The Hawk Eternal
A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group.
I had a lot of high expectations for this novel and I have to say, I was let down.... No, nothing is really wrong with the righting or the story, but it just felt like the author had enough material and ideas for a novella or a short story and stretched it out forcefully into a full length novel. As a novel on its own it would have made much more sense than as a novel which followed the Hawk Queen. The time-travel and other dimensions ele ...more
The short answer is: No, don't read it. This should have been a footnote to the Ironhand's Daughter not a novel on its own.
The long answer is: This book is not worthy of your precious time for several reasons:
1. In Silmarillion the whole story of the Rings of Power and the Third Age is compacted into 20 pages. Tolkien’s incomparable genius turned only a portion of these into a trilogy ...more
If you're expecting a sequel to Ironhand's Daughter you're not gonna get it here.
This feels like a separate novel (an overstretched novella to be more precise). It could have been finished in just a few chapters and isn't really worth the time. We get too less of Sigarni and nothing of other characters that made the first book a great read.
Not a real waste of time but one you can do without. ...more
In the second book of the Hawk Queen series with the heroine Sigarni, Gemmell travels us this time into a parallel world where a great war is about to break out.
Even though this book is a "sequel" to the heroine Sigarni she has, actually, a very small role because the story here focuses mostly on two unexpected heroes, on Caswallon, a former clan thief, and on a young boy Gaelen, where fate has unite them and together they will have to face the barbaric race Aenir as the only thing they want ...more
This is certainly an interesting idea, but I felt like there were two books inbetween that I didn't read.
David has a great story in his head, but it didn't fully realized itself on the written page. ...more
Some good moments and development, but extremely rushed conclusion, main character and driving force of the first book completely sidetracked (and that's being generous), antagonists that kill, plunder, rape and wage war just because, group of teenagers turning into the strongest/wisest group the clan has/will have in their whole history...
But it did have some good development, specially how Caswallon teaches Gaelen, those little tidbits of information and knowledge, specially abou ...more
For the new heroes, Caswallon is the introspective loner, Gaelen the scarred and powerful you ...more
Gaelen is the lone survivor of the attack on his city by the Aenir, vicious killers and butchers that enjoy war for its own sake. Caswallon, a member of the clans, decides to save him for no clear reason but his respect for the youth's desire to keep on living.
Gaelen comes to live with the clans. However, the threat of the Aenir is now on their lands. Gaelen, ...more
After the disappointment of the re-read of Ironhands Daughter, this was a welcome re-read of the “sequel”.
Reading the book you’d be forgiven that you were expecting it to continue the epic tale of the Hawk Queen, Sigarni.
Galen and Cadswallon are your lads here and they rule the roost.
It’s helpful, when wanting to specifically read a book with a female protagonist that this novel isn’t one. Once I’d got over the disappoi ...more
Entertaining sequel to Ironhand's Daughter with more timey-wimey shenanigans. Sigarni features as a very minor character in this one as it is set several generations prior to that book, using characters and settings mentioned fleetingly there.
It tells a similar story, too: the Lowlanders are replaced by ersatz Vikings who are building an empire for themselves. They are portrayed in a way that doesn't generate much sympathy for them and their backstory is dealt with far too perfunctorily to make...more
This is the sequel to "Ironhands Daughter" and is the better book. The initial book being necessary to set the scene and introduce the characters required for this enjoyable romp where the highlanders vastly outnumbered take on the might of the Aenir (essentially Vikings) in a battle for the surviv ...more
Similar to the first Hawk Queen.
The characters in this book are slightly better than the first one but the plot is slightly worse so the end result is the same.
We have the standard Gemmell cast but without any edge to them, very much a paint-by-numbers job.
The plot is messy with multiple worlds and time lines making anything possible and nothing intelligent.
The ending is exactly as it had to be from the first book so no surprises.
This is a sequel to Ironhand's Daughter, but it didn't strike me as a sequel. It felt more like an independent novel in a separate world with a side-mention of the events in Ironhand's Daughter.
It starts with a similar premise: the Clans are threatened by the Aenir, who live on the lowlands. We follow Gaelan, whose city is situated between the Aenir and the Clans. The Aenir destroy Gaelan's city; Gaelan is then adopted by Caswallon, a Clansman. Gaelan and Caswallon then ...more
a bit of serendipity: Saw Ladyhawke recently. Fit in very nicely w/ Gemmell et al. Horses, armor, factions, a bit of magic, nobility, quests. It was made in 1985, ...more
At the end this book left many unanswered questions as it left out on the hu ...more
Sigarni is not much different than most of his male heroes, tough, aloof, and deadly. Good story, good characters, lots of action.