- File Size: 514 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 31, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0053NZ2G6
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The Silver Hawk: Chronicles of Tyria: Book One Kindle Edition
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The humans on Tyria are divided by differences of belief; belief so strong that it leads to violent actions of a genocide nature. Into this world of prejudice and power struggles a new princess is born. She is born blind and thought to be cursed. Her mother dies at birth and her father is killed as a source of dark magic. The baby princess is almost killed herself but fortunately the Queen has mercy and wisdom and diplomatically brings into the princess’s life a balance of protectors. One is a priestess devoted to the reigning religious Order which views men with fear and contempt. The other, unbeknownst to the Queen, is a spy. Tasya is the daughter of the King of the Guild, the subversive collective fighting for a society where men and women are treated as equal. She is also the result of one of Mikael’s personal genetic experiments, along with her twin brother. Both priestess and spy come to love the princess passionately and when the ultimate threat comes would give their lives to save her.
Maat and Mikael do become attached to the humans they watch, but they are torn between their attraction to some aspects of human behaviour and repulsion of others. Then Maat and Mikael’s mother contacts them to say that she is shutting down the Tyria experiment meaning that all trace of human civilisation will be wiped from the planet.
How can Maat and Mikael save the human population on Tyria?
Do they want to?
And is there another alien life force hiding on the planet below?
Author Beaulah Pragg weaves together the two main stories in The Silver Hawk with a seamless flow that is swiftly moving and action dense. I found this book hard to put down and was left hungry for more at the end. From the sneak previews I have seen from Book Two: The White Heron, I think my hunger will be well satisfied. I only hope that the wait is not too long.
The Silver Hawk is a young adult science-fictioni fantasy. Young adult in that it contains no overly violent or sexual content but still interesting and enjoyable for adults.
This is a first novel and you'd normally expect some awkwardness. I think I noticed an awkward feel in one passage but it was fleeting. I'm really looking forward to the sequel!
The style and structure of the novel is fascinating -- a science fiction framing with plunges into a fantasy world. The framing provides readers with necessary distance from some of the unpleasant cultural aspects of the fantasy world and allows the story to be read at different, sometimes metafictive, levels. The plot is intriguing and I will be interested to see how some of the mysterious elements of the story pan out in sequels.
Pragg's characterisation and description of character relationships is engaging and entertaining. Readers can really relate to her character interactions, a touch of realism which strengthens as we become more familiar with the characters. As well as the characters we can't help but like, there are many villains in this text. Although the story illustrates how a change of perspective or belief can alter one's view of what is good and what is evil, her sympathetic characters clearly follow a moral compass that we can approve. Many of her characters are in difficult straits and it will be good to see how the plot progresses and how far her characters can develop their agency to win out against great cultural odds.
I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!