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The Wild Hunt (Ravenstow Trilogy #1)

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Wed to roguish Guyon, Lord of Ledworth, in order to protect both their lands from Judith's ruthless uncle, Judith of Ravenstow is at first terrified of the marriage bed, until Guyon shows her the pleasures of married life. Reprint. PW.
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 20th 1992 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
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Erin
Sep 27, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've read Elizabeth Chadwick's The Wild Hunt three times now and I love it as much today as I did when I first discovered it. As a teen, I was seduced by the romance between Guyon and Judith, but as an adult I find myself draw to the characters, atmosphere, politics, history and emotional conflict. Romance aside, there is a certain timelessness to the narrative that appeals on a variety of levels.

Guyon's relationship with J
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Misfit
Oct 10, 2008 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chadwick's first novel, and Book One in the Ravenstow Trilogy. Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus. They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife. Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother. Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on his ...more
Rebecca Huston
I know that I am in for something good when I spot a new or reprinted book by this author, Elizabeth Chadwick. The Wild Hunt is her first novel, and a darn impressive one it is too, telling of a couple forced to marry, Guyon and Judith, and the troubles that they go through to find a common ground during the wars on the Welsh Marches during the reign of King William II. While it's not my favourite of hers, it's still a thrilling tale and written with a great eye to detail and the ability to get ...more
Graham
May 26, 2010 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stunning debut from one of the UK's best historical fiction authors.

Okay, this may be a cheat slightly - I've just read the revamped version of Elizabeth Chadwick's THE WILD HUNT, and it may be a completely different beast to the original. In any case, this review is for the revamped/reprinted edition.

This is a historical romance that has all the right ingredients and, most importantly, a strong and convincing central romance between two fully-developed and likeable leading characters. As the
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Parvathy
By far "The Wild Hunt" is better than some of the books that I have read this year but try as I might I couldn't give it more than 3 stars which is a rating I give for average books. The problem with this book is that it fails to fulfill the requirements of both the genres it
is categorized under. It cannot be called a good historical fiction because it does not give much insight into the that time period other than the name of the King, his brothers and some wars faught in between. But it is ca
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Jewel
Chadwick's first novel doesn't fell short, and delivers the realistic characters and the history that comes to live that I love and enjoy in all of her books.

Guyon, is ordered by the king to marry 16 year old Judith, and he finds himself with a child bride that is scared of her marriage, but is courageous and strong willed in everything else. Guyon is trying to do her right by waiting and treating her with respect. But past and current events seem to affect their lives and influence it. The rela
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Jennifer
Feb 01, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I was somewhat nervous about going back and reading Elizabeth Chadwick's first published novel. Her Marshall series of novels are breath-taking in their historical authenticity and superb writing style, as are all of her later-written novels. Therefore this tale of imagined characters and plot was not something that I would associate with Ms. Chadwick. Be that as it may I kept an open mind as I began reading and I ended up loving this novel. The characters were vivid and intriguing, ...more
Dawn
Apr 30, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All who like historical romance and Elizabeth Chadwick
This book couldn't fail but to be a hit with me: I love Elizabeth Chadwick and have read many of her novels, it is set in the Welsh marches where I used to live and it is in the Middle Ages which is one of my favourite periods.

I think the most important thing about a romance novel is to fall in love with the hero and Guyon is a hero worth falling for. Handsome, honest, honourable, sexy, good sense of humour, patient....I could go on. If only all women had a lover like him for their first time.

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Margaret
Jul 20, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am relatively new to Elizabeth Chadwick in that I have only read three of her books previous to this one. After reading Lady of the English and the first two books in her Elienor of Aquitaine series I was pleasantly surprised when I searched and found a nice stack of books that were unknown to me. Being the weird sorta of person that I am, I decided to go back to the beginning with her first book and work my way through all of them.

