Eos, Apr 2003, 24.95, 400 pp.
High in the ice capped mountains live the peaceful Orosini. The villagers celebrate the Midsummer ritual, while a boy by himself seeks his vision before returning to Kulaam Village as a man. A couple of days have passed when he notices carrion flying over a nearby village, which means many people are dead and no one is removing their bodies. He rushes back to his village, but falls. When he regains his equilibrium, a hawk is perched on him seemingly informing Kieli he can protect or seek vengeance. The lad knows he is now a man, TALON OF THE SILVER HAWK. At his village, he finds genocide before the assailants severely injure him.
When he regains consciousness a few days later, he learns that Robert de Lyis saved his life. Talon begins paying his life debt to Robert by performing simple chores like serving guests properly. Robert knows that Talon has one objective in life: avenging the destruction of his people by Raven and his horde. Unknown To him is that Robert has hopes that Talon will prove to be the world savior.
Raymond E. Feist returns to his trademark Midkemia (see the Riftwar Legacy) with an exciting first book in the “Conclave of Shadows” series. Once the slaughter is complete, the plot relocates to Kendrick's establishment. There the story line slows down with no epic adventure, but as it did during the opening action laden mountain chapters and the latter “Mercenary” sections of the book the tale enables the audience to comprehend the essence of Talon. Mr. Feist's feisty fans will feast on this fascinating fantasy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
Talon of the Silver Hawk is about a 15 year old boy, who village is attacked on the day of his manhood ritual and naming day. After experiencing a rare moment in which a Silver Hawk instructs the boy to 'be a talon for his people' the boy rushes into the battle only to be taken down by an arrow. Against all odds he survives and now as the last survivor of his people he must avenge their murder. By chance he is taken into the company of magicians who train Talon - as he is now called into a finly tuned wepon for the 'Conclave of Shadows'.
This report prepared by Aimee