by Marie Powell
August 1, 2015
Out of the legends around the last Prince of Wales comes a captivating YA fantasy.
Hyw yearns to join his father in serving the charismatic Llywelyn, Prince of Wales.
If only Hyw dared tell anyone of his ability to scout through the eyes of a hawk, it might help secure his place in the royal guard. Cat, his sister, longs to inherit the magical ability that runs through her mother’s line. If only she could see her future, now that she is 13 and promised to a boy she barely remembers.
When a messenger summons the prince to a secret meeting, Cat and Hwy find themselves in the middle of a war that threatens to destroy all of Wales. Can they master their special abilities in time to save the royal family—and themselves?
Set among the actual events and personages of late 13th century Wales, Marie Powell has constructed a fantasy novel that recreates what life might have been like for two teenagers coming of age.
Definitely a blow-your-mind debut novel. Loved it!
If you know nothing of Welsh history or mythology, then this book will be a treat for you; if you know a lot, you’ll probably enjoy it even more.
Hawk is an engrossing historical fantasy which conjures up the vivid and colorful action of medieval warfare involving knights and kings and queens, near death escapes by commoners as well as royal heirs, and fantastic transformations and supernatural interventions that are the stuff of myths and legends.