L.S. Baird's debut novel, Evensong's Heir, has holy music at its core. Divine song comes from the golden throats of exalted castrati. These young men live inside a temple where they are awash with tribute and praise. Hawk was the Lark before Kestrel and is the current High Preybird. One of the most powerful people in all the Queendom, Hawk oversees Temple business with a keen eye. Of foreign birth, his term and rise to his current station have been fraught with controversy. He is slow with praise and a serious sort, but it is always clear that the lives of the Songbirds and those within the Temple's walls are all dear to him.