The Hyena and the Hawk (Echoes of the Fall #3) ★★☆☆☆

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Title: The Hyena and the Hawk
Series: Echoes of the Fall #3
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 465
Format: Digital Edition



The End of the World has arrived. The Kinden are soulless and whereever they go, they bring that soullessness with them and force The People into their animal shapes and into their animal minds forever.

The People, under the leadership of one of the Bears and with the help of the River Kingdom, prepares a mighty army to resist the Kinden. However, whenever they come into battle, too many of The People are lost by the affects of the Kinden.

Maniye gets captured and realizes that the Kinden can’t transform and know nothing about “the soul”. They watch her as she transforms from wolf to tiger to Champion to human. Beatle researchers are intrigued and one of them tries to transform and dies. Maniye escapes.

There is a big climactic battle and Maniye and some others chase after their gods (who have run away) in the godsland. In the process they allow the gods of the Kinden into their land. Suddenly the Kinden are transforming left and right with no control. They retreat.

Everyone celebrates and prepares for the day when the Kinden return.


My Thoughts:

What a disappointment. This is the first book of Tchaikovsky’s that I was disappointed in because I didn’t care one way or another about the characters, the story or anything. If this had been almost any other author I probably would have DNF’d the book.

The whole soul thingy was cool in the first book but then when it kept on going with the Kinden it just started rubbing me the wrong way.

Then the whole “gods” thing pissed me off too. I am sick to death of “gods” being nothing more than some manifestation of the believers will. That isn’t a god. And if the gods were running away from the kinden, good riddance I say. So when the kinden gods suddenly came into being, I rolled my eyes, mentally spit on Tchaikovsky and raced to the very end just to get it over with.

This has really shaken my interest in anything by Tchaikovsky that isn’t directly related to his Shadows of the Apt series. Thankfully I’ve got 4 or 5 books of short stories about them to wash the taste of this dreck out of my mouth.

Highly NOT recommended.



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15 thoughts on “The Hyena and the Hawk (Echoes of the Fall #3) ★★☆☆☆

  1. I don’t want to say “I told you so”… but I MUST 😛 😛 😛 It’s a mediocre book, unfortunately, and I see you were even harsher at the end than I… Still, I have high hopes for the second part of Children of Time, and I’m not losing hope that he’ll come back to the Shadows of the Apt world in a more enjoyable/proper way 😉

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    1. That’s ok, I don’t mind.
      As for being harsh, this trilogy really wasted 3 big books worth of my time so I had the right to be harsh. Especially when I KNOW he can do so much better.

      As for children of ruin, I’m pissed to be honest. I thought Time was a fantastic standalone and now suddenly it’s not? I’ll wait to see if he puts any more books into this “not a series” series.

      have you read any of the short story collections for the Apt? I’m hoping they’re as good as the novels…

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      1. Oh, you’re sad and not threatening me with more Pizza the Hut’s horrible powers – it must’ve hit you worse than I thought. It is a bugger, I agree. But nobody can churn out only good books, not even Cook or Hobb, or Tolkien ;D

        The stories are great. I loved most of them, and they do evoke the Shadows… mood, especially that some of the characters are ones we loved and cherished 😉 I think there are reviews for two of the compilations on ReE.

        I was surprised at a sequel of Children of Time, as I too was under the impression it’s a standalone – and I enjoyed it being a standalone, I thought the ending was apt and conclusive. But I must admit I am curious as to the sequel, especially one with such a nice title 😉

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        1. It hit me pretty hard. It was just such a waste! I’ll have to search for those reviews on ReE. I seem to vaguely remember reading at least one of them.

          I think Time WAS a standalone until it was a real success. And it is all the publisher’s fault for the “series”. That’s what I’m going with anyway…

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          1. You may well be right, unfortunately… I’m going to see for myself, though – one series is definitely not enough to discourage me from reading Czajkowski! 😀
            And the links are here:
            If they were any cheaper I’d definitely buy the two other compilations – heck, I might do it anyway 😉

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  2. When that “explanation” of deity is done right, I can go with it (in fiction). But, it’s being overused and lazily so lately.

    I’ve heard so much good about Tchaikovsky (including from you), this is possibly the first less-than-positive thing I’ve read. I uess everyone has an off-day, eh?

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    1. See, I don’t think it IS ever done right, it’s just inherently wrong. But it sure has been used a LOT in the last 20 years. And it is becoming a crutch of laziness 😦

      I’m definitely a huge fanboy and that is part of why this hit so hard. It isn’t bad, it’s just so completely mediocre…

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