Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia, as an exterminating army wearing the colors of the Duke of Olasko razes village after village, slaughtering men, women, and children without mercy. And when the carnage is done, only one survivor remains: a young boy named Kieli. A youth no longer, there is now but one road for him to travel: the path of vengeance. And he will not be alone. Under the tutelage of the rescuers who discovered him, Kieli will be molded into a sure and pitiless weapon. And he will accept the destiny that has been chosen for him … as Talon of the Silver Hawk.
Yet again I chose a series mostly at random. The first book has a lot of world building and at times can seem slow. A lot of this is due to Talon healing and learning after the experiences he’s had. What made it all worth it for me was how interesting the combination of fantasy was into a fictional tribe that resembled in some instances a Native American tribe (or at least my idea of them). I felt strongly for Talon and his rage and pain over losing so much so quickly. It was interesting to follow him on his journey to figuring out what he really wanted.
The second was more interesting for me and has a lot more action involved. Talon has grown considerably since the first book in many ways. He’s learned about culture that is almost the complete opposite from everything he grew up around. In this book I begin seeing him not so much as a survivor of a horrible tragedy but as a leader with experience. It would seem after this book a lot of the story gets wrapped up so I was confused, why is there a third book?
The third book is definitely my very favorite of this series. A character from the previous two books takes over after the nice wrap up in the end of King of Foxes. This is a character you’ve come to hate, despise, wish evil things upon through the whole story. This book manages to completely change that. He’s fleshed out as a person whose made incredibly bad choices. I began to understand him in ways I hadn’t before. I loved getting into the mindset of someone I had previously thought was just the bad guy. I felt like this last book was like getting to have the perspective of the bad guy in the movie and seeing how and why he behaves the way he does.
Exiles Return was my favorite by far, without this surprising twist my rating probably would have been lower. That being said the third book wouldn’t be as exceptional without having all of the back story of the first two books.
As another awesome note, there are many other books and series that are in this same universe. Quite a few of them are before this story, so some of those interesting tidbits you pick up on while reading are actually entire books already published!