I was initially drawn to request a copy of The Hawkman by both its intriguing tagline – “A Fairytale of the Great War” and its beautifully intricate cover art.
The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge is set not long after World War One, the main characters include an Irish Musician/Prisoner of War and an American Writer; personally, I wasn’t initially convinced that combination would work as a fairytale but about 40 pages in it had me hooked. The plot is fairly simple and overall it’s not the happy ever after fairytale I think people are more accustomed to nowadays; the characters backstories, particularly some of the flashbacks are sharp and brutal but I this adds to the understanding and appreciation the reader builds for each character and their actions in the present day and I loved how this developed throughout the book.
Despite it not being the happiest of tales I was left with the same feeling of contentment with the characters were left I would expect from a fairytale. Eva Williams is an writes poetry and short stories, she moves to England to teach at a college owned by Lord Thornton in the village of Bridgetonne, which is also home to a man named by the local children as The Hawkman. It’s not long before Eva encounters the Hawkman for herself and with a lot of kindness and patience, she begins to earn his trust.
The Hawkman is due for release on 5th June 2018. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.