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The Hawk and His Boy: The Tormay Trilogy (Volume 1) Paperback – August 7, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Tormay Trilogy Series

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"Exuberant and entertaining writing..." --Fantasy Book Critic

"...a beautifully written and professionally edited epic fantasy set in a world filled with rich history, ancient magic, and diverse characters..." --The New Podler Review of Books --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Tormay Trilogy
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466219173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466219175
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,217,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The debut of an independent fantasy trilogy of which both next books are written and in editing, to be published in 2011, The Hawk and His Boy was a big positive surprise for me.

I found out about it by a review inquiry on FBC and while the blurb seemed mostly standard, though on the intriguing side for me, I checked the Kindle sample and I really liked what i read there so i bought the ebook and it became my main read.

I felt compelled to turn the next page when finishing the current one, so I read it in almost one sitting the first moment in recent times i had some extended reading time/energy and I am really looking forward to the next two books.

The Hawk and His Boy is only partly well described by the blurb above since Jute's thread while reasonably accurately described is only a part of a complex and quite surprising storyline with a bunch of interesting characters - a rogue scholar/wizard, a mysterious woman, a young noble who dreams of her ancestors and may have magic powers on her own as she seems to understand the living world, a nasty death-dealing creature, a young girl that survived an attack that destroyed her village, an officer of the city guard and more.

There are missing books of magic, a past conflict that pitted wizards against the secular power allied with mysterious dark forces, conflict that may reverberate/rekindle today, a magic system based on the four elements and words of power and overall much more depth than I expected.

The first book is in some ways an introduction with stuff starting to happen and plot-lines introduced, but the book achieves a great sense of balance and I never felt the scatter in other similar many-threaded books.
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The Gist
Jute is forced by the Thieves Guild to steal a box from the tower of a local merchant. The house is guarded by wards, and Jute is the only one who knows how to move silently and to still his mind so that the wards cannot see or hear him.

"Don't open the box, or I will gut you," said the Knife, the man who waits for Jute to return with the box.

Jute didn't mean to open the box. It just kind of happened. He didn't mean to reach for the blade inside and cut his finger. It just kind of happened. And when he does, the luster of the blade fades.

When Jute returns with the box and swears he didn't open it, the Knife stabs him with a poisoned needle. Enough poison to kill a horse.

Jute falls back down the chimney and into the house he just robbed. Everything goes black, and when he wakes up...

Wait, he shouldn't have woken up. He'd just been poisoned and had fallen three stories down a chimney. What was that item in the box?

What I liked
I was a little leery to read this book. I've lost interest in most traditional fantasy books, preferring more urban fantasy lately. I guess I've burned out on them.

Add to that the fact that I've never heard of this author before, I wasn't expecting much. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There were elements of this story that reminded me of Brent Weeks' trilogy as there were some darker elements to the story. In fact, I think I'd label this as a dark fantasy for middle grade or early YA, but it can be enjoyed by all ages.

From the first chapter, the author intrigued me with the mysteries of his world--the box with the blade inside, the secrets of the characters, the intrigue and history of a very deep, dark world.
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I won this book from librarything member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn starts with great promise. We are introduced to Jute, a young thief, who works with the Knife, a lethal thief himself, to steal a mysterious box. Jute is instructed not to open the box, but as all stories go, nothing really goes as planned.

I was drawn into the story initially, because the characters and the main storyline was interesting. I really liked Nio, the intriguing villain of this piece, who is a powerful wizard who has been trying to open this box without success. The book is well written, well edited, and there are beautiful passages of prose.

But somewhere, I got lost and so did the story. We are introduced to many, many characters and even more storylines-- none of which intersect. I realize that we are supposed to not read this book alone and it has two companion books, but as I always say-- if it is written in three separate books, each book should have its own arc, some kind of closure, and at least some kind of connection from storyline to storyline. I wasn't sure why I was supposed to care about the new characters and wasn't sure where all of these people were in space and time. When we finally get back to Jute and Nio, I had already lost interest.

It's too bad, because this book has strengths and promise-- it just doesn't compel enough for me to continue on with this journey.
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I enjoyed this book so much. This is not a genre that I normally read. I heard about this book on the Kindle discussion boards and decided to give it a try. It's just a fabulous story. An interesting new world filled with wards and magic. It has an odd ending, I thought, but volume two and three are availale so I can jump right in and continue the journey. I'm sure readers of the fantasy genre will really love this book.
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