The Hallowed Hunt

The Hallowed Hunt

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2007
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The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. His mission is an ugly and delicate one, for the imminent death of the old Hallow King has placed the crown in play, and the road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, p2007
ISBN: 9781433201059
1433201054
Branch Call Number: FIC FAN
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (approximately 16 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Gavin, Marguerite

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 18, 2019

The powerful third novel in Bujold’s “World of the Five Gods” fantasy series. This takes place in the same Earth-ish world as *The Curse of Chalion* and *Paladin of Souls*; but it has no characters (except the gods) in common with the earlier novels and can be read independently. The dominant religion is Quintarian -- the people worship five gods. The gods are REAL, but they exist outside of the world of life. They can only interact with the living world through dreams and visions, in which they try to persuade humans to take certain actions.

Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been sent to a distant castle to investigate the murder of the King’s youngest son. It turns out that Prince Boleso was attempting some mad spells to take on the soul of a leopard, which would then help him rape a young noblewoman he had imprisoned. As this was happening, however, the noblewoman, Ijada de Castos, caved in Boleso’s head with his own war hammer. The leopard’s soul was transferred to her instead.

Ingrey himself had been given a wolf as a spirit animal involuntarily as a young boy. In times of danger Ingrey can defend himself with supernatural speed and force but a potential loss of control is there, too. Ingrey and his guards take Ijada on the long journey back to the capitol for trial, but some want to make sure they never make it. And more life-and-death complications await.

Bujold’s story is built with a mixture of political tension, magic events, dangerous romance, and life-changing decisions, with her usual deep characterizations and a balancing sense of humor.

Audio version is very well read.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 18, 2019

The powerful third novel in Bujold’s “World of the Five Gods” fantasy series. This takes place in the same Earth-ish world as *The Curse of Chalion* and *Paladin of Souls*; but it has no characters (except the gods) in common with the earlier novels and can be read independently. The dominant religion is Quintarian -- the people worship five gods. The gods are REAL, but they exist outside of the world of life. They can only interact with the living world through dreams and visions, in which they try to persuade humans to take certain actions.

Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has been sent to a distant castle to investigate the murder of the King’s youngest son. It turns out that Prince Boleso was attempting some mad spells to take on the soul of a leopard, which would then help him rape a young noblewoman he had imprisoned. As this was happening, however, the noblewoman, Ijada de Castos, caved in Boleso’s head with his own war hammer. The leopard’s soul was transferred to her instead.

Ingrey himself had been given a wolf as a spirit animal involuntarily as a young boy. In times of danger Ingrey can defend himself with supernatural speed and force but a potential loss of control is there, too. Ingrey and his guards take Ijada on the long journey back to the capitol for trial, but some want to make sure they never make it. And more life-and-death complications await.

Bujold’s story is built with a mixture of political tension, magic events, dangerous romance, and life-changing decisions, with her usual deep characterizations and a balancing sense of humor. Very well read in the audio book version.

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