Shocking, gritty, and fabulous
Hawk, because of his no nonsense views of life and love. He is a romantic and a realist who believes that family comes first at all cost. He sees the good in all people, but if someone crosses a loved one, there will be hell to pay. Hawk realizes that family comes in the form of blood relatives and also in those who we meet in life who care and love us.
All of the characters are fabulous, but I like his interpretation of the female characters best.
Of course, it made me do both. But mostly cry at the hardships and difficulties of both Tommo and Hawk in their lives.
I would have given this book a 5 except for the section towards the middle about the Maori war that sort of dragged on and on with less story of Tommo and Hawk. I think this is where Courtenay was "historical" part in the historical fiction classification.
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