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#238 Lois McMaster Bujold: The Hallowed Hunt

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Hallowed Hunt

Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2006)
ISBN-10: 0060574747
ISBN-13: 978-0060574741
Category(ies): Fantasy

In the same world as her Paladin of Souls, but somewhat divorced from that story, this is a different one, much more political, and much less prone to the modern people in fancy dress syndrome.

Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff (not Wilfcliff as misspelt on the back cover ...) is charged to accompany Lady Ijada back to the capital. Not to protect her, but because she has slain Prince Boleso. But why she killed him - nay, how she managed to kill him with a battle hammer - are questions that must be answered.

There's an uneasy relationship here, because it appears that what Boleso was doing was necromantic magic, and Ijada was to be the victim. But this will need proving, somehow. Meanwhile, there's a case of conflicting loyalties, even loyalties being transferred. And not everyone here is quite as charming as they appear.

A slimmer, but to my mind better, novel than Paladin of Souls.
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