An Eagle's Heart by Scott ButcherAn Eagle's Heart by Scott Butcher

An Eagle's Heart

byScott Butcher

Paperback | June 1, 2014

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The Merlin Falcon kills an egg-snatcher. A single act of defiance that intertwines the Falcon’s fate with many others, as Grandfather Crow seeks revenge.

Fending off starvation, the Merlin Falcon and his mate make a desperate bid for new territory. It’s dangerously close to the Stone Forest, and the realm of the egg snatchers. Indiscriminate killers, friends with none, the crows are bent on revenge. The small Merlin has the heart of an Eagle, but he cannot stand against them alone.

The Old Man may be an ally – he hates the crows too. He finds solace in nature, but the Merlin is a bird of prey and threatens the birdlife that visits his property.

Others are affected by the Merlin’s defiance. The vengeful Grandfather Crow maims a Chickadee and gives the tiny bird a terrible choice. Find and betray the Merlin Falcon or every bird in his grove will die.

It will be a murder of crows.

Title:An Eagle's HeartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2014Publisher:Morning Rain PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1928133053

ISBN - 13:9781928133056


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The natural heir to Watership Down - an instant classic! When I was a child growing up in Scotland, one of my favourite books was Watership Down. I loved the way Richard Adams shared animals (rabbits) in their natural habitats, while still offering a tale through eyes that we (humans) could enjoy. It also educated me in the hierarchy of nature. In the book An Eagle's Heart, Scott Butcher has perhaps written the closest thing to Watership Down while still standing on its own. The tale of two small birds that show strength and loyalty beyond their size, An Eagle's Heart is a book that is truly for all ages (though some scenes may be a little distressing to younger children). The way Butcher builds the characters, teases the story out until you realize you're at the end before you know it (always the sign of a great tale), and how he weaves between the animal story and the human story running alongside makes this a new classic in the vein of the 1972 book from Adams. On a blog post announcing the book, one commenter mentioned it reminded him of Watership Down, and this seemed an apt comparison for this review. If you like books that educate in the ways of nature, while telling a gripping story that rewards loyalty, bravery and - above anything else - standing up to help others who need it, then An Eagle's Heart will probably become one of your new favourite books. An instant classic - congratulations all round.
Date published: 2014-01-06