The Wild Hunt is book one in the Ravenstow trilogy taking plac
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Nisareen
Jun 22, 2012 Nisareen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nisareen by: Deborah O Regan
This is the reissued version of Chadwick’s debut novel and is set against the backdrop of the post Conquest period during the reign of William Rufus and Prince Henry. When Guyon FitzMiles attempts to gain his uncle’s lands through supplication to the king, he is granted them – on the condition that he marries the Lady Judith of Ravenstow who is the sole heir to her father’s estate. By securing the lands from Judith’s despised incle, Robert De Belleme, the king hopes to avoid war. Judith has been ...more
Elizabeth Ashworth
Dec 15, 2010 Elizabeth Ashworth rated it really liked it
Although I've read most of Elizabeth Chadwick's books, The Wild Hunt, her first novel, was one that I had missed and I enjoyed reading it. As it was her first book I came to it with a lower expectation than I have of her more recent work but I was impressed - although this edition is an improved version of the original.

The story of Guyon and Judith, who are forced into a marriage neither wants, was interesting as was the background history of Prince Henry taking the throne after the suspicious d
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Claire
(8/10) This is EC's first novel and I am so glad I took the time to go back and read it. As a huge fan of her later novels I was not disappointed to read this.

It kicks off a trilogy of books based in the Welsh Marches, each book focusing on a different member of the same family. I loved this as I could follow favourite characters through all 3 books.

It is a great introduction to how EC incorporates historical fact with her fiction, you can really picture the scene and understand the characters r
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Cphe
Nov 08, 2013 Cphe rated it liked it
This is the revised version of the book that I read so many years ago and enjoyed immensely. It's the story of the young Judith of Ravenstow and her expedient, arranged marriage to the older, experienced Guyon a Marcher Lord.

Their love story played out amidst a backdrop of political turmoil and quest for power is fraught with difficulty. The characters are quite well fleshed out particularly the female characters, each is shown to be a strong woman in a male dominated world. But with this second
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Kelly
Jun 06, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this novel would be a solid four-star rating. It maintained that medieval and historical setting but had great dollops of the banter and sass mixed into the batter. Banter and sass that are more commonly found in modern romances. Guy and Judith were sparky and seemed to enjoy each other, despite the strains of their forced marriage.
The romance and development of their relationship was clearly the main plot, but there were enough 'bad guys' and underhand dealings so typical of the
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Ria
Mar 23, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the turn of the 12th Century and is set in the Welsh marches.
Guyon, Lord of Ledworth's inheritance is under threat and to save it he is trapped into a dynastic marriage with Judith of Ravenstow, a young, gauche and inexperienced girl.
Guyon is used to experienced, seductive lovers and feels he will have no love or anything in common with his new wife but he is unprepared for the unexpected, hidden depth that comprises Judith's character and slowly against his will he finds himself falling h
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Susan
I absolutely loved the beginning of this book. I'm not sure what happened to either the story or myself but I was reading just a page or two at a time a quarter way into it. I enjoyed the characters, setting and time frame but got a little bored by it.

I think the story had great promise and I plan to either pick this one up again at some point or try another by the author.
Redfox5
Jul 16, 2010 Redfox5 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love Elizabeth Chadwick so I was a bit disappointed when I found this book hard to get into at first. It picks up about half way through and then I didn't want to put it down. It's her first book and it's not bad. You really like the charcters and feel for them. A good read. I picked this up in a Chairty shop.
Lady of the Lake
This revamped redone fixed up etc version was definitely better and I can see how the years of writing and the historical know how, maturity, etc etc pay off quite well and I can now say yes THIS is Elizabeth Chadwick the author who's books I love.
Erin
Jun 07, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Chadwick is one of my favorite go to writers of historical fiction. "The Wild Hunt" was her first novel. Now, the version I have just finished is the revamped release that came out upon request of her publisher. In the author 's note, Chadwick admits that she made some changes. I definitely could see the attention to historical detail in terms of England in the late 11th century and the beginning of the 12th century.

Unlike her later books which mainly center around real people, Guyon
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Jocelyn
This is a book much more concerned with day-to-day realism than the romantic idealism I've come to expect from stories set in the past. Relationships are grounded in the need for political and physical safety, with attempts at forging stable homes constantly disrupted by the demands of living in the chaotic turn-of-the-twelfth-century Britain. The strength of the central love story--which starts from an arranged marriage--rests on Judith and Guyon's abilities to fulfill their respective roles as ...more
Teri-k
Can't believe some people think Judith is whiny! This is the most believable depiction of an arranged marriage with a young girl and a grown man that I've probably ever read. Not nasty or anything, just a whole lot more likely than the books where he kisses her once and suddenly she becomes desperate for him and is a tiger in bed. lol Not that this book is mostly about their sex life. It's a lovely story of two decent people forced to figure out how to make a life together. Complicated by the fa ...more
Susan
I couldn’t resist putting on hold my other read for this story. This is a library loan that Graham snapped up and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity…

