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Ironhand's Daughter

(The Hawk Queen #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,062 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The armies of the Outlanders crushed the highlanders at the battle of Colden Moor–killing their finest warriors and breaking their freeborn spirit. The highlanders are now a conquered people, ruled by the brutal Baron Gottasson.
Prophecies speak of the coming of a new leader, a descendent of Ironhand, mightiest of the highland kings. A leader who will throw off the Outlande
Paperback, 347 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Del Rey (first published 1995)
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Kostas No, it can be read on its own. Although, as Gemmell had once said, all his books are set in the connected, with some having only minor hints of other …moreNo, it can be read on its own. Although, as Gemmell had once said, all his books are set in the connected, with some having only minor hints of other series.
The sequel, The Hawk Eternal, has a reference to the Sipstrassi stones.(less)

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Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demons, fantasy
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the FBR Group, where we try to read everything Fantasy!!!

This was very interesting. Being my first read by David Gemmell, I went into it with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The book is Fantasy, the kind that reminds you a lot of tales told about existing realms, in this case I thought of the Highlander Scots and Irish clans in the middle ages. As we are all familiar with those lands mythologies, this was a perfect bland of a story of how a regular young
Mayim de Vries
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
“There was no change of heart. I left his head on a spike, and I burned his home to the ground. It was a grand fire, which burned bright and lit the sky for many a mile. It also lit men's hearts, and that fire burned for thirty years.”

What an easy read! If you are looking for a page-turner, a classic tale of the good forces fighting overwhelming evil invaders, you have found what you’ve been looking for.

The Ironhand’s Daughter tells a story of Sigarni the Huntress of the Highland people. A
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5.0 stars

Thanks to the others I shared reading this with in the Fantasy Buddy Reads group! It was fun, and I appreciate all the great comments and perspectives.

I think what I liked best about this was the strait forward, easy to read and concise writing style that Mr. Gemmell uses to tell his story. It is pretty quick to the action, without relying on over-descriptiveness to get to the point, yet does not shirk on getting the emotional power of the story across. It was refreshing and I look
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Buddy Read with the FBR Group.

An action-packed page turner. Easy to read but brutal at times.

Mr. Gemmell's writing is different. Short and to the point, with an economy of words that makes everything more real and natural and even quite brutal at times.

I liked both the characters and the plot.

Sigarni is wonderfully written. A strong proud woman with the mind of a whore and body to drive any man crazy. Circumstance or fate turn her into an ice cold battle queen, as beautiful and hard like a di
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
VERDICT: Passing grade, if you enjoy the genre. Keep in mind I'm no fantasy expert; about 2.67 stars for me, rounded up.

Book 1 in a series. More brutal and serious than Gemmel's Morningstar. But if extra-high fantasy is your thing, then grab some supplemental oxygen and go for it. I never cared for the heroine, but she was as capable as she was cold.

You get all this (the usual), for better or worse: (view spoiler)
Ned Lud
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Truly remarkable! Brutal but beautiful.
Ben A
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is Gemmell and so obviously has:-

- a story that is fast moving and engrossing
- quality nuanced characters that are flawed, even the heroes. Anyone can make a wrong choice at any point.
- A proper ending to the story. Even though there are more books in the series (and I am glad there are) you could stop here happy and satisfied.
- A style of writing which is precise and flows exceptionally well. It helps make reading his books a joy.
- A back story that feels full even if they never actually t
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, n-e2019
Simple, direct and fun, sometimes just what you need.

Some very good points and concepts, and events, but sometimes it felt some thing were just glossed over, some plot lines (like the other world city) felt hugely simplistic, but then again, also didn't needlessly drag on.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars!

It was an intersting story, not original but good enough.

love the characters especially Sigarni of course, an independent woman who lived on her own and provided for herself and Had a few lovers. even though she was from blood line – she could not care less not for the throne or to rebel against her conqueror. All she wanted to do is hunt with her hawk and her dog until one brutal night…….
Sara Moore
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Spoilers/Trigger Warning

This book has a gang-rape at the center of our character and plot development. And outside of that, just about every male in our story either wants to sleep with our main character, already has, or both. Literally every time a new male character gets introduced in the story, they have to either say or think that she is the most attractive woman they have ever seen, if they are not too coarse, and that they really want to bed her, if they are a bit more coarse. Our main ch
Jason Wilson
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In Ironhand’s Daughter, David Gemmell begins a stunning new series, chronicling the lives of characters who live and die by the sword and the arrow, and introducing, in Signari, one of his most memorable figures.

