The Good Hawk (Shadow Skye, Book One)

By Joseph Elliott

A gripping fantasy series set in a mythical Scotland with positive disability and LGBTQ+ representation, perfect for fans of The Girl of Ink and Stars, Garth Nix and Michelle Paver.

If everything was taken from you, what would you do to get it back? Agatha patrols the sea wall with pride, despite those in her clan who question her right to be there, because of the condition she was born with. Jaime is a reluctant Angler, full of self-doubt and afraid of the sea. When disaster strikes, the pair must embark on a terrifying journey to a land where forgotten magic and dark secrets lurk in every shadow...

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406385854
  • Published: 06 Feb 2020
  • Price: £8.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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Customer reviews


'With its blend of unusual character development and clever exploration of ancient realms, “The Good Hawk” is a story fantasy-loving young readers may not even know they’ve been waiting for.' The New York Times

'Featured in the Best Children's Books of the Year 2020.' The Times & The Irish Times

'The Good Hawk blends ancient myth and doses of spectacularly dark magic with the most likeable - and unlikely - pair of of heroes. A gripping, brutal adventure that completely swept me away.'

'The chill barren setting of Scotia provides rich terrain for an unsettling wildness, which Elliott cleverly lets reign in the closing epilogue, as he pushes the remarkable Agatha’s fate – not her clan’s – to the forefront.' The Irish Times

'The Good Hawk has 368 pages that are filled with a cast of weird and wonderful characters that the reader can engage with, and who have the most incredible adventures.' ReadingZone

'The Good Hawk is amazing, full of texture that will enliven the senses and imagination. Tense, enthralling, brilliant; an utter feast for lovers of fantasy and historical fiction.' Fallen Star Stories

'Debut author Joseph Elliott has managed to whip up a proper barnstormer with this Young Adult tale... This book is a charismatic charmer.' SFX

'The book swiftly draws the reader into a gripping adventure, which rarely lets up until the end. It’s historical fantasy, rich with Gaelic-inspired language and terrifying mythical creatures with deadly intent. This is a page-turner of a book, packing a real punch with its high-level suspense.' BookTrust

'Elliott is an exciting new voice in fantasy; his characters feel familiar and loveable in a matter of pages, but he doesn’t shy away from packing punches where needed. With seemingly little effort, he weaves hope and humour with loss and heart-break, as well as lessons in sexuality and disability.' Press Association (syndicated in regional publications)

'Older readers will love this wild, thrilling and sometimes dark fantasy adventure story from Joseph Elliott. Woven through with magic and myth, it is a captivating read for fans of historical fiction.' The Week Junior

'This full-on fantasy novel is a rip-roaring adventure with a wonderful central character who can talk to animals with extraordinary effect – for slightly older fans of 'How To Train Your Dragon'.' Angels & Urchins

'A thrilling, strange and brutally involving debut, filled with fearsome and compelling detail.' The Guardian

'Chapter extract and author interview featured in WRDETRA' WRDEXTRA

'This is a whimsical adventure told by a new voice in an ancient place. It is wild, dramatic and draped in legend. And I'm not just talking about the book. For the place is eerily beautiful also... This is a bold and beautiful tale of loyalty, friendship and understanding. It is not without its violence, and thus I wouldn't recommend it to readers under 12 . If that isn't you, then you really should read this book, if only for the new experience of reading Agatha's voice. In a world that also, sometimes, doesn't understand downs syndrome much like the clan and Agatha's associates, the author tells it well, never neglecting the story yet also showing experience and respect as he writes the character. I loved this book!' Toppsta

'At the start of the book you don't think it will lead to much but the book has many twists and turns that surprise the reader. The book is very good and written in a very interesting way and the characters are easily related to in some parts.' Toppsta

'This is one of those un-put-down-able stories, full of adventure, engaging characters and lots of emotion.' Toppsta

'I really enjoyed this book. It is set in Scotland and has a bit of violence but in places is also very funny. I'm really pleased that its a trilogy so I get to read what happens next.' Toppsta

'This is a gripping read with convincing characters. I particularly enjoyed reading Agatha’s sections in the book as it was written in a unique way and I thought her point of view was interesting. The story is set in mythical Scotland and has many compelling mysteries to keep the reader engaged. I would recommend this read for anyone above 12 (there is quite a lot of violence) who would enjoy an adventure story.' Toppsta

'Featured in Parent Talk.' Parent Talk

' This is quest fantasy at its finest; absolutely none of The Good Hawk's magic is used to cure either of the novel's two protagonists: Jaime, a queer young man with extremely high levels of anxiety, and Agatha, who has Down Syndrome. Agatha also has one of the best first-person narration styles I've experienced in a while. Jaime and Agatha work together in a version of Isle of Skye. British author Joseph Elliott builds a world where Viking incursions and English colonialism are reimagined as plague and shadow-stealing magic. Our heroes fight, make new connections and save their world at least twice, and their disabilities – one invisible, one extremely visible – are both gloriously incidental to the plot while remaining fundamental aspects of who they are.' ABC Online

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