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The Hawk Eternal

(The Hawk Queen #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,650 ratings  ·  44 reviews
While the warlike and merciless Aenir wreak havoc upon the territory outside the mountain stronghold of the clans, Sigarni, the Hawk Queen, arrives in a parallel version of her own universe through a gate in space and time. Taliesen, last of the gatekeepers, has no idea why she has come. But he knows that heroes are needed and grants her passage into the ravaged land.

Mass Market Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, time-travel
*** 3 ***

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
Mayim de Vries
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
So. You kind of enjoyed the Irondhand’s Daughter and now you wonder whether you should continue with the series.

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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one was a disappointment.

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.

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
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Since this was a sequel, foolishly, I expected it to be about the characters in Ironhand's Daughter. Ha! It was about a character mentioned in passing. This could have been interesting.

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.
Freda Wang
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Sequel to Ironhand's Daughter although stands on its own as a complete novel. So pleased he wrote a sequel as loved the first one. Gemmell is one of the best living heroic fantasy writers out of Britain. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, n-e2019
More like 2,5.

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
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Instead of offering a straight sequel to Ironhand’s Daughter, Gemmell delivers a bizarre semi-sequel set mostly in an alternate universe, utilising the same idea of Gateways between realities as in Dark Prince. It pays off, for this time Gemmell gets to introduce some new, enthralling heroes, and Signari’s presence is kept to a minimum. That’s great, because her story was already told in the first book.

For the new heroes, Caswallon is the introspective loner, Gaelen the scarred and powerful you
Rachel Toh
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you like time travelling books, decent fantasy aspect, detailed war tactics
Shelves: fantasy
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Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, fantasy
I have adored David Gemmell from a young teenager when his magical & complex worlds helped me escape from an unhappy childhood. His heroic characters are always so incredibly well written - flawed human & incredibly courageous. I guess in a way they made me feel strong and brave enough to overcome anything too. The Hawk Queen especially, which is why this is a favorite.
Susan Tietjen
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Always love David Gemmell. Riveting stories, nail-biting perils, and challenges that just don't seem to be conquerable. Sometimes they aren't, and always, his characters who do survive learn important lessons and bear the scars to prove it. This book was not one of his very best, but it was really good. ...more
Luna Ofthenight
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I first read this out of sync, as a stand alone tale. On a re-read I indulged in it after Iron Hands Daughter. To be honest I preferred my first read. As a tale I loved it, as a sequel it lacked cohesion with the first book.
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, from-library
This one was even better than Ironhand's Daughter. David Gemmell should have written more books like these, I liked these two even better than his Drenai-novels.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like I need to read Ironhand's Daughter again just so I can make the 'times' fit better. A case where the sequel reads better than the original story. ...more
Angel 一匹狼
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Belonging. Identity. Being part of a group. All of Gemmell's novels revolve around the same ideas, and "The Hawk Eternal" is no exception.

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,
Ben A
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I read the omnibus and counted this as the second book... sue me!
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
Ian Banks
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

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

Raymond Walker
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is rare that David Gemmell puts a foot wrong in his chosen genre of Historic/Heroic fiction and this is not the time. "The Hawk Eternal" is an excellent novel, fast paced, exciting and a great read.
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another disappointing instalment.

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.
Raqual Humphries
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first i was a bit confused as i thought it half carried on with the battle queens story but it really doesn't...she does get mentions and has a pivitol role but it's an awesome story without her...the same people...same tribes...different time/plane of existence... ...more
I enjoyed this sequel. It was well written, particularly the descriptions of combat. I was a little disappointed that most of the book revolved around the Clans and Druid time travel, while neglecting the rest of Sigarni's story (although she still was essential plot character). ...more
Kate Millin
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel the story moves to mainly feature Gaelen who is saved by a clansman in a parallel world to the one Queen Sigorni lives in (see the first book in the series). This is an interesting tales of friendship, ivalries and how much you can achieve when you work together
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
It felt like it concluded pretty quickly, but I was satisfied by the time it all ended. Not where I thought the story was going but was interesting enough how it all tied in
Scott Gardner
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This one got confusing , trying to remember all the time lines and where they fit in , overall , still a good read , just mind boggling
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
2.5 stars, rounded down.

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
S. D. Howarth
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: old-books, fantasy
Like Dark Prince, this one added another dimension and that concept wasn't as strong as the original book. This is more half a star down as I enjoyed book one more, but that seems harsh for Gemmell. ...more
Debby Kean
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely marvellous! I hadn't read it before, it must have been another part in the series, but the characters are marvellous and engaging, and the story is compelling. ...more
Debby Allen
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good finish to Ironhand's Daughter. Get the feeling Gemmell was still working out his time travel/reality issues from Bloodstone. Ironhand's Daughter felt rushed, and it seems more an intro to the Hawk Eternal than a solid book in itself. The HE is way more satisfying. Would it have been without ID? hmmm, prolly not. Need them both.
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,
Mayank Agarwal
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Not really a continuation to the first book, its standalone book which is very hard to understand if you have read the first book. With the time travel and parallel world confusion thrown in there are flaws in the story. If the plot would have stuck to standard medieval fantasy would have been much better as this part of the book is really enjoyable. The characters are well developed and the life in clan well portrayed.

At the end this book left many unanswered questions as it left out on the hu
Jun 15, 2007 rated it liked it
More standard Gemmell fare. Set in an alternate setting that borrows much from the Scottish Highlands, this bok features Sigarni, and is one of the only books to feature a female warrior as one of the main characters.

Sigarni is not much different than most of his male heroes, tough, aloof, and deadly. Good story, good characters, lots of action.
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David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sel ...more

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