Flank Hawkby Terry W. Ervin Ii
wizard's magic defeat a panzer? Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, witnesses this and much more as he confronts the Necromancer King's new war machines resurrected from before the First Civilization's fall. Worse yet, a wounded prince tasks Krish to find
What happens when fire-breathing dragons battle Stukas for aerial supremacy over a battlefield? Can an earth
wizard's magic defeat a panzer? Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, witnesses this and much more as he confronts the Necromancer King's new war machines resurrected from before the First Civilization's fall. Worse yet, a wounded prince tasks Krish to find the fabled Colonel of the West and barter the royal family's malevolent Blood-Sword for a weapon to thwart the Necromancer King's victory.
Flank Hawk is set in the distant future where magic exists and brutish ogres are more than a child's nightmare.
- Gryphonwood Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 Years
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In Flank Hawk, Mr. Ervin introduces to a future in which fantasy 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.
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. 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.
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!
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. Thriving as a stong individual, Krish encounters new friends, and loses honorable allies. Krish's journey is not one you want to miss.