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Shadow of the Hawk (Wereworld) Hardcover – 16 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (16 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670784554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670784554
  • ASIN: 0670784559
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,254,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The designer of multi-award-winning worldwide hit children's television show "Bob the Builder", and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books (including the acclaimed "Frankenstein's Cat"), Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England, surrounded by a ridiculous collection of film and animation memorabilia. He grew up as a child of the 70s on a hearty diet that included Star Wars, Action Man, Flash Gordon, LEGO, Fighting Fantasy books and Harryhausen monster movies. A horror fan from this young age, pre-school television seemed like a natural career path.

Having left Cleveland College of Art & Design in Middlesbrough, England, in 1994, he went on to first experience film work for the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit" Aardman team, and followed that up as a model-maker and prop-painter on Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" before moving on to design the BAFTA-award-winning Bob the Builder. The animated series "Frankenstein's Cat", commissioned by the BBC, has been shown around the globe, picking up the Pulcinella award for 'Best Children's Show' at the 2008 International Cartoons On the Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His hit new preschool show, "RAA RAA the Noisy Lion" can be seen on CBeebies and TV channels the world over.

"Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf", is Curtis's first novel as we enter the world of Lyssia and the many therianthropes that inhabit it. It was written mostly at night while the children slept and when the TV work was done. Curtis is currently writing the second volume in the series, in which the last of the Werewolves, Drew Ferran, encounters a new host of deadly and dangerous Werelords. Six thrilling volumes make up this epic fantasy horror series of novels.

"Haunt: Dead Scared", is based (very loosely) upon Curtis's life growing up in the sleepy industrial town of Warrington in the northwest of England. Equal parts ghost story, buddy/buddy tale and murder mystery, this is a darkly comic chiller for ages 10+!

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Shadow of the Hawk Enslaved by the Goatlord Kesslar, young werewolf Drew finds himself on the volcanic isle of Scoria, forced to fight in the arena for the Lizardlords. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good series for boys 23 Oct 2012
By Liviania - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I prefer to read series in order, I did skip the second book in the Wereworld series. I caught on to what was happening pretty fast, although I did miss one or two important instances of character development. I do think it's best to at least read the first book (RISE OF THE WOLF) before jumping into SHADOW OF THE HAWK, because it lays out the groundwork for how the world works and introduces many of the characters. (This is a series with a gigantic cast. Forgive me if I get any names wrong.)

Drew, our protagonist, is the last of the Gray Wolves and has a claim to the throne of Lyssia. His half-brother Prince Lucas wants to keep the throne in Werelion hands. They each have their supporters, although Drew begins SHADOW OF THE HAWK cut off from his and stuck in slavery, serving as a gladiator. (I'll give you three guesses as to whether he incites a rebellion, first two don't count.) Meanwhile, his staunchest allies are sailing to a prospective safe haven and the two coolest female characters from the first book are MIA. (Gretchen and Whitley, you are missed.)

The rightful king who will bring peace to the land is not a new plot in children's fantasy. But Curtis Jobling's take is appealing. There's lots of different societies to be navigated, all sorts of monsters, and you'll probably like at least one of the main characters. At times, SHADOW OF THE HAWK does feel a bit too sprawling. Drew's fortunes change several times and his brother Trent makes a meaningful journey, but most of the other plotlines have less direction. (And I can't even talk about Hector, oh my.)

I've enjoyed the two Wereworld books I've read, and they're surprisingly quick reads. (Each book is rather thick.) But the quickness might be because they're often shallow. SHADOW OF THE HAWK has a high body count, but I wasn't all that affected by the deaths. Some of them were certainly horrible, but there was none of that horrible wrenching feeling that occurs when a character you empathize with dies.

But, as you can probably guess from the covers, this is a series for young boys. I suspect that they eat it up - even if their parents might be unhappy about some of the violence. But SHADOW OF THE HAWK is well suited to its intended audience and a pleasant enough diversion to older fantasy fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Series! 2 April 2014
By Bambinboys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My 10, 12, & 13 year old boys all love this series and this book lived up to their expectations! They all recommend it to any fantasy loving kid!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adventurous, suspense 15 April 2014
By Dakota Blake Soger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Because it has great story line and it keeps u wanting more, I would suggest this to anyone.
My favourite series so far!!!
Awesome 17 Mar 2014
By Kayden Arnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was filled with excitement and I really want them to make a movie. I bet it would be awesome!!
#1 book ever 16 Mar 2014
By Magpie15 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read tons of books and this is by far one of my favorites. The main character, Drew is the last of the grey wolves and must save the region of Lyssia.
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