Another week has been and gone so that can only mean one thing, that it is time for another book review! this week it is the turn of one of my most highly anticipated releases of last year that has been on about 5 monthly TBR’s since its release, that I have FINALLY read. And that book is Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. Let’s do this!
If I said that this book was everything that I had hoped that it would be, I would be lying. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t really enjoy it, but I had more issues with it then I was anticipating. I am actually considering reading it a second time to see how I feel about it already knowing its outcome.
There were just a few things that I struggled with, with this book. for instance, the timing of it. obviously, it is set after The Raven King (and the Opal novella) but I found it hard to pinpoint how long it has been. A lot has changed in the time between The Raven King ending and Call Down The Hawk beginning. It feels like it has been quite a long time. at least a couple of years. But in reality, it is only actually a matter of weeks/months. It felt a bit disconcerting. I spent probably the first 100 pages of this book trying to figure out where we were and how long it had been and just trying to catch up with how much seems to have happened between the two books. I just personally found that it made it hard to get a good grip on the story, particularly at the beginning. Similarly, I found that we were introduced to a lot of new characters and ideas very quickly, which again led to it being pretty difficult to get a grip on the story at first. Don’t get me wrong, I really like what they introduced, I just felt like it was all introduced a bit too quickly in too larger volume with not quite enough introduction for it to be instantly absorbed by the reader.
Besides that, I really enjoyed the story. I loved the new characters that we were introduced to, particularly Jordan Hennesay and all of her girls. I think that she is a great character and is great alongside Ronan. They complement each other’s characters really well. And I feel like she is a pretty well-rounded character already. There is a lot of depth to her and she has a lot of potential as a character. I am so intrigued to see how she changes and grows throughout the trilogy. And the same with her ‘girls’. I want to know more about them. I will admit that I do have mixed feelings about Carmen, but again, I do think that there is a lot of potential there and that she may well grow on me as the series progresses.
And then there was the development of the characters that we already knew. I love how much Ronan has grown and changed as a person since we first met him. He has changed so much and yet also stayed the same. He has become more confident and open. He actually trusts himself more and trusts those around him more. He lets people in just a bit more then he used to and lets them see that there is more to him than meets the eye. I really like that his relationship with Declan has improved and I really like watching them interact as brothers now. I also love his relationship with Adam. I wish that we had got to see them together a bit more because I love them. they are the perfect fit.
All in all, while I did have some issues with this book, I also still really enjoyed it. I think that it has done a great job of setting up the trilogy and I am so intrigued to see where it is going to go and what direction it will take. I can’t believe I have to wait for the next book! The way this one ended has left me needing it right now!
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read Call Down The Hawk yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.