Gemmell has for many years been the master of heroic fantasy/warfare epics and Ironhand’s Daughter marks an attempt to try something different: a story with a female lead. Happily, Gemmell’s novel pays off, with the author once again delivering a hugely readable (make that impossible-to-
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Readable but forgettable.

This has a lot of standard Gemmell elements but nothing original or interesting.

Sigarni is never likeable, Taliesen is an annoying plot device, he has no personality just and just pops up to push the plot along.

The other-world section feels childish, like a bad version of Moorcock.

The ending is dull.

It is still standard Gemmell so it is readable but only if you have nothing else.
Jun 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: yes
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.
Debbie A Seaborn
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have read nearly all of David Gemmell's books and this has been as enjoyable as all the others. Loved the story and the characters. Bought this as a combined book with both Hawk stories in it, having a break before I read the second but won't be for long. ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there had been more Highland world building but still well done.
Angel 一匹狼
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gemmell does it again. "Ironhand's Daughter" is another amazing novel, a great action adventure with great characters, surprising and touching moments and full of magic.

A total blast.

Sigarni is a woman that does as she pleases. However, in a world dominated by men, this sometimes brings her more problems than anything else. She, however, does not want to change. The Outlanders, who rule over her people, the Highlanders, are planning on an excuse to attack and destroy them. At the same time, a pr
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Inronhand's Daughter almost gets 4 stars from me but sadly David Gemmell didn't do well with magic and story consistency. I started the book with not much expectation so when I reached where Sigarni endures her fate for greatness I found myself very impressed with how Sigarni has to endure her fate for greatness. It was heart-wrenching because David Gemmell didn't mince the cruelty of gendered oppression, tyranny and its injustices. I even like Sigarni!
But then the story continues now
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
This is 2.5 stars. It's a book that's easily read though there is a lot of rape and misogyny.

Basically: Baron Gottasson wants to raise an army. He needs a rebellion to justify it. So what does he do? Stir up the Highland population.

Sigarni is one of the victims of the Baron. Her hawk takes out his eye; he kills the hawk, then imprisons and gang rapes her. She kills her guards and escapes. She raises a rebellion and proves to be a gifted strategist. We end with her defeating the Baron through an
Jay Collins
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 to 3 stars, it was okay, it has some good and bad points. It is well written but the beginning is too long and too slow, things only pick up around the half way point. Some good character development, maybe to much as sometimes that is what is causing the slowness of the story to progress. Some magic but never really explained and takes a back seat to characters and the story. The ending was okay for the most part, but again good and bad. I am on the fence if I would continue with this serie ...more
Kate Millin
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story set in a version of the Highlands in Scotland which include sorcerers and seers. The focus of the tale is a girl who is tall and silver haired and who has already survived an attack on her life which she doesn’t remember until the time is right. The country has been ruled by Outsiders - invaders from the south, but there is a legend about a warrior descendent of the famous King Ironhand from previous centuries. Excellent story weaving and I am looking forward to reading the second book ...more
Raymond Walker
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
David Gemmell has become a legend writing Historical/Heroic fiction. Appropriate as his first successful novel was called simply "Legend"
"Ironhand's Daughter" stands up well but is slower to start than many of his works building bit by bit through heart break, tragedy and sorrow to a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil (or the forces of the not so good and the just a little bad) as seen from the combatants viewpoints.
This is certainly not Mr Gemmell's best novel but it is sti
Paul Allard
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
David Gemmell books are all a bit similar although this one, the first part of a series, is possibly a bit better with fewer battles. The main character, Sigarni, a huntress, finds herself propelled into a position of importance as an enemy threatens the Highlands in which she lives. Mystical forces are also at work and play an important part.

Gemmell fans should enjoy this and, as fantasy books go, this one is not bad at all but I won't be bothering with rest of the series.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Seems kind of stock for David Gemmell. It didn't have any of the wisdom that I usually find in his writing, though it did have most of the same philosophical conundrums. Still, a quick read, and mostly fun, except for a fairly dark beginning. ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really like Gemmell's books, u always like how it looks realistic. I really loved the characters, especially Ballistar!
I enjoyed the 'feminist' side of the book, it comes naturally, it doesn't look like it's forced in order to please a larger audience.
Really go for it!
Raqual Humphries
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant as always from the master. And narrated beautufully by Anjoa Andoh.
Scott Gardner
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is Gemmell at his best , great characters, fast paced storyline
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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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