Hello again, Loyal Readers! I’ve finished another book, which means it’s time for me to wrap up on Hawkridge!
I liked this book from the get-go–great premise, great cover art, and a lot of fun. As I mentioned in my initial review, the action gets going quickly and our author has the smarts to keep it going, never giving the characters time to rest until the climax.
The characters are also a treat; I found myself wanting more time with them upon finishing the book–always a good sign. Their voices, their motivations, their powers and differences… just plain cool.
I think the best things about Hawkridge is the action scenes. It takes a lot of skill to pull off an action scene in writing:
a)You have to create vivid images of things which happen in fractions of a second, even though they’ll take much longer to read.
b)You have to keep the language succinct, so you don’t give the readers confusing images during the scene.
c) You have to keep the action brief so it doesn’t get boring.
d) You have to make it relevant for the plot.
I know what you’re thinking–“My main character’s in a five page fight for his life! how could that be boring?” It doesn’t sound that hard, but the way to keep readers reading is by building tension, and a fight scene is the RELEASE of that tension. Spend too long releasing it, and you won’t be able to build it back up again.
You know a well crafted action scene when your fourth wall isn’t broken reading it. Hawkridge hits all the marks here.
The Could Be Better:
Let me start by saying I am an instant fan of this author and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Hawkridge series. It’s also clear he needs to spend a little more time/resources on proofreading. It’s really just typos–the language is well crafted, but let this be a lesson to every writer out there: SPELL-CHECK CANNOT PROOFREAD YOUR NOVEL.
Wanna know why? Just ask yourself, ‘Who’s Job is it too find homophones and proof reed? It’s you’re job!”
Hawkridge isn’t as bad as the above sentence, and chances are some of the less snarky readers won’t even notice some of the errors therein. But if you’re a Grammar Nazi, just print it out and read with a red pen as a coping device.
And this book IS worth reading. In summation, Hawkridge manages to deliver a fun standalone fantasy with some well laid grounds for future adventures. There’s something for everyone and fans of westerns and high fantasies in particular will enjoy it.
So go check it out!