Ironhand's Daughter (Hawk Queen Series #1)

Ironhand's Daughter (Hawk Queen Series #1)

by David Gemmell
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Ironhand's Daughter (Hawk Queen Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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arthurrosewood More than 1 year ago
A headstrong, mountain huntress who knows nothing about her true identity is the heroine of David Gemmell's Ironhand's Daughter. Sigarni, the huntress, cares only for her life in the Highlands. This begins to change when she finds the bones of the legendary king Ironhand at the bottom of a lake where she swam. At the time the only thing she understood was that the bones belonged to the heroic king of the Highlands. She continued to live her life carefree and empty of attachment. She loved men in the physical sense,but the men would not want Signari as a bride due to the fact that she was barren. Sigarni's people, the Highlanders, are oppressed by a ruthless Baron Gottasson,who has as his ambition to return to the captial city rather than these cold highland hills.Gottasson believes he needs a military victory to gain favor with his superiors who would then bring him home as a conquering hero. Gottasson decides the highlander villages will be eliminated since they posed no real threat since the death of King Ironhand many years before the Outlanders rise to power. However,a mysterious mage, a moor from a distant land has made friends with Sigarni. He tells her of a prophecy of a new leader- a descendent of Ironhand who would lead the Highlanders against the Outlanders. The rest of the book is about the trials and sufferings of Signarni as she comes to grip with her destiny and her true identity as the royal daughter of King Ironhand. This novel by Gemmell relies on the usual arcane magic expected in a Gemmell fantasy novel as well as a device he employed in Hero in the Shadows- travel to an alternate world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There isn't really anything novel in the plot, but Gemmell executes the story well. The setting was interesting as it is a blend of Jacobite Scotland and Roman occupied Briton. Gemmell produces a few scenes that are more graphic, but also more powerful, than I remember from his previous work. Gemmell dosen't engage in any deep character studies here, but he does render his characters with enough realism and sympathy to engage the reader's interest. I would recommend this one to any fanatsy fans out there.