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The Black Hawks by David  Wragg
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really liked it
Read 2 times. Last read June 26, 2019 to July 3, 2019.

This a remarkably assured debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the setting, and the central premise - of a barely-competent lackey trying to protect a thoroughly incompetent prince - makes for a whole lot of fun.
Humour abounds in The Black Hawks as the band of mercenaries take somewhat reluctant possession of said prince and bodyguard in a bid to get him to their employers and collect their reward. Oh, if only it were that simple.
Told from the single third-person POV of Vedren Chel, hapless bodyguard, we see the world through his occasionally unreliable eyes, adding to the intrigue. As he's not quite the sharpest arrow in the quiver, this adds a lovely layer of puzzlements and mystery over parts of the plot and many of the characters, revealed one by one as Chel puts the pieces together in his own painstaking way.
A brilliant cast of world-weary, sarcastic rogues, some more evil and more complicated than they first appear, act as the perfect foils for the naive prince and bodyguard as they're manhandled across the country ostensibly for ransom but, of course, for more than that.
The twist in the tail came completely out of the blue and was a genuine jaw-drop moment - very cleverly done. And with the final climax of the novel, everything is brilliantly set up for the sequel - and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
June 18, 2019 – Shelved
June 18, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 26, 2019 – Started Reading
June 27, 2019 –
page 179
41.72%
July 1, 2019 –
page 374
87.18%
July 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by JKer (new)

JKer Finally, an actual review. Thank you. Where are the ARCs on this book, though? It'd be cool us non-author types to get a chance to read this early, too. :)


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