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Product Details

  • Series: Daw Book Collectors (Book 1002)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886776813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886776817
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle West is the author of three interconnected series: The Sacred Hunt duology, the six-volume Sun Sword series, and The House War novels. She has published numerous short stories, as well as fantasty novels, under her maiden name, Michelle Sagara. She was a two-time nominee for the Campbell Award. She works part-time at BAKKA Books, one of Toronto's larger bookstores, and writes a column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She can contacted via her website, michellesagara.com.

Customer Reviews

The world is completely original, as well as, well developed and complex.
Terra LeMay
The drama that begins to unfold in this book is well done and fits the story line without being unnecessary.
Elissa
You fall in love with the characters and all Michelle West/Sagara's books will make you cry and laugh.
Stephanie

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Terra LeMay on July 9, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book, and in fact so far I have not been disappointed by anything that Michelle West has written. This series is supposed to stand alone (it does) from the Sun Sword series, but I read the Sun Sword series first, and now that I have read these two books, I wish I had read them first. They develop the world in a way that gives you insights into the second series that feel missing, once you know they were there. If you are planning on reading The sun Sword series, I suggest that you start here, first. Even though you supposedly don't need to.

These books are written in a 3rd person SHIFTING point of view. That means that if you tend to prefer books that stick in the POV of only a single character, you may not like these. I LOVED the technique though. Because of the shifting POV, it takes a little time to really learn the characters, but give it a chance. Once you do, you have an intimate knowledge of Several of the Key players and each one has a depth and motivation that makes you want to learn more about them all. You also get brief glimpses into the worlds of some of the minor players and villians and that adds dimensions to the story that would have otherwise been lacking.

The world is completely original, as well as, well developed and complex. This book really does set up the world and the larger plot on an epic scale, and though the story develops a great deal in this book, it really blooms in the next novel and in the Sun Sword series. The complexity of the plot and the complexity of characters may mean that the book might be less accessable to readers who prefer to have the story dumped into their laps. These are NOT card-board characters and you really need to watch them develop to understand them. If you enjoy a journey with interesting twists and turns along the way, you will definitely enjoy this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on July 6, 2007
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What I really love about Michelle West's writing is that she gets into each character's head so well. While a lot is still clothed in mystery, the switches in perspective shift this story from just another fantasy novel into something deeper and more epic. That very epic sense is what makes HUNTER'S OATH so dense. There were times that I had to pause, take a breath, and learn to savor the story itself.

Gilliam is a Hunter Lord; Stephen is his Huntbrother. Together, they must participate in the Sacred Hunt each year in order to keep Breodanir safe and bountiful, at the risk of their own lives. But it soon becomes much more than that as Stephen falls prey to the unfathomable world of magic, demon-kin, and Gods.

I suspect what many can either find fault with or relish in HUNTER'S OATH is its ability to surround you with so much that you're not sure if you're enthralled with the world... or just confused. But if you simply let go, agree to not understand every little detail - then you can let it take you on a ride that is most definitely worth reading. I found myself incredibly attached to the world, its characters, its conflicts, which was really a surprise because I never thought I'd be thrilled to be reading about hunting and dogs. But really, it's so much more than that.

I'd say, read this if you're looking to get into something interesting but also by no means an easy, sit-back-and-enjoy type of book. You'll find yourself immersed in a world wrought with intense intrigue, conflict, and sacrifice, and a mishmash of fascinating characters (time-travelers, assasins, kings, thieves) that kept me keenly interested.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TR on November 11, 2003
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This book is the beginning of one of the most interesting fantasy series being written today. The first book revolves around two young men who are "blood brothers" in a country where the rules of The Hunt govern the land. It is a story primarily about a "coming of age," and themes of responsibily, love, and death figure prominently. There are introductions of other intriguing characters, such as Evayne, who can walk through time and place, and Kallandras, a bard with some unique talents and surprising skills. These characters peak the interest, and become more "knowable" over time, as West takes great care to get inside the minds of many characters, even the villains. Definitely, the beginning of a must-read series!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Xenochick on August 26, 2001
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I cannot say enough how much I loved this book. Words cannot describe what an awesome experience the series "Sacred Hunt" has been for me. When I first heard of "Hunter's Oath", it was from a friend when we were discussing books and RPGs. She suggested it to me, with the words, "You'll love this." Man, how right on the button she was. Yet so far away, b/c I didn't just love it... it has become one of the best books I've ever read in my life (and I've easilly read hundreds). The book stars a young common boy Stephen. When he was a child, he was hunted by a man named Soredon, Lord Elseth, and his huntbrother Norn. Stephen's destiny was chosen long before his birth to where he would become the huntbrother, the tie that binds the Hunter Lords with humanity, to Gilliam of Elseth. They were only eight years old when they took their oath to become huntbrothers, Stephen and Gilliam were. Yet it was an oath they took, that they obey until their deaths, to obey the rules of the Hunter God of Breodanir. The Hunter God of Breodanier fills the woods with game and keeps hunting active throughout the year, but one day of every year in the King's City, all Hunter Lords and huntbrothers must gather for the Sacred Hunt- a day in which the Hunter God of Breodanir hunts a Hunter Lord or a huntbrother. It is by the sacrifice of one that Breodanir survives to face another year. Gilliam and Stephen were bound into this fate when they took their oath, and it would be for the rest of their lives that they abide by it unless they wish to lose all titles of nobility and a scar that can never be removed from the Elseth name. Yet other strange happenings keep occuring. A lost and forbidden art, demon summoning, seems to be ressurected.Read more ›
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