Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Hand of Kane - Robert E. Howard

A compilation that includes :-

The Hills of the Dead
Hawk of Basti
Wings In the Night
The Children of Asshur

This involves Kane's relationship with N'Longa, and how he came to possess his staff. Also, Kane, Zunna and N'Longa are involved in some vampire hunting and slaying.

3.5 out of 5

Solomon, wandering, runs into an old acquaintance. Jeremy Hawk, your over the top pirate type, who tells him of the horrors he has seen of the locals at Basti.

He tells Kane that a couple of guns and two stout men could take over the place.

3 out of 5

Solomon Kane is deep in cannibal country, when he comes across even worse. Flying man-beasts that are too many for him to fight, and he is overcome.

When he wakens, he realises he is alive, even though he should not be, and is told of the akaanas, or flying-men, and realizes they may be the source of the Mediterranean harpy legend.

Kane has an advantage against them the others do not, he has firearms, and the staff of N'Longa. He sets out to deal with this menace methodically.

3.5 out of 5

Kane comes across an armoured warrior, who attacks him, they fight, but both lose consciousness. When he wakes, he is a prisoner in a strange offshoot tribe of Assyrians perhaps, and is stuck there for some time.

When another tribe attacks them later on his gaolers are distracted enough that he can overpower one and make a break for it, pausing to rescue a girl from a lion.

3 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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