- The Drawing of the Dark
"The Drawing of the Dark" is a
historical fantasy novelby Tim Powerspublished in 1979by Del Rey Books.
infobox Book |
name = The Drawing of the Dark
image_caption = Cover of the
Del Rey Books1999 edition (paperback)
language = English
fantasy/ historical fantasy
Del Rey Books/ Grafton (publisher)
release_date = 1979
media_type = Print (
pages = 336 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-345-430816
The year is
1529, and Brian Duffy, a world-weary Irish mercenary soldier is hired in Veniceby the mysterious Aurelius Aurelianus to go to Viennaand work as a bouncer at the Zimmerman Inn, former monastery and current brewery of the famous Herzwesten beer.
Meanwhile, the Ottoman Turkish army under Sultan
Suleiman Ihas achieved its most advanced position yet in their march into Europe, and is poised to capture Vienna. With the Turkish army travels Ibrahim, a magician who intends to use horrific spells as part of the siege.
Duffy spent some time in
Viennayears ago, and as he returns, he is haunted by memories of past events, and now he also finds himself having visions of mythical creatures and being ambushed by shadowy people and demonic monsters.
Upon arriving in Vienna, Duffy meets Epiphany, a former girlfriend from his previous time in Vienna, and her father, Gustav Vogel, who is working on a painting he calls "The Death of
St. Michaelthe Archangel". It seems the painting is never quite complete, and the elder Vogel is continuously adding additional detail to the work, causing it to gradually become more and more obscure.
Then Duffy finds himself not only drafted into the city's defensive army, but also led by Aurelianus down mystical paths from the surprisingly old Herzwesten brewery to even more ancient caves beneath the city, in search of defenses against the approaching army and clues to Duffy's very nature.
As it turns out, Aurelianus knows more about Duffy and his past than Duffy himself knows, and his real purpose in hiring him is to protect the hidden
Fisher King, secret spiritual leader of the western world, and to defend him and the West against the Turkish advance in the siege of Vienna. And the real reason that it's critical that Vienna not be captured by the Turks is because it's the site of the Herzwesten brewery. The Herzwesten light and bock beers are famous throughout Europe, but the dark beer, produced only around Easterof each year, has supernatural properties and must not be allowed to fall into enemy hands.
Meanwhile, others are drawn to
Viennain anticipation of significant events. The so-called "dark birds", magically sensitive individuals from far flung corners of the world, arrive in the city hoping for a sip of the Herzwesten dark, and a small group of middle-aged Vikingshave improbably sailed their ship up the Danube Riverto Vienna, having sensed the possibility that the prophesied final battle of Ragnarokwill take place here.
*Brian Duffy - An aging Irish mercenary soldier.
*Aurelius Aurelianus - A mysterious old monk, defender of the
Fisher Kingand owner of the Zimmerman Inn.
*Epiphany Vogel - A woman Duffy knew well the last time he lived in Vienna. Currently working as a waitress in the Zimmerman Inn. Daughter of Gustav Vogel.
*Gustav Vogel - An elderly painter, father of Epiphany Vogel, who has a magical sensitivity and recognizes that there is something special about Brian Duffy.
*Bluto - A hunchbacked Swiss soldier of fortune also participating in the defense of Vienna.
*Lothario Mothertongue - An obnoxious but magically sensitive man who claims to be the reincarnation of
*Ibrahim - Magical leader of the Ottoman Turks.
Fisher King- The secret king of the west, whose health is tied to that of the land and must be protected or else the western world will suffer.
*The extremely detailed page about [http://www.theworksoftimpowers.com/novels/the-drawing-of-the-dark/ The Drawing of the Dark at The Works of Tim Powers]
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