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The Hallowed Hunt (Chalion Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Believable Fantasy

    Other reviewers have covered the plot outline enough, I won't repeat it here. For the first time ever I felt I've read a magical story in which the magic and the fantastical were truly explained. I could believe in this world, it's people, the culture and, yes, it's religion too. Some reviewers have either criticized the religion Bujold created for her stories or seem confused or uncertain why she bothered at all. But, in fact, Bujold writes to also satisfy the intellect and knows one can't create people and cultures and leave out religion (s) -- in fact, one description of humankind is (to paraphrase) homo religiosos. It is believable, sophisticated (not simply 'the gods' with funny names) and well within the parameters of what a people might truly come to experience. Besides, where do religion and magic touch, overlap, or fight if you're living in the middle of both? But, being a fantasy and therefore having to include magic, this is where Bujold really shines and gives a read which is not only exciting, full of real people and places, romance, horror, and the necessary good vs. evil, but does so in an adult way which should satisfy the most finicky reader. She doesn't write about some fantastic event, leaving us wondering 'But HOW.' She, during the course of the story, explains HOW -- at least to the degree anyone can describe HOW and where, when, who. In case I'm making The Hallowed Hunt sound dry, believe me there's enough excitement, good old fashioned swashbuckling, fast-paced surprises and mystery to satisfy anyone wanting to be caught up in a real page- turning heart-thumper. Now that I know this book is the 3rd in a series, I've gone back to the first book and already realize THH wasn't a one shot wonder, but that Bujold deserves all the accolades and honors heaped on her. Read this beauty. Finish with a deep sigh of satisfaction and hunger for more,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

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    Hum.ps hard and fast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    This story has a well observed premise and a masterful plot to m

    This story has a well observed premise and a masterful plot to make it a gripping. Fine dilaogue and descriptions made the story outstanding. This is a story that I am glad I read. Like in Ngoko's Folly, I got thrilled until the last page and had to reflect on it afterwards.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Bujold is consistently a great writer

    Lois McMaster Bujold is best known for writing science fiction, but her fantasy novels are well worth reading too. The Hallowed Hunt is the third of a set of novels, all with different characters and plots, but set in the same universe. The lead characters, Ingrey and Ijada, are well matched, and the supporting characters provide depth and/or comic relief. The underlying theology (five gods) may confuse some readers, especially if they have not read the other books, particularly The Curse of Chalion. Another appropriate title for The Hallowed Hunt might have been Spirit Warriors, as the characters struggle with the power and control of animal spirits they possess/are possessed by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    The Hallowed Hunt , a remarkable read.

    A competent court officer sent to investigate the strange circumstances surrounding a prince¿s death finds the woman accused to be much more than he imagined. The strange circumstances grow stranger as the man charged with her transport across country for delivery into the hands of justice discovers there is more to himself than he had imagined as well. It seems that the difficulties surrounding this case will not resolve themselves easily, not without divine intervention and the revelation of ancient secrets. This is the first of Lois McMaster Bujold's books I have read and I am very impressed with her writing. You do not read one of her books, you enter her world. The mythical world of Chalion. In a few words, she is able to brush characters of unique human proportion in meticulous detail. She sets these characters into swirls of political intrigue within this fantasy world from the Middle Ages and puts them on collision course with supernatural forces. Of course it all leads to a romance of superhuman proportions and a clash of titanic spiritual powers. Once you accept the theological construct in her world of five gods, and some may find this difficult, the story is both realistic and compelling. She applies the spiritual fantasy consistently and with an even hand as in earlier books of Chalion. This is not a book for the squeamish and some may be disturbed by the use of animals that is depicted, but if one cannot put evil into a story of good verses evil, then what is the point? I¿m not generally a fan of fantasy, preferring to keep my stories closer to the real world, but Lois has captured me as a reader with her use of description and subtlety and made me wonder what might be possible if she turned her hand to other genres. But Chalion, no doubt, requires further exploration. I would recommend this book to anyone desiring to read for escape and great entertainment. I would not recommend it to young readers or those not morally or spiritually well grounded, lest they try to bring pieces of that world back into ours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    A reading ride

    The Hallowed Hunt is a beautiful and fast-paced fantasy and sci-fi story filled with action, adventure and mystery. The reader gets thrilled until the last page.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Superb fantasy

    Lord Ingrey Kin Wolfcliff is dispatched by his employer to bring back the body of the murdered Prince Boleso to the capital city of Easthome for the funeral. He is also to bring back the royal¿s killer Lady Ijada who claims self-defense as he tried to rape her and was prepared to sacrifice her in a black magical rite. Instead, she conked him on the head and the spirit of the leopard he killed entered her body when she touched the dying prince.................... Ingrey knows all about animal spirits inhabiting humans as he is possessed by a wolf in a rite that was conducted by his father. On the way back to the capital where the hallows king is dying, Ingrey is attracted to his prisoner but finds himself compelled to kill her. The geas is broken by a powerful sorcerer and they make it safely to Easthome. Ingrey spies on Earl Wencil because the people in power are afraid that he will try to usurp the rightful heir, Prince Biast. Little do any of them know that Wencil¿s plan for Ingrey involves the old magics outlawed when the Weald was invaded by the Darthacan Quintarians who worshipped five gods and forced their religion on the conquered people................................ Ingrey grows into his acceptance of his wolf spirit and he is helped by Lady Ijada who accepts the spirit leopard that was thrust into her. She has a role to play in the final working of the weald magic one that could cost her life or that of Ingrey if she falters in her convictions. Brilliant characterizations, a fast paced and exciting storyline and a villain it is hard to hate make THE HALLOWED HUNT a fantastic epic fantasy worthy of a Hugo or a Nebula Award nomination......................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    A reading ride

    The Hallowed Hunt is a beautiful and fast-paced fantasy and sci-fi story filled with action, adventure and mystery. Like Heart Stroke, Irresistible Forces, Usurper and Others, The Shadow of Saganami, the reader gets thrilled until the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    Latest Bujold fantasy explores intriguing new territory

    Lois Bujold's newest book, _The Hallowed Hunt_, revists the world she brought vibrantly to life in _Curse of Chalion_ and its Hugo-award-winning sequel, _Paladin of Souls_. She's exploring new areas in this one. It's not just a new setting--though readers of her previous books will enjoy references to the country on the other side of the mountains--but a new dilemma for her characters to wrestle with. Ingrey, troubleshooter for the king's trusted minister, is tasked with bringing the body of a dead prince back home - and also to bring the young lady who killed him. The prince had given her good reason, but minor matters like justice have little weight when a royal house's honor and reputation are at stake. Ingrey is torn between his duty, his desire to the right thing, and feelings which are new to him. Ijada is no help, frustrating his attempts to find a solution with her innocent faith in the honesty of the feudal court that will try her. For most authors this would be a complicated enough plot to carry a book, or even a trilogy. But Bujold pulls her readers into a deeper look at these people and the land they live in. Their nation was formed by a centuries-old invasion and massacre, which left wounds still unhealed. This comes back to haunt the struggle over who will succeed the dying king, a struggle made even more bitter by the prince's death. Ingrey is caught in the middle and forced to confront the past that had turned him into a vicious killer. To save himself, Ijada, the kingdom, and the souls of many men caught up in a battle too large for them to comprehend, Ingrey must stand up to an enemy stronger and older than any he'd imagined, and find the strength to face the gods themselves.

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