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The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy)

The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Bunn
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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One night in the city of Hearne, a young thief named Jute is instructed to break into a wizard's house and steal an old wooden box. It sounds like a straightforward job. Climb down the chimney, creep through the house, find the thing and get out fast. Unbeknownst to the boy, however, the box contains the knife that killed the Wind. Overcome with curiosity, Jute opens the box and sets off a chain of events that soon has him on the run from the wizard, his old masters in the Thieves Guild, and their client, who happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself. On his odyssey of escape, Jute is aided by an unlikely assortment of friends, including a guilt-ridden assassin, a reluctant wizard, and a hawk who just might be able to teach him how to fly. But the Darkness will do anything to find Jute, even if it means plunging the whole land into war.

The Hawk And His Boy is the first book of The Tormay Trilogy. The trilogy continues with The Shadow At The Gate, and concludes with The Wicked Day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB5SC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,206 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Christopher Bunn (1969-) was raised on a farm in California. After traveling around the world several times and working on all the continents except for Antarctica, he returned to California. Though he now works in farming, he has also worked in television production in Scotland, construction in Brazil, relief and development in Thailand, and missionary orphanage work in Ethiopia. In addition, he has worked in a shoe factory in Israel, produced children's animated DVDs, and worked as a welder in California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Start, OK Middle, No End 21 May 2012
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Amazon's synopsis tells as much as you really get in this book, as sadly the plot did not really move through to a conclusion. This book appears to be self published, but it does not suffer from poor writing or other common problems of self published works. Instead, here is a well written opening to what promises to be an engaging tale. Sadly it does not live up to the early promise, as there are no plot conclusions here, and one must search out the sequels to conclude one story.

It is not stunningly original either. However, had the story panned out it would definitely have been worth four stars. Nevertheless I think this trilogy ought to have been edited down to a single volume, and the later sloweness and structural problems are such I have to give it just 3.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but 15 April 2011
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I do feel people seem to hand out 4/5 stars way too easy these days. This book is ok, unfortunately the whole story seemed very basic to me and there are many glaring holes in it and after an interesting beginning it tapered off drastically. It was a struggle to finish even though it is a relatively short book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tormay 27 May 2012
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yet another free book the hawk and his boy that turned out to be enjoyable,could be clearer in places but whose perfect.
just got the next two,had i known it was available as one volume i might have got that,does explain why the book seems to just stop,too abrupt for a standalone,more like the end of a chapter. will research other books by this writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, Christopher 16 Mar 2014
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This was a very good book of which I have never read anything like it before. I am there I yet another two books in this series
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete 13 Nov 2011
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I wanted to rate this book 5 stars, as it is really well written, language is really good and the world really comes to life around the reader.

Unfortunately as I got to the end of the book I realised that the book was incomplete, not just incomplete as in there is a book 2, but incomplete as in not a complete book.

The character development gets to a point and then stops, leaving huge gaps in the story, character and plot development.

In fact on thinking about the story, I realised that I had read through all these lovely descriptions without actually learning anything more than the Amazon description of the book.

"A boy opened a box"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a standalone book!! 11 Sep 2012
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I bought this book with the hope it was the start of a unique story and in that respect I wasn't too disappointed: Christopher Bunn took lots of common fantasy clichés and created his own world. It was a surprise when this book never took off for me: IT IS BASICALLY A LONG PROLOGUE BEFORE THE STORY GETS GOING, presumably in books 2&3. I found myself bored while reading, wondering when the story would get a move on despite the intriguing characters and well thought out world being described.

The end was less a cliffhanger and more where a longer book was cut in two at a more or less peaceful point. You shouldn't be fooled by the 'free' pricing. -This book reads like an extended sample you sometimes find on authors websites to make you purchase their book.

I gave it a 3 star rating because it isn't a bad read, more just frustrating with all the plot development yet no 'story' as such to tie it together and keep me interested.

Its well written but can't say I enjoyed it. Might read the next one just to see if its not all a waste of time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A misleading title! 30 Aug 2013
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Very well written and very imaginative. The title was a bit off putting and I thought that it was a book for children, so had it on my kindle for some time without reading it. Once I began to read I was hooked.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Tormay 9 Mar 2013
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I got this because it was a free fantasy book, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. It's the first book in a trilogy, and I'm currently reading the final volume, The Wicked Day. The story grabbed me from the beginning with its concepts of ancient beings embodying elemental powers warring against the Dark. The world Bunn created is well imagined and easily visualised. This was an excellent free ebook, and the sequels aren't expensive to buy. I'd say it's well worth giving this one a go if you enjoy Wizard of Earthsea or the Discworld novels.
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