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The Last Hawk (Saga of the Skolian Empire #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  907 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances.

First they take him pri
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1997)
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After the jarring universe jump from book #1 to book #2, I was prepared to drop into yet another separate/parallel storyline in book #3 in the Skolian universe. And Kelric's adventures on Coba might be my favorite isolated storyline in this branch of the series.

Just like the Chora in Jane Kindred's The House of Arkhangel’sk books, the Quis in the Last Hawk made me want to learn to play along. Of course, the point of the Quis seems to be that it's more complex than I can imagine, and it makes me
Bark's Book Nonsense
I found this book, the 3rd in Asaro's Skolian Empire Saga, much different than the two previous books. The other two take place in a relatively short span of time with the point of view being the heroine's. This book is more of a saga spanning over sixteen years. The main character is a very sympathetically drawn male and it's written in the third person. Also, the huge chunks of technical information that went over my head in the previous books were absent from this one. It is much wider in sco ...more
This is a big book. In my opinion, Catherine Asaro tried to do too much with this novel. Despite the length of the novel and the sheer volume of information packed therein, I was left wanting more in several places, however.

The politics of the planet Coba are unique, but I felt they became the focus of the book. While that might work for a standalone novel – and all the novels in the Skolian Empire can be read separately – it detracts from this part of the whole. This is less a story about the S
Departing entirely from the saga of Soz and the Imperialate (disregarding #2 which takes us so many years in the future that I hesitate to include it when listing the series for friends), we learn the true fate of Kelric Valdoria, younger brother to Soz who disappeared not long before we meet our cast in the first of the series, Primary Inversion.

Kelric has landed on the planet Coba, a Restricted planet having no communication with the Empire. A matriarchal planet, Kelric is immediately sold int
Eh, I still think Catch the Lightning is the best (I've now read Books 1-3) but this was better than Primary Inversion. The romance elements came on a little strong, but character development was a bit better even if it seemed to play secondary to Asaro's desire to romantically involve Kelric with every female of note on the planet.

The redeeming grace of this book is quis. I found the concept fascinating and the descriptions of Kelric's quis and how it was integral to the social and political s
Nov 02, 2008 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kristen! And anyone who likes good space opera, of course.
Recommended to April by: Anastasia
Shelves: favorites
It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up anything by Asaro, and now I’m wondering why that’s the case. I’m still reeling from finishing this book. I read it in less than a day, and I’m not the world’s quickest reader. I like to soak. Well, that was impossible this time.
The Last Hawk is another installment in Asaro’s Skolian Empire series. It’s the story of Kelric, one of the three heirs to the Imperialate throne. He crashes on a relatively unknown world- Coba- where the ISC is an unwanted presence.
Spinning out of control at superluminal speed wounded warrior Kelricson Garlin Valdoria kya Skolia desperately tries to regain control of his spacecraft. The best he can do is to force an emergency crash-landing on the restricted planet Coba. It’s been restricted by the powerful Skolian Empire at the request of the planet’s ruling matriarchy, who do not want imperial cultural contamination. He survives the crash, but is imprisoned by his rescuers, the manager of Dahl, one of the great estates an ...more
I finished this one last night... stayed up too late reading but it was worth it! The only reason I didn't give this book a 10 is that it ended too soon! Now I'll have to find other books in the Skolian Empire series...

In the end, I was just glad that this book was over. Even though it is #3 in a series - I bought it in the days before Audible thought to include this information in its catalogue - it started out strong and I was quite enjoying it. From about halfway through it descended from its stranger in a strange land theme into an episodic "...her bosom heaved at the sight of his thrustful loins..." type of pulp fiction and the story became more difficult to follow. I don't think it mattered so much that ...more
Chelsea Malcolm
I really like this author's stories, plus I love that she is a physicist and so I feel smarter after reading too. Its not a perfect book but it will keep you reading and you won't regret the lost sleep :)
Although I usually like Asaro's books, I agree with some of the others reviewer's comments about how irritating it becomes to read about how irresistible Kelric is to every single female he seems to encounter.

