- Mass Market Paperback: 35 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (April 12 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345308417
- ISBN-13: 978-0345308412
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hiero's Journey Mass Market Paperback – Apr 12 1983
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steen was a priest, a telepath -- and a highly trained killer. Together with his great riding moose and the young bear who was his friend, he was on an extraordinary mission. For this was five thousand years after the holocaust known as The Death. Now the evil Brotherhood of the Unclean was waging all-out war against the few remnants of normal humanity, determined to wipe out all traces of its emerging civilization. Hiero's task was to bring back a lost secret of the ancients that might save the humans. But his path lay through the very heart of the territory ruled by the Unclean and their hordes of mutated, intelligent, savage beast followers. And the Unclean were waiting for him!
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His lead character, Per Hiero Desteen is an instantly likeable warrior/priest who must undertake a critical mission in unknown and forbidden territory in a post-apocalyptic North America 5,000 years in the future. The story is a real page-turner with dozens of believable plot twists and supporting ideas that make for a fun and fantastic read. The typical good vs. evil sub plot takes a fresh approach in Laniers world with many diverse characters including dozens of grotesque, nuclear-spawned mutations, some intelligent and allied to humans..others maelevelant but equally intelligent aligned with evil humans known as the Unclean. This unholy alliance is dedicated to the resurrection of the nuclear technology that decimated the Earth 5 millenia in the past, as well as the total subjigation of normal humankind.
All these things become quite plausible thanks to Laniers excellent literary style and flair for creating believable, likeable characters. He is a master storyteller with a gift that so few authors have. Ultimately, this book is pure fantasy that is extremely fun! The sequel, Unforsaken Hiero is equally entertaining and a must-read once you gobble up this first book.
Sadly, Mr. Lanier has never written the third and final book in the trilogy and it appears he may never do so. For the many Hiero fans left waiting, we can only hope Lanier may someday rekindle his passion for this series and finish the story. Or perhaps authorize a third book by a young upcoming writer in the sci fi/fantasy industry. I've been waiting for book three for over ten years.
Regardless, please take Hiero's Journey. You won't be sorry.
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It’s said you can’t judge a book by its cover, and I suppose that’s true for the most part. So, I was naturally drawn this book’s artful illustration of an autumn woodland backdrop, a saddled moose, and a buckskinned outdoorsman and a black bear standing on his haunches in greeting. Though “Hiero’s Journey” has been in print since 1973, this particular cover image is far more interesting and revealing of the story within than the stock art and images adorning many books in recent years.
Five millennia after a cataclysmic nuclear holocaust, many of earth’s surviving creatures, including humankind, have undergone dramatic physical and mental mutation. Once purely instinctual, the planet’s flora and fauna have spawned a multitude of sentient beings, some wondrous and some malignant. Telepathic and other paranormal powers have also risen from once dormant psyches. After a radical progression, those who desire to enslave others, and those who wish for peaceful coexistence have chosen sides.
From the northern region of Kanda, formerly Canada, Per Hiero Desteen, a Priest, Rover, and Killman of the Metz Republic, must journey south to the contaminated wastelands of the former United States to recover ancient computer technology. During an arduous and perilous expedition, Hiero befriends unlikely allies and battles all manner of wicked beings.
Along the way, Hiero is found by Brother Aldo, a member of an ancient religious order called “The Eleveners”, an offshoot of environmentalists and practitioners of natural sciences that existed before “The Great Death”. Their most revered edict is the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not destroy the earth, nor the life thereon.” In my opinion, this decree was woefully overlooked in the existing Ten Commandments. Alas, according to the old gospel, mankind has dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. Evidently, we can do as please without regard to the other living creatures sharing our planet. But, I digress…
Pursued and harassed, Hiero hastens to reach his intended destination, lest the Unclean possess a weapon that could destroy the last vestiges of humanity.
I know the story sounds kind of hackneyed, but in my very biased opinion, “Hiero’s Journey” is quite possibly one of the finest fantasy, sci-fi novels ever written.
I appreciated the book’s linear storyline, and I didn’t find the reading daunting like “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”. Mr. Lanier’s descriptions of the flora, fauna, and topography of a post-apocalyptic North America were enthralling and I had no trouble suspending disbelief during the story’s telling. The characters were very interesting, and there was an abundance of suspenseful action. The narrative sustained my interest throughout, and I longed for a sequel, which thankfully arrived in 1983 titled “The Unforesaken Hiero”, another excellent book. Other than the obligatory romantic entanglement and some clichéd dialog, I offer few criticisms.
“Hiero’s Journey” is an excellent story for aficionados of fantasy and sci-fi.