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Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.
Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.
When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.
All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.
With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.
Prepare to join the Black Hawks.
429 pages, Kindle Edition
First published October 3, 2019
“To think I left Clyden for this. Eaten by a fucken dog with a hairstyle.”
“It’s always about sex. Shepherds know how much of human history has been steered by some central figure’s urge to fuck someone or something.”
“Don’t confuse the absence of immediate cruelty with kindness, highness”
“Never fight fair, never spare a killing blow, never consider for a moment that what’s on the end of your blade is another, living, thinking, dreaming human being. Your enemy is your enemy, understand? You start playing the wondering game, someone will kill you.”
Grim dark has never been a genre that has particularly impressed me. Mainly because i firmly believe it lacks, for lack of a better word 'eloquence' and relies heavily on blood and gore and characters' saying fuck -this word comes up about 200 times in this book. - a gazzilion times (there's obviously a fuck word convention grim dark authors' participate in) to the detriment of developing anything else in the story.
To David Wragg's credit, while this book doesnt particularly have what i would call strong character development or world building, it's certainly very entertaining and funny.
There's also the important fact that Wragg doesn't depend a crazy much on the gore and relies strongly on entertaining dialogue (shoutout to Lemon👍👍)
religious nutcases (that's always a plus✔) and the crazy intrigue.
So yes, there's definitely a really good story in here.
I'm not convinced the title of the book should have been called The Black Hawks though, maybe it's a more catchy title but the core essense of the book really had nothing to do with The Black Hawks. Every event in this book could have happened with another set of characters dressed up as the The Black Hawks. Which is why it's weird that the title is centerd on them. Maybe they play more pivotal roles in the upcoming books but i honestly couldn't see it from this book.
All in all, a pretty good book. I was expecting a straight up disaster but can't lie, i enjoyed this book.
My favorite book read in 2020!!!!THIS is the kind of book I love to read. David Wragg writes in the tone and style that I search for in a book. My review cannot begin to express my joy in finding this book.
Let's start with the characters. EXCEPTIONAL character building. This is what screamed a joyous roar at me. Each character had their own personality. I run into so many books where personalities are so alike and generic. Oh! What a scrumptious joy to journey with the gang The Black Hawks. And my favorite by far is Lemon! I think she was the best character ever created. She was absolutely hilarious!
Fantastic adventure. The Black Hawks was always on the go. The action was crazy good. I was virtually doing BAMS! and POWS! along with the story. But the BEST part was the cussing/cursing and humor. And Lemon was the full fledged star of this.
I know my reviews are kind of weak. But from my heart I cannot tell how much I loved this book. You bet your booty I'm getting the second book....when it comes out. Goodreads says it should have came out last month. Amazon has the pre-order date set for October 15, 2020. Still, no title. So we'll see.