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Hawkspar: A Novel of Korre (Korre #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  357 ratings  ·  40 reviews
"You have been chosen by the Hawkspar Eyes of War to become the new avatar, the new Goddess of War made flesh. From this day forward, you sacrifice all that you are to Vran Vrota and the good of the Order. Vran Vrota has chosen you; and we, vessels of the other aspects of the Sacred We, welcome you into our midst."

Stolen away from their families, they are slaves; women wit...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Tor Books (first published June 24th 2008)
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Young Tonk girls are stolen away from their slaughtered families and forced into slavery. A few are molded into recipients of the stone Eyes which confer amazing mystic powers upon them but the sacrifice is overwhelming. One such girl ascends against all odds to become the holder of the Hawkspar stones which allow her to watch the flow of events in time and she becomes a pivotal figure in the struggle against the Feegash plot to destroy the entire Tonk civilization. Her pleas for rescue are hear...more
I was completely knocked out by the first novel Lisle set in the universe of Korre, Talyn, so I was very excited to get a hold of this. While I didn’t like it quite as much as Talyn—it had an even more sweepingly epic plot and an even more dire romance, casting it slightly overboard and loosing some of the gritty fun of the first—it preserved the lovely world building (set, this time, fifteen years later and in a different place with different characters. There was something of a Deus Ex Machina...more
Chris Galford
In a world where names are against the law…

But seriously; Hawkspar is a novel focused on a young acolyte who has long since forgotten their name—a trait apparently commonly held in the convent to which he is a part. While this might seem a burden, it actually does come with some perks. Power, for one. This Ossalene Order, as it is known, replaces most of its acolytes’ eyes with stone, in turn imparting them tremendous abilities.

Ruling the Order are the Oracle Eyes—pairs of eyes with the ability...more
This was a great book! I found this gem at the Dollar Tree and everything about the book--the cover, the title, and the interesting premise immediately pulled me in and I KNEW I had to get this book. The idea behind it was so creative and different and not like every other fantasy book made it stand out from all the rest, and blows everything else to shreds.

I had never heard of Holly Lisle before this, but I'm definitely now one of her fans, at least for the Korre series. She has truly created a...more
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Holly Lisle is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed Talyn so when I saw this at Barnes and Noble I was thrilled.

From my experience with Talyn, I knew this book would be gritty. There are times I wanted to put the book down to clear my eyes and brain of the imagery (rats!); at the same time, I wanted to keep going to find out what happened next.

The romance makes sense, despite the Love-at-first-sight (something I don't believe in). And it's touching.

The protagonists make sense. Their conflict...more
Despite it being a part of a dyad, I think this book can stand alone. I hadn't read Talyn in a long time and had mostly forgotten it by the time I got around to reading Hawkspar, and I didn't have any confusion past the first few pages.

It was pretty good! I couldn't put Hawkspar down once I started. It has a lot of elements which I love in a book-- political intrigue, altered mind-states, (minor) queer character(s), terrifying living goddesses... I know that last one is very specific but that is...more
I liked this book, although I think it might be primarily because it gave more insight into Lisle's style. I don't think it is as strong a story as Lisle's first book of Korre, Talyn. Lisle did a good job building a believable political plot, with enough twists to keep the outcome uncertain. I liked learning more about the Tonk culture and meeting new cultures in Korre. The characters were not as well-developed as those in Talyn but maybe that's just what happens when one of your main characters...more
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Oh, how I adored the cover of this book. I thought it was so very cool that I may have had overly high expectations in reading this.

The story takes place in Korre, a world torn by war and prejudice. Part of the story is told in first person by a young female acolyte(I don't think we ever get her name) who is essentially trapped in a convent of "sisters" who embed precious stones of various types into their eyes. Once these new "eyes" are placed, they are granted powers conversan...more
Stephanie I
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Kate Lansky
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3.5. I loved the worldbuilding in Hawkspar. The concept of replacing eyes with stones in order to get special abilities is both skin-crawling creepy and weirdly alluring. For the most part I also liked the character of Hawkspar herself, and the decisions she had to make over the course of the book. I also liked Aaran (though I wish more time had been spent on their sea journeys - with more adventuring - both to and from rescuing Hawkspar and company). The writing is sound, the pace decent, but I...more
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An entirely unexpected choice, Hawkspar turned out one I regretted - to an extent. But positive reviews of its prequel, Talyn, compelled me to give it a try. Set initially in a convent - albeit a unique one -, Hawkspar focuses around a young acolyte, whose name, like most there, has been forgotten. However, the Ossalene Order's sanctity dwindles in comparison to its power: for most acolytes within will have their eyes replaced with those...more
I picked this book up by chance at the library. With a stack full of other books in my arms I doubted I would get around to reading it anytime soon. Shortly after that I decided to give it a whirl and ten minuets later I couldn't put it down. The first few chapters were a little rough in that some of the titles and things take time to become adjusted to however, the heroine of the story is so fascinating it makes it worth the effort(minimal effort really). The world of Hawspar is rich and well p...more
Celia Powell
This isn't really a sequel to "Talen" (a book I loved), but is set in the same world some time later, and Talen makes a brief appearance.

