Book review - Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon
review by Becky
1072 AD. The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a Frank warrior named Vallon must capture four rare hawks.As they track their quarry to the far ends of the earth, from Greenland to Russia to Constantinople, Vallon and his comrades must brave raging Arctic seas, savage Vikings, and blood-drenched battlefields in a relentless race against time.
Available on Amazon.com: Hawk Quest
This book is truly an epic saga involving a wide range of characters from different parts of the 10th century world (such as English, Norwegian, Frank, Greek, Russian, Icelandic and Norman) who become entangled in a quest that is as lengthily, dangerous and I dare say as honourable in equal proportion to that fulfilled by the characters in Lord of the Rings. The only difference being that there is no fantasy involved, just brutal, honest, 10th century historical experiences. The quest itself involves the catpure of 4 Gyrfalcons who happen to live in Iceland and Greenland but then their destination is in the far eastern lands of the Black Sea as a ransom for a captured Norman Knight. So the group of unlikely heroes, in their pursuit of the Gyrfalcons, travel across foriegn lands and seas which is what makes the story so epic as they cover an awful lot of the 10th century world.
The journey is long and dangerous, alliances are made, enemies abound at every turn, battles are fought, sacrafices are made, love is even found in the unlikeliest of places. All the characters harbour secrets, hidden agendas, dream of divine redemption or harbour a lust to avenge a tainted honour. All this and more is experienced through the lives of so many, on a journey that takes more than year in the storyline. Each chapter is full of tension, adventure, thrills and wonder. It will have the reader reeling from the epic experience and as breathless with relief and perhaps even sadness when they reach the final page.
The only flaw in this whole tale is the subtitle of the book referring to the Norman Conquest. Which itself is only lightly involved in the form of three Norman brothers entwined in the large plot. And with the story exploring so many countries and seas it doesn't involve in anyway the Norman Conquest for England in 1066. The total story happens several years afterwards.
But it is still a very worthwhile read and is greatly recommended for fans of historical fiction of this period. No wonder it took 10 years to write. Brave Robert Lyndon!
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
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