“My master said a journey uncompleted is like a story half-told.” “Don’t be ridiculous.
With a time frame that spans well over a year…
…a plot of epic proportions
…unforgettable characters which will you will come to love and hate
…attention to historical detail and setting
and a knowledge of history and theology with some foreshadowing of theological issues within the Christian faith that were to occur again and again to this day
Robert Lyndon’s Hawk Quest is a novel that I could not put down.
After I read it it reminded me of other historical novels that I have read in the past with their long historical time frame. But Hawk Quest is played out on a grander scale and scope making it an contemporary novel in what I would call an epic vein.
It is also a quest for revenge; of penance, of adventure, for freedom. The human themes of love, hate, faith, doubt, lust, greed, and the like are a part of this novel.
Hawk Quest begins in the Alps in 1072 when Vallon, a Frank knight who is one the run, encounters Hero, a “promising Italian physician,” who is accompanying a diplomat/philosopher on a mission to free a captured Norman knight imprisoned by a Muslim leader in what is now modern day Turkey. The terms of exchange for the Norman knight are four pure white gyrfalcons that only could be obtained in Greenland .
The diplomat dies and Vallon reluctantly agrees to take on the task of helping Hero deliver the message and then, again reluctantly, lead an expedition to save him. Thus their adventures begins which take them, and a crew of memorable characters from Norman England up to Iceland and Greenland across the north Atlantic to Norway across what is now Sweden and Finland and south through central Russia into northern Turkey. Along the way the group faces numerous challenges and tests of loyalty and character.
The journey results in a well detailed and interesting account of a falcon competition for which the author of this novel is well known.
Hawk Quest (the initial launch title of Redhook, a division of Hachette Book Group) is simply historical fiction at its best. I liked everything about this book.
I give this book a ‘magnificant’ read.
Note: I receive an uncorrected proof of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.