Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold

I've been catching up Lois McMaster Bujold's World of the Five Gods series, and just finished The Hallowed Hunt.  This is book #1 in the series, but it was the third one written and I have explained elsewhere that I prefer to read series in that order.  This installment takes place several hundred years before the time of The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, a few hundred years after the Five Gods pantheon displaced the older Weald animal magic.  That older magic plays a central role in the book.  But this being a romance series the focus is on the protagonist, in this case a very dark and troubled soul named Ingrey.  I forgot to mention that he is brooding.  His charge is to take a Lady who murdered a prince who was trying to rape her for trial. 

Ingrey is a different kind of protagonist for Bujold, in that he is highly capable and meant to be unlikable.  He had a wolf spirit thrust upon him as a young man and only with difficulty kept his sanity.  It's slightly unnatural and kind of makes the book drag, I struggled to read it at times.  But the struggle was worth it for the resolution--the book comes to a satisfying conclusion as Ingrey comes into his own. 

This book was not bad but I can't rate it up there with the others.  I give it 3 stars.

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