Review of the Black Hawks by David Wragg

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Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.

Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.

When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.

All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.

With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.

Prepare to join the Black Hawks.

My Review:

First off, thank you to Harper Fiction PR team for sending me this wonderful book.

Second of all, this is literally the English Adapation of the Wild West and Django Unchained, only its literally a Monthy Python sketch with a lot of swearing and blood and gore. This is like Django Unchained in so many aspects.

Third of all, finally a character with intelligence and doesn’t go my Queen all the time. He’s loyal to a default, good, but damn is he intelligent. Chel is one of the best characters I’ve read. Just read the first couple of pages and you will be laughing. Seriously.

The ending…seriously. The twists in this novel is so much you’ll be shocked. I seriously want Chel to have a girlfriend. And Prince Tafer? A great guy that deserves a lot more love and attention. Life has been cruel to this guy.

The Black Hawks? Literally the most competent group of mercenaries except their stragetic thinking isn’t great. Don’t trust Dukes, Princesses, Countesses or any of the sort. When war erupts, the nobility will abandon you faster than a flood will destroy your home. Backdoor deals, rivarlies etc.

Great on action, great on writing, great on prose, the acknowledgement page is something worth reading for. Just read it.

It feels like I’ve watched some Hollywood masterpiece get butchered with crude jokes, and Monty Python references including sexual innenoudos, fair joke, I had a teacher that used to make jokes about intercourses with animals, he was so damn funny. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

Alright David. You did a great job.

Now give me that sequel.

I’m ready.

Rating: 5/5

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