Ghost Hawk Hardcover – 29 Aug 2013
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"GHOST HAWK is the work of a writer with great imaginative power and long-practised narrative skill. I was swept up in the story, shocked, moved, and enthralled - and completely convinced by the historical background. I haven't read anything better for a long time." (Philip Pullman)
"Moving and long lasting, this is rich storytelling, and is probably Susan Cooper's finest work so far" (Marcus Sedgwick Guardian)
"evocative and moving" (Garth Nix)
"This book is nothing short of a masterpiece." (The Bookbag)
"Moving and thought-provoking novel" (Maximum Shelf)
A beautifully written, epic tale from award-winning author, Susan Cooper.See all Product Description
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I was not disappointed. The narrative is delicious. Through Susan Cooper’s words you really get a feel for the landscape and the language of the native American people at the the time when the first English settlers were arriving. Throughout Book One, I really felt that I was living Little Hawk’s life as he experienced his coming of age adventures on his own, and I was shocked and surprised at how Part One ends… although I’m not sure why considering the title of the book!
The tale of John is also convincing, but I feel that I was let down by the story as a whole for the same reason that, much as I love The Dark is Rising Sequence, I feel a little unfulfilled by it. The main characters seem to be following some predermined destiny that they must follow and so in the end, whatever they might decide to do or not do its not actually going to make any difference. In The Dark Is Rising Will is an Old One who has no choice but to do what has been foretold. Here, Ghost Hawk too, must wait on his island for John to come to him – they can’t do their own thing.
Well worth reading
I'm in two minds about this novel. Whilst I thought that 'Ghost Hawk' was an interesting, poetic and well researched story that successfully blended history and fantasy together, I couldn't help but feel that I was 'detached' from Cooper's narrative and her characters due to how often the author summarised story events, and how she 'chunked' the novel into four sections.
Rather than painting a vivid and detailed picture that grips the reader and forces them to feel empathy, hate, or any emotion for her book's characters, Cooper has instead created characters who, to put it bluntly, I found difficult to care about. The author often tells the reader what the characters are like, or shows the characters to be overly-serious and two-dimensional. Without spoiling the book for anyone who hasn't read it, I do understand why Cooper chose to present the characters as zealous and serious people due to its historical context, but I still feel as though the characters could have been more likeable. Even John and Little Hawk, the novel's two main protagonists, are difficult to relate to because they are simply too serious!
However, I don't want to be completely negative about this story, because I do genuinely believe it's worth a read. As mentioned previously, the novel is written in a poetic style that may or may not be your perfect cup of tea. I think that younger readers may struggle to access the book because of its style, as there are several instances that could be extremely tense, but arguably aren't because of the novel's poetic tone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book set in two time with two a shocking twist halfway drastically changes the book. I recommend it to 10+ years.Published 10 months ago by MRM
Takes you straight to the heart of the characters and leads you through their thoughts. Loved it! The mix of mystery and history is beguiling.Published 12 months ago by Gillimiles
Not normally a book that I would choose to read but I'm so glad that I did!Published 15 months ago by eleanor beach