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Hunter's Death (The Sacred Hunt #2)

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Now, at the risk of breaking their Oath, Hunter Gilliam and his huntbrother Stephen must journey to the ancient city once ruled by the Lord of Hell himself--a being who again seeks to impose his reign over the mortal lands. This novel continues the brilliant fantasy saga begun in Hunter's Oath.
Mass Market Paperback, 670 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by DAW Fantasy
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Finally reading the second book of the Sacred Hunt (I've only had it sitting on my shelf for eight years…) marks my long-overdue return to the books of Michelle West (a.k.a. Michelle Sagara). Her writing is as dense and elegant as ever (and oh-so-hard to read if you're not in exactly the right mood for it), the characters complex, and the intersecting mythologies cleverly conceived and layered. Just as importantly, it's giving me some of the background to the Sun Sword books that had me scratchi ...more
Gilliam and Stephen pack their bags and head to Averalaan, an ancient and distant city where the seeress Evayne has promised they will meet their fate. Meanwhile, the internal politics of Averalaan are becoming increasingly bloody and a young pack of thieves stumble across mysterious catacombs beneath the city. Wacky hijinks ensue!

Hunter's Death is a much better book than its predecessor, Hunter's Oath. The generic fantasy bilge is still present, and Stephen is still an unconvincing representati
I really like the Breodani story. I would actually give it a five stars. It's the first ed. of the Jewel story I am unsure about. The tone is very uneven. But again, i understand what happened so much better than I did in House Name, eg with Kallandras, Meralonne,Espere. As inthe previous book, portions where characters suddenly disappear- now I know why- their stories were developed here instead of in House Name. So much was left out! At least now, I feel like I really understand what happened ...more
Hunter's Death is the sequel to Hunter's Oath, and concludes the story. In Hunter's Death, the two main characters from the first book, Hunter Lord Gilliam and his huntbrother Stephen, travel to the city of Averalaan, where they must accomplish their task and still be able to return home in time for the Sacred Hunt. But what they are supposed to accomplish there is something they are unsure of, and they know that it is likely that they will not make it back in time for the Hunt, which is somethi ...more
Althea Ann
This duology (Hunter's Oath & Hunter's Death) is one story in two books, not really two separate novels.
After reading the Greg Keyes "Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone" books, I was
in the mood for some more epic fantasy; however West's books compare
very badly to those.
The story starts out with a somewhat promising premise: The Hunter
Lords of Breodanir are an elite class, pledged to their hunter god.
However, each Lord is oathbound to a Huntbrother, picked from the
peasantry, who lives as partner and
Often when I begin sequels I always have that faint thought nudging at the back of my mind: Will it be as good as the first? Or will it fail to live up to what came before it? What surprised me here is that I didn't even bother to think that. I just assumed that it would live up to expectations - which shows the quality of West's writing as a whole - and indeed, it was just as good, if not better.[return][return]The first book, HUNTER'S OATH, had revolved around things I don't usually find "appe ...more
I loved this book. New characters are introduced, some of whom are my favourite in the series. Some passages were really moving and the conclusion was great. What I particularly appreciate was seeing characters from the House War series.

However, the House War series having been written later, those characters were better drawn in it than in Hunter's Death (I particularly hate how Jewel is portrayed as a spoiled urchin and how she seems to be attracted to one of the other characters; I now under
Mary B. Grove
Powerful, poignant, profound

One of the strongest of West's books, a cry of and to the heart, with an unparalleled breadth of characters and story. One of my favorite authors and this series is a masterwork.
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I devoured this series as whole, so my review of one book has to cover my review of all the books. This is one of my favorite series (and Michelle West is one of my favorite authors). When I finished the series the first time through I was compelled to go back and re-read just the parts that featured my favorite character (Jewel). I keep this series handy, because it's one I reach for time and again when I'm in the mood for a good book. Sometimes I re-read the whole series and other times I just ...more
I don't think Michelle Sagara knows how to write a bad book.

I haven't read this for a couple of years, and picked it up when I wanted something familiar while finishing my finals. The way the story was crafted, I realized that the shocking events in the middle of the book were not so shocking when I stopped to think about character destiny. I still really like the story.
Chris Pacheco
awesome story. Michelle West's writing is very strange to me and a bit hard to follow, but, i feel that this is a story that i will read again a few times over and it will be better each time that i do so. She said herself that it couldve been written better, and that the sun sword is a better place to start. so now that i have the beginning of the story underhand i will most likely enjoy the sun sword greatly.
Rereading after City of Night to see how the two series twine together. I can't tell what Meralonne's back story is--another failed assassin? Demi-god? Half-elf? Knowing West, something completely different. I still get surprised by the placing of the death scene. And the ending makes me teary. I think this series has held up remarkably well.
Reviewed Sacred Hunt duology at Ubiquitous Absence, and also at Speculative Book Review.
SO I saw the end coming but at the same time in no way expected the author to follow through. Is that a sad statement on the wish-fulfillment state of most fantasy? Ah well having my heart trampled on a bit reminds me why wish-fulfillment can be good.
This was too darn long! But still I had to read it to learn the fate of the characters. If it had been a couple of hundred pages shorter I would have given it 4 stars.
Excellent world-building and I appreciate that Michelle West never fails to surprise, in the twists of the plot, the dialogue and narration. On to her next book...
A fun duology with good characters and story. Nothing ground-breaking, but it was a comfortable read.
Tense till the very end. I loved it.
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Michelle Sagara West
Michelle Sagara

Michelle is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and sometimes as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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Other Books in the Series

The Sacred Hunt (2 books)
  • Hunter's Oath (The Sacred Hunt, #1)
The Broken Crown (The Sun Sword, # 1) The Uncrowned King (The Sun Sword, #2) The Hidden City (The House War, #1) The Shining Court (The Sun Sword, #3) The Sun Sword (The Sun Sword, #6)

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