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Starred Review. The absorbing third installment in Bujold's epic fantasy series (after The Curse of Chalion and the Hugo-winning Paladin of Souls) links a disinherited swordsman hero with a beguiling damsel accused of murdering a royal prince in a land worshiping five gods, menaced by encroaching neighbors and swarming with ancient magic and lethal political intrigue. Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff, sent by the kingdom's sealmaster to fetch orphaned Lady Ijada to trial, soon learns they both unwillingly bear animal spirits received in forbidden power rites stretching centuries back into the primeval Weald. With the aged Hallow King now dying, Ingrey and Ijada journey toward the king's hall at Easthome, falling into a love that appears doomed, while Ingrey's powerful fey cousin, Lord Wencel, spins a cunning web of bloodthirsty ambition that binds them to him in an unholy trinity. Though the book's complicated magical-religious structure requires considerable suspension of disbelief, Bujold brings to life a multitude of convincing secondary characters, especially skaldic warrior-poet Prince Jokol and his ice bear, Fafa. Bujold's ability to sustain a breathless pace of action while preserving a heady sense of verisimilitude in a world of malignant wonders makes this big novel occasionally brilliant—and not a word too long.
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Here Bujold returns to the world of The Curse of Chalion (2001) and Paladin of Souls (2003) to show us intrigue and mystery in yet another land. Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been sent to the estate of Prince Bolesco, the half-mad son of the king of the Weald. The prince has been murdered, and Ingrey is to investigate. The accused is an orphaned young noblewoman. But the prince had been dabbling in forbidden sorcery, it seems, and the young woman lies under an ill-cast spell. Despite his ostensible duty to the royal family, Ingrey is drawn toward protecting the accused from those who want to hang her as the quickest way of hushing things up, as well as from the church, which might kill in an attempt to cure her. Bujold's reworking of a classic romantic situation is distinguished by its setting in a well-crafted world and masterly creation of characters whose fates will keep readers turning the pages. Frieda Murray
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I enjoy her books, this was not as exciting for me as some of the others.Published 1 month ago by Jim
Not the best work from LMB. The book explains stuff over and over. Also has nothing to do with Chalion. Chalion is mentioned but has nothing in common except the 5 gods. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. DiBenedetto
Have read so many of her books, loved them all. Her stories just seem to call to something In me. She makes the stories come alive. Always s well done.Published 2 months ago by SnowBird
The first book by Bujold I read - and I've reread it a number of times as well as everything else she's written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book...honestly, I wanted to like it more. The writing is evocative and engaging--Bujold paints some amazingly beautiful and haunting pictures with her... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Steinmann
A magical world that's hard to forget and hard to leave behind. A good read.Published 8 months ago by bad_example
Bujold's Vorkosigan Sagas are absolutely fantastic. Though not as great, this book is still an amazing read from a master story teller.Published 10 months ago by D D
The Hallowed Hunt takes place in the same general world of Chalion, but is across the sea, in an English-style culture. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bookwormiest