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The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War

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A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, p
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Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing
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Amalia Gavea
"Bridgetonne was not without other misfits: old maids who, in an earlier time, might have been mistaken for witches, and bachelors who, likewise, would have been called out as warlocks. But by no means was the village haunted."

It seems that books set during the Great War or a few years later have become really fashionable recently. Not that I am complaining because this is a very interesting era but there are many examples of such novels that are more melodramatic than meaningful. Magical Real
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 mesmerizing stars to The Hawkman! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I knew in reading the description that this book would be a stretch for me. It combines a genre I love, historical fiction, with fantasy/mythology, and I was intrigued with how the two would mesh. I had to open my mind as a reader and really focus on this story, and once I did, I found it remarkable.

World War II is a time I read about frequently, and I was pleased that this book actually takes place during World War I. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’
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Linda
Golden eyes dulled into silence.

Hounded and ridiculed, he swept up the trailing ends of his long tattered coat attempting to flee from the taunting fever that surrounded him. Scavenging in alleys behind butcher shops. Bruised and battered hands extended in prayerful begging motions. Bird-like scratchings of the earth.

Until she appeared.......

The aftermath of the Great War leaves a pallid and sallow hue blanketing those who have been touched by its worldwide sepsis. The town of Bridgetonne, led b
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Dannii Elle
A magical realist tale set during the Great War and sporting a cover this beautiful could not fail to appeal to me! What I initially loved about this, however, failed to continue to enthral me. This story was, perhaps, too quiet in its telling, for me. As evocative as the writing was and as sublime as the story-line continued to be, there was an almost treacle-like quality to the pacing that often had me wishing to pull myself free and hurry ahead rather than sit still and appreciate the current ...more
Phrynne
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I was a bit disappointed in this book. That glorious cover and an intriguing description of the story made me read it but sadly it did not live up to my expectations.

A bit like that pretty cover being spoiled by the rather macho sounding title, the book itself seemed confused about what it was supposed to be. Sometimes it told the story of the two main characters living just after World War One in England. Then it wandered off into fairy stories told by one of the characters, after which we migh
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Marialyce
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

What attracted me to this story was not only the synopsis but also the gorgeous cover. It is a story of the aftermath of war. An America schoolteacher plus an Irish musician have been been touched by the ravages of war. They come together in an English village where they try to hide from the world that has shattered them. However, the small minds of the community wager against them and break into the quiet and serenity this couple so very much need.

This was a beautifully told story, the
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Lucy Banks
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Beautifully prosaic, richly imagined blend of realism and folklore.

This book intrigued me for the tagline if nothing else - A Fairytale of the Great War. I wasn't sure what to expect, and certainly wasn't expecting to be so spellbound with the story.

It's a tale of two people; Mr Sheehan and Miss Williams. Mr Sheehan is considered the town misfit; he doesn't speak, is filthy dirty, and his yellowing, watchful eyes ea
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Karen ⊰✿
Magical realism meets historical fiction in this tale of love and war ; inspired by the Grimms fairytale “The Bearskin”.
Michael is suffering from shell shock and probably PTSD after spending years as a prisoner of war. He is either ignored or taunted by the community who consider him to be stupid and homeless. Until Eva, an American teacher, decides he is a person and treats him as such.

We flip back and forth between his life after meeting Eva, and his days in the war in a lyrical writing style.
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Petra
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

"He had for himself no expectations other than to survive, to start over, to live as he had not during the war, as a human."

This is a very beautifully written book. I feel bad for not liking it. The premise of the book is interesting enough, the characters' backstories are fascinating. However there was too much rambling for my taste and I found myself skimming through the last few chapters of the book.
Alaina
Second time read. First time review.

I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first time I rated this book, I gave it a 4. Second time around, I did find myself getting a little bit bored here and there but it still deserves a 4.

The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War was a pretty interesting book. The world and the characters were still intriguing that it kept my tapping my little page arrow on my kindle. Yet, again, I definitely did get a little bored. Now I'm n
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Netgalley #52
Many thanks go to Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Amberjack, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
The book starts with a death and a bridegroom, so one knows that's happening at some point. Then we are introduced to Miss Williams and a homeless, shell shocked soldier looking for his next meal and a roof over his head. Williams seems to be a bleeding heart. Well I think two and two can be put together. It's the fantasy portion of the story that has me still a bit thr
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Marquise
With the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I being commemorated today, I decided to read & review a couple of novellas that retell one of my favourite fairy tales in the time of the war. Not a bad idea, Brain said. It'll be novel and fun, Brain said . . .

Alas, my hopeful brain missed the mark: the stories I read were neither good nor fun to read. I'll review the other in its own space, so let's get down to The Hawkman here. It's a retelling of a German märchen called "The Bearskin" t
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'Yet it was his eye, or both of them, that attracted the most notice and gossip- their unnerving brilliance. It was hungry and restless; and it earned him his nickname.'

In this fairytale for grownups, an American schoolteacher (spinster, nay old maid) Miss Eva Williams, falls under the spell of the Hawkman, Mr. Michael Evan Sheehan. Sheehan is suffering from the torments of the war, including his time of imprisonment. His vagabond ways have damn
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Patrick
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I'm totally biased because I watched this book get born, then grow up. I'm married to the author. (I am of Irish descent but I am not a giant bird.) It started as a slender tale, two stories really, then grew ever more complex and robust, with a mysterious finish that avoids stereotypes. I'm a guy so I was more interested in the war story, and the somewhat mysterious piano. But the story is woven into something much more, so if you like genre-bending literary fiction, with a historical fl ...more
Jayasree B
The first thing I did was read the previous reviews. And I was glad since I was not the only person to feel a bit disconnected with this book.

