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Posted August 24, 2012
In Flank Hawk, Mr. Ervin introduces to a future in which fantasy
In Flank Hawk, Mr. Ervin introduces to a future in which fantasyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
creatures and magic have become commonplace. What happens when the
necromancer uses the doomed souls of Nazis to reintroduce technology?
It’s up to a young man from a small village to put his life on the line
to save everyone. Why to buy this book: 1. The character arc reminded
me a lot of The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, and I’m a sucker
for that type of story. 2. The book is epic fantasy at its finest,
featuring the struggle of good against evil. 3. The writing is,
overall, good. Mr. Ervin draws you into the story and introduces
realistic, relatable characters. I found myself not wanting to put the
book down. 4. I love the intersection of fantasy and scifi. 5. I don’t
see first person used a lot in fantasy, and, after reading this book, I
don’t understand why. Mr. Ervin uses it to good effect. Why not to buy
the book: I’m not a big fan of elements of high fantasy. This book
contains (and this is not a comprehensive list): zombies, goblins,
ogres, giants, and dragons. Halfway through the work, I said to myself
“at least there are no elves.” I spoke too soon. My other major
problem with the book was some of the character names. Road Toad?
Really? By the end of the book (and this character appears frequently),
I still had that reaction whenever I read the name. Bottom Line: I
try to save 5 stars for my favorite books of all time like Eye of the
World and Name of the Wind, and I couldn’t stretch quite that high for
this one. It’s a solid 4 and worth reading. I plan on buying the rest
of the books in the series.
Posted October 28, 2011
Reviewed by Hampton reviews
Flank Hawk follows the adventures of a young mercenary as he strives to help defeat the army that overran his homeland. This very difficult task is more difficult than usual due to the presence of goblins, sorcerers, ogres, and zombies, as well as the appearance of technologies such as panzers and chlorine gas. Flank Hawk is helped by fellow mercenaries, seers, wizards, dragon riding cavalrymen, and many other fantastical characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book jumps right into the action. From page one, the reader knows that Krish (who later becomes Flank Hawk when he gains his mercenary name) is a relatively young soldier desperately defending his homeland against an invading army whose soldiers are primarily zombies. From there the action never lets up. However, with the author putting so much energy into battle scenes and world building, the only character motivation that gets developed is that of Krish fighting because he wants to protect his family. This makes for an exciting book, but does keep the reader distanced from the characters long than typical. While the reader will feel suspense for what is going to happen next, there is very little tension tied specifically to the Krish himself; you will hope that he survives, but not feel any real dread over the possibility that he may not.
The writing style is easy to read and filled with simple, but detailed, descriptions. The author provides an interesting world with the mix of fantasy elements and technology. There is also an intriguing second "storyline" included in short segments at the beginning of each chapter. All of this lends itself to a quality, entertaining read.
This book would be good for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre-and especially fantasy's with a twist-as well as people who like books with a heavy dose of battles. It's likely that those who enjoy things such as Dungeons and Dragons would also enjoy this.
Posted February 2, 2010
A Fun Read
Magic meets technology with explosive results. Flank Hawk is full of fast-paced action and great well-rounded characters that I quickly grew to love. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a great fantasy adventure. Can't wait for the sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2010
Flank Hawk will sweep you away and take you to a magical world.
Terry W. Ervin II did a brilliant job writing this debut novel. There's never a dull moment as we follow Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, as he forges through battles. Dragons, zombies, giants, and wizards color the pages of this science fiction, fantasy novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Thriving as a stong individual, Krish encounters new friends, and loses honorable allies. Krish's journey is not one you want to miss.
Posted November 28, 2009
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