The Hallowed Hunt : World of the Five Gods: Chalion

  • by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • Series: World of the Five Gods: Chalion
  • 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lois McMaster Bujold returns to the vivid, perilous world of her previous masterworks, the Hugo Award-winning Paladin of Souls and Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated The Curse of Chalion, with this tale of devotion and strange destiny. 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Inventive, with engaging characters and lively storytelling."(Denver Post)
"Bujold's reworking of a classic romantic situation is distinguished by its setting in a well-crafted world and masterly creation of characters whose fates will keep readers turning the pages." (Booklist)
"Absorbing....Bujold's ability to sustain a breathless pace of action while preserving a heady sense of verisimilitude in a world of malignant wonders makes this big novel occasionally brilliant and not a word too long." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not her best

I was very excited at the prospect of a new Bujold novel, but slightly disappointed when I read it. It's not bad exactly - I'm not sure that Bujold is capable of writing a bad novel - it's just rather slow. It also feels like a bit of a rehash of the themes of some of her earlier novels.

So if you're new to Bujold I'd advise you not to start here. Try the first of her fantasy novels (The Curse of Chalion), or one of her scifi Vorkosigan novels (I'd recommend starting with Warrior's Apprentice).

If you've read every other Bujold novel then clearly you'll be desperate to read this, but prepare for mild disappointment. On the upside, her next novel (The Sharing Knife Volume 1 - not available on Audible at the time of writing this review) is a lovely read, so it's not as though she's lost her mojo for good.
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- Jane

Wonderous and weird

This book was so amazing. Bujold has invented a religion which is quite comprehensive and this installment in the 5-Gods world shows us more of how it works. The denouement is quite moving.

I was not overly fond of the narrators delivery and the male voices didn't work for me. They all seemed quite expressionless because of her effort to keep the pitch low as a man's voice would sound. The female voices were all easily distinguishable.
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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.