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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Five Rivers Chapmanry (Aug. 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927400937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927400937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Other worldly. History and magic, blended together in such a subtle way that I just wanted to stay in that world. Not only are the characters engaging, especially the two main characters—brother, Hyw, and sister, Cat—and the setting exotic...the castles of 13th century Wales...this book is also well plotted. As the tension builds towards war in the second half, I found myself eagerly reading chapter after chapter. A most engrossing way to appreciate a bit about the history of Wales. It's obvious that a lot of research went into this book and I look forward to the sequel. I also very much appreciated the glossary and historical note.
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Format: Kindle Edition
"Hawk," by Marie Powell, tells the story of Hyw and Cat, two teenaged siblings growing up in Northern Wales in 1282, when Edward I of England was invading and destroying that country. Each sibling has a special gift: Hyw can move into the minds of animals and birds, to see what they see and feel what they feel, whereas Cat can "see" events occurring far away. They are both in the household of Prince Llywelyn, the ruler of Wales, although Hyw has only recently returned there after spending some years in the court of one of the English Marcher Lords on the border with Wales. Still, he and his sister must do what they can to help the Prince defeat the enemy, even though some of those enemies are Hyw's friends. When the Prince is himself killed unexpectedly in Hyw's presence, to his surprise the boy finds that the spirit of Llywelyn has lodged itself in his mind. What the siblings must do next to protect the Prince's family becomes the stuff of legend.... This YA fantasy is rooted in real-life events and also borrows a lot from Welsh (and other Celtic) mythology, in addition to bits and pieces of Tolkien (what fantasy author does not owe a debt to him?) and other fantasy series such as Susan Cooper's "The Dark Is Rising." As someone who created her own undergraduate degree in comparative mythology (particularly Celtic, Greek and Native American), I very much appreciated the accuracy and scholarship that went into this story, and I was also very happy to see an extensive bibliography at the end. If you know nothing of Welsh history or mythology, then this book will be a treat for you; if you know a lot, you'll probably enjoy it even more. It appears that a sequel, "Hawk and Crown," is in the works, and I look forward to reading it. Recommended!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Hawk is an engrossing historical fantasy which conjures up the vivid and colorful action of medieval warfare involving knights and kings and queens, near death escapes by commoners as well as royal heirs, and fantastic transformations and supernatural interventions that are the stuff of myths and legends. Its exotic setting in 13th century Wales provides a window into a little known place and and time, but it is so beautifully grounded in the characterization of Hwy and Cat(a brother and sister with special powers) and the perspectives of their family, who are servants to the Welsh royal family, that the strange names and places present no challenge at all. I didn’t find it necessary to use the glossary, but for those who might want to further explore the language and history of the times that glossary as well as a historical note and references could be very helpful. Although Cat and Hwy are clearly medieval characters, their development serves to underscore--especially with Cat--the links between the aspirations and challenges faced by young people today and those faced by young women and men in medieval Wales. Hwy has the special gift of being able to empathize with and enter into the perceptions and feelings of animals and birds--hence the title, Hawk. Cat has the ability to foresee the future in sufficient time to alter potentially tragic events. Together their stories of bravery and loyalty as they use these special gifts to help their leaders fend off the English, who are bent on destroying their country and culture, speak to the role that young people can play today or in any era. We care equally about these two siblings, and the fact that they are separated and in danger for much of the novel leads to an alternation between the experiences of Hwy and Cat that draws the reader eagerly from one chapter to the next. Let’s hope there will be a sequel to this novel as I still want to read more about the adventures of Hwy and Cat!
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WHen I first heard Marie read a chapter of this as a work in progress, I thought, i can hardly wait to read it when finished. I never doubted its publication. Now that I finished the book, it does not disappoint. This is a spell-binding, riveting YA historical fiction alive with character, conflict and action. Definitely a blow-your-mind debut novel. Loved it!
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