When the Idols Walked



When the Idols WalkedBrak Came Down From His Home In The Mountains To The Fabled Land Of Rodar To The Fierce Battle Waged By Lord Phonicios Against Ilona The Sorceress Of Evil And To The Realm Of One Who Already Brings Dead Souls And Stone Idols To Life Now The Mighty Warrior Faces One Whose Mind Can Become Fearsome Than The Sword He Brandishes He Must Fight The Hideous Soldiers Of Ilona And All The Darkest Powers Her Sorcery Can Command Defeat Means That Lord Phonicios, The People Of Rodar, And Brak Himself Will Perish In Mortal Agony.

John William Jakes, the author ofthan a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today s most distinguished writers of historical fiction His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy Jakes s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of the godfather of historical novelists from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, Robert Hart Davis, Darius John Granger, John Lee Gray Has ghost written as William Ard.

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  • Paperback
  • 158 pages
  • When the Idols Walked
  • John Jakes
  • English
  • 11 November 2019
  • 0671813730

10 thoughts on “When the Idols Walked

  1. Sarah says:

    Do you like Conan but wish it were written in aover wrought style Would you enjoy reading many varying descriptions of Brak s hair loincloth musculature A TASTE FOR THE CURIOUS Yellow wrapped tightly ropey Much like a parent teacher conference or employee evaluation, I will start with the positive Gore The gore is excellent and there are piles of it everywhere The monsters are neat The villians are all described to be oily and repulsive IN THE EXTREME As a matter of fact, every Do you like Conan but wish it were written in aover wrought style Would you enjoy reading many varying descriptions of Brak s hair loincloth musculature A TASTE FOR THE CURIOUS Yellow wrapped tightly ropey Much like a parent teacher conference or employee evaluation, I will start with the positive Gore The gore is excellent and there are piles of it everywhere The monsters are neat The villians are all described to be oily and repulsive IN THE EXTREME As a matter of fact, everything is described in the extreme Nothing is boring or ordinary Everything is horrible or opulent I happen to like that Subtlety is a meek man s game.SPEAKING OF MEN, oh goodness, is this a book series with you guys in mind Pretty much all the ladies are trecherous evil soceresses who want to destroy our yellow, ropey arm muscled hero But only after they seduce him That sounds bad, but, really, Jake s inner brain demons areamusing than offensive.Regardless of the book s sexism, purplest of purple prose, and sheer stupidity, it s fun entertainment For crying out loud, the ghost of a lady crazed murderer possesses a stone idol What does the murderer idol statue do with it s newly minted life It destroys a fountain That s good fun Now for the whip This book doesn t work as well for me as the first Brak book The first Brak book really clips along in a series of mini adventures and hilariously bad poetry that reads like the most earnest of black metal lyrics This book is not quite so charmingly paced I m not sure if I yet understand how yellow tightly wrapped ropey Brak s hair loincloth musculature is, so I will continue reading the series anyway

  2. Benjamin Thomas says:

    Continuing on his journey south, Brak reaches the sea where he hopes to find a ship to take him, finally, to the glorious southern realm of Khurdisan the Golden But his party is attacked by raiders who capture him and consign him to serve as a slave on their galley After escaping from that situation, he finds himself caught up in the midst of war that not only involves traditional swords and chariot warfare, but also an evil sorcerous that can bring stone statues to life.Frankly, I didn t enjo Continuing on his journey south, Brak reaches the sea where he hopes to find a ship to take him, finally, to the glorious southern realm of Khurdisan the Golden But his party is attacked by raiders who capture him and consign him to serve as a slave on their galley After escaping from that situation, he finds himself caught up in the midst of war that not only involves traditional swords and chariot warfare, but also an evil sorcerous that can bring stone statues to life.Frankly, I didn t enjoy this one as much as the other Brak adventures There was certainly lots of action too much action really His broadsword certainly gets a workout this time around The characters that Brak meets aren t well fleshed out and Brak s motivations for taking so many huge death defying risks on their behalf seemed weak However, Brak does display a keen intelligence once again and his solution during the final massive battle was interesting.As far as I know, this is the last novel of Brak, the Barbarian by John Jakes There are several short stories collected together and published after this book, but no further full length novels This novel was first published in the magazine Fantastic Stories of Imagination as a two part serial in the August and September 1964 issues

  3. Derek says:

    At one point Brak idly wonders how evil sorceress Ilona came to to the Kingdom of Two Bays and how she got the ear of Huz al Hussayn the dishonored merchant, and how she convinced him to take her into his service for purposes of his revenge It s ironic, first because this thought happens as the city is being invaded and Brak is literally spending the battle handing catapult ammunition rocks up a defensive wall, and second because he has just voiced the reader s question Ilona and Huz s story At one point Brak idly wonders how evil sorceress Ilona came to to the Kingdom of Two Bays and how she got the ear of Huz al Hussayn the dishonored merchant, and how she convinced him to take her into his service for purposes of his revenge It s ironic, first because this thought happens as the city is being invaded and Brak is literally spending the battle handing catapult ammunition rocks up a defensive wall, and second because he has just voiced the reader s question Ilona and Huz s story sounds muchinteresting.Instead, we re stuck with Brak Aside from moments of necessary insert barbarian here heroism, he iswitness observer of events than one directing or taking advantage of them He falls into adventure by virtue of being press ganged, enters service with an honorable merchant who rescues him, becomes involved with the wartime troubles of this city state, and so forth Most of the time he is watching and listening as Phonicos and others discuss what is happening.Why aren t both perspectives explored It s not like there are big surprises in store Jakes nails Chekhov s Gun firmly to the mantel and ensures it is well lit Any piece of information dropped in front of the reader meaning, carefully exposited by Phonicos to Brak in passing will indeed be followed up later in a completely expected manner.The biggest peculiarity of the writing is that Jakes will take a perfectly serviceable scaffold and graft unnecessary things to it, always reaching for the fantastical when the mundane would serve just as well Why was the Gord fleet defeated Not by the superior sea power of a strategically positioned city state who have successfully resisted their warlike neighbors , but by illusion magic of a powerful wizard who will conveniently disappear for the rest of the story Why was the Two Bays army defeated Not by the superior land power of a disciplined, larger army , but by scythe chariots view spoiler just as ridiculous as it sounds hide spoiler What menace must Brak battle while careening in a sled down a subterranean waterway Not snake lizard slug nothing its dangerous anyways , but three headed regenerating gooney bird How does Brak defeat the animate statue destroying whole swaths of the city Okay, a reasonable one may not exist, but there has to be one better than view spoiler enticing the lustful ghost animating the thing with a giant moving statue of a buxom woman I can t believe I just wrote that hide spoiler

  4. Charles says:

    A novel Good but not great Still it maintains the basic level of the previous works.

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