The Hawk and the Wolf

The Hawk and the Wolf

by Mark Adderley

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ISBN-13: 9781257482115
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 06/20/2011
Sold by: LULU PRESS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 236,931
File size: 384 KB

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The Hawk and the Wolf 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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CloeZ More than 1 year ago
The Arthurian legends have always intrigued me. To me they are epitome of romance and adventure. I was very pleased to read a novel about this very interesting subject. The Hawk and the Wolf , the first of the series The Matter of Britain, is an exciting tale of good and evil, mystery and magic, in which ancient Britain is poised on the brink of destruction, while a young man searches to bring a ray of hope to his country. It is the first century, and Britain is threatened by Roman invaders. Emrys, nicknamed Merlin, the young prince of Cambria, desiring to save his land from the Romans, takes it upon himself to find the long-lost sword Excalibur and rid Britain of the Roman Empire. Mark Adderley weaves a story of adventure and romance as Merlin Emrys leaves his home and sets off on his search for the lost sword. Blessed, or cursed, with a special power which the gods have given him by which he can see what is to come, he journeys through Britain on his quest, meeting many different people and adventures along the way, while all the time evading the clutches of Morgana, who would take the sword for herself and plunge all of Britain into darkness and evil. This is a book I would recommend to all lovers of Arthurian legend. It is a refreshing retelling of a classic story, and will keep you anxiously waiting for the next volume.
Nymve More than 1 year ago
The Hawk and the Wolf is the first installment in a thrilling legendary fiction about the origins of the Arthurian legend, with a strong sense of the particular glory and dignity of the land of Britain itself. One is thrown into the life of a young boy, without knowing his significance, and becomes emotionally involved with his complex human character to discover that this strange young man is the great Merlin, proverbial wizard and prophet. This early history of Merlin's life is a story of strife for the sake of the glory of his country, for the woman he loves. There is romance without fairy tale sugar polish, real and painful, yet ideal enough to live up to the mythical heights of fairy tale from the heart. The battles have the perfect balance of real and terrific horror and fantastic glory, justice and heartbreaking tragedy. The history is tight enough to convince your grandfather and the action is gripping enough to capture the imagination of every young man and woman. The image landscape of Tolkien meets the simple and piercing character development of Lewis in this truly great beginning to a tale that will stay with you and awaken a magical understanding of the deep history of the Island that we call Britain, the greatest of its kings, and that king's mysterious wizard tutor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took a little time to get into the language, then couldn't put it down. It was recommended to me by my daughter. Good read for male and female. Cant wait for next book.
Clowe More than 1 year ago
When it comes to the Arthurian legend, there is a lot to like. The tale of Arthur, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, and their eventual tragic fall have been detailed and retold for centuries. The story is rife with heroes and villains, battles won and lost, hope and tragedy. Dr. Mark Adderley¿s The Hawk and the Wolf, the first in a series of novels titled The Matter of Britain, is an exceptionally well written take on a small part of the legend.

Melding the fantastical and historical fact into a great story isn¿t easy, but Dr. Adderley does it with apparent ease. Following the early life of Emrys (later to be known as Merlin), Dr. Adderley takes the reader back to a Britain of wonder and terror, when a bard¿s song could be heard and a seemingly simple boy can turn into one of legendary vision and council. The tale follows Merlin as he quests for the legendary Excalibur, the lost sword of the High Kings of Britain. Merlin has a gift, the Sight, which grants him prophetic visions of events to come. But not always are those visions clear, and his quest for Excalibur is fraught with sadness, doubt, and loss. But there is also merriment, joy, and always at the end of his day, that drive to continue on with the knowledge that someday he will find the sword and bring back some of Britain¿s lost glory.

Dr. Adderley¿s debut novel is a joy to read. When it came time for me to sit down with the review copy, I only came up for air a few times and gulped down the novel in one sitting. His descriptions, both of the world and in it, are ripe and vivid without ever becoming overbearing. I could feel the grit of the land, see what Merlin was envisioning, feel every blow in combat, all without getting dragged down by the details. The plot moves along quickly, but never so fast as to lose this reader. The length feels just right, as it is neither too short nor overly wordy. One of the highlights of the novel is its handy reference guide in the back, so even if you¿re uncomfortable with the terms or names being used, you can always flip to the end of the book and learn a little more. This is something I hope will be continued throughout the series.

The two greatest assets of The Hawk and the Wolf are in its accessibility and its rich dialogue. You don¿t have to be an Arthurian scholar or a die-hard fantasy fan to pick up this novel and enjoy it. Along with the fantastical nature of the novel, there¿s also a deeply resounding tale of a boy becoming a man, and the heartache that comes from the journey. And while that journey takes place, you¿ll enjoy Dr. Adderley¿s firm recreation of the dialogue of the day. Never once does the speech feel stilted, disjointed, or otherwise bogged down. I found myself completely drawn in by the natural speech, and often caught myself reading out loud just to sound out the accents and brogue. Plain and simple, the language is beautiful.

If there¿s one negative to the novel, it¿s simply this ¿ it ends. Being the first in the series, the novel ends on a high note that leaves the reader satisfied, but wanting the next chapter immediately, if not sooner. I can¿t recommend this novel enough, no matter if you¿re already a fan of the Arthurian legend or if you¿re just looking for a good yarn to spend a few nights with.
JonRoy More than 1 year ago
A truly masterful blend of Athurian legend and fiction. Not only is his book exciting, he uses actual battles and characters. it was a great read and hard to put down.

Jon Roy,

author and student of Dr. Adderley's
dominiccaruso More than 1 year ago
The Hawk and the Wolf, just might be the definitive version of the
legend of King Arthur. Starting way before most novels do, the story
follows Emrys, a young boy who has visions at very awkward times.
Everyone thinks he is mad. But Emrys learns that it is his destiny to
find Excalibur, which was the sword of the high kings of Britain.
While he seeks the sword, he meets druids, politicians, kings, queens
and warriors, and he takes part in a desperate last stand, the Britons
against the Romans.


Adderley blends history and legend in this book. On this history
side, there are Roman legions fighting against the Britons, in battles
that really took place. On the side of legend, there are the druids,
and Emrys¿s ability to see the future.


Some of the characters here are familiar, Merlin and Boudicea, for
example. Others are not, like Rhydderch and Coroticos. One of the
pleasures of the book is recognizing familiar characters in unfamiliar
surroundings. This is a story you¿ve never read before, that hints at
other stories you think you know.

Dominic Caruso, Author/No More Tomorrows¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hawk and the Wolf is exciting and fun to read. I really enjoyed it, and I am sure anyone would. Not only is it a wonderful opening to the Arthurian genre, but it combines elements of other styles for a story that anyone can read ( I could barely put it down). I highly recommend this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Adderley is my college english professor and based off what I've read i think this series will be great