The Drawing of the Dark Paperback
by Tim Powers
Part of the Fantasy Masterworks series
When Brian Duffy, an ageing soldier of fortune, is recruited in Venice by a strange old man to work as a bouncer in Vienna at an inn where the fabulous Herzwesten beer is brewed, everything seems straightforward.
But his journey is far from it. Pursued and attacked from all sides, guarded and guided by creatures of myth, Duffy is no sooner in Vienna than the city is besieged by the turkish armies of Suleiman. And it becomes apparent that Duffy's presence is no accident and that it is up to him to preserve the West until the drawing of the dark ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 14/11/2002
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780575074262
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Review by diehardkev
A friend once told me to put this to the top of my reading pile. On taking his advice, I quickly saw why. Drawing on Celtic mythology, Powers' natural storytelling ability demonstrates how very much missed a strong, heroic lead character is in today's fantasy writing.
Review by wyvernfriend
Brian Duffy, an Irish soldier of fortune, finds that Venice isn't that healthy for him and when he's offered the job of bouncer for a tavern in Vienna that brews it's own, along with a healthy wage, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for Brian, what he thought would be a retirement turns out to be a war between, not only the physical armies, but also the forces of good and evil and he has a pivotal role in this fight.Interesting look at the war in Vienna between Austria and Turkey with reincarnated heroes and the people of the time trying to be themselves and resist the overshadowing by the archetypes. Although more mythic than fantastic (that border is kinda fuzzy in my head) I found Ash (by Mary Gentle) better book of this type. The characters felt very real and were well fleshed out people with motives and problems and their lives got complicated by action or inaction.
Review by pauliharman
An entertaining well-paced novel set in the 1500's at the seige of Vienna. Powers throws in various mythologies and blends them together into an enjoyable narrative.
Review by isabelx