Hawkspar: A Novel of Korre

Holly Lisle, Author . Tor $27.95 (480p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0994-5

Lisle’s unengaging second novel set in the fantasy realm of Korre (after 2005’s Talyn ) revolves around the mystical bond between Aaran, “a veteran tracker of slaves” on a quest to find his long-lost sister, and a nameless female slave whose unlikely ascension to oracle has made her all too aware of a plot that could wipe out an entire race. The young slave’s transformation into Hawkspar, a demigoddess who can “rearrange the flow of Time’s river,” requires replacing her eyes with magical stones, but her newfound abilities let her see a way to avert the deaths of thousands, although that path also means her certain death. Lisle’s return to Korre is plagued by a glut of two-dimensional characters and a decidedly uninspired story line. Despite plenty of action—battles with sea beasts, cannibals, wizards, etc.—the lack of substantive characters and complex plot makes for a flat and predictable read. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/14/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 594 pages - 978-0-7653-4874-6
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