Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage giftguide Countdown to Black Friday in Home & Kitchen Kindle Black Friday Deals Week in Music SGG Tools
Ironhand's Daughter and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Ironhand's Daughter has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by BookdonorsUK
Condition: Used: Very Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Ironhand's Daughter Paperback – Oct 19 1995

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
CDN$ 10.99
CDN$ 5.11 CDN$ 0.02 Books Gift Guide

Frequently Bought Together

  • Ironhand's Daughter
  • +
  • The Hawk Eternal
Total price: CDN$ 26.98
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (Oct. 19 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857238516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857238518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description


David Gemmell is several rungs above the good - right into the fabulous―Anne McCaffrey

From the Back Cover

“[Gemmell] does high adventure as it ought to be done."
–GREG KEYES, author of The Charnel Prince

“For anyone who appreciates superior heroic fantasy, David Gemmell’s offerings are mandatory.”
Time Out London

“Gemmell’s great reading; the action never lets up.”

See all Product Description

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 17 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A lady of ice and steel... Aug. 3 2006
By Mason Sorgdrager - Published on
I consider this book special within the library of David Gemmell novels. One thing (rather obviously) that makes it special is the fact that the main character is a woman. This is not to say that David Gemmell does not have strong, female characters in his other novels. He does. And plenty of them. However, Sigarni IS Ironhand's Daughter, she is not just a character that other heroes meet as part of their travels.

Sigarni, like most great Gemmell characters, is a flawed character. Initially, she can appear arrogant and rather uncaring. It is hard to develop any sympathy for her (that comes later). Strangley, some of the male characters about her are more easy to sympathise with, particularly her brave, loyal dwarf friend.

It is not until something life-changing and horrific happens that one is completely swept into Sigarni's world. These early pages of the novel remind me a lot of the first third of the movie Braveheart, not only because the people are highlanders, but also the arrogance of the overlords and the apparently insurmountable odds stacked agaisnt our champion. But it does not end there, that is only the beginning. Sigarni also has to battle the prejudices of her own people, and the darkness in her own heart in order to achieve the destiny she finds herself thrust towards.

There are some usual Gemmell plot tools in the book, including gates to other worlds, dimensional time travel, near-immortal wise-men, demon conjuring evil sorcerors, etc., but none of these are the main focus of the book and they only add to the complexity and enjoyability of the main storyline.

I don't want to ruin the book for anyone else, so I will leave my descriptions there.

Read this especially if the female characters in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time novels really, really irritate you. This will refresh you and give you an appreciation of truly strong, well-rounded female fantasy characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A slice of boredom among mostly stellar works from a great author. Oct. 17 2014
By Scott Kaelen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The first Hawk Queen novel is a by-the-numbers Gemmell novel, nowhere near on par with his Drenai, Waylander or Sipstrassi novels - the three Gemmell series I consider the best.

Ironhand's Daughter suffered in several areas.

The main character, Sigarni, remained unlikeable throughout. To begin with, practically all men were in love with her (the dwarf, the forester, the black man, the man from another clan, the simple villager, even the old drunkard was a letch). She had sex with three of those men, and treated all with a cool indifference.

Later in the story something happens to Sigarni which turns her into an emotionally cold person bent on vengeance. Admittedly what happened was tough, but if I'm honest it was her immediate retaliation after this event that for me was the best part of the novel.

From there on it's all about creating tactics to fight off the Outlanders, leading ultimately to a battle. Throughout this huge chunk of the novel Sigarni gradually becomes more accepting of male company again, and unites the Highlanders, commanding them to kneel to her and swear their allegiance.

The other thing that bogged the story down drastically was the heavy-handed prophecying throughout. From the very beginning we know Sigarni is Ironhand's daughter, of course. But we also know she will lead the clans against the invaders. There are several seer-type characters, and because of these there are no surprises, no twists. Even the old drunkard foresees his coming death at the hands of a few soldiers, so when it comes at the end of the novel no one's really bothered. Almost every major event in the novel is not just foreshadowed, not just hinted at, but spelled out for us way in advance.

Using too much 'chosen one' cliche and peppering a story with heavy-handed foreshadowing never does any good. It may have been acceptable in the mid-20th century, but for a novel released in 1995 by arguably one of the best fantasy authors of the time, it didn't work. These tropes are the marks of unimaginative authors, and David Gemmell has certainly showed himself to be much more than that in his earlier and later works.

I finished Ironhand's Daughter feeling unsatisfied, but I still finished it. Definitely one of Gemmell's weaker novels, and I'm in no rush to continue on to The Hawk Eternal, the second and final book in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
other reviewers must be men July 31 2012
By asia toy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found the hawk queen novels to be empowering. It can be a little hard to follow but that's not the story, its the layout. I couldn't put this book down. Gemmell uses portals in almost all his books, I honestly don't think this book is different from his others. I cried, laughed, and fell in love with these characters. In the end I felt I belonged to the clans in the book!!!
Impressed July 7 2015
By Rebecca - Published on
I picked this book up at a yard sale, forcing the "don't judge a book by its cover" moto. I just have a personal thing about books that look like they are quick published, and the author has like tons of books printed because they are not taking time in their story and just want to get something on the shelves. I know it really doesn't make sense but that it how I feel. But this book was actually really good.
The characters were very interesting and I liked that the heroine really didn't care what anyone else thought. She went through many emotional changes throughout the book, and it made her into a better leader by the end. The only thing I didn't like was that there were to many characters that you had to remember, and they all had unique and obscure names. So at times I did not remember which character was which.
But if you like adventure, battles, magic, Scotland, historical fiction, and strong female leads than pick up this book! I am giving it a four out of five stars!
I read this after it was recommended to me July 11 2015
By NS - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this after it was recommended to me. It has a few parts in it that are written to express the horror of the events, so it can get pretty rough. The story is kind of a mystical version of Braveheart with a female lead. It isn't easy for me to relate with Sigarni in many ways, but the author helps me at least understand where she's coming from. This is a story I would recommend, with the disclaimer that some terrible things happen.

Look for similar items by category