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  • 12/2022
  • 979-8-9856474-2-6
  • 258 pages
  • $12.99
Elizabeth Jensen
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The Hawk's Flight

After twenty years of peace in the land of Etria, war has come crashing across its borders. Both Wanonia to the north and Ruschmann Blackwell to the south have waged attacks. 

 

Suddenly, three young brothers find themselves thrust into the role of battlefront soldiers. Following separate paths, the three hone their skills and fight for their people. 

 

The eldest brother, Borus, becomes a full-fledged swordmaster. 

The middle brother, Kass, masters horseback archery. 

The youngest brother, Jules, delves further into the art of weather magic. 

 

Years pass as friendships are tested, and lives are lost. Only then are Borus, Kass, and Jules reunited on a top-secret diplomatic mission. Can their bond as brothers withstand the challenges they face? Or will they become the latest casualties of the dragon sorcerer?

From Award-winning author Elizabeth R. Jensen comes The Hawk's Flight, a gripping tale of adventure and the unbreakable bond of family. 

Reviews
In the action-packed second entry in Three Brothers Trilogy, Jensen continues the story of the Wolfensberger family’s three promising fighters caught in the thick of the wars that have come to two of the borders of the land of Etria. Again demonstrating a sure hand for adventure and mounted combat, Jensen follows Jules, Kass, and Borus in classic middle-book fashion, their stories spreading throughout the kingdom while the root themes remain the relationships between the brothers, their masters, and their individual selves and burgeoning strengths. Each brother, all teenagers, finds their talents tested and honed, as Jensen links excitement and character development by dramatizing every challenge, hardship, and triumph—all as the brothers deal with knights, sorcerers, priestesses, mythic beasts, surprising magical dangers, and a standout companion named Sir Horse.

The characters, refreshingly, demonstrate honesty, integrity, and even a vulnerability too often uncharacteristic of masculine heroes, as all three care deeply for their friends, family, and kingdom. The brothers’ skills allow for a variety of types of fantasy action: Jules, the only “weather mage” in Etria, explores the techniques and application of magical powers in striking scenes, while Kass’s apprenticeship with a knight master gives him the rare opportunity to gain skills unforeseen for squires of the era. Meanwhile, Borus, the eldest, wields his sword and leadership skills with increasing alacrity. Jensen emphasizes throughout that this kind of heroism demands commitment and hard training.

While the brothers and their journeys are vividly detailed, this volume leaves it to readers to fill in much of the social, economical, and especially physical landscape of the lands in which the Wolfensbergers train and battle. Still, the eloquent writing and courtly dialogue (“It is not always the enemy outside the walls that is the worst one, it is the enemy inside your head”) as well as the serious treatment of boys maturing into heroes results in a rich, engaging read that takes young people seriously.

Takeaway: This chivalric trilogy emphasizes character, training, and adventure.

Great for fans of: Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Greystone Secrets series, Diane Magras’s The Mad Wolf's Daughter.

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Design and typography: A
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Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

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5-Star Review:

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

The Hawk's Flight is the second installment of the Three Brothers Trilogy by Elizabeth R. Jensen. The Kingdom of Etria is in the middle of great turmoil as war plagues its borders, with Wanonia in the north and the traitor Ruschmann Blackwell in the south testing its resolve. As King Renard marshalls his knights, the three young grandsons of General Burchard Wolfensberger, Borus, Kass, and Jules, find themselves marching on the battlefront as pages to knights. While Borus shows extraordinary ability with the sword, Kass excels in horseback archery, and Jules grows into a mage. After an eventual peace between Etria and Wanonia, the brothers are sent on a diplomatic mission where things don't go according to plan. Meanwhile, an attack on King Renard threatens to plunge Etria into chaos once again. Will the brothers be able to fulfill their prophesied destiny?  

A delicious mix of action, magic, and courtly intrigue makes The Hawk's Flight a captivating fantasy odyssey for young adults. Author Elizabeth R. Jensen weaves a gripping yarn set in a fictional medieval land of kings, knights, princes, and magic where three young brothers are thrust into momentous events of great impact. The narrative transports the reader into a fantastical setting where Jensen engages you with her intricate world-building and distinct characters. The brotherly dynamic between Borus, Kass, and Jules feels genuine, with their different personality traits and interactions making for some absorbing scenes. I had a wonderful time reading The Hawk's Flight and think other fantasy readers will feel the same.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2022
  • 979-8-9856474-2-6
  • 258 pages
  • $12.99

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