Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling

(9.0/10) Adventure, fun, thrilling sequences and interesting characters.

The third of four books (though Curtis Jobling has proposed a fifth) and things aren't going well for Drew Ferran and the Wolf's Council. Book 2 saw the vengeance of catlords of Bast upon the seven realms of Lyssia and Book 3 finds our heroes in dire straits.

Jobling's influences are clear; the first half of the book has a feel of Sinbad's adventures, of Ray Harryhausen and swashbuckling films of old. But like these old adventures the novel does, at first, seem episodic as our heroes find themselves in one bad situation after another. And the Star Wars influence is there again, as one of our heroes has something of Anakin Skywalker about him.

We see more of the world of Lyssia, Drew fighting for his life in the fires of Scoria and the deserts of Omir, and Hector and co. in the icy north of Lyssia and its waters. Drew on his way back up, Hector on his way down. And not just through these contrasts does it feel like a story of two halves, the first, dealing with the aftermath of the last book, the second preparing us for the next.

As usual, Jobling writes with a clear sense of visuals, you can clearly picture the locations, characters and action. And boy is there plenty of action, always bloody, sometimes surprising, and occasionally I found myself muttering "that's cool..." under my breath.

Apart from the odd piece of heavy exposition the dialogue also shines, there are some lovely exchanges and wonderfully drawn characters. We meet a few new characters as well, some comic, some terrifying.

Everything great about this series is still here; great action, proper adventure, genuinely interesting characters, shades of grey and heart wrenching twists and turns.

Fans of the leading ladies Whitley and Gretchen will be disappointed as they get nothing more than lip service, although they are set to play a big part of Book 4. That is perhaps, one of the other problems of being the middle book of a series, there's a lot of moving of chess pieces sometimes at the expense of a more clearly defined standalone narrative. Something else we are still lacking is one truly vile, leading villain. We have plenty of antagonists but few rarely get to steal the show. This is, perhaps, just more realistic, especially with Jobling's willingness to not have every character fall into the well defined camps of good or evil.

Though, to misquote Spinal Tap, when the adventure is this fun, the sequences so thrilling and the characters so interesting, it’s all just nitpicking isn’t it?

Review by

Our interview with Curtis Jobling

Curtis Jobling is an author and illustrator famously known as the designer of the BAFTA winning BBC show Bob The Builder, as well as creator of Frankenstein's Cat. Early work in animation included model and puppet paintin [...]

Read interview

15+

Shadow of the Hawk reader reviews

9/10 from 1 reviews

Write a reader review

There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?

Your rating out of 10

All reviews for Curtis Jobling's Wereworld series

Rise of The Wolf

Wereworld: Book 1 written by Curtis Jobling

Imagine a world ruled by Werelords - men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he's not only a werewolf but the [...]

Published: 2011

Our rating: 8.6 | positive reader reviews

15+

Rage of Lions

Wereworld: Book 2 written by Curtis Jobling

He has the makings of a great warrior - but first he must master the blade and the beast. When Lady Gretchen is abducted by the Werelion Prince Lucas, Drew and his friends [...]

Published: 2011

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

15+

Shadow of the Hawk

Wereworld: Book 3 written by Curtis Jobling

In a kingdom at war, the line between good and evil becomes blurred . . . In this third book in the Wereworld saga, werewolf and rightful king of Lyssia Drew Ferran must ba [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

15+

Nest of Serpents

Wereworld: Book 4 written by Curtis Jobling

With friends turning into enemies, can Drew find his way out of this war alive? The entire kingdom of Lyssia is now at war, and the battle lines have been drawn. While Drew [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

15+

Books you may also enjoy

Hemlock Grove

by Brian McGreevy

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues - th [...]

Series: NA
Published: 2012

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

15+

The Wolf's Hour

by Robert McCammon

Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continen [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 89

Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

15+

The Last Werewolf

by Glen Duncan

One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appet [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 88

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

15+

The Dead of Winter

by Lee Collins

Cora Ogelsby and her husband, Ben, hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious, bloody deaths [...]

Series: NA
Published: 0000

Score: 85

Our rating: 8.3 | 2 positive reader reviews

15+