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Flight of the Hawk Paperback – September 19, 2007
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Having read the first book in the series is not essential to reading this one, but if you like this one you should definitely give the first one a try. If you have read it, you'll want this one, too. Flight of the Hawk is a trip to medieval Wales that you won't want to miss.
Something I loved and hated, "But that, O my children, is a story for another day" Sometimes it fit perfectly, and sometimes I hated it being there. It didn't fit or just got repetitive.
It was about halfway through the book, around chapter 18 that I really got hooked. I cared about the characters, the relationships. I started flying through reading chapters at a crazed pace.
I cannot wait to pick up the first and third (and even the upcoming 4th title) in the story teller series. Storyteller, and The Ashe spear. I absolutely enjoyed this story. It was well thought out, well manipulated and I found it entirely too easy to get lost in the setting and picture every little detail in my mind. I also very much enjoyed the inclusion of the appendix, although I didn't discover it until I was done with the book, but all in all, GREAT read. I would, and have recommended it.
Like Storyteller, Flight of the Hawk is a series of intricately interwoven short story chapters which can both stand alone (but why miss out on the larger story... begin with book one: Storyteller instead of here) and form a larger, complete story, well fashioned so that the chapter/stories fit together like the feathers of a bird's wings. Flight of the Hawk is well written and smoothly paced; to say it is a pleasure to read is probably the biggest understatement I've made in all 100+ reviews that I've written so far.
The Storyteller series is recommended for most everyone 16 and up, but is an especially ideal read for those who love historical fiction, and for those who like a bit of fantasy now and then. This review is based on the Kindle version I downloaded from Smashwords.com, which was given to me free by the author. This review has been simultaneously posted on Dragon Views, LibraryThing, Smashwords, and Amazon.com.
The author taps a rich well of early Welsh writings to flesh out the world she constructs. She draws on the sources we have from Rheged, as well as from the writings of Aneurin in Y Gododdin. As such, the 6th century British landscape is drawn vividly, with feeling and with attention to detail. She even works hard on her Old English to give the sense of Saxon otherness. You come away from this book with the strong sense you have visited the period in question.
My principle problem with the first book was the the lack of an abiding tension. This book deals with that - maybe not from page one, but read in a little way and the tension mounts to set up a delicious encounter with a nasty antagonist called Bleiddig (a Welsh/Brythonic name roughly translated as "Wolf" or "Wolfy"). The story was much better for this, and the writing remains consistently of a high standard. This book is definitely worth a read - especially for lovers of Welsh stories, stories of ancient Britain, historical fiction or fantasy.