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Swords of Haven: The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.
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The main characters were well-developed and the stories are well-constructed crime drama wherein this crime fighting couple is feared. Hawk and Fisher work so well together, in contrast to the loner John Taylor, lead character of the Nightside series, who wades through a string of partners. Similar to the Nightside series, Green uses magic and humor subtly, it is his characters that drive the stories.
These three novellas are a compilation of complex stories with a touch of dark humor. Green does a good job with character development and world building. A surprising twist on this series is that Hawk and Fisher are actually the legendary Rupert and Julia in Greene's “Darkwood” series.
I give it four stars, not five, because the two lead characters (the police detectives) weren't different from each other at all. They're basically the exact same person, in values, skills, way of speaking, etc. I think that's a missed opportunity to add depth to the series. And also because this wasn't a very big story. It all happens in one house in one night. It was clever and fun, but not epic or especially creative.
I'm curious where he goes with the next book. This was nothing like the prequel to this Blue Moon Rising--which is really another series entirely that's only connected by sharing some characters.
Book 2: This is a fun action-adventure story. There are mysteries to solve but they aren't as deep or driving as the first Hawk and Fisher novel. It felt similar to an action movie--definitely not a murder mystery. The plot: stop the bad guy. How exactly we don't know. And there were a couple of nice plot surprises. But the bad guys were obvious the whole time. It was the good guys plan pitted against the bad guys plan.
While the action was fun, like the other Hawk and Fisher book I reviewed, they weren't well developed characters. (Hence 4 stars and not 5.) They're tough and diligent with smart mouths--but both are exactly the same. That's all. So while it wasn't an emotionally strong read, it was fun.
Book 3: This was a well written action story. Don't expect emotional angst--they're always snarky when things get tense. Don't expect amazing world building--aside from some creative magical beings it's a very standard medieval world. But if you want fun and a murder mystery with some decent plot twists then you'd enjoy this book. Think Lethal Weapon minus the depression and plus magic bad guys.
Good stories, but there were enough errors to be really jarring.