorcery


10 thoughts on “Dark Crusade

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    Karl Edward Wagner s Kane isTHEMAN Please Note when I say that, I m not alluding to the bulging crotch shot being thrust down on the viewer in the above photo That s just the best image of Kane I could find and so I d hope we can all be mature about this Thank youAmong the icons of pulpy, manwich sized, death dealing sword jockeys, no oneI will repeatNO ONE in the sword and sorcery genre is the equal in killing, maiming and raising of ruckus as the immortal, immoral, immode Karl Edward Wagner s Kane isTHEMAN Please Note when I say that, I m not alluding to the bulging crotch shot being thrust down on the viewer in the above photo That s just the best image of Kane I could find and so I d hope we can all be mature about this Thank youAmong the icons of pulpy, manwich sized, death dealing sword jockeys, no oneI will repeatNO ONE in the sword and sorcery genre is the equal in killing, maiming and raising of ruckus as the immortal, immoral, immodest, ingenious, impeccableKane Now, before all you Conan water carriers get all in a tizzy about that state...


  2. Lyn Lyn says:

    I m travelin down the road and I m flirtin with disasterI ve got the pedal to the floor, my life is running fasterI m out of money, out of hope, it looks like self destructionWell, how muchcan we take with all of this corruptionWe re flirtin with disaster, y all know what I meanAnd the way we run our lives, it makes no sense to meI don t know about yourself or what you want to be, yeahWhen we gamble with our time, we choose our destinySo sings Southern rock legends Molly Hatchet I coul I m travelin down the road and I m flirtin with disasterI ve got the pedal to the floor, my life is running fasterI m out of money, out of hope, it looks like self destructionWell, how muchcan we take with all of this corruptionWe re flirtin with disaster, y all know what I meanAnd the way we run our lives, it makes no sense to meI don t know about yourself or what you want to be, yeahWhen we gamble with our time, we choose our destinySo sings Southern rock legends Molly Hatchet I could not help thinking of this as I read Karl Edward Wagner s 1976 fantasy novel Dark Crusad...


  3. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    Today s fantasy authors are exceedingly adroit at creating new and fanciful worlds, convoluted and clever plots and huge casts of three dimensional characters Well, some of them are, at any rate.If, however, you re looking for something a bitvisceral, something that will make you heady with the excitement of battle, black sorcery and unadulterated, uncompromising not to mention not necessarily politically correct thrills and spills you may want to backtrack a few years This is the so Today s fantasy authors are exceedingly adroit at creating new and fanciful worlds, convoluted and clever plots and huge casts of three dimensional characters Well, some of them are, at any rate.If, however, you re looking for something a bitvisceral, something that will make you heady with the excitement of battle, black sorcery and unadulterated, uncompromising not to mention not necessarily politically correct thri...


  4. Jim Jim says:

    There are bad blurbs for books then this one The Mystic Swordsman battles the prophet of an ancient cult of evil that began before the birth of Man. Not really or always Kane will use anything in his dreams of conquest power Of course, bending Kane to ends other than his own presents its own problems that s the setting for another great novel filled with horrific action, great characters, wild sorc...


  5. Algernon Algernon says:

    This is my fourth Kane book I ve been reading them in the order stated on wikipedia , and I find it amazing how fast he has climbed to the top of my favorite sword sorcery heroes list Not that his character is heroic by any loose definition, on the contrary he would be the Evil Overlord of most epics Death ...


  6. Arun Divakar Arun Divakar says:

    In a dark world, the rules we generously apply to demarcate a hero from a villain in strictly generic terms do not necessarily apply It would be puerile to call Kane a hero since he has no attributes that one can ascribe to heroism Kane serves only himself and while we gain a brief glimpse into his motives, the ultimate objective eludes us always In a far and remote outpost of the planet, a wily bandit is possessed by an otherworldly entity who then proceeds to unleash an orgy of violence fou In a dark world, the rules we generously apply to demarcate a hero from a villain in strictly generic terms do not necessarily apply It would be puerile to call Kan...


  7. Derek Derek says:

    Thoroughly enjoyable While in the vein of Conan the Barbarian, it is fortunately not a pastiche Wagner wisely distances himself from the original and creates a dark reflection of the Cimmerian While both characters are larger than life, Kane is driven by dark passions towards incomprehensible goals, and while capable of berzerk bloodlust, for the most part he regards the world with the clinical detachment of a man who has seen too much and lived entirely too long.He seems intent upon forging Thoroughly enjoyable While in the vein of Conan the Barbarian, it is fortunately not a pastiche Wagner wisely distances himself from the original and creates a dark reflection of the Cimmerian While both characters are larger than life, Kane is driven by dark passions towards incomprehensible goals, and while capable of berzerk bloodlust, for the most part he regards the world with the clinical detachment of a man who has seen too much and lived entirely too long.He seems intent upon forging his own empire and ruling the world, though it is not clear why, except as a balm for his eternal ennui This goal is perpetually thwarted by circumstance, perhaps due to some tragic flaw in his character latent or atrophied moral sense, or the subconscious need to never end the struggle Events in the book ra...


  8. The_Mad_Swede The_Mad_Swede says:

    This is the first book I ve read by American fantasy and horror writer Karl Edward Wagner and it is part of his Kane series actually the fourth book about Kane.I first came across Wagner s name very recently, listed next to writers like Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber as someone who developed the sword and sorcery genre grown out of the early pulp magazines R E Howard s Conan being perhaps the most famous and almost archetypal example , and having read Wagner s work, I would agree that he This is the first book I ve read by American fantasy and horror writer Karl Edward Wagner and it is part of his Kane series actually the fourth book about Kane.I first came across Wagner s name very recently, listed next to writers like Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber as someone who developed the sword and sorcery genre grown out of the early pulp magazines R E Howard s Conan being perhaps the most famous and almost archetypal example , and having read Wagner s work, I would agree that he certainly deserves to be mentioned next to those writers and in that particular context His prose style has a clear affinity with Howard s and other ...


  9. Jason Jason says:

    Burroughs had John Carter.Howard had Conan.Moorcock has Elric.Wagner had Kane THE Kane The one who was a son of Adam The one who strangled his brother, Able The one who claims Eve was his step mother therefore it s implied his mother was Lilith, the first wife of Adam He is cursed for creating the violence he brought upon humanity, in the form of murder, by a mad god He is cursed to immortality can only be destroyed by the violence he created almost dooming him to never meet his ma Burroughs had John Carter.Howard had Conan.Moorcock has Elric.Wagner had Kane THE Kane The one who was a son of Adam The one who strangled his brother, Able The one who claims Eve was his step mother therefore it s implied his mother was Lilith, the first wife of Adam He is cursed for creating the violence he brought upon humanity, in the form of murder, by a mad god He is cursed to immortality can only be destroyed by the violence he created almost dooming him to never meet his match He is an accomplished swordsman great sorcerer who walks the earth in search of some form of fulfillment to the empty void he feels inside His enemy is loneliness.Being a fan of the first three authors their characters mentioned at the beginning of this review, I had a conversation with a friend about dark fantasy He recommended Wagner s Kane to me since the character Elric closely resembled Wagner s cult character both are victims of their own actions ...


  10. Karl Karl says:

    This is copy 40 of 300 signed and numbered copies Facsimile signed by Karl Edward Wagner and signed by Tom Kidd.