This is a story of Vikings, raiders, slaves, political intrigue and a man and woman in love and trying to make it work against all odds.
It's beautifully written, with some gorgeous descriptions and phrasing.
The sexual tension drips from the page, as well as suspense tension.
And the hawking is an important but minor part of the story - no women are turned into hawks in this story.
I thoroughly enjoyed Venetia Green's A Hawk Enslaved.