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Flight of the Hawk by G. R. Grove
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Flight of the Hawk by G. R. Grove

The “Flight of the Hawk,” the second novel in a trilogy by G. R. Grove, was a wonderfully written book full of enjoyable characters and lots of action. This is a fantasy thriller, not set in the future, but set in the 6th century. The book is carefully crafted and historically accurate as well. The story also contains a military theme. If you enjoy a story with a military angle, this book is for you.

The narrative moved at a good smooth pace, the characters were well drawn and believable, and the dialogue very crisp and realistic. I very much enjoyed reading very much.

I am typically not a fan of fantasy stories and very rarely read them, but this book was a good example of what a talented author can do with a story.

The book is very long, over 900 pages. If you do not like long books, this one might not be for you. But, if like me, you enjoy a very long book, this would be a good book to check out.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. Higly recommended. ( )
  dwcofer | Jun 26, 2012 |
I recieved this book a while ago and I lost internet but I have had the chance to read it. I would like to give my review now: I dont know alot about 6th Century Britian
but I really enjoyed this book I wish I had read the first one and would like to read the third but anyway. The way the Author talks about the Dark Ages in Europe was so great because of the historical things that I learned. I also learned much about Scottland - Wales - England. I loved it, I really got a clear picture in my mind of what the Author is trying to say.
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  joycedlee | Aug 21, 2011 |
I received this book through members giveaway without books 1 and 3. I have to say however that the lack of book 1 made no difference to my level of enjoyment of this book. It is wonderfully written with a beautifully realized sense of space and time. The descriptions ring true which is what one most looks for in historical fiction (or fantasy as the case may be).

The level of characterization was decent; one does care for Gwernin and his friends. I found however, that the author didn't do as good a job with 'showing' feelings as with 'telling'. There was a lot of "I felt sad to leave my lady behind" by Gwernin but the next second he's off in good spirits with Taliesin. The plot too was just ok.

The main reason for reading this book is the beautifully done descriptiveness as opposed to the plot or characterization. That and the high level of writing skill made it a very enjoyable read for me. ( )
1 vote anatwork.k | Jul 14, 2011 |
I loved the vernacular used. It was so fitting of the time period and really sucked me into the story. I also really enjoyed that there were a few words that I had to look up! This is a rare occurrence and I love it! It's so nice to learn something new and to read something new that hasn't been used a million times.

Something I loved and hated, "But that, O my children, is a story for another day" Sometimes it fit perfectly, and sometimes I hated it being there. It didn't fit or just got repetitive.

It was about halfway through the book, around chapter 18 that I really got hooked. I cared about the characters, the relationships. I started flying through reading chapters at a crazed pace.

I cannot wait to pick up the first and third (and even the upcoming 4th title) in the story teller series. Storyteller, and The Ashe spear. I absolutely enjoyed this story. It was well thought out, well manipulated and I found it entirely too easy to get lost in the setting and picture every little detail in my mind. I also very much enjoyed the inclusion of the appendix, although I didn't discover it until I was done with the book, but all in all, GREAT read. I would, and have recommended it. ( )
2 vote rvenfrost | Jun 13, 2011 |
A novel about the travels of Gwernin, the storyteller, and Neirin, the bard. The descriptions of both setting and character help transport the reader into the period. For anyone who is a fan of Arthurian or other medieval literature, this novel is a must read. ( )
  bagejew | Mar 10, 2011 |
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Another Samhain night, another audience. (Prologue)
Blood and fire, gold and steel and poetry, a river’s voice in the silence of the night, and the shining strings of a harp—all these and more I have known in my time.
It began on a bright spring evening two days before Beltane. The birds were singing passionately in the new-leafed trees; the cattle were lowing in the green fields outside the court; and I and my girl Rhiannedd were seated on a rough wooden bench close by Cyndrwyn’s mead-hall, passing some moments pleasantly enough until it was time to go inside for dinner. I had my arm around her slender waist, and was just about to kiss her, when we were interrupted by the sound of approaching horses.
“Who is that?” I asked Neirin, pointing. “The man in the red and green tunic beside Elidyr?”

Neirin looked, and for a moment his eyes narrowed and his mobile mouth set hard. “That is Clydno Eidyn,” he said levelly. “King of the Gododdin lands.”

“You must know him, then,” I said. “He looks no older than Rhydderch; he cannot have been king for long.”

“Na, na,” said Neirin, still in that oddly level voice. “He was crowned five years ago, when his father died: I mind it well.” And then, almost as an afterthought, “He is my half-brother.” And he drank off his wine, and stood up, and walked away from the table like one who goes to seek the fresh air, leaving me staring after him.
The honor-price of the King of Gwynedd (or so say the judges) is one hundred white cows and a red-eared bull for every cantref that he rules, and a rod of gold as tall as the King himself and as thick as his little finger, and a plate of gold as broad as the King’s face; and the price of the King’s son and heir is a third that of the King himself, but without the gold. The Picts, however, though fond of cows, were even more fond of silver, and so their valuation was different—though not as different as all that, as I found to my dismay. Even three hundred cows take a lot of driving, and leave a lot of cow-dung behind them, not to mention the trouble that may be caused by the bulls. And then there was the metal…
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Britain in the summer of 551 AD: The North is a tinderbox about to burst into flame, the Saxons are stirring again in the East, and Cynan Garwyn, Prince of Powys, is doing his best to foment war in the South. In the midst of this simmering chaos, two young bards - Gwernin Storyteller and his friend Neirin mab Dwywei, the Poet-Prince that some call "Taliesin's Hawk" - are sent to the North by their master to investigate the rumors and do what they can to prevent a war. At least, that was their mission - but the two young men find plenty of other adventures along the way. Girls and beer, bloodshed and magic - will they survive the summer and make it home alive? This is the second book in the Storyteller series - the third book, titled The Ash Spear, is scheduled for publication in 2009
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