Also published as The Secret of the Runestaff. Revised edition in 1977.
"YOU SHALL DIE, DORIAN HAWKMOON, AND THEN I SHALL CLAIM THE RUNESTAFF!"
The race for the legendary blade is drawing to its end. The Count of Sussex has carried his hostage, a radiant boy-child, into the extraordinary city of the Runestaff – and Dorian Hawkmoon is helpless. Armed with the Sword of the Dawn, a blade which no other man can wield and live, Hawkmoon must summon the most barbaric of warriors – the Legion of the Dawn. Now, by the blood of beast or foe, he vows to bring his mission to its terrible resolution... whatever the cost!
Michael Moorcock (born 1939) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy. Moorcock's most popular works have been the Elric novels, starring the character Elric of Melniboné. In 2008 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him as a Grandmaster of SF.
Selected mainstream works
1. The Chinese Agent (1970)
2. The Russian Intelligence (1980)
Between the Wars (Colonel Pyat Quartet):
1. Byzantium Endures (1981)
2. The Laughter of Carthage (1984)
3. Jerusalem Commands (1992)
4. The Vengeance of Rome (2006)
Mother London (1988)
King of the City (2000)