Genre: young adult historical fantasy
Published August 1st, 2015
Published by Five Rivers Publishing
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Hyw yearns to join his father in serving the charismatic Llywelyn, Prince of Wales. If only Hyw dared tell anyone of his ability to scout through the eyes of a hawk, it might help secure his place in the royal guard. Cat, his sister, longs to inherit the magical ability that runs through her mother’s line. If only she could see her future, now that she is 13 and promised to a boy she barely remembers.
When a messenger summons the prince to a secret meeting, Cat and Hwy find themselves in the middle of a war that threatens to destroy all of Wales. Can they master their special abilities in time to save the royal family—and themselves?
Set among the actual events and personages of late 13th century Wales, Marie Powell has constructed a fantasy novel that recreates what life might have been like for two teenagers coming of age.
About the Author:
Marie Powell (www.mepowell.com) is the author of 30 published books,
including the young adult historical fantasy Hawk (Five Rivers, 2015) and
Hawk and Crown (Five Rivers, 2016). She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and
her award-winning short stories and poetry appear in such literary
magazines as subTerrain, Room, and Transition. She lives in Saskatchewan,
and her writing workshops are popular across the province. Read more about
Hawk and Welsh history on her blog at www.mepowell.com/blog.
Read below for an interview with the author:
Chocolate or vanilla?
Cats or dogs?
I have to be loyal and say cats for the sake of my fur-baby, Bambi. (But I love dogs too. Just don’t tell Bambi!)
Clamato juice. No, really.
Best movie so far in 2015?
There’s so many I haven’t seen yet! So far, Ex Machina was chilling, and I also liked Jupiter Rising and Insurgent. But The Martian is next on my list, along with The Maze Runner. So many possibilities; so little time.
Can you tell us about your book, HAWK, in 25 words or less?
How’s this? Will Cat and Hyw master their magical abilities in time to save the spirit of the last true Prince of Wales – and themselves? (23 words)
What was your favorite scene to write?
Such a hard question! This is my passion project, so every scene was a joy to write — or should I say, re-write. 😉 Judging by how many times I rewrote the opening scene, it might qualify. It’s also a lot of fun to read. But as soon as I pick one scene, others come crowding back and say, “No, pick me! Pick me!”
What was the hardest scene to edit?
I’ve been revising and editing this book for almost eight years, so I’m not sure. I love writing, so it doesn’t seem hard to me. I’d rather be writing than doing anything else, really. Some parts were trickier than others. For example, in the last edit, we reworked the scenes where Cat and Gawain are trying to help Hyw maximize his gift. It was tricky to get that one just right. (I’ll spoil it if I say much more.)
Is HAWK a standalone or will this be a series?
It’s the first of two books. The sequel, Hawk & Crown, is due out in 2016.
Are you currently working on anything else?
Hawk & Crown is first on my list, of course. I love writing, so I’m always working on new short stories and novels. I have other novels planned, and I want to set more in the 13th Century. When I get an idea I jot notes in my journals and transfer them to the computer at my next opportunity. It helps prevent writer’s block.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
I’m a fan of the Dresden Files, Jim Butcher’s series about a Chicago wizard and his crew fighting off the big-bads from the Never-Never. It’s about friends and monsters, and how you tell the difference. I’ve just finished Skin Game, the 16th book in the series.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
My TBR bookcase, you mean. 😉 The Maze Runner has been on my list for too long. The Seven Series and the Seven Sequels, and now I’m adding the series that’s just been announced with all-female writers. I try to read at least five books a month, so I feel like I’m always reading.
(3) ecopies of Hawk by Marie Powell