Book Review – The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot

the good hawkIn a mythic Scotland, two unlikely heroes must make a dangerous journey to save their people.

Agatha is a Hawk, brave and fierce, who protects her people by patrolling the high walls of their island home. She is proud of her job, though some in her clan whisper that it is meant to keep her out of the way because of the condition she was born with.Jaime, thoughtful and anxious, is an Angler, but he hates the sea. Worse, he’s been chosen for a duty that the clan hasn’t required for generations: to marry. The elders won’t say why they have promised him to a girl in a neighboring clan, but there are rumors of approaching danger.When disaster strikes and the clan is kidnapped, it is up to Agatha and Jaime to travel across the haunted mainland of Scotia to Norveg, with help along the way from a clan of nomadic Highland bull riders and the many animals who are drawn to Agatha’s extraordinary gift of communication. Thrilling and dark yet rich with humor and compassion, this is the first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, written by a wonderful new voice in fantasy and introducing a welcome new kind of hero.


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I nearly put this down early on because Agatha’s voice seemed over-some and Jamie wasn’t interesting enough. And while he grew on me a little, it was Agatha who drew me in – I feel I would have enjoyed the book more if it had solely been from her perspective. Her voice quickly grows on you, and loses the initial slightly over done part. I think that’s to set it up, and also to jump right into her actions, but it definitely didn’t work well for me.

However as the story progressed, I grew to really love Agatha, and also the story of their tribe. My favourite were the riders though, they were fab! I also quite liked the queen and how she ended up playing into the story, plus it allowed us to get that insight into the background of the situation.

I did find it enjoyable overall, but only notable for dealing with Agatha’s disability. I still may keep an eye out for book two cause it ends on a tiny cliffhanger.


Buy The Good Hawk from Amazon UK.

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