While the book is good as a one time read, personally it did not call out to me. Usually, readers associate with one or more characters or discover a sense of camaraderie, sympathy or something. I found none of that with this book. I was interested in The Hawkman first for its cover, and then it's blurb. Sadly the book was not evocative enough.

I'd give it
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Susan
I love the cover and the description is what compelled me to read this book but the story would wander between fairy tales, Michael's time spent in the war and Eva's childhoods and back to the present. The writing is beautiful and I wish I had liked this book more but I needed it to be more focused.


Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Yesha
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
*** Note: I received e-arc of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. ***

3.5 Stars

The Hawkman, as title suggest was a fairy tale of war, a story of the Hawkman- an Irish musician and an American school teacher- Miss Williams, inspired from Grimm Brothers’ story- The Bearskin and recorded experience of prisoners of war. It was about the greatest war, its casualties, horrible mistreatments of prisoners during the WWI, and how it changed li
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Ron Samul
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge is a re-telling of several Grimm’s fairy tales against the backdrop of World War I. As a fan of World War I literature, this captures the desperation of trench warfare, the aftermath of war, and what it means to live with those nightmares. But it is this reality, this darkness, this desperation that pushes up against how and why people tell stories. This is not merely a war novel, but the war is what triggers much of the action ...more
Kathrin
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

'The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War' is a retelling of the German fairy tale Der Bärenhäuter by the Brothers Grimm. I decided to read the book because I am a big fan of retellings as well as fairy tales in general.

Let's look at the fairy tale first.
Der Bärenhäuter is the story of a young soldier who has no place to go after the war ended. He then meets the devil who has a proposal for him. The soldier won't be allowed
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A Wondrous Bookshelf
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The book cover is beautiful, and it had a lot to do with my decision to read this book. The narrative is beautifully written, and the premise of the book is very interesting. Unfortunately, it just really wasn't my cup of tea. I'm not sure if it was the part legend/mythology, part historical fiction, but somehow it did not really hold my interest.

I would like to thank Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Maria
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-book
Thank you to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I found myself struggling through the first quarter of the book but once I got past it, the rest was surprisingly an easy read.

Originally I was intrigued on the idea of taking a fairytale and blending it with historical facts of WWI but this expectation of mine based on the book blurb was not to be. Instead, the book came across as a well researched yet fictionalized version of the war veteran,
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Jerrie (redwritinghood)
I received this from #netgalley in exchange for my review. Interesting story of a WWI veteran and a young woman who both have traumatic pasts and their developing relationship. Inspired by the Grimm’s story, The Bearskin, there are elements of magical realism in the story. The writing was good, but the fairy tales and long flashbacks often detracted from the more compelling main story.
Renee
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Book Description
A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in
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Carmina Valdizán
This book caught my attention for the description and the beautiful cover, unfortunately I did not like the book. It’s a great story and am sure many will love the book. The book has beautiful language a dramatic plot and poetic writing, but I’ve fail to connect with the story.

The first chapters were good, but I got lost in the beautifully and detailed descriptions of the trenches in WWI. Don’t take me wrong, it's an important part of the story that affected deeply the life of Mr. Sheehan but t
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Bonnye Reed
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Gnab The Hawkman has all the prerequisites of a fairy tale - the obvious parable, the mix of fantasy and reality that can twist your vision, making the bizarre perfectly acceptable, the consistent personal mistreatment to a depth that would make the break into fairytale completely understood. It is also an excellent case against the atrocities of war, and the mental break entailed when personal acceptance of the same is no longer tenable. Aligning these horrors in this historical novel gives us ...more
Authentikate
I’d like to thank Netgalley for this copy of The Hawkman in exchange for a fair review.

It’s a bold attempt to link fairytale with historical fiction.

The language is gorgeous and the setting unique ( as The Great War is often over looked). The author braids fairytale with the grit of war.

While that braid doesn’t always seem to fit, I couldn’t fault the author for her creativity. The only sticking point for me was the constant switch between past and present tense.
Fidan Lurin
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I received and ARC copy of The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for this advanced reader copy which was released on June 5, 2018.

This book, just shy of 300 pages was gruesomely painful for me to get through, and I’m using the kindest words possible to explain how treacherous a trek this read was for me. It took me a whole four months, probably the longest I’ve ever spent reading a
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Ron Samul
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge is a re-telling of several Grimm’s fairy tales against the backdrop of World War I. As a fan of World War I literature, this captures the desperation of trench warfare, the aftermath of war, and what it means to live with those nightmares. But it is this reality, this darkness, this desperation that pushes up against how and why people tell stories. This is not merely a war novel, but the war is what triggers much of the action ...more
Jasmine
I heard nothing but great things about this book, so I felt quite disappointing when it wasn't this perfect book that I was expecting. I think when it started, it was a solid 5 star read, but towards the end it lost that touch. The ending wasn't super cohesive, and it felt a little rushed and confusing.

It focuses quite a lot on PTSD following the Great War, and deals with compassion and forgiveness and acceptance. I liked the message that it was probably trying to portray, and this aspect was do
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Sarah Perchikoff
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There is really no way to describe The Hawkman other than bittersweet. It is such a sad but sweet story. The two main characters, Miss Eva Williams and Mr. Michael Sheehan/The Hawkman could not be more interesting and I really connected with them and their relationship. This story is just so beautifully written I almost don't have the words to describe it. While it is described as a fairy tale, it doesn't feel like the fairy tales I grew up with. Maybe it's because there's no princesses or witch ...more
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Born in LA, Jane Rosenberg LaForge studied political science at UCLA and creative writing in the Kate Braverman workshops of the 1990s. She earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where was awarded a Delaney Fellowship for Women Writers. A former journalist and English adjunct, she now lives in New York. Throughout the last decade, Jane has published many works, including An Un ...more