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The Hallowed Hunt (Chalion 3) (edition 2006)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Title:The Hallowed Hunt (Chalion 3)
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Info:New York : Eos Fantasy. 2006, c2005. 18 cm. ; 423 p.
Collections:Your library, Living Room, Series
Tags:fantasy, military, animal spirits, possession, mystery, quest, royalty, princes, princesses, kings, earls, magic, demons, mind control, gods, immortality, death, love, ghosts, dreams, Weald, series, Chalion, MerryMary, from Bookmooch, small paperback

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The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold, an accomplished and expert writer of science fictions, applies her enviable skills to this, the third in her Chalion novels, self-contained fantasy tales that are tightly-plotted, character-driven dramas set in a carefully constructed world where the quasi-medieval politics and the supernatural mix to deadly effect. In The Hallowed Hunt, an exiled prince is murdered, and a young lord sent to bring his killer to justice. Except the prince was dabbling int forbidden rites and intended to force himself on the young woman, who bashed his brains in with his own war-hammer and received an unwelcome spiritual gift in return. The young lord has laboured his whole life under a similar burden, but it is not the wolf spirit welded to his own should that causes him to try and kill his charge.

What was the nature of the rite, and who placed the ugly spell on the lord, and what does it have to do with the impending death of the current hallow king and a conflict that came to a blood-soaked end centuries before?

I found this a bit slow to start. I found the last book I read a bit slow to start. I found the book before that slow to start. I think I may just be in a finding-books-slow-to-start kind of a mood. Past a certain point, Bujold's innate, not to say addictive, readability kicks in and between the compelling characters and the intractable mysteries and the tangled plot, slow turns to quick in no time flat. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
The Hallowed Hunt was very good but, perhaps, not quite up to the first two "Chalion" novels. Since I had read some of the remarks of others I went into it without particularly high expectations and was pleasantly surprised. However, I will definitely reread the other two but maybe not this one.
  hailelib | Jun 9, 2015 |
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold is the third book in her Chalion series, and as I had been warned, did not live up to the excellence of the first two books. All three books have plots that explore the religion that the author developed for this world, but this one seems rather over-burdened with it and as a result the story suffered. The book started slowly and seemed to consist of many long conversations about animal spirits, and which spirits were in who, and how they got there.

This was disappointing as this author consistently gives her readers great characters and stories that totally steal your heart, and I think this could have held true with both Lord Ingrey and Lady Ijada had the story been a little more wide open and the characters developed a little more. Overall, I felt this was a difficult book to appreciate due to it’s slow start and baffling theological plot points.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my favorite authors, and I hate to give less than a glowing report on one of her books. Luckily all three books in this series are very loosely connected and can be read as stand alone stories. I highly recommend the first two books, The Curse of Chalion and The Palladin of Souls, and would suggest that only the most dedicated fans pick up The Hallowed Hunt. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 29, 2015 |
"Hallowed Hunt" is set in the same world as the other two "Chalion" books, but not actually in Chalion, which is only one country in that world. "Hunt" introduces entirely new characters and a new kind of magic, although the five gods are still there, and still causing complications for the hero. You could probably read this one as a stand alone, but I think you're missing something if you pass up "Curse of Chalion" and "Paladin of Souls."

I enjoyed this book. The characters, as usual, were great. I love Bujold's writing and I'm a sucker for romance, so I found this book as satisfying in that respect as the previous two. I don't read straight romance genre because I like more to the story than that, however, and this one didn't let me down there, either. I didn't give it 5 stars because I had a few minor issues with the plot, which seemed a bit less fully-explained in places than what I've come to expect from Bujold. (Mini-SPOILER: That mystical thing that the single-lived Hallow Kings were passing down... what did it do for them and did they actually even know they had it?) ( )
  Carol_W | Apr 17, 2015 |
I screwed up & listened to this as the 2d book in the trilogy, not last. I don't think it's that big of a deal since it takes place way before the first two & has nothing but the world in common. I read the first of this trilogy when it came out & then the second, but never got around to this one. The gal that read this was quite a good reader, but different from the other two books.

The first half of the book dragged for me. I almost quit. Way too much description & thinking (exposition) on the parts of the main characters for a mere few days traveling. Yes, there was a lot to set up, but it could have been done a lot better.

The last half was very twisty & action packed. The hero was somewhat subtle. We knew his courageous, tough, & somewhat sinister reputation, but he had little ability to show it off during the first half. In the last, it shined even with the romantic theme that ran so strongly through the story line.

There were a lot of excellent characters; good, bad, & 'damn-if-I'm-sure'. Some were neither due to complicated politics & theology. I pitied the best & the worst, as well as liked or disliked them. It all added up to a great story, but due to the slow beginning, I just can't give it a 4th star. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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A magnificent epic tale of devotion, possession, obsession, and strange destiny from the author of the Hugo Award-winning

Paladin of Souls

Lois McMaster Bujold

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile -- and Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff must transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. With the death of the old Hallow King imminent and the crown in play, the road they must travel together is a dangerous one. And though he is duty-bound to deliver his prisoner to an almost certain death, Ijada may be the only one Ingrey dares trust. For a monstrous malevolence holds the haunted lord in its sway -- and a great and terrible destiny has been bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.

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A forbidden spirit now inhabits the soul of Ijada, giving her senses she never wished for and an obligation no one sane would desire. At once psychically linked to the remarkable lady and repelled by what she carries within, Ingrey fears the havoc his own inner beast could wreak while on their journey, as he fights a powerful growing attraction, and an equally powerful compulsion to kill. The road they travel together is beset with dangers, and though duty bound to deliver Ijada to an almost certain execution, Ingrey soon realizes that she is the only one he dares trust. For a malevolent enemy with designs on a troubled kingdom holds Ingrey in his sway, and without Ijada's aid and love, the haunted lord will never be able to break free and realize the great and terrible destiny bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.… (more)

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