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Court of the Hawk

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  13 reviews
When a single moment challenges your perception of truth...

Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myt
ebook, 396 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by The Wild Rose Press
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Mae Clair
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely multi-layered tale that combines romance, myth and mystery in a gripping story that had me eagerly flipping pages in my Kindle. From the rich historical legends to the gorgeously-detailed settings and, especially, the enchanting characters who populate the worlds Ms. Peterson creates, this novel is beautifully beguiling.

An ancient Welsh castle, a kingdom beneath the waves, the missing heart of a dragon, Fey Folk, and a noble ghost are just a few of the fantastical people and places tha
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 fangs I really love it

Such a great story that reads like a fairytale. S.E. DeSpencer or Essie is hired by Lord Garreth ap Daffyd the King of a cursed people that is being slowly destroyed by a devastating act of nature every 400 years. Lord Garreth is determined to find the key to the curse and stop it before the next disaster hits in 6 months. He has hired Essie to try to translate ancient writing in a cave that may hold the secrets he's searching for.
As the days go on and
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE Debbie Peterson's books!
This book captured me from the very first paragraph and kept me enthralled the entire book.

I LOVE that there was a strong female character and enjoyed the mystery and bantering of the men trying to guess her real scenes!

The setting is PERFECT as it is in a castle, deciphering old pictures, old texts, and old folklore, while at the same time being in modern-day times where she wore jeans, hiking boots, and t-shirts and used the internet and email. I kept
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.

Excuse me for a moment but I am about to fangirl on you! There is so much to love in this book for me - ancient tales, mythology, Wales, soul mates, true love, flirty ghosts, spoiled princesses, dastardly deeds, you name it. What you get is a book that is as engrossing as it is interesting. You will turn each page and gasp at the wonder held within those words. This is storytelling as its best.

This is a tale
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. I loved the whole story line and the way Debbie writes you don't want to put it down. The mystery and the love story was fantastic...I would highly recommend it..One of my favorites..
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received this book last night, stayed up late and got up early to finish it! I just loved it!
Essie is called in to help decipher an ancient text that is meant to save an entire kingdom from distraction. The Prince Garreth is a handsome, available bachelor that immediately latches on to her and the romance commences while they work to find clues for this mystery. This was a cute story, but a little bit forced for me. Probably 3 1/2 stars. There was magic and dragons and mysteries, which I love. But again- a bit forced (and I believe I rolled my eyes more than once with the budding romanc ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was kind of a super cheese-ball romance/fantasy/save the world book. I was in the mood for just such a book, and this fit the bill. The reason I gave it just 3 stars is that the writing -specifically the dialogue - was stilted and didn't flow naturally. The phrasing of much of what was said was awkward. But if you can get past that and want an awesome, non-thinking beach read, this is perfect.
Kim  Dennis
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was a clean fantasy romance and great for an escape. I felt like the ending was a little rushed, but not so much that it really bothered me. There were also a couple of odd things with pronoun usage. She would start a paragraph talking about one woman and then later in the paragraph "she" would refer to Essie. The same situation with Garreth. However, in spite of that, it was a fun read.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, contemp
The main story line was pretty good. It held my interest and I wanted to see how it played out. But the romance itself was weak.
The dialogue was really awkward and stilted.
It also read more like a historical novel than a contemporary.
I found Essie's character to be inconsistent with the idea that she was a young woman from NYC with a Phd. She acted like a virgin from the 1800's.
I also felt like the book was too long. It could have easily been edited down by 100 pages.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.A bit of romance,Ghosts.Castles,how could you go wrong?The world beneath has been the same for hundreds of years.According to prophecy,that may change soon.J. Stempien was a terrific narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book moved pretty slow. The meat of the story is good. There are some annoyances that kept this book out of the 4-5 star range for me.
Essie's mannerisms, insecurities, and constant blushing felt very 18th century which was hard to reconcile with her 21st century setting. I would expect to find a character like this to be in a regency romance and just turned 18. However, Essie has her doctorate, is supposed to be creeping up on 30, and is from New York. It's annoying when the cha
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
April 25 isn't the date I finished this book - its the date I finally gave up. I've been trying to finish it for months. I just don't like it. So I'm giving up. Life is too short to read books that feel like a chore. I must not like this genre. It wasn't terrible, I would just rather read other things
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Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance. She has-and always has had-a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.

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