When Lenodara the Hawkmaiden – Dara, to her friends – was made an apprentice to the foremost wizard in the world, Minalan the Spellmonger, Magelord of her native land of Sevendor, she thought that the adventurous life was behind her. She looked forward to a long, boring career of learning how to read and taking magic lessons . . . but Dara’s life as the Spellmonger’s new apprentice is anything but boring! Within days of assuming her new duties, a goblin invasion in the distant land of Gilmora compels Minalan to gather his forces to repel it . . . and that means Dara, too. Her unique ability to use the ancient Alka Alon weapon, the Thoughtful Knife, may be the only way to thwart the invasion – and combat the dragons that have ravaged the castles of the land. But the battlefield is just the beginning of her new adventure, and she finds the aristocracy of the city of Barrowbell is as challenging as a goblin attack. But new adventures lead Dara to new friends in the unlikeliest of places on her way to becoming the Hawklady!
Terry Mancour is a New York Times Best-Selling Author who has written more than 30 books, under his own name and pseudonyms, including Star Trek: The Next Generation #20, Spartacus, the Spellmonger Series (more than 11 books and growing), among other works.
He was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968 (according to his mother) and wisely relocated to North Carolina in 1978 where he embraced Southern culture and its dedication to compelling narratives and intriguing characterizations. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Religious Studies.
Terry, his beautiful wife and three children live just outside of Durham, N.C. atop Red Mountain. He was nominated for the 2018 Audie Award for Best Fantasy for the audiobook for Spellmonger (narrated by John Lee), the first book in his Spellmonger Series.
He has plotted the Spellmonger Series for at least thirty books, in addition to his Spellmonger Cadet (young adult) series, stand-alone novels, short stories and novellas set within the Spellmonger Universe, all of which will be published by Podium as audiobooks. He is also the author of a series of sequels to Golden Age sci-fi master H. Beam Piper's novel, Space Viking, as well as original sci-fi novels.
General Overview The second instalment of Terry Mancour’s Spellmonger Cadet series, Hawklady see our heroine Dara, faces down dangerous monsters, and even more deadly ladies of court. Another exciting read, for readers of all ages.
Style Mr Mancour’s writing style remains as engaging as ever. He also continues with the unnecessary repetition of parts of his book, which have been a personal bugbear of mine for his series. ( See my previous reviews for more on this)
He does however deliver again with another book to this spin off series, by really capturing the different character of Dara to Minalan. Hawklady feels very much of the genre of young adult/child fiction. The second half most certainly felt like a Harry Potter book, in style if not setting. This is of credit to the author, who despite having some faults as a writer, can deliver interesting and engaging narratives, regardless of the setting or type of novel.
Story Dara is now an apprentice of the famous Spellmonger. The story of Hawkmaiden is carried on well in Hawklady, adding an extra level of detail to the story as established in the Spellmonger main series.
Set between the events of Magelord and Knights Magi, we see Dara take to the field of battle, showing how her unique magics can be used to best effect in the ever encroaching war against the goblins. This is standard fair for the Spellmonger serious however.
Where this book truly stands out is in the area of espionage and spy craft, which takes up a great part of the second half of this book. This is a natural role for Dara to take, and feels great for her as a character, and is a delight to read.
Final Thoughts A fine addition to the ever expanding world of the Spellmonger series, Hawklady once again impresses with its strong characters, and engaging plot, whilst also standing out for the different feel of the novel to the main series. A great intro to younger readers of fantasy.
It's Terry Mancour, so, always a win. This part of the series hits around (it's been a while) the Journey Mage or Knight's Magi timeframe of the Spellmonger series. I thought it would have been a great idea to delve into the talents of Dara then, and it's been a pretty good ride, considering you're revisiting what's now considered history in the timeline of Sevendor. The book delivers, and, to my surprise, I love the tie-ins from Dara's point of view on subjects addressed in the nine books I've read in the same universe. So, what can I say? I'm Terry's little reading bitch, and I proudly raise my ale in a toast to another beautiful addition to the world of Sevendor. Great job.
I have now read every book in this series and I have to say I want more!!! The world created by Mr. Mancour is so real! The books so well written that you lose yourself in the stories! Lady Dara is so well written that I would love to meet her and her bird frightful! I have been a avid reader of fantasy novels and I have to say that the spellmonger series ranks with the very best of the fantasy elite! I would love to see movies made of this world but I honestly question if anyone would be talented enough to do them justice! Please keep them coming!
This continues the adventures of Lenodora. It's pretty fun, though it dips into politics a little (not too much). The action is pretty well done, and it's always fun to see the heroine get recognized. This did cover events from the main Spellmonger series, just from a different perspective. I found it fun and refreshing. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Really good book. I’m liking Dora a lot more than a lot of the characters in this series. She is a lot more innocent and not as corrupted as a lot of the other characters. This brings a fresh perspective to the books. Once again I wonder what my thoughts would be if I didn’t know what was going to happen because of other books.
Sometimes it is fun to just read to expand on a story you are already in. These books expand on the themes I have already read. Good read, just for fun. Enjoyed it and recommend it to all, no matter your age.
I was already a little irritated with Dara due to some of her decisions in The Spellmonger series, and this book brought about more questionable decisions. Now, I liked the book, I really did. But 14 year olds (ie Dara) sometimes make really silly decisions.
I bought the Audible version when I read that it was on the "New Release" list and then realized once I started listening that I had already read this. So - I went ahead and read it and listened to it again and enjoyed it just as much as before. It is always nice to go back into the world of the Spellmonger and it is doubly so because the events in this novella take place right in the middle of the current plot (after some major events, yet before others). This takes me back to when Dara was younger and still so naive and it is great to see the younger versions of Rondal and Tyndal.
I also realized that Sky Cadet had come out and I had not read that one yet, so it gave me another book for my TBR list.
This was just as enjoyable as the first, but definitely suffers a little more from expecting you to have read the main series. There were a few unexplained changes to the world that threw me slightly - such as there suddenly being a king now - but they were easy to get over since they didn't relate directly to the main character and the actual plot of the book.
What confused me the most was Dara's sudden lock of white hair. I remember it being mentioned at all in the previous book, and considering her hair is mentioned quite a lot I'm sure it would have been. If it happened in another book, I find it odd there's no explanation given in this one.
Terry Mancour continues to deliver on the Spellmonger literary world, but who really turns his stories from a 4* to a 5* novel are his voice actors.
This picks up right after the previous book in the side-series and we get to see a lot of important information that ties directly to plot running through the main books. It really fills out the character of Lady Dara and I'm hoping we get to see the experiments with Frightful to get the giant eagles in the next book.
Read the first book before reading this. You do not have to read any of the other books except hawkmaiden before this one. It does help though and gives you some background to the characters. I can't wait for the next book.