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The Wolf Hunt Hardcover – August 25, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (August 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bradshaw's refreshingly candid jaunt into the age of chivalry blends knightly honor and maidenly forbearance with fairy-tale overtones while revealing the uglier side of the feudal system. Strong research and a brisk writing style yield a fascinating primer on this European era, giving a glimpse into the routine activities of nobles and peasants alike. Marie PenthiŠvre de Chalandrey is abducted from her convent by knights of Duke Hoel of Brittany he has his eyes on lands held by her father, who is off fighting in the Crusades. She escapes her captors and flees through dense woods where Tiarn n of Talensac saves her from rape by thieves and wins her heart, but he returns her to the knights and leaves to wed Eline of Comper. Marie later befriends Eline, who, when Tiarn n disappears and is declared dead, tells Marie that he is a monster and she is well rid of him. Eline then claims the estate and weds her true love, Alaine de FourgŠres, a handsome but landless knight with no skill at running a manor. Alaine urges his cousin Tiher, a favorite knight of Hoel and suitor of Marie, to organize a hunt for a clever wolf that enters the village and evades all trackers. They corner the wolf but it licks Hoel's boot and is taken as a pet, becoming a court favorite and changing the lives of all those who come into contact with it. Bradshaw (Island of Ghosts) solidly grounds her historical fiction, but still lards it with plenty of fairy-tale excitement. Readers will have no trouble guessing the "secret" of the wolf, but that doesn't detract from the fun.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

British classics scholar and historical novelist Bradshaw (The Sand-Reckoner) here tries her hand at medieval romance. Marie Penthiovre, a young and spirited noblewoman, is kidnapped from a convent in Normandy by enemies of her father. Escaping into the wild forest of Brocaliande, she is rescued by the renowned knight Tiarn n of Talensac. He escorts her to the duke of Brittany, who encourages her to marry one of his knights. Marie's romantic dreams of wedding Tiarn n are dashed when he marries someone else, but when he disappears soon after his wedding, Marie determines to discover the truth and preserve Tiarn n's reputation as an honorable warrior. This tale of trust and loyalty slowly builds to a satisfying climax. Bradshaw displays her usual deft touch with characterization and setting. More mainstream than most of her novels, it is definitely recommended for all public libraries.Laurel Bliss, Yale Arts Lib.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is an excellent read with a gentle love story and a gripping plot.
Helen Hancox
This book was fast paced and always interesting, it never got bogged down in slow parts and keep you reading until the very end.
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I have read and reread this book number of times, since it was first released.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sires on October 18, 2001
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I tried to think of another book this one was like, but the nearest
comparison that came to mind was the movie Ladyhawk. Wolf Hunt
combines a medieval setting and characters with Breton fantasy to
create a very satisfying read.
Based on the Lai de Bisclavret by the 12th century poet Marie de
France, Ms. Bradshaw takes the theme of the shape changer and
populates the story with interesting characters. The heroine, Marie
Penthieve of Chalandrey, is the inmate of a convent when she hears
that her brother is dead. This means that she is the heir to
Chalandrey, a rich manor in a strategic area between Brittany and
Normady. Her father's overlord is Duke Robert of Normandy. but she
is tricked away from her convent by the men of Duke Hoel of Brittany.
Fleeing from her captures she falls into the hands of outlaws and is
rescued by Tiarnan, Duke Hoel's best loved knight. Marie is
captivated by Tiarnan, but he is affianced to the beautiful Lady
Eline.
Shortly after his marriage though, Tiarnan disappears and Lady Eline
comforts herself for her loss by marrying a penniless knight named
Alain. Meanwhile there appears in the village a wolf with more than
natural abilities, a wolf that Alain is determined to hunt down and
destroy.
Marie, in the meantime, is trying to think of a way to prevent
herself from becoming a bone of contention between Duke Robert and
Duke Hoel, mourning Tiarnan and keeping at bay the attentions of
Alain's older and more honorable cousin.
Then Alain sends to Duke Hoel and suggests that he might enjoy
hunting the extraordinary wolf that is stalking Tiarnan's former
lands.
This is a book that can keep a reader up all night.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "whuffie" on August 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've run the gauntlet on werewolf fiction, and picked up the novel on that angle rather than on the historical richness of it. I'm overly familiar with the "snowbound castle with monster unleashed" or "pitchfork bearing peasants chase down monster" tales done, redone, and done again. With the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series rolling along in general popularity, werewolves have taken another turn, such as they have in the novel Bitten. It's not a turn that this reader, specifically, is fond of. Wolf Hunt has very strong characters in the sense that they are both believable, different, entertaining, and hold fast to their own morals and ideals. Anita and Bitten tend to be more trendy and modern, but also lean into being more than a little promiscuous, leading into sex scenes which come across as more of a dark fantasy put on paper. Wolf Hunt, on the other hand, is a tale very well spun, and although it lacks the white knuckle-page turning of Anita or Bitten, it has much more credibility and more solid characters. I wasn't aware of the poem it was based on, but there is also a folklore story which tells much the same, tragic tale which was expanded upon in this book. This lends to the feel of history I got from it. You get a very real, enjoyable sense of history through Wolf Hunt, and as mentioned, being in on the secret in no way spoils the fun. This book is one I would recommend to friends, both male and female alike. It is, simply put, a very good and enthralling story which will stick with me and be reread. While this is a love story, it is not a romance novel. By romance, I think someone like Krinard with her werewolf romance novels such as Prince of Shadows.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on February 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was the first book by Gillian Bradshaw that I read and I have subsequently searched out several others by her - all surprisingly different from this one!

Warning - there are plot spoilers below!

The plot is that of a young girl, Marie, who is kidnapped and ends up by finding her loyalties torn - those who kidnapped her are her father's enemies, but they treat her so well that she is unsure of the right path. She initially escapes from her kidnappers and is very nearly raped and worse by some wood people she comes across - she is rescued by a strange man, Tiernan. We hear of Marie's introduction to the court of Duke Hoel and Marie discovers Tiernan is engaged to Elin. As a reader I decided Tiernan would probably come to his senses before the wedding and realise Marie is the woman for him, but this didn't happen. In fact he loves Elin very much, and Marie has to watch them marry and try to subdue her feelings.

At this point the focus of the story changes and we start to follow more of the story of Tiernan. He is a very interesting character - and he has a secret. This was fairly easy to guess as the story progresses, and it was more interesting to see how the characters around him dealt with this. His new wife Elin is repulsed when she discovers her husband sometimes turns into a wolf and she schemes to have him disposed of - not by death, but by ensuring he remains trapped in his wolf form.

It is here that Marie returns. The section where Tiernan is a wolf is brilliantly written - his part human but mostly animal intellect and senses is very evocative. We begin to understand what it's like for him - the freedom of his wolf form, but the knowledge that there is more out there for him as a man.
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