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The Wounded Hawk
by Sara Douglass

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0765303639

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

The Wounded Hawk
Sara Douglass
Tor, Jan 2005, $27.95, 496 pp.
ISBN 0765303639

Thomas Neville, once a priest in the Dominican order, is married to Margaret; they have a daughter he loves dearly, but he doesn’t love his wife because the Angel Michael told him she was demon spawn like all daughters of Eve. Thomas’ mission is to find Wynkyn de Worde’s casket and use the book inside to send the demons back to hell. He doesn’t know who to trust but believes King Richard II is a demon and that Duke Hal Bolingbroke, the next in line for the throne, should rule.

Over time his feelings for his wife turn to love, an emotion that Jesus sanctified in a vision to him. The king and his lover Robbie Devere are bankrupting the country, turning the peasants against him. When the king exiles Bolingbroke without charging him with anything the nobles turn against their monarch as well. Just when it looks like Bolingbroke will achieve his dreams, Thomas learns the secret that he and his wife share that if revealed could cost them both Bolingbroke and Margaret their lives.

Fans of Judith Tarr’s historical fantasies will love THE WOUNDED HAWK, a brilliant epic novel that uses authentic historical facts in a supernatural context. This romantic fantasy answers many of the questions in THE NAMELESS DAY but there are still more yet to be answered in the next book THE CRIPPLED ANGEL. Although not a religious book, the author provides a unique take on angels, demons, Christ and God. The tortured hero is torn between his love for his wife and the veneration of an angel; he knows it is his destiny to choose mankind’s path, a decision he fears but will make when the time comes. This superb tale will appeal to speculative fiction readers.

Harriet Klausner

 

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