The Wild Hunt was Chadwick’s debut novel and won a Betty Trask Award (as well as a literary agent and publisher!). I’d like to share part of Chadwick’s Author’s Note because it’s great inspiration for all aspiring writers…

"…The year I won, the award was presented by H.R.H The Prince of Wales at Whitehall. This was a somewhat surreal moment for m
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Sheree
4.5 stars for this version
The Wild Hunt is Elizabeth Chadwick's first published work, winner of the 1990 Betty Trask Award and the version I've just read is the 'reworked' version. The Wild Hunt is the 1st novel in the Ravenstow trilogy, it was out of print for many years then re-published by Sphere Publishing with a 'spring clean' & new cover as will be "The Running Vixen" (re-publish date Dec 2009) and "The Leopard Unleashed" (re-publish date unknown.)

A marriage of political expediency, at
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it really liked it
Chadwick's first novel, and Book One in the Ravenstow Trilogy. Guyan, a Marcher Lord marries Judith of Ravenstow at the order of King William Rufus. They meet on their wedding day, and Guyan finds himself with a not fully matured 16 year old wife. Judith is skittish around her new husband as her now dead father was extremely abusive to both her and her mother. Not everyone is happy with the union, as some would prefer Judith married elsewhere and Guyan must guard his back against attempts on hi ...more
Regan Walker
Mar 02, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
The Wild Hunt was the first novel by English author Elizabeth Chadwick who has gone on to write many acclaimed historical novels most of which are not romances and not all of which are available in the US. This one is followed by two in the series: The Running Vixen and The Leopard Unleashed.

The Wild Hunt takes place in the Welsh Marches (in England on the border of Wales) and in London during 1098-1102. It tells the story of Guyon, lord of Ledworth, and eventually through marriage to Judith of
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Jacey
Mar 10, 2012 Jacey rated it really liked it
I don't read many historical novels but someone left an Elizabeth Chadwick at my house last year and I got hooked so I'm gradually reading my way through her whole back catalogue. This is her first novel, set at the turn of the 12th century at the time when William Rufus - heir to William the Conqueror - is holding Britain by the scruff of its neck despite political intrigue. Guyon, a comfortable bachelor and courtier, with a pregnant mistress, is heir to his uncle's estate at Ledworth, close to ...more
Margaret
Jun 03, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Chadwick is always a safe read and, although more romantic than usual, this was a very good read.

During the 12th century the Welsh border is a perilous place, with the local lords having to make unlikely alliances to hold out the “savages”. Guyon is forced to marry the 16-year-old Judith, a child in his opinion, to guarantee more power for his family. But her uncle, Lord Robert, does not like the match and starts undermining their relationship. And everything just gets worse when King
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Amanda
Apr 09, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read! Set in the turn of the 12c, in the Welsh border area, it is a novel centred on the fictional character of Guyon FitzMiles, and his wife Judith. True historical characters include Robert de Belleme (Earl of Shewsbery), and his off-sider Walter de Lacey, who both show the darker characters of time, and also appearances from William Rufus and Henry I.[return]The relationship of Guy and Judith has a feel very much like that of Llewellyn and Joanna in Sharon Penmans Here Be Dra ...more
Pauline
Jul 26, 2016 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet romantic read. Nothing incredible but it did make for a nice story and it's a new period I haven't read before. I liked the honesty of the characters, you started to feel that they had true motivation for their actions and they were believable within the setting.
Jayne Castel
Oct 22, 2014 Jayne Castel rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval-romance
Although this was a good story, I didn't get into it as much as previous books I've read by Elizabeth Chadwick. I just couldn't engage with the main characters - especially the heroine. The writing flows well, the historical backdrop is interesting and the story has some exciting moments, but I just felt a bit flat when it finished. For me, there was a bit of 'a spark' missing in this one.
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Other Books in the Series

Ravenstow Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Running Vixen (Ravenstow Trilogy, #2)
  • The Leopard Unleashed
  • The Wild Hunt/The Running Vixen

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