The Hawk And His Boy
Beautiful prose, rich character development – rare finds in this age of ebooks and indie authors. The sheer number of characters is dizzying, and I wonder why the book ends where it does instead of getting more of the story told before we turn the last page of Book One. The hawk is marvelous, and the final image of him awake at his post all night while Jute sleeps is magical. The magic in the prose is what moves me to give 5 stars to a story that seems weaker in plot and pace than in character development. Jute, The Juggler, The Knife, the wizards, the female characters – Levoreth, and more names than my brain will hold for long – all are memorable and riveting. It’s a shame we don’t get to stay with any one character long enough to see a story through to the end. The wolves, the mystery killings, the box with the hawk engraved on the lid, the missing contents (but Jute didn’t take what was inside! Why is it missing toward the end of the novel?), the quest of Ronan, the Autumn Harvest, the horse deals…. so much is going on here, this can’t be a YA or children’s fantasy. It has a very adult feel, to me. Very sophisticated, complex, intriguing and rich with myth and legend. It doesn’t follow the conventions of the hero’s journey, at least not in Book One. I’m looking forward to Two and Three. This is well crafted prose, full of mystery and magic, told by a master storyteller.