Talon of the Silver Hawk

Talon of the Silver Hawk

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By (author) Raymond E. Feist

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  • Publisher: Voyager
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 30mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007161859
  • ISBN 13: 9780007161850
  • Sales rank: 20,431

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A sweeping new epic fantasy series from worldwide bestselling author Raymond E Feist, marking the 20th year since the first publication of his first novel, Magician. Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre, The Conclave of Shadows promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field. 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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Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga, Prince of the Blood, Faerie Tale and The King's Buccaneer. He is co-author (with Janny Wurts) of the Empire trilogy. The Serpent War Saga has continued his phenomenal success, and his epic new Riftwar series includes bestsellers Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins and Krondor: Tear of the Gods.

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'Talon of the Silver Hawk is a vibrant and compelling tale' Dreamwatch

Editorial reviews

Feist makes a triumphant return to the fantasy book shelves with the start of another major new saga. Talon of the Silver Hawk is the first volume of Conclave of Shadows and opens dramatically with initiation, murder and a vow for vengeance. Young Keili is fasting and meditating in the wilderness, waiting for the sign from the gods that will herald his ascent to manhood. Just when he is ready to give up, he is granted a momentous visitation from a rare silver hawk, and his name becomes Talon. But his attention is immediately diverted by the horrific events occurring in his beloved village. In his absence a massacre is taking place and it is only by sheer fluke that Talon survives. When he finally comes to, it is an awakening of immeasurable grief and the realization that he is the sole remaining member of his tribe, the Orosini. Delivered to the sanctuary of a country inn, he convalesces with the aid of his rescuers, Robert and Pasko, two travellers who just happened to be passing. Tradition demands that he owes a life debt to Robert and he begins what could be a lifetime's service, soon becoming part of the community at the inn. Continually tested and instructed by his new master, Talon quickly learns new skills and ways of thinking, breaking out from the hidebound customs of his tribe. As he graduates from kitchen boy to expert swordsman, it becomes apparent that high expectations of him will demand discipline and endurance that even Talon will find daunting. While he becomes the deadly weapon that his master intends, he remains true to his vow of retribution for the annihilation of his people. As the purpose behind his training is slowly revealed, it seems that these two missions may be more closely linked than he had thought. Can Talon fulfil his life debt while avenging his kinfolk? The pace and depth of Feist's writing transports the reader to a world of magic and mayhem, where life can be short and bloody and things are not always as they appear to be.... (Kirkus UK)