Hawk Quest

Hawk Quest

by Robert Lyndon
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Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon

The year is 1072.

The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a soldier named Vallon must capture four rare hawks.

On a heart-stopping journey to the far ends of the earth, braving Arctic seas, Viking warlords, and the blood-drenched battlefields, Vallon and his comrades must track down their quarry one by one in a relentless race against time.

The scale is huge. The journey is incredible. The history is real. This is Hawk Quest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847444981
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication date: 01/28/2012

About the Author

Robert Lyndon has been a falconer since boyhood. A keen student of history, he was intrigued by accounts of hawks being used as ransoms during the Middle Ages. Some of the scenes in Hawk Quest were inspired by Lyndon's own experiences as a falconer, climber and traveler in remote places. He has written many books and articles on history and exploration.

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Hawk Quest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Hawk Quest was a difficult book to read. It is set back in the later times of the Vikings and the Crusades so be prepared for gory scenes. The premise is that a group is thrown together to search for hawks to use to ransom a Lords son. This book is very descriptive in that the author writes a lot about every aspect of every scene.It's is useful info but makes a long read. I thought I already knew a lot but I sure did learn a lot more. There is info on sailing, catching hawks, battle tactics and armor. Don't worry. Between fights among the group and enemies along the way there is still time for romances to pop up! It also took longer to read due to the dark aspects. This book got under my skin and I had to put it down and walk way many times. But I had to find out the ending and what happened to people I came to care for. I'm glad I did because it din't end I thoughtut with a better ending,for me.If you like old history. If you like battle scenes.This is the book for you. I don't usually say this but it would make one heck of a good movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If J.R.R. Tolkien and Bernard Cornwell collaborated on a novel, it might look something like this. HAWK QUEST is a real achievement in scope and depth: Few novels I've read sweep the reader along on such a diverse array of adventures with such suspense and immersion. Lyndon takes you from the Alps to England to Spain to Iceland to Greenland to Scandinavia to Russia and finally Turkey, with a lyrical flair that paints stunning pictures of the landscapes providing the backdrops for the characters' travels. When the characters navigate horrible storms in the north Atlantic and rapids on the Dnieper, your stomach turns with theirs. When one character is scaling icy cliffs in search of falcon nests, Lyndon makes you feel the vertigo, too. It's all the more impressive considering the esoteric nature of the quest: to capture a rare type of hunting falcon and deliver it to a Turkish emir to ransom a Norman knight. Intriguing, perhaps, on its face, but a page-turner? Through nearly 700 pages? Especially when the reader is given little real reason to care about the knight being ransomed? And when the reader, for much of the first half, has no clue about the real reason the protagonist has taken on this task? Yes, Lyndon pulls it off. One other thing worth noting about HAWK QUEST is how vividly Lyndon evokes the medieval setting. He creates a world in which, to the characters, monsters and witches are real and never too far away. Although magic plays no role in the story, it reads like epic fantasy. And, true to the times, oppression and hunger are daily realities for peasants under the boot heel of foreign nobles. Yet the story Lyndon weaves makes it credible that knights, peasants, mercenaries, and students might band together on an unlikely, but somehow believable quest. The one area in which Lyndon stretches credibility a bit too much for me is the characters' ability to communicate with each other easily. Lyndon provides a note at the beginning explaining that Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian languages were close enough at the time to allow reasonably smooth conversation. Yet, it's a bit of a reach for a French knight to learn fluent English in a matter of weeks; even more so for an English peasant to do likewise learning the language of the Seljuk Turks. But that is one small blemish amid a really entertaining and engrossing epic adventure.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Now, I have to admit that realistic historical fiction books are not in my top few genres. If I read a historical fiction, I prefer it to be a naughty Victorian or Regency romance. However, Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon may have just turned me down the path of no return. I loved that the cast of characters were so different, and that we got a chance to visit so many different lands while we were inside their heads. I really felt like I was transported back into the Middle Ages of Europe.  Set in England and Europe in the late eleventh century, a brave knight named Vallon must face battles, Vikings, etc to capture four extremely rare hawks in order to save their captured brother at arms. Journeying across lands far and wide and encountering enormous obstacles, there can be no telling who will be left standing when the dust and chaos of the battlefield has fallen silent.  This book was a constant, blow-by-blow action fest. Ladies, get this one for your man if he's the slightly nerdy type and can sit still for a while. This book's got everything that those men of ours wish they could find in our easy, technically savvy world: bloodshed, violence, and a great quest. While the book does smack of the traditional "epic journey" kind of plot, there is a reason that trope is so popular. People like it and it's exciting to read! Vallon and his crew brave so many obstacles, it's actually hard to catch your breath in between scenes. Definitely look into Hawk Quest if you are the adventurous sort.
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I absolutely loved this book! Mr. Lyndon's knowledge of history is evident in this beautifully written book. I would warn that some people would be off put by the violence; however, that was what life was like one thousand years ago. I was hooked on page one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have five hundred nook books on my IPad and I think that Hawk Quest is one of the best adventure books I have ever read.  The writing is a joy to read, the characters are wonderful and the adventure is worth going on.  If you  want an interesting, well written book that you can lose yourself in, Hawk Quest is the one book I insist you read. I hope he writes many more of these characters. swampdog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly like ben kane! With a bit more detail though. I loved this book a bit lenghy though. I thought that everything was written ery well and how the chacters transformed thouhout the novel gives you that heartwarming fealing. Funny i can say that about a book so violent haha. A book for any thrill seaker!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pull out my bow and arrow... a about 3 live dummies came to life with real swords. I stood there trying to sense or notice any weaknesess. The first dummy wouldnt be able to react release. 'Make it fly my dad always said... make it fly' and I did. The first dummy was down. 'But these next two were going to be tough.' I think to myself. I take out another arrow but I dont draw it back. Noticing the dummies feet were into position to charge. So I go to the daggers. I tackle one of them and takes him in a hostage situation. With one dagger on the neck and another in hand. I throw my dagger in hand in between of what would be the eyes. And slit the throat of the one in hostage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has two axes!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She merely looks at him. "Why not try shooting me?" She walks up to him, now a few feet in front of him.