From the Hugo Award-winning author of "Paladin of Souls" comes the third novel in her enthusiastically received epic historical fantasy--a magnificent epic tale of devotion, possession, obsession, and strange destiny.From the Hugo Award-winning author of "Paladin of Souls" comes the third novel in her enthusiastically received epic historical fantasy--a magnificent epic tale of devotion, possession, obsession, and strange destiny.Read Less
There are several plots to this story. Our protagonist, Ingrey, stumbles upon a plot that develops slowly, involving a lovely lady, a mad prince, and Ingrey's cousin.
It took me several readings to start to catch all of the subtleties in the plot, so if you only read it once, you will miss much of the undertone.
As one of the characters in the book says, "Listen to her silences." because much of what Bujold does not say in the earlier chapters does come to light in the later chapters.
If you look at this book as a sort of precursor to Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, rather than as a continuation of those two books, it helps somewhat.
Bear in mind, too, that this book is not just fantasy, and a gods vs. humans kind of book. It's a romance novel, too, as are quite a few of Bujold's books. That doesn't mean it's just for women or girls, it's much more than that, or at least, it was to me.
Mar 19, 2008
Just a little disappointing
Maybe I'm being overly picky, but the labyrinthine plot of "The Hallowed Hunt" exhausted me. Bujold continues her "souls in peril" theme here and came up with a new idea to play with, but it was almost too much for one book to handle. The situation kept compounding upon itself and by the end was quite convoluted. I lost track of many of the details, so I just went with the resolution and didn't try to understand it. As opposed to the previous central characters of the "Chalion" universe, I didn't feel a strong connection to Ingrey or Ijada. To be fair, there are many good moments, I wasn't tempted to give up reading it, and the technical aspects of Bujold's writing are solid, but on the whole this book lacked the charm and emotional connection of the first two books.
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