Book Review: The Hawk and His Boy March 11, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw 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.
In book one of The Tormay Trilogy, The Hawk and His Boy, by Christopher Bunn we meet several interesting characters. We start off meeting a young boy named Jute. The reader is instantly aware that Jute isn’t your average boy as there are just some things that seem to be different about him. He has been sent on a job by his father figure, The Juggler, who is a mean and fat man who collects the city’s orphans and puts them to work as thieves. Of course the job doesn’t go as planned and Jute finds himself on the run and with no idea who to trust. We are also introduced to The Knife, or Ronan, who happens to be the one who assisted Jute on the job, as well as the one who poisoned Jute and left him for dead. It seems as though Ronan longs to be free but must continue to do the bidding of The Silentman, who we really don’t learn that much about until the end of the book. Possible one of my favorite characters in The Hawk and His Boy was Levoreth. Her story intrigued me even though I’m sure there is more to learn about her in the remaining books of this trilogy. Levoreth is also known as The Mistress of Mistresses and has the ability to speak with animals. The animals are more than willing to be at her beck and call, even if it means giving up their lives to accomplish the tasks she asks of them. Perhaps the character that I liked least was Nio. At first he just seems to be a cranky old man, but he quickly turns into a character that is easy to dislike. Not because he is written poorly, but just because he is obsessed over the box that Jute stole from him and he will do anything to get it back, even if that means hurting the innocent. Of course he isn’t the worst character in this book by any means. There is a darkness that is traveling the countryside, killing innocent families for whatever reason drives it. There is a survivor of the last attack, a young girl named Fen, who I am certain will come back into play in the near future. The writing style of The Hawk and His Boy did take me a couple of chapters to get used to but then smoothed out and flowed nicely. There are a few dark parts but this book is suitable for most ages. I’m interested to see what happens in the remaining books of the Tormay Trilogy as I have a few ideas of my own as to where this story is headed.