Alfred of St. Ruan's has lived his life in the seclusion of the monastery. But a badly wounded knight on a mission from the Elvenking, a beautiful and mysterious stranger who walks as both woman and beast, and a warrior king call him out of the cloister's walls into the wars and storms of the world. For he is neither mortal nor human, though he has long tried to live as both; and he can deny neither his nature nor his powerful magic.
James Patrick Cronin's grand, larger-than-life performance perfectly captures the spirit and breadth of this ambitious blend of mythology, historical fiction, and fantasy, the first installment of Judith Tarr's Crusade-set The Hound and the Falcon series, which introduces us to Alfred of St. Ruan, a pious monk turned mighty elven warrior who embarks on a heroic journey to battle the nefarious Hounds of God, the catholic order set on exterminating all magic creatures from the Earthly world.
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