A young Tonk girl, plucked from her home and family at an early age, is a slave in the Order of Osselenes, run by the Oracles - women with stone eyes and varying powers. Hawkspar, the Eyes of War, takes the young slave up as her successor, and tells her of a threat to the Tonk which she can prevent - but only with great sacrifice. The slave takes up the Hawkspa...more
Angela R.
I must say that I very rarely give any book 5 stars, and Talyn was one of those few that I believe earned it. So I was somewhat disappointed with Hawkspar for failing to live up to my expectations. Still, taken on its own merits this was a very good book. Talyn just blew me away with it's unique and original take on the evils of a "peace" enforced by diplomats whose only aims are to keep the wheels of commerce greased and the money flowing. In Hawkspar, the evil Feegash diplomats are back in a n...more
this book started out awesome. great premise, great character descriptions, interesting world.

i really liked the pace of the book for the first 6-10 chapters...then everything went to hell.
the pacing went completely off, but worse, characters made deductions without explanation, important side characters were left completely felt like the author "liked" parts of the story and took time with them and rushed through the parts that interested her less, even though they were import...more
Every once in a while, I need to take a break from debuts and read something by a seasoned writer. I have not read a Holly Lisle book since the 90s, when I read The Secret Texts trilogy. After finishing Grimspace, I looked for something different. And since Tor has been filling up my to-read pile with lots of nice hardcovers, I thought I'd choose something from that stack. Lisle was the most familiar to me.

Holly Lisle has published thirty or so novels. She is famous for being very supportive of...more
Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
Hawkspar is for me a difficult book to classify. It is excellent and it is disturbing. It explores a different world with an unusual type of magic.

It also explores emotional realms of pain & change that can be eye opening.

I do not recommend this book for young adults..

It is well written, the characters are well fleshed & the storyline is smooth. It is all of the things I expect from Holly Lisle. What it is not however is humorous. There is none of the laughter of the Devil & Dan Coo...more
Yeah, I accidentally read this book first. But since the previous book wasn't at my library, I can exonerate myself.

I liked the idea of the Oracles and the way the entire Order of the Ossalenes was set up. The complex worldbuilding was no surprise to me, given that I perused Holly Lisle's writing site long before reading any books of hers (this is the second that I've read). In all, my only complaints were the presence of some scenes I found unsavory, and the way the Tonk were always right. But...more
Full of action and intrigue!! Fast paced and exciting with some romance as well! Holly Lisle is a fantastic writer! I love this book!
A. J.
Hawkspar was a lovely tale, but the ending seemed rushed and startlingly predictable. The characters had depth and realistic personalities - I could actually see myself meeting someone like them. The elements of the story were creative yet perfectly believable. This book could've been and probably should have been drawn out to at least two volumes. I felt the author could've done so much more with Hawkspar. It seemed to lack the overall satisfaction that Holle Lisle's first book Talyn gave. Hawk...more
A brilliantly written book with well thought out characters. This book was indeed a page-turner and the main character, Hawkspar, has both depth and breadth. I just love the way Lisle words her sentences and the overall *feel* her writing has. This makes the simple reading of her book all that much enjoyable. That, coupled with a good, sound storyline and great characters, makes for a perfect read.

I eagerly await her next book in the Korre series!
A decent page turner that doesn't waste much time on exposition or throw excessive amounts of new language at you, it simply lays out the facts and gets right down to business. Our heroine is a slave about to be given an important mission that not only changes her life, but eventually changes the world. A nice big mix of spiritual, friendship, love, loss, adventure, futuresight, politics, war, goddesses, and magic. Interesting stuff and not too simplistic either.
J. King
A fitting sequel to Talyn, another of my all-time favorite novels. The first-edition/first-printing that I read was riddled with editing gaffes, which occasionally distracted from the prose. However, overall, one of the most meaningful stories I've ever read, driven by deep characters. I wanted to be a part of their culture, live in their universe. And with one of the most powerful endings I've ever read. Had me in tears. Definitely a must-read.
Milly Warren
not unfortunate so far. i didn't have anything to read and had this sucker laying around, and i liked the cover art some. it's pretty ruling so far. i keep getting holly lisle confused with holly phillips. fucking hollies. all confusing and shit. i think i originally thought it was holly phillips who is more of a literary type, but now i am aware of my mistake. anyway, i recommend the first 96 pages.
Lots of the set-up seems cumbersome & refers to a myriad of cultures, countries, and clothing that left me totally lost. Once I got past all that, the universe was a unique one & I found myself genuinely caring about & interested in the characters. I don't know if I'll go out of my way to find the first book in the series (I think only 2 were written), but it was an enjoyable read.
This is a brilliant story and i couldn't put it down last night until my eyes were closing as I read (with only 20 pages to go! :( Still it was 5am at the time lol

The characters were great and the back stories well done without being overly sentimental - I just wish there had been more on Redbird. It seemed a bit unfair the way she was peripheral.
Kathy Adams
The story is an interesting tale of slaves who take power and revolt from their captors. The tale widens to a subjugated race taking back their individual freedom from another race bent on subjugating them. Told through a love story that sometimes seems a little far fetched especially towards the end.
Pat Hauldren
Holly Lisle has done it again. A nice thick fantasy that tugs at our adventurous spirit and our loving heart as she takes us from slave to powerful Hawkspar. Her writing is strong, her story even stronger. Thank you Holly for such a wonderful series!
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Holly Lisle has been writing fiction professionally since 1991, when she sold FIRE IN THE MIST, the novel that won her the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. She has to date published more than thirty novels and several comprehensive writing courses. She has just published WARPAINT, the second stand-alone novel in her Cadence Drake series.

Holly had an ideal childhood for a writer…which is t...more
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