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Shadow Hawk (Living History Library) Paperback – December 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Living History Library
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Bethlehem Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883937671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883937676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though she is most noted for her science-fiction/fantasy books such as the Wich World series, SHADOW HAWK by Andre Norton is a work of historical fiction based on actual events which occurred in ancient Egypt.

The story concerns the captain Rahotep, son of the viceroy of the pharaoh and heir to the nomarchy of the Hawk Nome in the southern provinces. The story takes place during the Hyksos occupation, thus Rahotep is given the nickname Shadow Hawk, as his nome is a shadow of its former being.

Rahotep intercepts a message from the pharaoh Sekenenre in Thebes to the north, a plea for military assistance to once again unite the Two Lands. Rahotep, along with the commander Methen, faithful friend Kheti, and 10 Nubian archers, travel north to serve their pharaoh. When they arrive, the group is assigned to the eldest prince Kamose. Rahotep and company prove their worth on a raid with Kamose's younger brother Ahmose and are assigned to the personal guard of pharaoh himself. While serving this honorable but unexciting duty, Rahotep is framed as perpetrator in an attempt of pharaoh's life. He is arrested and severely punished but, with the aid of his friends, manages to escape. After proving his loyalty to the crown, he is taken in by Kamose, now pharaoh following the death of his father by the hands of scheming countrymen. Kamose, Ahmose, and Rahotep then plot to overthrow the Hyksos outpost Neferusi. The last part of the book concerns the attempt to capture the town, an event that would mark a turning point in the battle with the invading Hyksos to bring about a reversal of Egypt's fortunes.

The book is basically an adventure story set in ancient Egypt. Norton has done her homework as the details smack of authenticity.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was about a solder called Rahotep. He was an Egyptian officer that fought against the Hyskos. The Hyksos were a strong people who tried to conquer Egypt and they succeeded. Rahotep was trying to drive them out. In the end he succeeded using his archers to fire upon their horses. The Hyksos had chariots. The Egyptians wanted to make chariots but they didn't have horses which pulled the chariots into battle. They decided to steal the horses. Since they had to shoot the horses, they failed in the last two chapters. I found the book to be a little complicated to understand, especially the soldier's names. I also found that this book had many cool battles, especially the last one. Reading this book could thrill you or bore you depending upon the kind of person you are. If you like battles you will like this book fine but if you don't then don't read it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book is about a young officer/archer in th Egyptian military. It takes place sometime in ancient times. He is the son of a noblemen. Many things happen to him and those he commands.
I thought this book was very good. It was exciting and entertaining. From the very beginning it captures your attention. There really wasn't much bad with the book except some confusing names.
I would like to recommend this book to anyone that likes war books because it has exciting battles and that sort of thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
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Shadow Hawk
(1960)
This is the story of Rahotep who was the son of Ptahhotep, a viceroy of Nubia, but his mother was a secondary wife, The Lady Tuya,who was an heiress of the Striking Hawk Nome in Egypt. A Nome was similar to a Diuchy. Rohotep was out ranked by his half brother, Unis. So Unis was the heir to their father's position. Rahotep was relegated to being a commander off the Scouts.
At the time Egypt was occupied by the Hyksos, a group of mixed Semitic-Asiatics who immigrated into Egypt's delta region and gradually settled there during the 18th century BCE. Beginning about 1630, a series of Hyksos kings ruled northern Egypt as the 15th dynasty (c. 1630-1523 BCE). The name Hyksos was used by the Egyptian historian Manetho (fl. 300 BCE), who, according to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (fl. 1st century CE), translated the word as "king-shepherds" or "captive shepherds." Josephus himself wished to demonstrate the great antiquity of the Jews and thus identified the Hyksos with the Hebrews of the Bible. Hyksos was in fact probably an Egyptian term for "rulers of foreign lands" (heqa-khase), and it almost certainly designated the foreign dynasts rather than a whole nation.
The Hyksos seem to have been connected with the general migratory movements elsewhere in theMiddle East at the time. Although most of the Hyksos names seem to have been Semitic, there may also have been a Hurrian element among them. The contemporary 16th-dynasty rulers--minor Hyksos kings who ruled simultaneously with those of the 15th dynasty--were probably only vassals of the latter group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Shadow Hawk is a great book about the times of ancient Egypt. It has lots of action, great characters, and a great plot. It is well written and is fun to read, just like many other Living History Library books I've read. The main character, Rahotep, is in charge of ten Nubian archers, and goes to Pharaoh to help fight off the Hyksos, which have settled down on Egyptian land and are frequently making raids on the Egyptians. This book is super-completely-and-totally-awesome!
Josh Graham, age 12.
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