Talon of the Silver HawkBook - 2003
Talon of the Silver Hawk, a young boy and sole survivor of a peaceful land after its merciless destruction, must persevere and leave his home to discover new places, enemies, battles, and betrayals, while ceaselessly hunting the cause of his world's obliteration.
In a distant land, high among the snow-capped mountains, a peaceful nation is mercilessly put to the sword...yet one will survive. Little more than a boy, Talon of the Silver Hawk must carry on until, someday, he can take vengeance.
Leaving the icy vastness of his ancient home, Talon descends into the dangerous land of his adversary. Treading a perilous path, he must survive battlefields, court intrigues, treacherous enemies, backstabbing friends, and beautiful yet deadly women to discover the evil responsible for the annihilation of his people.
Blackwell North Amer
Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia. Razing village after village - slaughtering men, women, and children without mercy - an exterminating army wearing the colors of the Duke of Olasko puts a small nation to the sword. And when the carnage is done, one - and only one - survivor remains: a young boy named Kieli, who is a youth no longer.
A life has been eternally altered, and now there is but one road for Kieli to travel: the path of vengeance. He will not be alone on his mission. The rescuers who discovered him wounded and near death are sworn to aid Kieli's revenge: Robert de Lys, a man of wealth and authority; Magnus, a sorcerer of uncommon - and unsettling - abilities; and Caleb, who, though scarcely older than Kieli, is already a hunter and a warrior without peer. Under their tutelage, Kieli will be molded into a sure and pitiless weapon, and shed completely his former name and existence to accept the destiny that has been chosen for him as Talon of the Silver Hawk.
But the prey he so earnestly stalks is hunting him as well, and their numbers are many. And his mysterious benefactors have a secret agenda, for their fates - and Talon's - are inextricably bound to the Conclave of Shadows, an inscrutable society of magicians, assassins, and spies. Now Talon must swear allegiance to the same mysterious cause, of which he knows little, for it is shrouded in the shadows of his name. If he falters he will be abandoned, left to battle his enemies alone. And his mission, his honor, and his life will be lost forever.
Talon of the Silver Hawk, a young boy from a peaceful land that has been mercilessly destroyed, must leave his home to discover new places, enemies, battles, and betrayals, while hunting the cause of his world's obliteration.
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Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired...
When he is woken by the terrifying sensation of sharp claws piercing his skin and finds a rare silver hawk upon his arm, it is such a disorientating moment that he is not sure whether it has even happened, or whether it was a vision.
Returning to his home, nameless and still a child, Kieli stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered. Although it means certain death, Kieli throws himself into the battle...
Against all the odds, he survives, alone of all the Orosini, who have been cut down where they stand: every last man, woman and child.
A distant voice echoes in his mind: Rise up and be a talon for your people...
The visitation of the bird on Shatana Higo was indeed his naming vision. He is a boy called Kielianapuna no more. Now he is Talon of the Silver Hawk, a man who must avenge the murder of his people, whatever that may take...
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