Talon of the Silver Hawk (Conclave of Shadows #1)
Leaving the icy vastness of his ancient home, Talon descends into the dangerous land of his adversary. Treading a perilous path, he must surviv ...more
First, I typically like stories, like here, where you have a youngling driven to accomplish some great deed whether driven by revenge, noble ideals, pursuit of power, etc. Here we deal with revenge on a grand scale (main character Talon's family and country are murdered). I like watching the development of the character as the mature both in age and abilities. Talon is adopted by members of the powerful Conclave of Shadows an ...more
It started off promising. None of the poetry of Rothfuss, but definitely some interesting concepts. Talon's culture, a pretty obvious analogue to Native American culture, sets up an interesting character and premise. A revenge story? I'm in. Even when Talon starts to become "trained" with logic games etc. etc., I was still pretty interested. I li ...more
Mostly, this book just served to remind me of why I prefer modern fantasy. In my experience, older fantasy tend to focus significantly less on the individual and his/her feelings and development, instead leaning heavily on honor and often some kind of epic quest. This was the case here, and I definitely did not like it. I like my characters human and complex and, most importantly, I want to be by their side every step of the way and feel with them as they grow and change.
There is no characterization. Every person in this story is exactly the same, apart from their name and set of skills. The one can hunt, the other is good with a sword and then there is one that can cook. That’s it. None of them have personality whatsoever. Our main character, having lived till his 16th in a group of people with a very different culture should therefore be ...more
For those who enjoy reading fantasy novels, you may become a little irritated by the protagonist's long list of convenient talents:
- Fluent in six (or more?) languages
- Amazing eyesight
- Philosophical mind
- Wine appreciator
- Military strategist
- Lean, fit body
- Culinary chef
- Super swordsman
- Impeccable manners (yes, in my world this is a super power)
- Sexy-as lady-killer
Not too ...more
It wasn't bad in the sense that I would feel compelled to warn people about it, it's just a "meh" experience.
I do not feel compelled in the slightest to read book 2 and 3 but I probably will anyway just to see what else he is amazing at and what other ways Feist could make him perfect in every imaginable circumstance.
And like the serpent war saga i am finding my self reading very fast, And having a good time reading the book.
Youtube Review with more detail:
Taken in by a group known only as the Conclave of Shadows, he is trained in various modes of combat and spycraft to infiltrate the group behind it.
A good look at his training and how he changes his character to pass as a minor noble.
Although he is working for the Conclave, he still wants revenge on the men who wiped out his people.
Set quite a few years after Magician/Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon, ...more
Especially after reading some of the somewhat lacklustre fill in books (Riftwar Legacy for example), this is a return to form, and very much in the style of Magician - we follow Tal Hawkin's growth from boy to Champion of the Master's Court of Roldem.
The only part that didn't sit well with me is that ...more
Tal is a complete Marty-Stu though. Lol. He should have died at least four times... Plus he's a miraculously good fighter. Like, come on... Screw up a little more, Tal. ...And if you're going to die, please actually DO die and stop fake deathing. xD
My other issues are as follows:
I didn't ...more
Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia, as an exterminating army wearing the colors of the Duke of Olasko razes village after village, slaughtering men, women, and children without mercy. And when the carnage is done, only one survivor remains: a young boy named Kieli. A youth no longer, there is now but one road for him to travel: the path of vengeance. And he will not be alone. Under the tutelage of the rescuers who discovered him, Kieli will be molded...more
Obviously, there were concerns ...more