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The Golden Horn (The Hound and the Falcon #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  444 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Constantinople, A.D. 1203: a great army camps outside the City of Cities, and threatens it with conquest. Within the City, a Greek witch and a renegade monk who is also a white enchanter do their utmost to hold back the tides of war. But even their great powers may not be able to save Byzantium's empire from the Western Crusade.
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Bluejay Books (first published 1985)
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The problem with a continuation of an Alf-centered storyline is that I don't like Alf. He's not a good, interesting character and I want him to get struck by lightning.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
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April Steenburgh
Alfred is a monk of St. Ruan’s Abbey- devoted to his Brothers and his God, a scholar of rare talent, and very much more than a man. A foundling, he was taken in and raised by the Abbey as one of their own, and while his colleagues have grown to old men, he remains no more than a youth.

The quiet Abbey life that Alfred clings to is pulled away from him as he is sent out to the world, carrying a message of violence to the Richard Coeur de Leon. Once out of the Abbey’s comforting walls, Alfred canno
This book is confounding. I appreciate historical novels because they show us how people in different times and places responded to the unique circumstances of their lives. And I appreciate fantasy novels which bring to life an imaginary society. But this novel is an odd combination of the two that doesn't work for me. The book vividly describes the shameful Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople about 1200. As a historical novel, it works; both the Greek and Latin characters engaged my i ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Ita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book only so-so because Alf was a Marty Stu and didn't engage me *at all*. He was good, kind, patient, noble. Boring. The other characters, Jehan and the family he ends up adopting, were much more interesting.

And his burns? He's in a hot dry climate and he forgets to protect himself? This was just an excuse for him to be "rescued" and meet the other main characters.

I will start the next book for the sake of completeness.
Jun 22, 2014 TheRealMelbelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1204 sack of Constantinople and three day pillage and rape of the beautiful city and it's inhabitants is never easy to read. The author is too fine a historian to gloss over the brutality of that terrible event. Despite its bits of magical fiction the history is solid and these battle accounts are not for the wee ones. Another good story of Constantinople is Jill Paton Walsh's _The Emperor's Winding Sheet_ which gives a more thorough look at the intricate rituals of the Eastern church.
Knitwit Tarvin
Alf's adventures continue in Constantinople at the time of the Fourth Crusade. I am continuing to enjoy the vivid picture Tarr paints with her words. Historical fiction/ fantasy is not my typical genre, but this trilogy has been well worth it.
Kristyn Jensen
Apr 18, 2011 Kristyn Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so much better than the first one. I loved the story line. Ready for the last one
Dec 28, 2012 KA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Heartbreaking account of the Sack of Constantinople in the 4th Crusade. Good story with believable characters and character development; really well-researched.
Sep 23, 2016 Emilie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this near the time it was first published, and I know I really liked it, but the details are a little fuzzy this many years later. I'll have to read it again.
Jun 08, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Always enjoy books about Constantinople, although 'enjoy' is probably not the correct word. Perhaps 'fascinating' would be better. Thought this was the best book in the trilogy
Maya Morikawa
Mar 13, 2015 Maya Morikawa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

While this one,mostly history,the building of the characters moves on.Getting to know the new people and the parts they play.
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Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the
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