It reminded be how I felt when reading the Twilight series... if I had to hear about how wonderful Edward's cold, hard chest was, I began to feel nauseous.

The story itself didn't engage me either, although the main saving grace is highlighting women's role in modern society by turning the t
Pat Urban
The culture(s) created in this novel are fascinating! I've read this book several times and always enjoy it immensely.
Okay, I am an unabashed Asaro fan. There is little she writes about the Skolian empire that I don't love. This was my first by her that I had read and now I often find myself looking for her work everywhere I go. Kelric won my heart within the first few pages. The world Asaro created was unique from any others I had read about and she crafted it so well I actually felt pulled into it during the reading of this story. This was one of the finest written books I'd read in the last 2 months and I wa ...more
I am not reading any of Asaro's books in order so I'm never quite sure where I am in the timeline when I pick up a book of the Skolian Empire.
This one is more of a romance than a science fiction book for the most part. From the moment that Kelric Valdoria crashes on the matriarchal run planet of Coba, to the moment he escapes, it is more about the women who want to own him than about anything else. The dice game of Quis is an interesting part of the story, mostly in respect to how it effects soc
One of the better books in the Skolian series.
Lisa Clark
Very creative.
Aug 04, 2011 Molly added it
Shelves: fem-sci-fi, abandoned
I finished half this book, that is Book 1 It was good, but not so good that I could stay away from other books long enough to finish it. I liked the ideas, the characters and especially the ideas. The gender role switcharoo, with the main character as a golden boy-toy was refreshing and relaxing. What sick thing is it in me that would rather read a horrid dystopia where the characters fight in vain against an awful patriarchy? I just couldn't muster on this book, even though I give it 2 thumbs u ...more
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Leif Anderson
I liked Primary Inversion, but thought it was a little weird. Then I read Lask Hawk, and oh no! It was a romance novel! With that said, it was pretty good, although I would never actually admit to enjoying a romance novel.
David Mason
Ugh. OK, but not really good. There is a marking time aspect to the book - a filler for the series? And sometimes the book's varied conceits (oooo a world dominated by women and the men are helpless sex objects) is just overdone. Also far far overdone is the authors infuriating use of "gentle" as a verb. "Her face gentled." It really detracts.
Asaro's being a chemist and physicist makes the "science" in her fiction much more interesting and I'm continuing/completing my reading of this series. This side story introduces the fascinating game of Quis as Kelric spends some 20 years on Coba while his family and the rest of the universe assumes he's dead.
This might be the least interesting thing I wasted my time reading since I was dumb enough to read Twilight.

I wont elucidate the many things I didnt care for - suffice it to say I found the characters boring, 1 dimensional, and I just wasnt able to find half a red damn to give about any of them.
Another satisfying read from Asaro. She creates worlds and their cultures with such ease that you almost believe in their existence!
The first Skolian book I read and I've kept coming back. I really like the world building and of course Kelric is a very likable character.
I found the first few chapters of this book on the publisher's website and decided I just had to read this author! I'm glad I did!!
re-read 5/26/2014

Kelric -- poor Kelric. I wish I had a mind for maths the way he does!
Interesting but the ending wasn't up to her other books.
I didn't love it as much as the others, but it grew on me.
Good sci-fi. I almost kept this book. Off to listia. =)
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The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine a
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Other Books in the Series

Saga of the Skolian Empire (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Primary Inversion (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #1)
  • Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #2)
  • The Radiant Seas (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #4)
  • Ascendant Sun (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #5)
  • The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #6)
  • Spherical Harmonic (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #7)
  • The Moon's Shadow (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #8)
  • Skyfall (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #9)
  • Schism (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #10; The Triad, #1)
  • The Final Key (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #11; The Triad, #2)
Primary Inversion (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #1) The Charmed Sphere (Lost Continent, #1) The Quantum Rose (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #6) The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2) Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #2)

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