*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook #The Hyena and the Hawk – Book 3 of the #Echoes of the Fall series by #Adrian Tchaikovsky #bookreview #Brainfluffbookreview

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I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this fascinating, shape-shifting fantasy series and was looking forward to reading the final slice of this adventure – see my review of The Tiger and Wolf .

The Hyena and the Hawk is the third book in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic fantasy trilogy, Echoes of the Fall, following The Bear and the Serpent. From the depths of the darkest myths, the soulless Plague People have returned. Their pale-walled camps obliterate villages, just as the terror they bring with them destroys minds. In their wake, nothing is left of the true people: not their places, not their ways. The Plague People will remake the world as though they had never been. The heroes and leaders of the true people – Maniye, Loud Thunder, Hesprec and Asman – will each fight the Plague People in their own ways. They will seek allies, gather armies and lead the charge. But a thousand swords or ten thousand spears will not suffice to turn back this enemy. The end is at hand for everything the true people know.

Anyone who has read my reviews for any length of time will know that I am a fan of Tchaikovsky’s writing, and this one did not disappoint. Once he has written a really good character, he doesn’t let them slip through his fingers. One of my problems with some epic fantasy stories is that a character I have strongly bonded to in the earlier books simply fades away or is dismissed in a couple of hasty paragraphs within the final instalment. Not so with Tchaikovsky. I loved Maniye, Loud Thunder, along with a number of other strong, nuanced characters who had powered the previous two books in this engrossing story, so I was delighted that all these characters took precedence in this desperate struggle against an overwhelming enemy.

While the action rolls forward in multiple viewpoint, Tchaikovsky manages to transition between the characters without any sense of jarring. This is harder than he makes it look. I am regularly slightly aggravated when been forced to pull away from a character, or find myself skimming one protagonist in favour of another. This simply doesn’t happen to me in a Tchaikovsky novel.

As for the story – as this is the third book in a tightly written series. I am not in a position to write much about the action, except to say that throughout this series, I kept waiting for the impetus and narrative to drop away slightly, as so often happens in epic fantasy stories – and it simply didn’t happen. This excellent series deserves to be far more widely read and is highly recommended for fans of gripping epic fantasy tales.
10/10

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12 responses »

  1. I really need to read some of his books, your glowing reviews are so tempting! And I get excited when I see a 10 out of 10, thanks for sharing your thoughts😊

  2. I’ve not read anything from this author before but the way you describe his writing style makes me want to head out to the bookstore and pick up this series. That cover is gorgeous too!

    • I may be biased because, as you’ll have gathered – I’m a real fan of his writing – but I think he’s really worth reading. Ironically, the only series I’ve never got on with, is the one that brought his name to attention – his Shadows of the Apt series. It’s clever, but I found it too wide-ranging to really grip me. The rest of his output though is fabulous…

  3. Tchaikovsky is one of those authors I keep telling myself I need to read, especially every time I read enthusiastic reviews like yours: this time the mention of shape-shifting characters and “plague people” were enough to send my interest truly skyrocketing…. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • This is a really well realised world – I love the way he plays with established tropes… There is always a special Tchaikovsky twist in his writing:))

  4. This sounds really interesting, but I dropped “Shadows of the Apt” after the second book (as far as I recall), so I’m on the fence about starting this series.

    • I can’t get on with the Shadows of the Apt series either. But Tchaikovsky has become a very versatile writer since then. While I don’t think this one is your cuppa tea, his Children of Time and Spiderlight – both standalones – are outstanding, extraordinary books.

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