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THE CAIRNS OF SAINCTUARIE Science Fiction Series REVIEWS
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Volume I  The Bleikovat Event
Printed Version: 220 Pages Kindle Version: Available Publisher: Sage Words Publishing, LLC Language: English ISBN-10: 09-85918527 ISBN-13: 978-0985918521
Hawk MacKinney's latest science fiction novel is an exciting war and survival read that takes place on an alien planet by people who act much the same as we here on Earth.  The story is told from the view of the nation that is devastated. The action is well paced and comes with an ending we humans would do good to emulate. Great Read for Science Fiction Fans! DON BUSH, Owner, Booklovers Bookstore, Aiken SC
Nominated for: The Eric Hoffer Award The Chautauqua Prize
Predominantly a military fantasy story, this book is great for fans of high fantasy who take great interest in things like troop placement and movement, naval strategy, and tense trading agreements. These things are not enough to bog down an otherwise exciting story of medieval warfare on another planet, but the author includes these details to help this conflict jump off the page. Maps, glossaries, and indexes regarding the numerous clans of the land are provided to help the reader more quickly adapt to the features and culture of these lands. Beneath the conflict and bloodshed is also a story of lost love, a family broken apart by war, and the quest of a people to find some semblance of normalcy in the face of potential destruction, promising something for everyone. US REVIEW OF BOOKS
5/2/13 THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS, 2013 The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event by Hawk MacKinney Sage Words Publishing "If what she feared came to be, the whole of the slaughter would unfold again. More would die, a repeat of these last days." As the Bleikovat tribe wages war across all of Malfesov, the scattered and weakened other tribes band together for a last ditch effort to keep their peoples and customs alive. Forced to march through frozen mountains before arriving on the plains of Eedov City, these Malfesians make a last stand caught beyond the last bastion for their people. Able to make an escape across the sea to the continent of Maalonovia, the tribes, united by Etkaa, the widow of the Chief Elder Klavrko, make allies with the Maalons and are able to regroup long enough to wage war with the Bleikovats, who under pressure of famine  and pestilence are forced to make a push to get the supplies necessary to keep their subjects alive. Predominantly a military fantasy story, this book is great for fans of high fantasy who take great interest in things like troop placement and movement, naval strategy, and tense trading agreements. These things are not enough to bog down an otherwise exciting story of medieval warfare on another planet, but the author includes these details to help this conflict jump off the page. Maps, glossaries, and indexes regarding the numerous clans of the land are provided to help the reader more quickly adapt to the features and culture of these lands. Beneath the conflict and bloodshed is also a story of lost love, a family broken apart by war, and the quest of a people to find some semblance of normalcy in the face of potential destruction, promising something for everyone.
http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/2014/10/review-cairns-of-sainctuarie-25-amazon.html ~My Thoughts~ Hawk's writing style is straight, no nonsense, and to the point. I like that. While he does have flowing descriptions full of imagery, they don't get out of control to the point of having entire pages dedicated to one image of the galactic plains or something. I have found, particularly in Science Fiction and Fantasy books, that this can become the norm, leaving me completely bored and yelling at the characters to just get a move on already. Hawk avoided this trap spectacularly, while still maintaining a very good show of visuals and dynamic characters. I have to tell you that the names were not exactly to my liking for this book. Having studied linguistics, there are certain rules that are typically followed when creating names and places in any given language. Logically, they should follow the same patterns and flow of whatever language from which they are birthed. In this story, many of these names seem overly complicated and do not roll off the tongue easily (such as Klarvkon), and they don't seem to have any logical creation other than just being pulled out of the air. I mean...the first name we even come across is Klarvkaa Etkaa Celovaa Bremanovaa...talk about a mouthful. And the name didn't seem necessary to the plot or development of the character...it was just some ridiculously long name. Additionally, she was referred to as Etkaa or other denominations of her name, leaving me utterly confused at times as to who a character was, and what constituted items like titles or races, and what was simply a name. It is clear that Hawk is well educated, and has done his research for this particular book. He uses interesting mixes of word choices to get his points across such as "yestereve" and " " which were jarring at first, but then gave the book a cute sort of colloquial sense that these are an individualized race of beings with different concepts and thoughts than we currently use. So...that was cool! :) Told in third person (relatively omnicient), this is my favorite format of storytelling. It's just so much easier to see complex events spelled out without having to see through the direct eyes of one character! Still, I also liked being mainly focused in Etkaa's mind and enjoyed getting to know her directly.  As for the plot, there are many moving pieces and parts. all culminating nicely and resolving themselves before your eyes. Those of you who enjoy science fiction from independent authors should definitely get an eyeful of Hawk MacKinney!
