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The Hawk and His Boy: The Tormay Trilogy (Volume 1) Paperback – August 7, 2012
About the Author
Christopher Bunn has worked on all the continents except for Antarctica. He has worked in a UN refugee camp in Thailand, a shoe factory in Israel, and an orphanage in Ethiopia. He has worked in television in England, Australia and Fiji, done construction in the Amazon and in Hawaii. Currently, he lives and works on a farm with his family on the coast of California. He composes and records music in his free time.
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This is one of those stories with a number of plot lines that seem unconnected at first, but if you're patient and keep reading, they all come together. Typically, I prefer stories told predominantly from one character's viewpoint, but I enjoyed all the characters and the subplots, so I wasn't annoyed when the author switched from one to another. Character dialogues were entertaining, and I enjoyed the subtle dry humor throughout the book. Many novels suffer from unnecessary scenes that could be eliminated with no detriment to the plot, or have too much character introspection which becomes tedious, but I found none of that here. A few reviewers complained there wasn't enough action, but I didn't get that feeling at all. The conflicts among the characters over what had become of the box, and the boy Jute, created plenty of plot tension. I find physical action scenes no more compelling than scenes where we discover fascinating objects, places, or people.
What I liked best about this book was that it delivered that elusive sense of wonder I look for in a fantasy novel. The mysterious box and the magical object within. Jute's ability to detect wards and the interesting array of wards in general. The moving mosaic ceiling in the university. Levoreth, who appears young but has a history dating back centuries. The being made from darkness and water. There are several very imaginative elements that I found captivating. I believe this book will appeal to any reader who likes to be surprised and delighted with a truly imaginative tale.
I don't mean good for an indie. I mean it's good. I can easily see it being published by a large publisher. The book is presented properly. By which I mean it has a good cover, it's clearly been edited.
It's also a solid execution of some familiar fantasy elements. I don't think we're breaking new ground, but we're doing what we do well.
Now having heaped that praise on it I should raise a few reservations. This book is not for everyone. It is slow moving and does a lot of background and world building. It's also incomplete because it's part of a trilogy and it doesn't resolve *any* story arcs in this book.
For some that will be a significant negative.
There are a lot of characters and story threads introduced over the course of the book. Some don't arrive until two thirds of the way through. So there is nothing at all stand alone about this. However I have to say I found all of the story threads intriguing, not just the one that involves the eponymous boy or the mysterious hawk.
Yes we do have a Thieves Guild and there is an evil wizard, but all the players have motivations beyond the trope. Even the evil wizard is pretty easy to sympathize with at times.
And there's something bigger behind all these stories. The Dark, whatever that is, is stirring. And the walking embodiments of the four elements who resist The Dark are beginning to react.
The book isn't perfect mind you. Sometimes it switches between characters just a bit too quickly which is distracting. And if you're not going to complete the story it might be wise to at least leave things on a cliffhanger. I think it might be a little too easy for people to walk away as things stand.
Personally though... I will be looking for the rest of the trilogy.
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