The Good Hawk
If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back?
Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with.
Jaime is a reluctant Angler, full of self-doubt and afraid of the sea.
When disaster strikes, the pair must embark on a terrifying journey to a land where...more
The Good Hawk is a YA historical book set in the days when Clans ruled parts of the world. The book opens with fifteen-year-old Agatha who has Down Syndrome. She lives at the north of the Isle of Skye with her clan, ‘Clann-a-Tuath’ and her role in the clan is that she is a Hawk, they guard the wall to the enclave and watch for anyone coming to attack them.
We then meet fifteen-year-old Jaime who is an Angler, although not a very capable one as he doesn’t ...more
Jamie is a reluctant Angler and is afraid of the sea, with all that deep dark water, his mind rattles of all the possibilities that could be lurking beneath the surface like a giant squid, killer rays .
I always love to ...more
The story is set on the isle of Skye in a mythic era where clans live and battle, we follow Agatha a "Hawk" whose job it is to walk the walls that surround the home of her clan. We also follow Jaime a reluctant Angler and even more reluctant groom! Jaime and Agatha are thrust into action as their clan are brutally attacked.
This book ...more
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It follows the story of Jaime, an anxious boy with a heavy role to play in his clan, and Agatha, a girl with Down Syndrome and an extraordinary gift that enables her to communicate with animals. When their clan is betrayed and captured by enemy forces, they set out together on a rescue mission. But this mission takes them to mainland Scotia, where the people have been ...more
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot is the compelling start to a trilogy set in a mythic Scotland.
It revolves around two members of the Clann a Tuath, set on the island of Skye. Agatha is a Hawk, a sentinel, considered incapable because of her birth condition, and Jaime is an Angler, an anxious teen who isn’t fond of the sea, chosen by the clan’s elders for a long-unneeded ritual. Unexpectedly, the clan is kidnapped by ...more
What a rare gem is THE GOOD HAWK. The two protagonists are unlikely heroes. They know they have face their fears and use any and all gifts they may have to survive in this unique work of Dystopian Fiction.
Agatha has Down Syndrome (in the book there is no official diagnosis, but it is obvious to informed readers.) When was the last time you read a book, or even a short story, where the protagonist is a person with a "DisABILITY?"
Kudos to Author Joseph Elliott for ...more
I'm excited to learn more about how the Island of Skye works, how the children are sorted into their work details, how the clans work. But most of all, I want to know more about Agatha, about the way she was born, about her amazing affinity with ...more
Agatha and Jaime are part of Clan-a-Tuath on the Isle of Skye. Agatha is a Hawk, someone who patrols the sea wall, a job she takes a lot of pride in despite the people who question her being there because of the condition she was born with. Jaime in an Angler, essentially someone who goes out fishing, and the ...more
In short, pretty good read but I don't find myself too interested in reading the sequel (felt it could have ended as a standalone just fine). It does some things that I definitely am giving thumbs up for, but also other things that I just was frustrated with.
I enjoyed the main plot in general, some things I was ''meh'' about (not including what I will write below). It was definitely ...more
And even after reading I'm still not entirely sure what to think of this book. It's a typical "it's not bad, it's just not that outstanding or impressive ...more
The story focuses on two main characters, Agatha and Jamie. The clan view Agatha as odd and don’t feel she belongs. Jamie is a worrier and ...more
This is a whimsical adventure told by a new voice in an ancient place. It is wild, dramatic and draped in legend. And I'm not just talking about the book. For the place is eerily beautiful also. The setting, of course, is Scotland. Medieval Scotland, to be exact. And it is a thrilling place to be. You are dropped, in the beginning, into a brand new adventure told by two very different voices that complement each ...more
Agatha and Jaime are members of a clan who live on a remote island off the coast of Scotia; they believe that a plague killed everybody who lived on the mainland. The first-hand narration of this story alternates between Agatha and Jaime; it offers clearly distinguished "voices" for each of its narrators.
Neither Agatha nor Jaime ...more
The writing is pacy, clever and rich, takes us on an adventure across alt-Scotland to Northern Europe and explores society in a really ...more
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott is a junior fiction novel set in a mythic Scotland and tells a heartwarming story of adventure, courage and friendship. Agatha and Jaime are two members of Clann-a-Tuath. Agatha is a special member of the clan and takes her job as a Hawk very importantly. Hawk’s patrol the sea-wall always on the look-out for danger from the sea and warring clans. Agatha was born with down syndrome and others in the clan don’t trust her to perform her duties. Jaime is an Angler who ...more
Jaime is training to be an Angler (Fisherman) but has a deep fear of the sea. He is important to his clan however, being chosen for an arranged marriage between two clans.
Agatha is in trouble yet again, and learning to control her angry ...more
By Joseph Elliott
An Early Reviewers book - Advance Reading Copy (ARC).
It has been a while since I have read a non-Terry Pratchett fantasy novel, but I am very glad that I decided to read The Good Hawk. This story takes place in a a fictional and fantastical medieval Isle of Skye and Scotland that has been changed by a great plague and two young misfits must learn to be heroes to save their entire people.
The writing and plot are superb and imaginative and the two main characters ...more