Shadow Hawk (Vintage Ace, 75991)
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Shadow Hawk (Vintage Ace, 75991)

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When his position at court is usurped by his half brother, a young Egyptian nobleman seeks to regain his standing through military victories against the enemy.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1971 by Ace (first published 1960)
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Norton skipped from one genre to another. This is another of the backwaters of history: Egypt occupied by the Hyksos, and most of the Egyptians withdrawn to Upper Egypt (which, confusingly, is in the
South--always had trouble with that'n).

If I'd read the blurbs before I read the book, I would have put it down unread. Norton's tendency to glorify warfare has always been one of the things that alienated me most. But there're a lot of things that make the book worth reading: the discussion of Egypt...more
I enjoy historical fiction, but this one was very difficult for me to get through. Every chapter was exactly the same length (too long), so some were clearly trying to pack too much information into a small space, while others seemed to be stretching out what could have been said more succinctly. As another reviewer has already said, there were far too many scenes in each chapter, making it difficult to follow and digest. Each character was referred by at least 2-3 different names, and those nam...more
Paul Genesse
Great adventure set in ancient Egypt. Andre Norton is a masterful author and I loved her characterization and the excellent plot. I flew through this book, which is just over 200 pages and is a really quick read. Shadow Hawk is a must read for those who love novels set in ancient Egypt. You can pick it up used in various places.

Paul Genesse
Author of the Iron Dragon series
This book gets two stars only because it had a good historical setting and some good descriptive scenes. Otherwise, it would get a one. Way too many characters and way too many scenes per chapter. Plus, the overall theme was confusing and there were lots of plot threads that were never followed up or developed properly. Very challenging read for the kids in my class.
Murray Writtle
A pure historical novel No sci-fi at all. Just speculative fiction built around the very few known facts about the Hyksos invasion of Egypt. Very likable main character and a fascinating intro into ancient Egyptian culture.
Not at all what I expected. Andre Norton does a good job of conveying an alien or unknown feeling to the things she writes about.
Sep 13, 2012 Denise is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Currently reading this book....before my son does. It's a challenge to get through so far.
This one took me a while to get through; it was a bit slow, but altogether a good story.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male"...more
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