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THE CAIRNS OF SAINCTUARIE - Science Fiction Series

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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
Reviewer: DON BUSH, Owner, Booklovers Bookstore, Aiken SC 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!
Nominated for: The Eric Hoffer Award The Chautauqua Prize
Reviewer: US REVIEW OF BOOKS 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.
THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS, 5/2/13 "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.
Reviewer: 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!
Reviewer: BEvent Review Tour/Multi-Verses of Liza O - 10/20/14 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.
Reviewer: BEvent Review Tour/MAD Hoydenish - 10/27/14 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.
Volume I of the Cairns of Sainctuarie Since Fiction Series