10/20/14 BEvent Review Tour/Multi-Verses of Liza O URL: http://multiuniversesoflizao.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-cairns-of-sainctuarie-by-hawk.html This was an unexpected read for me. This is one of the best World Buildings that I've ever read. Normally, I don’t like war stories, and from beginning to end this was a story of war, peppered with faint moments of love, brief moments of joy, but mostly, the grueling, never ending senseless death of people as one tribe, rather like the roman army, sweeps across the lands stripping others of food, conscripting the men, and killing those who refused to join. Despite being out-armed, one tribe fights back. And while the conquerors declared them defeated and destroyed, they continued to survive. Impressed by their courage and strength, the remnants of other tribe swear allegiance and fight beside them. When the leader of the tribe succumbs to poison, his wife shocks everyone, & declares herself regent. She quickly proves herself a worthy leader both in planning battles and intuiting the enemy’s next moves. While I often found her disregard for her safety and some of her efforts to be poorly conceived, making me want to yell at her, I did so, because I cared greatly that no harm come to this woman, her warrior love, or her returned son. The only time where I got a bit antsy was during the financial/economic discussion mid-way in the book. As a financial analyst, I thought it well thought out, I just thought it was more than even I wanted to know. But it was soon over and I was gripped by the story once again. So to wrap up my review: I should have hated this book. Instead I couldn’t put it down. It's world building was par none. It flowed very well and was superbly written. The author clearly did his homework, for everything is laid out in great detail, which would normally bore me with excessive detail, but did so only during the financial discussion. Other than that I couldn’t stop reading and got teary eyes several times. Is this book filled with complexity? Oh yeah. Did I get mad at the heroine several times? Yes I did. Did I ever stop liking her? Not for a second. Did I like her husband and her fierce protector? Yes I did, very much. Did I like the ending? Yes and No. I did like the ending, but I also felt disappointed. Possibly because, unlike the novel which is full of clarity and specific details, for me the end fades softly. As to Recommendations: If you like constant battles between tribes on a different world with deadly mounts far fiercer than a horse, definitely read this. If you like strong women heroines in war, you should like this, unless you expect real romance, which you do not get here. Due to ending and the financial lesson, I give this a 4.5 stars, which I have to round to 5 because even though I normally don't like war stories, I couldn't but this one down.
10/27/14 BEvent Review Tour/MAD Hoydenish URL: http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/2014/10/book-review-giveaway-cairns-of.html?showComment=1414407189808#c3952525869952820409 MY REVIEW Caught up in the good life, the western clans of the Feldon failed to realize that the enemy plaguing eastern clans along the Feldon River would soon be at their doors. When the enemy finally arrived, there were no strong allies left to help them. In a bold and unusual move, the consort of the fallen Clan Klarvkon leader steps up to lead the Feldovats against enemy forces. The hardest challenges begin here. As I read about the plight of the Feldovats, it reminded me of the famous Martin Niemöller (Protestant pastor and Nazi concentration camp survivor) quotation (versions vary): First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. I must confess that I started this book somewhat intimidated by the blurb. I continued to be intimidated through chapter 2. I was thrown off by the meaning and pronunciation of the clan and character names presented in the story (ex. the Regentkaa's name - Klarvkaa Etkaa Celovaa Bremanovaa). I twisted my ponytail as I clicked pages, unsure if I could easily follow the characters throughout the story. That was only a momentary worry. Things are started to click with chapter 3. By chapter five, I was overly engrossed and sneering, "Bring it on, Bleikovats punks. Regentkaa Etkaa and the Feldovats will never bow down." Character-driven and fast-paced, this is an epic tale that weaves a story about fighting for survival with strings of fantasy, loyalty, and ethics. I especially liked the attention to scene detail. I could really picture them in my mind. I excitedly followed storyline events using the maps provided at the end of the book. MacKinney has a nice turn of phrase which should help Cairns of Sainctuarie stand-out in the sea of fantasy books. His writing style is descriptive and  succinct. Two qualities that don't often come together in sci-fi and fantasy novels. All in all, Cairns of Sainctuarie is a promising start to the series. It will be a hearty treat for sci-fi and fantasy readers. It offers complex world building, a strong heroine as war leader, and lots of action.
Straight From The Library URL: http://straightfromlibrary.blogspot.com/search/label/hawk%20mackinney This book is an excellent addition to the science fiction genre. Although the first couple of chapters were a little slow to get through, they were necessary to understand what led up to the decisions that were made later. The world building this author did was incredible. The author provides maps and a glossary to help the reader, but be aware there's a lot of material. It's an excellent book, but it is definitely not a light beach read. I really liked the main character, Etkaa-- she's strong and resourceful and she does what needs to be done, but she still has a loving center. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what is to become of these people as this book serves as a history for what comes next.