The Burning Swift


Sigrid’s arrival at Clann- a- Tuath has put the cat amongst the pigeons. What is a daeman girl, albeit badly injured, doing breaking into their enclave to warn of danger from the South. Yet readers, know Sigrid’s story through The Broken Raven, the second title in the gripping Good Hawk trilogy.

It seems there’s everything at stake now, for King Edmund has combined forces with Konge Grímr in a desire to destroy Scotia. What’s more through black magic and ‘scorched earth’, they have trampled over those they have surged through, leaving them ravaged and bitter and drawn against each other.

Is it possible that Agatha, Jaime and Sigrid might each build the trust and loyalty of these peoples and animals that they work together to oppress cruel forces? it’s a tall task; Agatha, Jaime and Sigrid are young, uncertain and without any of the traditional attributes expected of leaders and warriors. However, there is no time to lose. Is it possible that they might follow the example of The Burning Swift, the legendary bird of whom Cray tells Jaime? After all, this creature was supposed to be committed to chasing away black magic from humankind at any cost?

Joseph Elliott’s magnificent trilogy draws to a close. This is an exhausting, almost audible, desperate read, wherein we’re absolutely committed to the right outcome. Bookwagon loves and recommends The Good Hawk and is delighted by The Burning Swift. Thank you for a superb ending to a wonderful reading experience.

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The Burning Swift

Joseph Elliott

(Walker Books)

Cray tells Jaime the story of The Burning Swift, denied its place with the gods because of its efforts to ride the world of evil magic.  Despite its sacrifice, this small bird continued to ‘chase black magic’ away from the corrupt intentions of humankind. It seems that Jaime and Agatha and Sigrid, whom we met in The Broken Raven, have similar intentions. Although the odds against them, these incongruous characters, it seems, each full of doubt, are charged to call together an army. However, this army will be filled with a disparate group, from wild wolves, to Sable’s desecrated women, Nordlanders, to Raasay Islanders. What’s more there is deep distrust between these peoples. It seems their bitterness, rivalry and deceptions are unlikely to build any sense of camaraderie. Therefore, who might break this history?
Then again, is it possible they believe the word of mere young people? After all, Agatha is solitary, able to mind talk with animals, and determined in her quest. However, people can underestimate her. Then again, Sigrid is an outsider, while Jaime is filled with confusion and longing for something he feels he must rebuff. However, there is little time for all of this as King Edmund and Konge Grímr join forces to overwhelm Scotia. It seems this is the ultimate battle.
 Joseph Elliott concludes his superb trilogy, with The Burning Swift. Bookwagon loves this ending and then the series. We urge all mature readers to seek these books out for an absorbing, glorious reading experience.


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